Certificate in Agriculture - Self Designed

Course CodeVAG901
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours
QualificationCertificate
  

Something Unique: six modules; your choice!

You can choose any six modules from those available, as long as the combination makes sense and is approved by one of the school's academic staff.

To enrol in a self designed certificate, you must first determine at the subjects you will take. This is usually done by contacting the school and discussing this with an academic staff member (by email, letter or phone). Choose any combination of agriculture modules. You may even include one or two modules from outside of our agriculture list provided that they are relevant to the broad area of study, or can be readily justified as relevant to your particular situation.

Once your subjects have been determined and approved, you will be issued with a unique Course Code. Supply this code, the course title and the name of the tutor (or staff member) who approved the course when you enrol.

Assessment

Module-based courses: Standard modules within a course have assignments (normally one per lesson) and one exam on completion of the module. All assignments and the exam must be satisfactorily completed in order to pass the module.

Note: Exam fees are in addition to the course cost and are paid at the time the exam is undertaken.

Lesson-based courses: Have different exam requirements. Please inquire about these when you enrol in these courses.

Projects and Research Modules: No exams apply.

You may enrol via any of the following methods:

  • Use the shopping trolley on this page to enrol
  • Phone the school
  • Submit an enrolment form by post or fax
  • Use the Custom Payment section

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Modules

Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 6 of the following 33 modules.
 Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
 Carpentry BSS100
 Dog Care BAG108
 Engineering I - Machinery & Equipment BSC105
 Farm Management BAG104
 Horse Care I BAG102
 Outdoor Plant Production (Crops I) BHT112
 Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103
 Animal Behaviour BAG203
 Animal Diseases BAG219
 Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
 Animal Health (Animal Husbandry II) BAG201
 Aquaculture BAG211
 Beef Cattle BAG206
 Calf Rearing BAG207
 Cut Flower Production BHT221
 Dairy Cattle BAG205
 Engineering II - Engineering Applications BSC205
 Goat Production BAG223
 Horse Care II BAG204
 Irrigation - Crops BHT204
 Irrigation -Agricultural Irrigation BAG213
 Natural Health Care for Animals BAG218
 Pasture Management BAG212
 Pigs BAG209
 Poultry BAG208
 Sheep BAG210
 Sustainable Agriculture BAG215
 Agricultural Marketing BAG304
 Agronomy BAG306
 Aquaponic Production BHT319
 Horse Care III BAG302
 Organic Farming BAG305
 

Note that each module in the Certificate in Agriculture - Self Designed is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


WORKING IN THE FARMING INDUSTRY

Opportunities exist for work both on a farm, and among businesses that supply goods and services to farms.
 
This certificate can greatly improve your capacity to work better and be more productive in either situation.
 
Here are just a couple of examples of what an on farm job might be like:-
 

FARM MANAGER

Farm managers are responsible for the overall day to day operation of the farm; and the level of responsibility and complexity of that job can be variable according to the size and scope of operation involved.
 
Some farms may employ only a handful of part time staff, whereas others can be very large scale operations with scores of employees.
 
The farm manager of a smaller property can be very much a hands on position, working in the paddocks tending to animals or crops, undertaking repair and improvement work to facilities and directing other staff and contractors.  The farm manager on a larger property may be more involved in management and coordination of employees, with less hands-on work.

Many farm managers are self employed, and others are employed by the farm owner to manage their farm.  Many companies which sell agricultural products such as fruit and vegetables and animal products purchase farms to increase their profits, thus requiring the employment of a farm manager.
 
Typical Jobs for Farm Managers

  • Ordering equipment and supplies
  • Planning work programs
  • Directing staff (and contractors)
  • Managing the maintenance of facilities and equipment
  • Managing stock levels and quality
  • Managing animal or crop health/condition
  • Budget control
  • Record keeping
  • Staff training
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Farm Contractor

Environmental factors such as droughts can affect the remuneration level within the agriculture industry.  When times are good, work opportunity and remuneration can be good in this industry, however, often times are not so good which can reduce the remuneration levels available to farm managers. 

