Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Farm Management) VAG057

Learn to be a Farm Manager

Farms were once most single properties, family owned and run. This situation has rapidly been changing in recent times,with large companies buying up or developing multiple properties, for larger scale farming.

The nature of farming is changing; and as a result, the demand for professional "farm managers" is set to increase rapidly.

  • Open Learning Course -flexible, self paced
  • Lots of options to specialize
  • Start with a single module if you prefer, then transfer into the learning bundle after you are sure this is where you want to study
  • Opportunity for personal mentoring from international experts providing a unique international flavour to your education

Course Duration:

  • 900 hours
  • Most students spread this over between 2 and 3 years; but some fast track studies and complete it faster, while others take longer.
  • Take a break whenever you need it for a few weeks, or a few months. We are very flexible, and keen to provide an education that fits with the student's other commitments

Course Structure

Nine modules including compulsory and elective subjects.

Compulsory Modules

  • Farm Management
  • Soil Management (Agriculture)
  • Animal Husbandry I (Animal Anatomy and Physiology)
  • Research Project I
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Industry Project I or 100 hours of approved work experience 

Elective Modules

Select three other modules from the following:

  • Organic Farming
  • Pasture Management
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Agricultural Soil Management
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Equine Behaviour
  • Animal Breeding
  • Animal Feed and Nutrition
  • Farm Animal Health
  • Animal Health Care
  • Diagnosing Animal Diseases
  • Aquaculture
  • Mariculture
  • Beef Cattle
  • Calf Rearing
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Horse Care I
  • Horse Care II
  • Horse Care III
  • Horse Breeding
  • Engineering I
  • Engineering II
  • Pig Husbandry
  • Sheep
  • Goat Production
  • Poultry
  • Agronomy
  • Protected Plant Production
  • Cut Flower Production
  • Vegetable Production

Tips for Getting Work

This course can help a lot - but no course, not even from the best university - will by itself guarantee career success -The world is more complicated than that!

How Study Gets You a Career?

  • Put yourself in the employers shoes -they get dozens (sometimes hundreds) of people competing for the same job.Their choices are usually based upon lots of different things (Your studies are part of their consideration, but only part)
  • People who stand out from other applicants get the job; so you need to do things to make yourself stand out.
  • In the past, a qualification made you stand out, because few people had qualifications -but today, most people have qualifications (There are a lot of people with degrees, diplomas and certificates who are unemployed)

Having a qualification may be no guarantee for work; but what you learn from a good course does greatly increase your opportunities to be employed.

Getting the Qualification is not as important as Learning 

Employers, Customers and Clients today look for skills first:

  • Ability to communicate verbally fast, clearly and effectively with co-workers and clients
  • Ability to write in a concise, clear and accurate fashion
  • Computer skills -not important everywhere; but IT skills are important in an increasing range of jobs
  • Capacity to solve problems; fast when needed, and systematically and in detail when required
  • Natural Efficiency -some people do things fast (naturally); others do things slow. Where an employer sees an indication of speed without compromising accuracy, the applicant can have an edge.
  • Awareness of "state of play" in the industry
  • Knowledge and skills that are pertinent to the job
  • A thirst for learning -demonstrated by networking within industry, volunteering to get experience, memberships to clubs, societies, associations; reading literature
  • Psychology and Personality -Employers are increasingly cautious about employing people who may not be a team player. Psychological profiling is used increasingly by employers to gain some insights into a person's profile.
  • Presentation and Grooming -people who present as being well organised and well groomed will impress

How then can Doing a Course help Get a Job?

  • Study can help a lot if it focuses on developing all of the things employers look for (this course does)

What Can You do to Improve Your Career Prospects?

  • Study a course for the right reasons and with the right attitude -Be open to learning, use the course to build a foundation, but understand that study is only the starting point, and that career success depends upon continuing your learning throughout your whole career, by reading, attending conferences, networking, being involved with colleagues, etc.
  • Study a course that makes you stand out -a qualification that is different to all the other applicants will always catch the attention of a boss, and may be the difference between getting an interview or not.
  • Build a mix of skills that is not the same as everyone else -if you study different modules at a different school, join different associations, volunteer for different organisations, network with different people -you will stand out from the crowd.
  • Make sure your C.V. is really good -get help if you need it (Tutors at this school will help our students with their C.V.'s if you ask -no cost. Resume Writing services can also be used, but they charge)
  • Recognise your weaknesses, and work on improving them -not just academically.


Farming is rapidly changing. Mechanisation and computerisation are just two things which are having a great impact upon the way farms are managed. As new technologies develop and world economies merge; the new global community impacts increasingly upon the farmer.

It is still very feasible to operate a successful and profitable farm in technologically advanced countries; but only if the right choices are made, proper planning is practiced and good management is adhered to.

This course is designed to provide an up to date, broad and balanced perspective on farm management. It gives you options to specialize in areas that you have a passion or need to learn about; in ways you won't find offered elsewhere. 

It provides an opportunity to not only build your knowledge and understanding; but develop your awareness of the agricultural industry in your own part of the world, and in doing so, set you on a path to new possibilities and opportunities in farming. 

  • For anyone who is relatively new to agriculture or farming, it will develop an appreciation of the scope and nature of managing a farm, small or large.
  • For established farmers it is a useful way to refresh and update trends and techniques.

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PlanAust. PriceOverseas Price
A 1 x $4,257.00  1 x $3,870.00
B 2 x $2,299.00  2 x $2,090.00
C 3 x $1,661.00  3 x $1,510.00

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