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Areas Of Study 

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges offers a diverse range of study pathways designed to meet current and future industry demands, improving career outcomes for our graduates.

Our proven formula of integrating practical, real-world experience with quality theoretical instruction, prepares our graduates for success in the agricultural industry like no-one else can.


2019 courses are now open for enrolment.


QATC offers a range of flexible, online courses with enrolment open year-round.

Livestock Production

Our livestock courses introduce students to every aspect of the industry, from basic livestock handling techniques through to managing a pastoral property. Skills and knowledge can be gained through full qualifications, or short courses catering for busy employees who need to acquire specific industry skills. Our instructors have years of experience and are passionate about what they do, ensuring graduates are ready to make their mark on the livestock industry.

View livestock courses through our course finder.

​Beef And Cattle

Beef and cattle courses introduce students to the beef agri-supply chain. Students gain hands-on experience in cattle production at each College’s purpose built facilities as well as working properties 'Berrigurra' and 'Rosebank'.


For non-residential students, workshops are conducted at our training hubs or utilising facilities of other industry enterprises.

For more information about beef and cattle courses, go to our Beef Courses page or search through our course finder.

​Sheep and Wool

Sheep and wool courses range from fulltime residential at Longreach Pastoral College (where students have the opportunity to learn about every aspect of production through access to our industry-scale training facilities, and QATC owned station 'Rosebank'), to external shearing and wool handling short courses designed to cater for busy workers.

View sheep and wool courses through our course finder.


Our instructors bring vast experience to the training arena, with national and international credentials. A variety of course levels are offered depending on the riding experience of students, which will be determined in conjunction with the professional advice of instructors. Courses are practically focussed and help to provide students with the skills and knowledge to propel them torwards a rural career.

View equine courses through our course finder.


Purpose built facilities at Emerald Agricultural College see students gain practical skills and knowledge in both dryland and irrigated cropping. Crops grown at Emerald Agricultural College are influenced by the seasonal and market conditions of the Central Highlands district and can include cotton, sorghum, wheat and barley. For non-residential students, workshops are conducted at our training hubs or utilising facilities of other industry enterprises.

View cropping courses through our course finder.


Right across Queensland, we offer training programs, short courses, and traineeships in horticultural studies. Working with grower groups in numerous areas including Burdekin, Bundaberg, Granite Belt, Bowen, Lockyer Valley, and peri-urban Brisbane, QATC has forged strong relationships with local horticultural enterprises to provide training in all facets of the industry including induction, OH&S, and farm chemical usage.

View horticulture courses through our course finder.

Conservation and Land Management

If your goal is a career as a tour guide, national parks ranger, or in natural resource management, our conservation and land management courses and traineeships are designed to equip you for your future. A focus on field work ensures students get the most out of their learning experience. Graduates can apply their skills and knowledge across the industry in a variety of roles.

View conservation and land management courses through our course finder.


For people looking to move into (or already working in) senior roles within the agricultural sector, diploma level studies in agriculture or agribusiness management could be the right match for you. These Diplomas expand knowledge in areas such as farm planning, marketing, business management, production processes, and staff management. Training is delivered in a manner that allows theoretical knowledge to be integrated in a practical environment.

View agribusiness courses through our course finder.

Butchery and Meat Processing

If you enjoy meeting people, performing challenging work that requires skill and dexterity, and would like to learn a trade that is transferrable to anywhere in Australia – or even the world – then becoming a Qualified Butcher may be just what you are looking for. A career as a butcher usually starts from an entry level position as a shop butcher and can lead to a multitude of different career paths, from becoming a leading hand, shop manager, or owning your own business, to branching out into other areas of the meat industry such as the abattoir and meat processing sector. Retail butchery is offered as an apprenticeship.

We also offer off- and on-the-job training in slaughtery or meat inspection and safety.

Contact us to find out more.


Firearms training provides the fundamental knowledge and skills essential for the safe handling of firearms and other weapons. We offer approved Firearm Training and Safety courses, which allow successful participants to apply for a Queensland Weapons Licence.

Our training is flexible and customisable to suit your requirements – we offer a range of weapon categories including A, B, C, D, H and M. Courses can be run throughout Queensland at approved firearm training facilities. 

View firearms courses through our course finder.

Enrolment and successful attainment of weapons-use competencies with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges is subject to participants satisfying applicant criteria for a Queensland Weapons Licence. To find out more about weapon categories, applicant criteria, and how to apply for a Queensland Weapons Licence visit Queensland Police Weapons Licensing.

​Short Courses

Each of our training centres and Colleges offer a range of short courses tailored to the needs of their regional area. Working with industry, we develop courses that are current and relevant to participants, and delivered by qualified instructors with the skills and experience to provide valuable training.

Find out more about the flexibility and delivery options of our short courses here.