is an association                                                                            Croplife is an association representing the plant science industry.
                                                                   Croplife strives to ensure that farmers and other end-users are at all times provided with a professional and efficient service.
                            CropLife's vision is to be acknowledged as the association representing all manufacturers, and suppliers of crop protection products in South Africa.
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AVCASA Courses

AVCASA obtained certification in September 2015 by the AgriSETA as accredited service provider (accreditation number: AGRI/c prov/0510/14) and the following courses have now been approved as accredited courses that comply with SAQA requirements.

1) Aerial Applicators Course  

2) Basic Crop Protection Course 

3) Basic Animal Health Course 

AVCASA has now updated, reformatted and repackaged the Crop protection course and Animal health course to comply with the SAQA unit standards.The updated courses contain all the material of the previous course, as well as additional information. Some additions were dictated by the Unit Standards and the other information was added to fill gaps in the existing material.

The new course structure was being implemented in June 2015 as this brings many benefits to the learner, namely :

  •  New methodology – Focus on COMPETENCY rather than ONLY KNOWLEDGE
  •  Improved, integrated course structure 
  •  PRACTICAL and THEORETICAL assessment activities 
  •  Electronic delivery systems (e-learning) 
  •  Contact sessions 
  •  Improved course quality control 

The course material is currently available in English but we are in the process of translating it into Afrikaans. The assessments will be made available in Afrikaans wherever possible.

Methodology 

The new courses aim at achieving skills in the application of the knowledge. The emphasis is on what will the learner be able to DO on completion of the course. The new methodology strives for COMPETENCY rather than only KNOWLEDGE. ‘Competency’ is defined as knowledge, skill and attitude.

Structure

The new Crop Protection course and the Animal health course are structured as skills programs, each with a main focus, following on each other in a logical sequence. These courses have retained the vast amount of knowledge and information contained in the previous course, but has been restructured in accordance to the unit standards guidelines and has been setup to lead to the acquiring of specific competencies. 

PLANT PROTECTION

 

 

SKILL PROGRAM: PLANTS

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the physiological functioning of the anatomical structures of the plant in relation to its environment 

 
 
 

SKILL PROGRAM: PESTS

Recognise, control and monitor pests, diseases and weeds on all crops effectively and responsibly

 
 
 

SKILL PROGRAM: APPLY

Store and apply crop protection and animal health products effectively and responsibly

 
 
 

SKILL PROGRAM: IPM

Apply effective and responsible integrated pest, disease and weed control.

 

ANIMAL HEALTH

 

 

SKILLS PROGRAM: ANATOMY

Animal Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology

 

 
 
 

Assessment 

The previous course made use of a written knowledge test at the end of the year. In contrast, the new course adopts a strategy of continued competency assessment in alignment with the requirements of the SAQA training standards. 

Every skills program contains a number of practical and theoretical assessments. The learner completes these assessments during the course and the summative (final test) is completed on completion of the skills program. This is then submitted to AVCASA as a Portfolio of Evidence. 

The Learner has a one year period (June 2016) to complete the portfolio of evidence for all the skills programs required for the applicable course. 

Delivery System 

In the past the study material was printed and posted to the learners, which was costly, time consuming and environmentally unfriendly. Course material is now made available to learners electronically through the AVCASA Moodle software. This software is available on the internet and every enrolled learner will receive a username and password to access the course material.