Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute
Want to study Agriculture?

 

Electronic Applications for B.Agric Students in 2018

Applications for B.Agric programme open on 1 March 2017. Applications must be submitted online via the Stellenbosch University.  For enquiries send an email to info@sun.ac.za or phone +27 21 808 9111

Please visit the following link for more information on the electronic application process for first year B.Agric students.
e-Aansoek/e-Applications
 

Higher Certificate in Agriculture
Applications for the Higher Certificate in Agriculture programme open on 1 April 2017. Application forms can be downloaded from forms above.

Horse Riding Instructors Programme
Applications for the Equine Studies programme open on 1 April 2017. Application forms can be downloaded from forms above.

Bursary Applications
Bursary Advertisement  for 2017 and application for Bursary can also be downloaded from forms above.

 

Name: 
Desiree Chinasamy-Dampies
Telephone number: 
021 808 5457
Fax number: 
086 566 8854
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2017 Study Information

2017 study information can be downloaded here:

2017 year planner - 2nd semester can be downloaded here.

First Year Welcome guide -  Download here

2017 Student Fees  -  Download here

 

Vacancies for qualified students

The following vacancies are available to qualified students:

August 2017

 

Newly elected College Council

Back row left to right:
Mr Mario Bonze, Ms Retha Louw, Ms Maritjie Cornelissen, Mr André Thops, Ms Bernadette Abrahams, Mr Pierre du Plessis, Mrs Nomgcobo Matakane, Dr Igshaan Samuels

Front row from left to right:
Adv. Ncumisa Mayosi, Dr Christa van Louw, Mr Marius Paulse, Prof. Danie Brink, Adv. Nico Boshoff

College Council members not present:
Prof. Nick Vink, Prof. Francis Lewu, SRC representative

 

Multilingualism - Elsenburg's language policy

Multilingualism will be key success factor for Elsenburg's lanuage policy. - read here.

Veeltaligheid gaan die bepalende suksesfaktor vir die Elsenburg-taalbeleid wees. - lees hier.

Ukuthetha iilwimi ezininzi sisona sitshixo sempumelelo kumgaqo wolwimi e Elsenburg - funda ngakumbi

About us

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

 

Further Education and Training

What is a Learnership?

A learnership is a learning programme which empowers the student with an occupational qualification. The Learnership approach includes classroom-based theoretical learning, practical- and workplace experience.

How much will it cost?

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.

How long does it take?

The duration of the learnership is a minimum of 10 months.

What will I get at the end of the Learnership?

On successful completion of the learnership an NQF (National Qualifications Framework) qualification is obtained. At the end of the academic year successful students take part in the graduation ceremony where they are awarded certificates issued by AgriSeta and endorsed with the SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) hologram. Further studies are always encouraged to better your situation.

Will I get a job after completing the Learnership?

No employment is guaranteed. The employer who provides you an opportunity for practical workplace experience also doesn’t have an obligation to provide you with employment. However, the learnership programme will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge which will put you in a more employable position.

ELSENBURG IS ACCREDITED TO OFFER THE FOLLOWING:

National Certificate: Plant Production (NQF 1)

  • Accredited by the AgriSETA, SAQA ID 48972 will be presented for a minimum of 10 months.
  • The generic Plant Production qualification is presented in three agricultural disciplines; namely Vegetable Production, Viticulture and Pomology. Each programme is identical with regard to the registered unit standards, however teaching within the programmes focus on the relevant commodity respectively.

Entrance requirements:

  • Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, with basic numeracy / literacy and communication competencies equivalent to NQF level 1 (Grade 9/ Std 7)
  • School leavers (Grade12/ Matric); and
  • Youth, women and unemployed from previously disadvantaged communities involved in agricultural projects.
  • Learners from both genders
  • Access to land or Farm for Practical
  • National Certificate: Plant Production (NQF 4)

  • Accredited by the AgriSETA, SAQA ID 49009 will be presented for a minimum of 10 months.
  • The generic Plant Production qualification is presented in three agricultural disciplines; namely Vegetable Production, Viticulture and Pomology. Each programme is identical with regard to the registered unit standards, however teaching within the programmes focus on the relevant commodity respectively.
  • Entrance requirements:

  • Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, with basic numeracy / literacy and communication competencies equivalent to NQF level 3 (Grade 11/ Std 9)
  • School leavers (Grade12/ Matric) from agricultural schools; and
  • Youth, women and unemployed from previously disadvantaged communities involved in agricultural projects.
  • Learners from both genders
  • Access to land or Farm for Practical
  • National Certificate: Animal Production (NQF Level 1)

  • Accredited by the AgriSETA, SAQA ID, 48970 will be presented over a minimum of 10 months.
  • Entrance requirements:

  • Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, with basic numeracy / literacy and communication competencies equivalent to NQF level 1 (Grade 9/ Std 7)
  •  School leavers (Grade12/ Matric); and
  • Youth, women and unemployed from previously disadvantaged communities involved in agricultural projects.
  • Learners from both genders
  • Access to land or Farm for Practical
  • National Certificate: Animal Production (NQF Level 4)

  • Accredited by the AgriSETA, SAQA ID, 48979 will be presented over a minimum of 10 months.
  • Entrance requirements:

  • Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, with basic numeracy / literacy and communication competencies equivalent to NQF level 3 (Grade 11/ Std 9)
  • School leavers (Grade12/ Matric) from agricultural schools; and
  • Youth, women and unemployed from previously disadvantaged communities involved in agricultural projects.
  • Learners from both genders
  • Access to land or Farm for Practical
  • National Certificate in Farming (Junior Farm Management) (NQF Level 4)

  • Accredited by the AgriSETA, SAQA ID 20290 will be presented over a minimum of 10 months.
  • Entrance requirements:

  • Farm operators / Farm Foreman who wish to obtain a formal skills qualification on the level of Junior Farm Manager / Farm Supervisor;
  • Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, assessed through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), if applicable; with basic numeracy / literacy and communication competencies equivalent to NQF level 3 (Grade 11/Std 9).
  • School leavers (Grade12) from agricultural schools; and
  • Youth, women and unemployed from previously disadvantaged communities
  • Learners from both genders
  • Access to land or Farm for Practical

                                                                      PLEASE TAKE NOTE

  • Elsenburg FET is accredited for all the above qualifications but not all qualifications will be presented during 2016.
  • The qualifications selected for the 2016 academic year will be determined by the Learnership Recruitment Committee.
  • CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 30 JUNE 2016
  • Applications can be submitted via email to catherinem@elsenburg.com
  • Applications must include a certified copy of ID, latest academic results an updated CV and a letter from the Farm where practical/workplace experience will take place.

 

Name: 
Catherine Matthyse Stoffels
Telephone number: 
021 808 7716 / 021 808 5492
Fax number: 
021 808 7007
Short Courses

Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute also provides short courses for commercial farmers, small holder 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.

Should an employer wish to train his staff in his own orchards or vineyards, and with his own equipment, this can be arranged. These short courses cover a wide range of study fields, including Irrigation, Tractor Maintenance, AVCASA (responsible handling of agricultural chemicals), Marketing, Financial Management and Vegetable Production, etc.

The focus of these short courses is on the practical applications, supported by relevant theoretical principles. Once completed, students will have the required skills to cope with the demands of the workplace.

  • To ensure we assist municipalities and other government departments with the implementation of food gardens for communities and households. farmer support and Development.
B. Agric Degree

At Elsenburg we are proud of more than a century of offering quality training in agriculture. Students not only have the opportunity to study at one the most prominent agricultural training institutions in the country, but our relationship with the University of Stellenbosch ensures that students can participate in the full range of sport and other student activities.

Our campus is based in the beautiful Cape Winelands. A three-year B.Agric degree course is offered in association with the University of Stellenbosch which prepares the student for participation in a wide spectrum of agricultural careers. The qualification is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in farming or in the agricultural sector. The student is equipped with production, technical and management skills.

B. Agric Degree Programme

(three years)

(In association with the University of Stellenbosch)

Main study fields: Pastures, Animal Production (Small stock), Animal Production (Large stock), Vegetable Cultivation, Cellar Management, Pomology, Extension, Viticulture, Oenology

Admission requirements: National Senior Certificate; 4 (50-59%) in 4 recommended university admission subjects: Afrikaans/English and Maths/*Maths literacy and Physical, Life or Agricultural Sciences & one of the following: business studies, Dramatic arts, economics, geography, history, religious studies, information technology, engineering graphics and design, music, accountancy, consumer studies, visual arts, languages. *5 (60-69%) Maths literacy

 

Electronic Applications for B.Agric Students in 2016

Please visit the following link for more information on the electronic application process for first year B.Agric students.

e-Aansoek/e-Applications

For enquiries send an email to info@sun.ac.za or phone +27 21 808 9111

 

Name: 
Desiree Chinasamy-Dampies
Telephone number: 
021 808 5457
Fax number: 
086 566 8854
307
Higher Certificate in Agriculture

At Elsenburg we are proud of more than a century of offering quality training in agriculture. Students not only have the opportunity to study at one the most prominent agricultural training institutions in the country, but our relationship with the University of Stellenbosch ensures that students can participate in the full range of sport and other student activities.

A two-year Higher Certificate in Agriculture course is offered which prepares the student for participation in a wide spectrum of agricultural careers. The qualification is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in farming or in the agricultural sector. The student is equipped with production, technical and management skills.

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.

