Build farm management skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification. This course is designed for farm managers or emerging leaders who would like to improve their farm management skills.
About the Course
The Diploma of Agriculture reflects the role of personnel working on farms and stations who manage enterprise production units and employees and sole operators of agribusinesses who provide production advice and services to production enterprises. Industry expects individuals with this qualification will take personal responsibility and exercise autonomy in undertaking complex work. Students must analyse information and exercise judgement to complete a range of advanced skilled activities.
Students can choose from cropping, livestock, soils, business management, people management units in the general Diploma of Agriculture.
Course Outcomes and Topics
To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 10 units of competency comprised of different elective groups. Please contact Rural Biz for further information on unit selection to ensure qualification.
Elective Unit Topics:
- AHCAGB518 Develop climate risk management strategies
- AHCAGB513 Develop a whole farm plan
- AHCBUS513 Market products and services
- AHCBUS516 Develop and review a business plan
- AHCBUS517 Monitor and review business performance
- AHCBAC509 Plan and manage long-term weed, pest or disease control in crops
- AHCBAC507 Develop production plans for crops
- AHCBAC508 Apply plant biology to agronomic practices
- AHCLSK503 Develop and implement a breeding strategy
- AHCLSK504 Develop livestock health and welfare strategies
- AHCLSK505 Develop production plans for livestock
- AHCORG508 Prepare the enterprise for biodynamic or organic certification
- AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soils for production processes
- AHCWHS502 Manage work health and safety processes
- AHCAGB512 Plan and manage infrastructure
- AHCBUS518 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
- AHCCHM501 Develop and manage a chemical use strategy
- AHCORG402 Manage organic livestock production
- AHCWRK502 Collect and manage data
Recognition of Prior Learning (RLP) is available to assess your existing skills and knowledge and if you have previously completed any nationally accredited training you may be eligible for credit transfers.
Entry Requirements and Pre-requisites
There are no prerequisites to complete this course, however some course entry requirements do apply.
Students should have completed schooling Year 12 or equivalent or be able to demonstrate similar literacy and numeracy levels. All students are required to complete a literacy and numeracy test as part of our enrolment process.
Students must be actively engaged in farming/ horticulture, or have ready access to and knowledge of a farm/horticulture business which can be used for completion of assessment tasks. Face to face students will have access to local farms as part of their integrated learning experience.
If you are not part of the farm business, RuralBiz Training may require you to provide contact details for the owner or manager to confirm your access to the farm
Students must have basic computer skills (use of the internet, email, basic word processing skills) and have access to a computer with at least Windows 7, Word 97, Excel 97, Adobe Reader and satellite broadband internet connection or similar. If you have a Mac computer, we suggest you talk to a computer technician about installing the Windows environment
Workplace and Equipment requirements
To ensure adequate completion of assessment tasks, the students chosen farm or horticulture business should show these characteristics:
- Operated as a business for profit
- Have a commercial scale
- Have agricultural enterprises such as commercial crops or livestock
- Be close to where you live so you can be physically on it regularly (e.g. weekly)
- Be able to provide you with details of past production, management processes, costs, prices etc. Advanced Diploma units will require access to past financial records
This training is available Australia wide through flexible, online learning systems and face-to-face at Armidale NSW or Muresk Institute in Northam, WA.
Delivery Methods and timing
Online course delivery –self-paced learning, interactive sessions and printed manuals.
This course takes 2 years to complete online or 1 year to complete face-to-face. The training offers flexibility so students can progress more quickly during their quiet periods and request extensions during peak periods.
Training costs vary depending on student eligibility for state government subsidies, which are available for students in NSW, QLD and SA. Subsidy amounts vary and may cover up to 100% of the course fee. Eligibility requirements apply. VET Student Loans available to eligible students on approved courses. A VET Student loan gives rise to a VETSL debt that remains a liability to the Commonwealth until it is repaid. The maximum amount that can be loaned for this course through the VET Student Loans (VSL) program is $15,793 indexed annually. Payment plan options are also available. No upfront payments are required.
The full course fee before any eligible subsidy is $11,000.