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Course overview

Cultivate your career in agricultural leadership.

 

Learn the skills to perform a diverse range of duties from day-to-day operations to managing enterprise production units and employees, stock handling, stud management, and providing business and finance advice to property owners.

 

COURSE LOCATIONS

The AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture course is offered via:

  • Online self-paced study (with external assistance available via instructors)

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

Course structure

Delivered online over 24 months, the Diploma of Agriculture course caters for those requiring flexibility in their study schedule. The course develops in students the advanced skills and knowledge required to undertake management roles in the agriculture sector, including:

  • Budgeting and financial reporting
  • Business performance
  • Farm planning
  • Breeding and crop production strategies
  • Animal health and livestock plans.

The course combines theory with hands on, practical learning ensuring students get the most out of their learning experience, including a non-compulsory workshop available for students during the course of their study.

This course is best suited to those who have experience in the rural industry, and/or currently working in a farming enterprise.  It is helpful for the students to have access to a farm enterprise's financial information, but if they do not, a QATC farm case study may be used. Applicants without experience are advised to consider undertaking a Certificate III in Rural Operations.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) also available upon application (12 months part-time). more information here

Fee structure

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for this course are listed on the Schedule of Tuition Fees & Census Days, which can be downloaded via the button on the right.

The maximum amount that can be borrowed under a VET Student Loan for this course is listed on the VET Student Loans (Courses and Loans Caps) Determination.

Incidental fees

Incidental fees are fees for things which are not a compulsory part of your course (i.e. they are fees for things that are optional).  The incidental fees for this course are set out in the table below. 

Incidental fee description Amount ($)
n/a n/a

Please note that incidental fees cannot be paid via a VET Student Loan

CAREERS

Graduates of this program will develop the high-level skills necessary to undertake a variety of management roles within the agriculture sector, including:

  • Farm Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Agronomist
  • Station Manager
  • Stable Manager
  • Stud Manager

These roles perform a diverse range of duties from day-to-day operations to managing enterprise production units and employees, stock handling, stud management, and providing business and finance advice to property owners.

CRITERIA

Entry requirements

We are required to make sure that you are academically suited to this course. Before offering you a place in the course, we must obtain evidence that you have either:

  • Finished year 12; or
  • Finished a Certificate III or higher qualification; or
  • Have literacy and numeracy at exit level 3 on the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
  • Industry experience of 12 months

This course is best suited to those who have experience in the rural industry, and/or currently working in a farming enterprise. It is helpful for the students to have access to a farm enterprise's financial information, but if they do not, a QATC farm case study may be used.

Applicants without experience are advised to consider undertaking a Certificate III in Rural Operations.

Selection criteria

Generally we will have enough places in each course of study for all people who apply (providing that applicants meet any compulsory requirements). However, in the event that more applications are received than places available, we use a merit-based process to assess applications.

The following selection criteria will be used to assess applications in the situation that there are more applications received than places available:

  • Relevant industry experience
  • Resume
  • Interview
  • Completion of AHC32810 Certificate III in Rural Operations (or equivalent qualification)

UNITS OF STUDY

Develop and review a business plan

AHCBUS506

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and review a business plan.

This unit applies to those whose role is to set the short, medium or long term goals and targets for the business plan and may relate to marketing and production targets, resource and asset development and management, acquisitions, capital, property improvements, and operational systems.

All work must be carried out to comply with organisational requirements, work health and safety legislation and codes, sustainability practices and in consultation with the management team.

This unit applies to individuals who 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. 

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Market products and services

AHCBUS502

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to market products and services.

All work must be carried out to comply with organisational requirements, work health and safety legislation and codes, sustainability practices and in consultation with the management team.

This unit applies to individuals who 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.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Manage risk

BSBRSK501

This unit describes skills and knowledge required to manage risks in a range of contexts across an organisation or for a specific business unit or area in any industry setting.

It applies to individuals who are working in positions of authority and are approved to implement change across the organisation, business unit, program or project area. They may or may not have responsibility for directly supervising others.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Develop production plans for livestock

AHCLSK505

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop production plans for livestock. 

This unit applies to managers of intensive or extensive livestock production systems.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who take personal responsibility and exercise autonomy in undertaking complex work. They analyse design and communicate solutions to sometimes complex problems. 

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

 

Develop a whole farm plan

AHCAGB505

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop a whole farm plan. This unit applies to individuals who 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. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Manage integrated crop and pasture production

AHCBAC503

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to manage integrated crop and pasture production. This unit applies to individuals who demonstrate deep knowledge in a specific technical area, take personal responsibility and exercise autonomy in undertaking complex work. They organise the work of self and others and analyse, design and communicate solutions to sometimes complex problems. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Monitor and review business performance

AHCBUS507

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and review business performance. 

All work must be carried out to comply with organisational requirements, work health and safety legislation, sustainability practices and codes and in consultation with the management team.

This unit applies to individuals who 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.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports

AHCBUS508

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports. 

All work must be carried out to comply with organisational requirements, work health and safety legislation and codes and in consultation with the management team.

This unit applies to individuals who 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.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Develop and implement a breeding strategy

AHCLSK503

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and implement a livestock breeding program. 

This unit applies to managers of livestock enterprises responsible for selection and breeding programs and the use of resources appropriate to meet the breeding aims of the enterprise.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who take personal responsibility and exercise autonomy in undertaking complex work. They analyse design and communicate solutions to sometimes complex problems. 

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Develop livestock health and welfare strategies

AHCLSK504

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and implement preventative health treatment and welfare strategies for animals. 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who take personal responsibility and exercise autonomy in undertaking complex work. They analyse design and communicate solutions to sometimes complex problems. 

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

VET STUDENT LOANS

 

VET Student Loans are available for this course. Eligible students can apply for a loan from the Commonwealth for all or part of their tuition fees. Before making any decisions about whether to use VET Student Loans, and to assess their eligibility, students must read the VET Student Loans information booklet 2017.

In accordance with s142 of the VET Student Loan Rules 2016 (Cth), we advise that VET Student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements, and a VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid. 

For more information about VET Student Loans, visit www.studyassist.gov.au, read the fees policy on our fees and funding page, or contact us on 1800 888 710.

Additional Information

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

At a glance

Develop your skills and knowledge in enterprise planning and management, budgeting and financial reports, business performance, breeding and crop production strategies, animal health and livestock plans.

  • Online
  • Self-paced
  • 24 months part-time
  • Multiple scheduled intakes
  • 10 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $7,950
    • Co-contribution fee rate: $5,620
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: $4,880