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General Education and Training Certificate: Horticulture Level 1

Accredited to SAQA’s US 49668, NQF Level 1, 131 Credits



This qualification provides learners with a firm foundation of portable skills with which to enter the horticultural industry in its broadest sense, or if already employed in the industry, be able to look forward to a career path in any sector of the industry. The qualification addresses an urgent industry needs to skill its workforce, to produce and maintain high quality plants and landscapes. One of the first impressions that a tourist has of a country, is the beauty of its parks, gardens and sports facilities. This qualification aims to introduce and consolidate world class standards of horticultural excellence to enhance South Africa as a tourist destination. The resultant spin-offs will have a positive impact on job creation and economic empowerment in the country.


Qualification Designed For

If you already have some experience within a horticultural service role, either with garden work or designing gardens, and are looking to develop your knowledge further, then this course is for you.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have Communication at ABET Level 3 (Grade 7).
Accredited to SAQA’s US 49668, NQF Level 1, 131 Credits

Course Objectives

  • The basic differences between the various plants
  • How plants are categorized
  • How to prepare the soil for planting
  • How to grow, handle and care for plants
  • How to apply water to planted areas correctly

Course Outline

Apply the principles of health and safety in the horticultural environment.

  • The provisions of the Health and Safety Act, as they relate to horticulture are described
  • The duties and responsibilities of employers and employees to provide and maintain a safe working environment are explained

Demonstrate an understanding of the necessity of water for plant growth

  • The necessity of water for the growth and development of plants is described
  • The factors that affect the water requirements of plants are described
  • The importance of watering seedlings and newly transplanted material is explained
  • The ideal times and rates of application for watering are described
  • The scheduling of watering to meet the seasonal and climatic conditions are explained

Propagate ornamental plants from seed and conduct the care of ornamental seedlings

  • The preparation of the seed bed and the manual sowing of seed are demonstrated
  • The monitoring and controlling of the germination environment is described
  • The maintenance and ‘growing on’ of seedlings is described
  • The ‘pricking out’ of seedlings and the cultural care, prior to the transplanting stage is described

Identify the soil types that commonly occur in landscaped areas and mulch and enrich the soil in established landscapes.

  • The classifications of topsoil and subsoil are explained
  • The various soil types are described
  • The necessity of tilling and enriching the soil before planting is explained
  • The materials used in mulching and the benefits derived are described
  • The role that organic material plays in soil enrichment is explained
  • The function of chemical fertilizers in soil enrichment of established plantings is explained

Understand the structure of plants and their functions

  • The role of the leaf in the structure and growth of a plant is explained
  • The functions of the roots and stems, in the structure and development of a plant are described
  • The role that the flower has in the reproductive process of a plant is explained
  • Plant and establish ornamental plants from containers into the open ground