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.
- Aerial Applicators Course
- Basic Crop Protection Course
- 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 as opposed to 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.
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 as opposed to only knowledge. ‘Competency’ is defined as knowledge, skill and attitude.
The new Crop Protection and Animal Health Courses are structured as skills programs, each with a main focus, following each other in a logical sequence. These courses have retained the vast amount of knowledge and information contained in the previous course, but have been restructured in accordance with the unit standards guidelines and have been designed to optimise the ability to acquire specific competencies.
- SKILL PROGRAMME: PLANTS - Demonstrate a basic understanding of the physiological functioning of the anatomical structures of the plant in relation to its environment
- SKILL PROGRAMME: PESTS - Recognise, control and monitor pests, diseases and weeds on all crops effectively and responsibly
- SKILL PROGRAMME: APPLY - Store and apply crop protection and animal health products effectively and responsibly
- SKILL PROGRAMME: IPM - Apply effective and responsible integrated pest, disease and weed control.
- SKILLS PROGRAM: ANATOMY - Animal Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology
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.
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.