Structured Agricultural Education and Training
About Us
 
The purpose of the Programme: SAET is to facilitate and provide structured agricultural education and training in line with the Agricultural Education and Training Strategy to all participants in the agricultural sector in order to establish a knowledgeable, prosperous and competitive sector
 
Vision
 
The Advancement of Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute as an agricultural and educational centre of excellence to the benefit of the broader community.

Mission

To promote sound, integrated managerial and skills training in agriculture with advanced specialisation in area specific fields of excellence informed by industry and societal needs.
 

Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute was established in 1898 and was the first centre for agricultural training in Africa. In the Republic of South Africa, the Institute has secured an eminent track record in agriculture and especially in the field of agricultural training.

Our Vision: The Advancement of Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute as an agricultural and educational centre of excellence to the benefit of the broader community.

Our Mission: To promote sound, integrated managerial and skills training in agriculture with advanced specialisation in area specific fields of excellence informed by industry and societal needs.

At present, training programmes are offered at Higher Education and Training (HET) and Further Education and Training (FET) level. The following qualifications can be obtained:

  • B.Agric degree (M +3 years)
  • Higher Certificate in Agriculture (M + 2 years)
  • Diploma in Agriculture (1 year – 2-year Higher Certificate as prerequisite )
  • Diploma in Extension (1 year– 2-year Higher Certificate as prerequisite)
  • Diploma in Cellar Technology (1 year– 2-year Higher Certificate as prerequisite)
  • Equine Studies (M + 2 years)
  • Non accredited short courses
  • Learnerships (Minimum of 10 months)

The above-mentioned training is based on farming enterprises and demands, with the main focus on the Agricultural commodities of the Western Cape.

Further Education and Training (FET)

The learnership offered at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute is a learning programme registered by AgriSETA and accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The programme empowers the student with an occupational qualification and the approach includes classroom-based theoretical learning, practical and workplace experience.Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute also provides short courses for commercial farmers, emerging farmers, land reform beneficiaries and all agricultural interested parties. Short courses are presented on farms, in rural communities, at the FET decentralised training centres based in George, Oudtshoorn, Bredasdorp, Clanwilliam and Elsenburg.

Higher Education Training (HET)

The major subjects for the B.Agric degree are: Pastures, Animal Production (Small stock), Animal Production (Large stock), Vegetable Cultivation, Cellar Management, Pomology, Agricultural Extension, Viticulture, and Oenology.  A choice of any two of these subjects must be completed as majors, supplemented by prescribed compulsory subjects.

The Higher Certificate in Agriculture is a two-year course specialising in one of seven programme options: Animal production & Vegetable production/Agronomy; Pomology & Viticulture; Agricultural Extension & Animal production/Agronomy; Vegetables/Viticulture/Pomology.

An objective is to maintain a healthy balance between theory and practice and practicing the philosophy of “Training by doing” is an important feature during practical sessions.  Close collaboration with researchers from the Department of Agriculture and commercial farmers is a special supporting feature, enhancing the standard of tuition.

Diploma in Agriculture: Cellar Technology

Training in Cellar Technology is very popular, with 85% of the wine-makers in the Western Cape having acquired their qualifications at Elsenburg. The practical training provided is unique and past students leave the Institute as professional and proficient wine-makers with expertise on a commercial scale. This is a modular programme aimed at training candidates as wine-makers.

Admission requirements: Higher Certificate with Oenology as a major sub­ject (NQF 5). B. Agric with Oenology up to second year level.

Diploma in Agriculture

Modular experience teaching programme regarding the Production field, Agricultural Manage­ment and Natural Resource Management.

Admission requirements: Higher Certificate in Agriculture (NQF 5)

 

Diploma in Agricultural Extension

Modular experience teaching programme dealing with various aspects of Agricultural Extension Science, supplemented by assignments.

Admission requirements: Higher Certificate in Agriculture (NQF 5) or an equivalent qualification. Also suitable for extension officers in disciplines other than agriculture, e.g.. nature conservation, health, social services, etc.

 

Equine studies

Equine Studies follows the EQASA qualification (Equine Qualifications Authority of SA). Modules 1-3 are studies in the first year and modules 4 & 5 in the second year. The first three modules cover all aspects of horse care and stable yard management.  A successful learner at module 3 will be qualified to run a stable yard. The equine studies Stable Yard Skills and competency Certificates stage introduces an individual who is new to the industry the very basics of horse care and handling as well as an introduction to horse behaviour.