In some areas within the industry there is much less vulnerability for farm managers, so it is worth doing your research beforehand before applying for a position. 

Risks and challenges
 Stress levels and risk in this industry can be high due to such external factors as weather (drought, flood) and markets (supply and demand; both local and overseas prices). When times are good, work opportunity and remuneration can be good; but when times are bad, the workplace can become more stressful and opportunities less certain. Enterprises that are less susceptible to such fluctuations are likely to be more secure, less stressful and offer more opportunity for advancements. This varies depending upon the type of farm, and the financial position of the employer.

How to become a Farm Manager
Experience and knowledge are invaluable qualities in a successful farm manager.  Some farm managers may not have a desirable length of experience in the field but may have acquired invaluable knowledge to gain employment.
 
If you are thinking of gaining some knowledge in the industry it is worthwhile to study a different combination of modules or varied course. Be sure to only study courses that enhance your ability to think laterally -something that is critical for success in research.
 
You may also wish to gain more experience in the field before moving into the position of farm manager. This may mean working as an assistant to a farm manager.  This will give you invaluable skills and knowledge to move up in the industry.

Other related jobs

  • Farm Hand
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Officer
  • Horticulturist
  • Machinery Operator/Tractor Driver
  • Consultant
  • Organic Farmer
  • Permaculture/self-sustainability
  • Farm Supplier
  • Small Business Owner
  • Consultant


FARM HAND

Are you looking for a lifestyle change as well as a career change?  Working as a farm hand can be physically demanding but very rewarding.  If you enjoy working outdoors or with animals, but have minimal experience, then this could be the job for you

Typical Jobs for a Farm Hand:

  • looking after animals
  • handyman work
  • checking feed and water
  • cleaning paddocks
  • cleaning stables, barns, sheds, stock yards
  • repairing fences
  • weed control
  • driving machinery (plowing, etc)

As this is a start level job, the remuneration can be quite low.  It will vary however, depending on the size of the farm and responsibilities involved in the job.  On larger farms there is room for advancement eg. Herd Manager.  This would require some experience in the field and possibly some training (eg. Certificate in Agriculture), but remuneration increases significantly with increased responsibility.

Risks and challenges
The viability of any agricultural enterprise is dependent upon external factors such as weather (drought, flood) and markets (supply and demand; both local and overseas prices). When times are good, work opportunity and remuneration can be good; but when times are bad, the workplace can become more stressful and opportunities less certain. Enterprises that are less susceptible to such fluctuations are likely to be more secure, less stressful and offer more opportunity for advancements. This varies depending upon the type of farm, and the financial position of the employer.

As work can also be seasonal (depending on the type of farming) there may not be a lot of job security for farm hands.  It is a good idea to do some research on the type of farming available and your strengths before applying for work.

How to become a Farm Hand
Employers generally seek honest and reliable workers. Some experience or knowledge, a driver's license  and your own transport will be necessary to get employed. If it is an animal farm, you also need to be at ease working with animals.

Study a different combination of modules or a different course. Be sure to only study courses that enhance your ability to think laterally -something that is critical for success in research.
 
This will also show that you are committed to the job and are looking to move forward the industry.  Employers like to see this in their employees, it also is a sign of stability.

Other related jobs

  • Farm Manager
  • Machinery Operator/Tractor Driver
  • Gardener
  • Land Care Officer
  • Handyman
  • Agricultural Sales Officer
  • Organic farmer/permaculture
  • Contract Worker
 
WHAT WILL THIS COURSE DO FOR YOU?

If this type of work interests you then this course could be an excellent program for you to follow; it allows you to choose areas of interest that best suit your current gaols and also your future aspirations. This can also be viewed as a beginning - you can add on units later if you decide that you want to further expand your qualifications.

This course will cater to your needs and not skimp on the fundamental knowledge needed to be successful in farming.


 
Use our free career and course counselling service.

 
 
 

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Credentials

ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development
ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development

Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network
Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network

ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.
ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.

ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council
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