Admission requirements:

National Senior Certificate; 3 (40-49%) in 4 recom­mended university admission subjects: Afrikaans/ English and Maths/*Maths literacy and Physical, Life or Agricultural Sciences and one of the subjects mentioned for the B. Agric programme. *Maths literacy on 4(50-59%).

Name: 
Desiree Chinasamy-Dampies
Telephone number: 
021808 5457
Fax number: 
086 566 8854
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.

Name: 
Desiree Chinasamy-Dampies
Telephone number: 
021 808 5457
Fax number: 
086 566 8854
Diploma in Agriculture

The one-year Diploma in Agriculture is a modular experience teaching programme regarding the Production field, Agricultural Management and Natural Resource Management. These programmes aim to equip students with skills in managing of enterprises in plant production from seedling preparation, through planting and general management to marketing

At Elsenburg we are proud of more than a century of offering quality training in agriculture. Students not only have the opportunity to study at one the most prominent agricultural training institutions in the country, but our relationship with the University of Stellenbosch ensures that students can participate in the full range of sport and other student activities.

Admission requirements:

Higher Certificate in Agriculture

Name: 
Desiree Chinasamy-Dampies
Telephone number: 
021808 5457
Fax number: 
086 566 8854
Diploma in Extension

The one-year Diploma in Extension is a modular experience teaching programme enabling the student to experience various aspects of Extension Science, supplemented by assignments. Agricultural extension is the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through farmer education.

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

Name: 
Desiree Chinasamy-Dampies
Telephone number: 
021808 5457
Fax number: 
086 566 8854
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.

Name: 
Ms Willene Reynecke
Telephone number: 
021 808 7660 | 084 368 1134
Fax number: 
021 808 7605
Want to study Agriculture?
  Electronic Applications for B.Agric Students in 2018 Applications for B.Agric programme open on 1 March 2017. Applications must be submitted online via the Stellenbosch University.  For enquiries send an email to info@sun.ac.za or phone +27 21 808 9111 Please visit the following link for more information on the elect... ...read more
Student Marks
Your results are available from this page. Click on the link here:  If you type in both your student number and ID number and do not reach your results, please try typing only your student number. This may happen if you do not have a South African ID number.  
2017 Study Information
2017 study information can be downloaded here: 2017 year planner - 2nd semester can be downloaded here. First Year Welcome guide -  Download here 2017 Student Fees  -  Download here  
Vacancies for qualified students
The following vacancies are available to qualified students: August 2017 Section Manager - Avocado and Macadamia Operation - download advert here Section Manager - Blueberry Operation - download advert here Agricultural Sales Area Manager - download advert here Jonckies vervoer -  laai advertensie hier af Boordbestuurd... ...read more
Newly elected College Council
Back row left to right: Mr Mario Bonze, Ms Retha Louw, Ms Maritjie Cornelissen, Mr André Thops, Ms Bernadette Abrahams, Mr Pierre du Plessis, Mrs Nomgcobo Matakane, Dr Igshaan Samuels Front row from left to right: Adv. Ncumisa Mayosi, Dr Christa van Louw, Mr Marius Paulse, Prof. Danie Brink, Adv. Nico Boshoff College... ...read more
Multilingualism - Elsenburg's language policy
Multilingualism will be key success factor for Elsenburg's lanuage policy. - read here. Veeltaligheid gaan die bepalende suksesfaktor vir die Elsenburg-taalbeleid wees. - lees hier. Ukuthetha iilwimi ezininzi sisona sitshixo sempumelelo kumgaqo wolwimi e Elsenburg - funda ngakumbi
About us
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... ...read more
Further Education and Training
What is a Learnership? A learnership is a learning programme which empowers the student with an occupational qualification. The Learnership approach includes classroom-based theoretical learning, practical- and workplace experience. How much will it cost? The Learnership Programme is offered at no cost to the student a... ...read more
Short Courses
Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute also provides short courses for commercial farmers, small holder 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, Bredas... ...read more
B. Agric Degree
At Elsenburg we are proud of more than a century of offering quality training in agriculture. Students not only have the opportunity to study at one the most prominent agricultural training institutions in the country, but our relationship with the University of Stellenbosch ensures that students can participate in the... ...read more
Higher Certificate in Agriculture
At Elsenburg we are proud of more than a century of offering quality training in agriculture. Students not only have the opportunity to study at one the most prominent agricultural training institutions in the country, but our relationship with the University of Stellenbosch ensures that students can participate in the... ...read more
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 mod... ...read more
Diploma in Agriculture
The one-year Diploma in Agriculture is a modular experience teaching programme regarding the Production field, Agricultural Management and Natural Resource Management. These programmes aim to equip students with skills in managing of enterprises in plant production from seedling preparation, through planting and genera... ...read more
Diploma in Extension
The one-year Diploma in Extension is a modular experience teaching programme enabling the student to experience various aspects of Extension Science, supplemented by assignments. Agricultural extension is the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through farmer education. Admiss... ...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