Proficiency Award 3 in Agribusiness

Learn to manage an agricultural business -- suitable for farms, agricultural supply and service businesses. Farm production alone does not make success any more. Good business management is a critical skill for a sustainable career in agriculture.

Course CodeVAG038
Fee CodeDI
Duration (approx)2100 hours
QualificationProficiency Award 3

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Learn to be Successful in Modern Agribusiness

Farmers in the past, may have been able to survive by just growing good crops or animals; but today it is all a lot more involved. Success in agriculture depends upon both what is done on the farm and also what is done off the farm.

Study this course so you can learn to make better decisions, and more informed choices about what to do and how to do it in the business of agriculture.


What makes the ACS Proficiency Award unique?
The proficiency awards offer a tiered award system - so you don't have to wait until the end of your qualification to gain an award.

How does that work?
Once you have completed 6 modules, you can receive an ACS Certificate. Complete 8 (plus 100hrs work experience), and receive an ACS Advanced Certificate. Complete 10 and receive a ACS Proficiency Award 1. Complete 14 (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 2. Complete 20 modules (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 3. Complete 24 modules (plus 100hrs Work Experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 4. 


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Proficiency Award 3 in Agribusiness.
 Animal Health Care VAG100
 Bookkeeping Foundations SPECIAL OFFER BBS103
 Farm Management BAG104
 Financial (Money) Management BBS104
 Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103
 Entrepreneurship BBS204
 Irrigation -- Agricultural Irrigation BAG213
 Sustainable Agriculture BAG215
 Trees For Rehabilitation (Landcare Reafforestation) BHT205
 Agricultural Marketing BAG304
Stream ModulesStudied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Research Project I BGN102
 Workshop I BGN103
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 8 of the following 33 modules.
 Industry Project II BIP001
 Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
 Ecotour Management BTR101
 Permaculture II (Plants for Permaculture) VSS105
 Permaculture III (Animals) VSS106
 Sales Management BBS102
 Supervision VBS104
 Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
 Aquaculture BAG211
 Beef Cattle BAG206
 Bookkeeping Applications (Bookkeeping II) BBS203
 Calf Rearing BAG207
 Cut Flower Production BHT221
 Dairy Cattle BAG205
 Engineering II - Engineering Applications BSC205
 Genetics BSC207
 Goat Production BAG223
 Mariculture - Marine Aquaculture BAG220
 Pasture Management BAG212
 Pigs BAG209
 Poultry BAG208
 Project Management BBS201
 Sheep BAG210
 Viticulture BHT220
 Weed Control BHT209
 Agronomy BAG306
 Agronomy II -Grains BAG309
 Animal Breeding BAG301
 Aquaponic Production BHT319
 Food Processing and Technology BSS301
 Irrigation Management BAG303
 Organic Farming BAG305
 Tissue Culture BHT306

Note that each module in the Proficiency Award 3 in Agribusiness is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Modern Agriculture offers Opportunities like never before.

Most people outside of agriculture; and many still within the industry, think about farming as family businesses, outside of big cities, where success or failure is largely dependent upon the weather, and where you are working largely outside on broad acres, doing lots of very physical work. 

Farming is changing though. It has been going through transition over recent decades, influenced by changing dynamics in technological possibilities, global trade and climate change.

Some "old" farming families and communities have become very innovative, adapting to change and taking advantage of emerging new opportunities; but others have struggled to adapt. You may hear of old farmers being forced off the land; but for every story like that there are also stories of new outstanding successes.

  • Technology has enabled more intensive ways of farming. It has become viable to create small, highly productive farms close to cities or in urban areas (urban farming); if you choose an appropriate method of farming (eg. aquaponics, tissue culture, etc). 
  • Science has enabled more effective water and soil management, boosting productivity, enabling more production from less land area, and the utilisation of land resources that may previously have had limited value for farming
  • A more affluent world has created vastly increased demand for a more diverse range of farm products. Everyone in the city is looking for something a little different in their foods, clothing, medicines, cosmetics and every other type of consumer product; and the raw materials for most of those products (apart from mining production), are derived from farms. Many farms have found new agribusiness opportunities by finding and cultivating a market demand for a niche product which they are the only significant supplier of.
  • Often the key to success is in creating a difference between you and your competition. You may achieve this by managing the genetics (eg. breeding plant or animal types that have a uniqueness, and no one else has); selecting a unique "niche" product (eg. growing and popularising a crop or animal breed that is otherwise rare), or value adding (eg. processing what you grow and building a unique brand and processed product which only you can supply).
  • Agribusiness is not just the growing though. Many people build great careers or businesses in agribusiness as processors, distributors,marketers or consultants. Others find a career in the agricultural media, in education or research. This is an industry that is rapidly reorganising itself; and as it does, unseen opportunities continue to emerge.

When you know agribusiness, you are well placed to seize on opportunities as they reveal themselves.

If you learn the science, know how to farm animals and/or plants, get attuned to the agriculture industry and keep your eyes open to opportunities; the prospects for success in agribusiness are great.

This course is designed to set you on just such a path.


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