Admission requirement: National Senior Certificate.

Possession of own horse not essential

Strategic Objectives

Higher Education and Training (HET

The strategic objective of the sub-programme: HET is to provide formal and non-formal training on post grade 12 level (NQF levels 5 and above) to individuals who qualify and has the desire to study in agriculture and related fields.

Further Education and Training (FET)

The strategic objective of the sub-programme: FET is to provide non-formal and formal training within the provisos of NQF levels 1 to 4 and in the form of short skills courses and learnerships to individuals who desires to participate, with special emphasis on youth, all farming groups, i.e. Smallholder, subsistence and commercial farmers and farm aids.

 

Higher Education and Training

The following Higher Education and Training qualifications can be obtained at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute:

  • B.Agric degree (M +3 years)
  • Higher Certificate in Agriculture (M + 2 years)
  • Diploma in Agriculture (1 year – 2-year Higher Certificate as prerequisite )
  • Diploma in Extension (1 year– 2-year Higher Certificate as prerequisite)
  • Diploma in Cellar Technology (1 year– 2-year Higher Certificate as prerequisite)
  • Equine Studies (M + 2 years)

The major subjects for the B.Agric degree are: Pastures, Animal Production (Small stock), Animal Production (Large stock), Vegetable Cultivation, Cellar Management, Pomology, Agricultural Extension, Viticulture, and Oenology.  A choice of any two of these subjects must be completed as majors, supplemented by prescribed compulsory subjects.

The Higher Certificate in Agriculture is a two-year course specialising in one of seven programme options: Animal production & Vegetable production/Agronomy; Pomology & Viticulture; Agricultural Extension & Animal production/Agronomy; Vegetables/Viticulture/Pomology.

Diploma in Agriculture: Cellar Technology

Training in Cellar Technology is very popular, with 85% of the wine-makers in the Western Cape having acquired their qualifications at Elsenburg. The practical training provided is unique and past students leave the Institute as professional and proficient wine-makers with expertise on a commercial scale. This is a modular programme aimed at training candidates as wine-makers.

Admission requirements: Higher Certificate with Oenology as a major sub­ject (NQF 5). B. Agric with Oenology up to second year level.

Diploma in Agriculture

Modular experience teaching programme regarding the Production field, Agricultural Manage­ment and Natural Resource Management.

Admission requirements: Higher Certificate in Agriculture (NQF 5)

 

Diploma in Agricultural Extension

Modular experience teaching programme dealing with various aspects of Agricultural Extension Science, supplemented by assignments.

Admission requirements: Higher Certificate in Agriculture (NQF 5) or an equivalent qualification. Also suitable for extension officers in disciplines other than agriculture, e.g. nature conservation, health, social services, etc.

 

Equine studies

Equine Studies follows the EQASA qualification (Equine Qualifications Authority of SA). Modules 1-3 are studies in the first year and modules 4 & 5 in the second year. The first three modules cover all aspects of horse care and stable yard management.  A successful learner at module 3 will be qualified to run a stable yard. The equine studies Stable Yard Skills and competency Certificates stage introduces an individual who is new to the industry the very basics of horse care and handling as well as an introduction to horse behaviour.

Admission requirement: National Senior Certificate.

Possession of own horse not essential

 

 

 

Further Education and Training

FET Learnership Programme (NQF 1-4)

The learnership offered at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute is a learning programme registered by AgriSETA and accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The programme empowers the student with an occupational qualification and the approach includes classroom-based theoretical learning, practical and workplace experience.The Learnership Programme is offered at no cost to the student and funded by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture – the only cost for the student is transport to and from the training centre.

 

Name: 
Catherine Stoffels
Telephone number: 
021 808 7716
Fax number: 
021 808 7007
Equine Studies

Equine Studies follows the EQASA qualification (Equine Qualifications Authority of SA). Modules 1-3 are studies in the first year and modules 4 & 5 in the second year.

Module 1:      EQASA: Professional Groom

Entry level subjects on horse handling, use and care of equipment in general use. Learning about the horse’s natural life style, actions and re-actions.

