The PPECB’s AETP (Agri Export Technologist Programme) offers high-potential, disadvantaged graduates the opportunity to gain a head-start in their agri-export technology career, while receiving an accredited qualification national certificate: Perishable Product Technology ( SAQA ID: 5834; NQF Level 5 ).

During this 12 month development opportunity, successful candidates are placed at inspection-points in various regions under the mentorship of PPECB specialists. There they are exposed to quality assurance practices applicable to specific perishable products. Accredited facilitators also provide formal theoretical training on:

  • Export legislation and certification
  • Factors influencing export
  • Food safety
  • Product knowledge
  • Cold chain management
  • Total quality management systems and viability
  • Recent innovations

The application window opens on 1 October annually and closes on 1 December. Short-listing takes place during December every year and short-listed candidates are invited to attend interviews during January and February. Candidates are notified if they have been successful or not during March and successful students start on 1 April every year.

Valuable, on-the-job exposure is highly beneficial when applying for vacancies, whether at PPECB or in the industry. Although completing the AETP does not guarantee employment it does strengthen your chances of finding a job.

To apply complete the application form on PPECB’s website. Send the completed form together with the below documentation to or fax your documents to 021 9303937, for attention: AETP APPLICATION.

  1. A comprehensive CV
  2. Certified copies of your full academic record to date
  3. One reference letter
  4. Copy of your ID document