This course is designed for farm managers or emerging leaders who would like to improve their business management skills and those employed in the Agribusiness sector.
About the Course
The Diploma of Agribusiness Management course is offered as a flexible self-paced online course or face to face learning at Armidale NSW or Muresk Institute WA.
This qualification reflects the role of those working in decision-making and supervisory roles on farms, stations and related rural businesses.
At this level, workers take personal responsibility and exercise autonomy in undertaking complex work. They must analyse information and exercise judgement to complete a range of advanced skilled activities.
Your learning time includes not only the time you spend working on the course materials, but also your time for reflection and thinking about what you have learned as you go about your normal activities. We estimate the total learning time may be up to 20 hours per week for some students. Of course, this will vary according to your existing skills and knowledge.
Course Outcomes and Topics
To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 10 units of competency (3 core units and a minimum of 7 elective units). 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.
Core Unit topics:
- AHCAGB519 Plan and Monitor production processes
- AHCBUS516 Develop and review a business plan
- AHCBUS517 Monitor and review business performance
Elective Unit Topics:
- AHCAGB512 Plan and manage infrastructure
- AHCAGB513 Develop a farm plan
- AHCAGB518 Develop climate risk management strategies
- AHCAGB607 Manage succession planning
- AHCAGB608 Manage financial resources
- AHCBUS406 Administer finance insurance and legal requirements
- AHCBUS512 Develop and implement family business structures and relationships
- AHCBUS513 Market products and services
- AHCBUS518 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
- AHCMOM601 Analyse machinery options
- AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soil for production projects
- AHCWHS502 Manage work health and safety processes
- AHCWRK502 Collect and manage data
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 virtual, 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.