Diploma Courses @ i3A

Our innovative Diploma courses are  SAQA accredited and offered in association with the Agricultural Industry of South Africa and carefully selected training providers. Our Diploma programme offers students the flexibility to continue with their lives and careers while completing their qualifications, gaining knowledge and experience they might not have access to through tertiary institutions.

At i3A, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of agriculture in Africa through our collaborations with different institutions (universities, primary and secondary agricultural businesses and private training providers) from across the Continent.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification

The purpose of this qualification is to allow Junior Farm Managers to progress towards a Farm Manager position with specific reference to Animal or Plant Production. The contexualised purpose and usage of the qualification is as follows:

  • A learner assessed against this qualification will have the necessary competence to monitor, implement, co-ordinate, plan, control and provide leadership regarding the agricultural processes as applicable to animal or plant production.
  • The Learner will be able to take complete responsibility for her/his own actions and also take responsibility for the achievements of groups within an Animal or plant Production context.
  • Competency will be gained in any of the specialized sub-fields of Animal or Plant Production as specified under Areas Of Specialization with a strong focus on management.
  • The learner will be able to take responsible decisions within a wide range of familiar and un-familiar contexts based on a sound understanding of the basic principles of agri-business and good agricultural practices, in meeting the set objectives and targets within the broader farm plan which includes the economical application of general resources, agricultural production and technical knowledge and skills, all in an Animal or Plant Production context.
  • The Learner will be able to select from a wide range of standard and non-standard procedures in Animal or Plant Production and will be able to ensure the relevant safety, quality, hygiene and technical standards as applicable within the industry.
  • In addition to the above, the learner will be well positioned to extend learning and practice into other sub-fields such as Mixed Farming, since such efforts will only require additional learning within the elective scope of other qualifications at this level.
  • The learner will be well positioned to progress towards higher levels of Management and Technical production practices as defined by qualifications at the next level.
  • Learners will be enabled to actively participate in the Primary Agricultural Sector through the production of quality agricultural products, enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.
  • This qualification will allow qualifying learners to become economically active in farming practices that will have a direct impact on Local Economic Development through the production of food, the improvement of household food security and access to mainstream agriculture.
  • Finally, Learners will be able to guide and direct project teams in terms of the planning, implementation and control of development projects within an Animal or Plant Production context.

[Source: South African Qualification Authority}


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