National Certificate Courses

(NQF 4) National Certificate in Animal production with a specialisation in Pig Production.


This qualification focuses on pig production

Course Overview

The National Certificate in Animal Production with a specialisation in Pig Production is an academic online programme supported by practical hands-on modules, developed for the sub-Saharan African pig Industry.Obtaining your National Certificate (NQF 4) would be your first year of the two-year academic course.

The qualification focuses on the Management of Operational Pig Production skills within the framework of the sciences of animal biology, nature conservation, regenerative production, agricultural economics and strategic and business management, supported by fundamental knowledge of the application of basic computer skills, communication, applied mathematics, agricultural engineering technology and chemistry & physics.

The two-year National Diploma in Animal Production with a specialisation in Pig Production will enable qualifying students to actively participate and gain knowledge in primary pig production, whilst enhancing the overall agrarian process and gaining opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.

Specific competency will be obtained in the specialised sub-fields of Pig Production systems, breeding systems, handling practices, classes and life functions, production norms and measurement, record keeping and performance measurement, diseases and biosecurity, handling and management practices, pig value chains and the slaughtering of pigs as well as the classification of pork, with an evenly strong focus on economic and financial management.

On completion, students will be well-positioned to advance to NQF Level 5  and extend learning & practice into other sub-fields such as crop production, mixed farming, wildlife management and farm management.

  • National Senior Certificate (Grade 12), or National Certificate (Vocational) that allows entrance to Diploma or Higher Certificate studies
  • Minimum Application Point of 20
  • English tuition language with a minimum achievement level 3 (40%)
  • Mathematical Literacy with a minimum achievement level 4 (50%), or
  • Mathematics with a minimum achievement level 2 (30%)


12 Months


The National Diploma in Animal Production with a specialisation in Pig Production is presented as an exciting e-learning programme. This is done through own studies, reading and the online submission of assignments.  

This is a participatory learning programme, where the student will also be able to communicate with fellow students across the country via, Agri–social, our social media platform. This platform allows for questions to be discussed, and the opportunity to upload and share interesting articles, images, and videos.   Throughout the academic year, lecturers will be available on the Agri-social platform. They are also readily accessible via email, SMS, WhatsApp or direct telephonic contact.  

Theoretical studies are completed through our online Agri-learn platform and the student is provided with a practical logbook to achieve practical competencies and experiences through the student’s own workplace. For the student to complete their practical training, it remains the students’ sole responsiblity to make neccessary arrangements for work placement. In some circumstances we can assist in placements, but this is not a given.


12 Months (After the first 12 months of completion you will obtain your certificate and within 24 months of total study time you will obtain your Diploma)

  • Ranch supervisor
  • Ranch technical manager 
  • Enrol for further Diploma or Degree studies 
  • You will develop, over the tenure of your studies, a critical understanding of Pig Production in Africa in the modern era and working in a global economy. You will gain practical and relevant skills that will enable you to work in the Pig and other livestock production sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. All course content is based on and supported by the latest industry developments, and these best practices will allow you to participate meaningfully in primary Pig Production.    Graduates will be able to enter the primary agricultural workplace and establish a thriving career through hard work and commitment.


The Cost Includes:

  • Access to the SASA online campus
  • Administration support
  • Academic support
  • Qualification registration and certification
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NQF 4 in Pig Production