Module 2:      EQASA Certificate: Professional Head Groom

Building on the first module, with more in-depth know-ledge required. Learning the symptoms and signs of ill/good health in an equine. Lunging a trained horse for exercise.  A comprehensive knowledge of all equipment in common use including a double bridle.

Module 3:      EQASA Certificate: Professional Stable Yard Manager

Many of the subjects that were incorporated together in the previous modules now become ‘stand-alone’ subjects. An in-depth understanding of conformation, horse health, hoof care, feeding and diet and business management is required.

There is a written General Knowledge paper at this level in which learners must demonstrate understanding of equine terminology as well as stable yard construction.  Learners must have a valid Level 1 First Aid Certificate.

Module 4:      EQASA Certificate - Assistant Coach

Assessment requirement:  Successful completion of modules 1-3.

Candidates will ride a trained horse on the flat and over jumps of up to 0.85m. Teach a group of leaners showing control and the ability to teach the basic position on the flat and over fences. How to apply the aids to communicate with the horse, and complete a written paper on the theory of teaching. Present a log book of 25 hours of teaching practise. A log book of riding lessons received, both these books to be signed off by a registered and qualified instructor.

Module 5:      Professional Equestrian Coach (Level 1)

                       EQASA Certificate - International level 1 Coach

This Certificate is the first of three International Level Coach’s qualifications. Candidates must have a grade 12 (matric) certificate. They will be require to ride two horses, one of which will jump a course of up to 1m, ride and assess a strange horse.

  • Teach a group jumping lessons
  • Teach an individual dressage lesson
  • Complete a written paper
  • Log 70 hours of teaching practise
  • Log 30 hours of personal riding
  • Candidates need to be active in equestrian sports, both competing and coaching to be successful at this level.

STABLE YARD SKILLS & COMPETENCY CERTIFICATES

These stage certificates will introduce a person who is new to the industry the very basics of horse care and handling as well as an introduction to horse ‘body language’ and behaviour.  Hopefully this will lead them into gaining a National Qualification through the EQASA programme.

Stage 1:     This is the entry level qualification for grooms wishing to work in the equestrian industry.  The subjects are general stable and yard hygiene, recognising horse behaviour, leading a horse, grooming and cleaning the feet. The assessment is done on site and in a practical manner.

Stage 2:    At this level candidates are introduced to horse physiology, health, lunging, grooming and trimming as for a show and travelling. The subjects studied in Stage 1 are covered in more depth, horse care and handling are taught in greater depth for more understanding.

Stage 3:    All the above subjects are covered in greater depth with the introduction of some new subjects such as tack, ill health / good health etc. Any compatible subject with EQASA module 1 that is successfully completed will receive credits for that module and not have to be repeated.

These Competency Certificates are seen as entry level and will hopefully enable learners to go on to taking the National EQASA Certificates in horse care and management.

About Us
  The purpose of the Programme: SAET is to facilitate and provide structured agricultural education and training in line with the Agricultural Education and Training Strategy to all participants in the agricultural sector in order to establish a knowledgeable, prosperous and competitive sector   Vision   The Advancemen... ...read more
Strategic Objectives
Higher Education and Training (HET The strategic objective of the sub-programme: HET is to provide formal and non-formal training on post grade 12 level (NQF levels 5 and above) to individuals who qualify and has the desire to study in agriculture and related fields. Further Education and Training (FET) The strategic o... ...read more
Higher Education and Training
The following Higher Education and Training qualifications can be obtained at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute: B.Agric degree (M +3 years) Higher Certificate in Agriculture (M + 2 years) Diploma in Agriculture (1 year – 2-year Higher Certificate as prerequisite ) Diploma in Extension (1 year– 2-year Higher Ce... ...read more
Further Education and Training
FET Learnership Programme (NQF 1-4) The learnership offered at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute is a learning programme registered by AgriSETA and accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The programme empowers the student with an occupational qualification and the approach includes cl... ...read more
Equine Studies
Equine Studies follows the EQASA qualification (Equine Qualifications Authority of SA). Modules 1-3 are studies in the first year and modules 4 & 5 in the second year. Module 1:      EQASA: Professional Groom Entry level subjects on horse handling, use and care of equipment in general use. Learning about the horse’... ...read more