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Course overview

Advance your business planning and management skills.

 

An introductory agribusiness program designed for Queensland farmers and managers of agricultural operations, as well as those seeking to enter or advance their agribusiness career.

 

This fast-tracked short course provides the opportunity to develop your agribusiness skills, delivering up to date instruction on developing a business plan, analysing business performance, risk management, and developing business structures and relationships.

 

Flexible study options are available, including 2-day workshops and/or self-paced online study.

 

The Farm Business Management Skill Set involves the completion of four agribusiness competencies, for which participants receive a Statement of Attainment.

 

 

Testimonials from Farm Business Management Skill Set workshop participants:

 

“Attending the QATC workshop facilitated by Gordon and Dave, from ABDI, has helped define a more specific way ahead with our businesses.  They took the time to understand our business needs as we reviewed our business planning and structuring.  Their explanations were clear and precise and both were ready to give guidance to us as business owners where needed”.

Annaleise Donovan, Donovan Group, Bundaberg

 

“I found the recent QATC and ABDI business planning workshop to be very informative and easy to understand.  The workshop added to my level of comfort around understanding how to best manage our expanding, future business operations. I now have the skills to be able to do this better.  I particularly found the open conversation and practical stories about how others have done things beneficial”.

Hayley Loeskow, Bundaberg

 

"The knowledge I have gained from attending this training has been invaluable, and I'd encourage anyone who has been thinking about it, to do it.  The outcome for us is that we've been able to identify some very valuable strategies we can put in place to strengthen our operation".

Louise Bowman, Mackay

COURSE LOCATIONS

Farm Business Management Skill Set workshops are available Australia-wide.  

Current workshop schedule: 

 Workshop Date/s Location
   
12 - 13 June 2018 Toowoomba
26 - 27 June 2018 Stanthorpe


Don't see a date that suits you?

Contact us today 1800 888 710 to discuss scheduling a session near you.

Online Study

This course is also offered via online self-paced study with external assistance available via instructors based at our Toowoomba Training Hub. Contact us to enrol today.

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

The Farm Business Management Skill Set involves the completion of four agribusiness competencies, for which participants receive a Statement of Attainment.

These units can provide credit towards a number of agriculture and agribusiness qualifications, including:

Follow up mentoring is provided by QATC, with self-paced online study to be completed in 2 months.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount (online) Amount (workshop) AgForce Qld Member Rate*
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $2,648 $2,648 20% off 
Co-contribution fee rate^ $144 $244 20% off
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate $80 $144 20% off

Workshops are available Australia-wide. 

Pricing may vary outside scheduled workshops.


^Funding available under the Queensland Government Higher Level Skills program for eligible farm owners, managers and workers. Click on the Additional Information tab below, visit our 
Enrolments, forms and policies page, or contact us for more information.  The fees listed above represent the cost of training and assessment. 

*Conditions apply, enquire when booking.

Business Partner Rate:

QATC is pleased to offer each participant the opportunity to bring one (1) actively-participating current business partner along to workshops, for the additional fee rate of $350.  Terms and Conditions apply:

  • Attending business partners do not receive an accredited outcome. 
  • Funding eligibility and rates do not apply to the quoted fee rate.
  • One only active current business partner permitted, per paying participant enrolled in the accredited Farm Business Management Skill Set course.
  • Attending partner bookings must be made at the same time as booking the participant enrolled in the accredited course.
  • This offer is made only subject to places being available at each workshop.
  • No further discount applies to AgForce members.

 

CAREERS

Completion of the AHCSS00030 Farm Business Management Skill Set may assist those seeking employment in, or recently introduced to, a farm business management role.

The units completed as part of the Farm Business Management Skill Set program also provide pathways towards a number of agriculture and agribusiness qualifications which may support those who are already employed and are seeking to upskill or advance along an agribusiness career path.

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills funding scheme for this course, candidates must be an owner, manager or worker of a farm in Queensland. Click on the Additional Information tab below for full details.

Please note – copy of Year 12 certificate is not required for this course.

Preferred requirements

n/a

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)

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)

Develop and implement business structures and relationships

AHCBUS509

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and implement business structures and relationships. 

This unit applies to those who participate in the establishment of a primary production business and communicate the roles and responsibilities of family members within such a business.  

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 responsibility for their own work and provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable and sometimes unpredictable 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)

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)

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

Information about FBMSS funding eligibility

Funding Criteria:

The Queensland Government provides a subsidy for the AHCSS00030 Farm Business Management Skill Set under its Higher Level Skills program. To be eligible to receive the subsidy the student must be an owner of, manager of or worker on a farm in Queensland and may already hold a Certificate IV or higher level qualification.

In order to prove eligibility for funding the Queensland State Government requires the following evidence documents;

  • proof of age,
  • proof  Queensland residency,
  • proof of citizenship,
  • proof that the participant is an owner of, manager of or worker on a farm in Queensland. Please note: more than one document may be required to prove link between participant and business.

In order to prove eligibility for the farm owner component, the evidence may be a combination of:

  • a rates notice noting the farm address +
  • Business registration for farm noting participants as owners/directors +
  • Business letterhead
  • or a letter from the business accountant stating participants are owners of primary producer entity with a farm located in Queensland and a brief outline of what the farm produces.

For farm manager/worker evidence:

  • letter from the business owner stating participants are managers/workers of primary producer entity with a farm (with address of farm) in Queensland, and
  • a brief outline of what the farm produces.

The completed Funding and/or Concessional Eligibility Form (available from Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges)and supporting documents (photos of ID is acceptable) must be returned to enquiries@qatc.edu.au whereby they are assessed and an enrolment form will be provided to each participant based on their assessment outcome.

At a glance

An introductory agribusiness program ideally suited to Queensland farmers and farm business managers with responsibility for farm business planning and management, as well as farm workers looking to enhance their skills in agribusiness.

  • Online, Short Course
  • Self-paced online study | 2 day workshops with post workshop mentoring
  • Flexible
  • Enrol anytime
  • 4 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $2,648 (online or workshop)
    • Co-contribution fee rate: $144 (online) OR $244 (workshop)
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: $80 (online) OR $144 (workshop)