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Diploma of Agriculture

AHC50110

Take your agricultural career to the next level and upgrade your skills with a Diploma of Agriculture (AHC50110), without ever needing to visit a campus.

Learn how to manage all aspects of an agricultural business including staff, machinery, pastures, crops, and livestock. You’ll also be trained to make business decisions based on production levels in different climates.

Once you’ve completed this online course, you will be prepared to work in roles such as a farm production manager, agricultural consultant or agronomist.

This course is currently in the process of being replaced in line with training package requirements to ensure that our courses are current and are relevant to industry practices.

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At a glance

Study mode

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Online

Provider

OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards

Prerequisites

Certificate III in Agriculture or relevant experience.

Location

Online

Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 24 hrs a week = finish in 1 year, 18 hrs a week = finish in 18 months). Complete within 18 months.
Study mode

Online


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Written assignments + online tests
Start date

This course is currently in the process of being replaced.Contact OTEN about enrolling.

Provider
OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)

TAFE NSW - OTEN - Open Training and Education Network (RTO 90004) is the largest online TAFE provider in Australia.

You can study OTEN’s accredited online TAFE courses at your own pace, and start anytime.

OTEN’s flexible courses are developed in consultation with relevant industry groups – to ensure you build the skills that are valued by employers.

TAFE NSW - Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004) trading as Open Training & Education Network

Price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.

Prerequisites

  • Certificate III in Agriculture or demonstrated experience in the agriculture industry

You will also need:

  • Regular access to a suitable farm
  • Appropriate protective clothing & equipment
  • A camera for recording assessments

If you pay for the course using a VET FEE-HELP government loan, you need to:

  • provide a Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (from an Australian agency), OR
  • successfully complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test.

What you'll learn

You'll learn how to:

  • Develop climate risk management strategies
  • Monitor and manage soils
  • Manage integrated crop and pasture production
  • Plan for livestock production
  • Design and implement preventative health treatment and programs for livestock
  • Identify common livestock diseases
  • Develop prevention and treatment strategies for diseases
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
  • Implement a machinery management system

Course structure

10 units

Core units

  1. AHCAGB505A - Develop a whole farm plan


    This unit describes the work function associated with developing climate risk management strategies for an agricultural, horticultural or land management enterprise and defines the standard required to:

    • research climate and enterprise data
    • analyse and interpret climate and enterprise data
    • prepare risk management strategies
    • integrate climate risk and opportunities for management strategies at a business management level
  2. AHCCHM501A - Develop & manage a chemical use strategy


    This unit covers the development and management of a chemical use strategy and defines the standard required to: 

    • implement procedures to assess the risk of chemical transport, storage, handling, application and disposal
    • develop an induction program that covers the enterprise Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) system and roles and responsibilities of all workers within that system
    • base application techniques on spray drift management principles, accurate placement of chemical and the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • make application to authorities in the case of off label use
    • meet all withholding periods and requirements to limit access to sprayed areas
    • meet chemical storage systems industry and legislative requirements
    • document chemical emergency procedures and all requirements for chemical signage and review chemical procedures based on enterprise records
  3. AHCAGB501A - Develop climate risk management strategies


    This unit describes the work function associated with developing climate risk management strategies for an agricultural, horticultural or land management enterprise and defines the standard required to: 

    • research climate and enterprise data
    • analyse and interpret climate and enterprise data
    • prepare risk management strategies
    • integrate climate risk and opportunities for management strategies at a business management level
  4. AHCLSK504A - Develop livestock health & welfare strategies


    This unit covers the functions required to: 

    • design and implement preventative health treatment and programs for livestock and defines the standard required to identify common livestock diseases
    • develop prevention and treatment strategies for diseases
    • handle and use veterinary medicines
    • maintain records of animal health treatment
    • implement a risk management approach to managing animal health
  5. AHCMOM502A - Implement a machinery management system


    This unit covers the implementation of a machinery management system and defines the standard required to: 

    • identify machinery and equipment requirements for the property
    • source machinery services provided by eternal suppliers where required
    • manage machinery and equipment maintenance
    • manage machinery and equipment operation
  6. AHCBAC503A - Manage integrated crop & pasture production


    This unit covers managing integrated crop and pasture production and defines the standard required to: 

    • develop a pasture and crop program to meet production targets and enterprise objectives
    • maintain the productivity of crops and pastures in a farming system
    • monitor soil structure and erosion and make required changes to cultural practices and grazing management
    • implement grazing strategies to optimise pasture and livestock production levels and support the cropping program
    • evaluate grazing and cropping programs for efficiency and effectiveness
    • use physical and financial records of production to evaluate production performance
  7. AHCLSK501A - Manage livestock production


    This unit covers the process of planning for livestock production, and then managing the implementation of such a plan, and defines the standard required to: 

    • establish livestock production targets and plans
    • monitor and manage animal health and nutrition
    • implement grazing strategies that match livestock needs and optimise pasture growth
    • maintain the farm natural resource base through sustainable practice
    • plan and monitor the finances of the production unit
    • maintain records of production
  8. AHCOHS501A - Manage Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) processes


    This unit covers managing OHS processes and defines the standard required to: 

    • develop OHS policies and procedures which demonstrate enterprise commitment to OHS
    • establish arrangements to ensure the involvement of all employees in the management of OHS
    • supervise procedures for identifying hazards
    • conduct risk assessments to cover all phases of the organisations operations involving all relevant staff
    • develop risk controls and ensure all relevant staff are aware of them
    • establish and maintain procedures for dealing with hazardous events and emergencies
    • established and maintain an OHS safety induction and training program
    • establish and maintain a system for OHS records
    • review the enterprise OHS system based on an analysis of OHS records, related policies, procedures and programs and make changes in response to review
  9. AHCSOL501A - Monitor & manage soils for production


    This unit covers the process of monitoring and managing soils in an agricultural or horticultural production environment and defines the standard required to: 

    • interpret soil analytical data for the purposes of developing management or production plans
    • develop and conduct soil improvement programs
    • review and analyse ongoing soil monitoring programs
    • document the soil management plan or production plan
  10. AHCBUS508A - Prepare & monitor budgets & financial reports


    This unit covers preparing and monitoring budgets and financial reports and defines the standard required to:

    • prepare a budget using most likely costs and income
    • develop and monitor budgets in an enterprise
    • prepare financial reports to meet industry standards

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

When you study online with OTEN, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.

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