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#Don’tWasteAYear: Kick-start your agricultural career with AGRICOLLEGES International today!

E-learning National Certificate in General Agriculture is a perfect substitute for matric and kick start to an agri career


Are you considering making a career in farming or agriculture in general? Did you not get accepted to university or college? Or, have you already started your agri-career, but you need a qualification that can lift you out of the crowd and jump-start your future?

A National Certificate in General Agriculture from AGRICOLLEGES International (ACI) could be just what you need to start building your future. The one-year NQF level four course allows you to study via easy-to-use e-learning from the comfort of your own home. ACI is a world-class, cloud-based, e-learning platform in the Agri-sciences.

Pursuing this AgriSETA-accredited, matric-level qualification only requires a minimum grade 10 qualification. (A passion for agriculture and for helping build Mzansi’s future is not required, but it would certainly help!)

“Our message, especially for school-leavers whose results were disappointing, is not to waste a year of their lives, taking a gap year while deciding what to do. Your school results don’t need to stop your progress in life. Rather take the time to get a qualification that can start you on a career in agriculture,” says Wynand Espach, Chief Operating Officer of AGRICOLLEGES international.


The 1-year National Certificate in General Agriculture is equivalent to a National Senior Certificate, so it is a great substitute for a conventional matric – one that equips a school-leaver with the tools to begin a career in the diverse agricultural sector.

Many school-leavers take a gap year because of a lack of finance or being rejected at a university or TVET college. Typically, these students (if they’re lucky) end up doing menial jobs, which offer no real experience, and which side-tracks them from pursuing their dreams.

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The 1-year National Certificate in General Agriculture gives school-leavers the opportunity to get a general introductory agriculture qualification at a quarter of the cost in comparison with traditional institutions. AGRICOLLEGES international also has convenient funding options available.

Kick-start your agri career

The ACI 1-year National Certificate in General Agriculture is the perfect solution for people in junior positions in agriculture who are driven to succeed, but lack formal education in the field. What better way is there of making your employer notice your potential than displaying the grit and determination it takes to study after hours?

If it is a career change that you are interested in and agriculture is at the top of your list, then you’ll definitely benefit from this course. You’ll be able to obtain your qualification while working full-time and earning a salary.

During the course, students will work through six modules that cover agri-business, good farming practices, numeracy, crop production, animal husbandry and communication. A two-week practical learning experience is also included and provides students with practical knowledge and skills.

Students are organized into groups and are assigned a course consultant who oversees their progress. To allow for a deeper and more meaningful learning experience, students are encouraged to also communicate with each other and share their course experiences.

In-depth agricultural training

AGRICOLLEGES international is an AgriSETA accredited e-learning institution that provides students with the rare opportunity to obtain an agricultural qualification from anywhere at any time.

AGRICOLLEGES offers courses that are designed with different learning needs in mind and equips students with in-depth skills and experience that are widely recognised across the agricultural sector.

It aims to revolutionise the teaching and training of the agri-sciences by providing access to information in a blended learning environment. This combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods and experiential learning through practical sessions. Students have an element of control over time, place and pace in the online learning environment.

E-learning technology has made top-class education much more accessible, eliminating the costs of travel and campus accommodation as well as the disruption that traditional full-time study requires.

Student Kamohelo Mokoena describes the e-learning software that AGRICOLLEGES international uses as “world class”. “I’m of the idea that even people from the most technologically advanced countries would appreciate the Agricolleges learning tool. From registration to how the course is structured and the assessments, the offering is so flawlessly and productively competent.”

Funding options available

Students who are interested in joining this year’s class for the National Certificate in General Agriculture need to enrol as soon as possible. The course starts on 17 February!

Agricolleges International has partnered with FeverTree Finance and Fundi to offer prospective students convenient ways to finance their studies. Students can apply for financing by going to the AGRICOLLEGES international website and uploading the required documents.

To qualify for funding, students need to be between the ages of 18 and 65, be a South African citizen and earn a minimum of R5,000 per month.

 If you’re ready to kick-start your career in agriculture and want to enrol, visit www.agricolleges.com and fill in the contact form. A friendly administrator from AGRICOLLEGES International will contact you to facilitate your enrolment.

Make a life-changing decision today; apply for registration of an Agri-course with AGRICOLLEGES international.

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Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.


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