Diploma of Agriculture

Course Code AHC50116
Campus Shepparton - William Orr
Duration 1440 hours

Course Overview

The AHC50116 – Diploma of Agriculture is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Farm production manager, Production unit manager, Agronomist and Station/property manager.

The AHC50116 – Diploma of Agriculture allows individuals to develop specialist skills and knowledge in relation to Management of the farm production system and the associated sub system. It is designed to meet the needs of Farm Production Managers in the agriculture industry. It is also applicable for sole operators of agribusinesses who provide advice such as crop production advice and services to production enterprises.

Upon successful completion of this qualification, students will have the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for their own work as well as being able to direct others within their workplace.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

Employment
The AHC50116 – Diploma of Agriculture is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Production Horticulture, Poultry, Livestock and Agriculture (Miscellaneous) industries.

Working in this industry may involve tending to the welfare of animals and the environment, and being able to direct others to do so. It may also involve working outdoors and indoors in a variety of weather conditions, and operating a range of machinery, equipment and vehicles.

Further studies
After gaining the AHC50116 – Diploma of Agriculture, you might wish to undertake further study in the AHC60316 – Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management and pursue further pathways into university.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – William Orr Flexible Learning Arrangment; 1 Day a Week – 9am to 3.30pm – Trimester 3 / 2018
Shepparton – William Orr Flexible Learning, Starts Wed 16th Jan, 1 Day a week, 9am – 3.30pm
Shepparton – William Orr Flexible Learning, Starts Wed 1st May, 1 Day a week, 9am – 3.30pm
Shepparton – William Orr Flexible Learning, Starts Wed 4th Sept, 1 Day a week, 9am – 3.30pm

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students will be enrolled in 1440 training hours.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Ian Carkeek
Location: William Orr Campus, Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Cost
Govt Subsidised-Standard $3,600.00
Full Fee $7,200.00
Course Materials $720.00


Please note that the advertised fees relate to 2019.   For enrolments this year, please contact us for confirmation.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Be assessed to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
Units of Competency

AHC50116 – Elective Units
AHCAGB402 – Analyse and interpret production data
AHCAGB502 – Plan and manage infrastructure requirements
AHCAGB504 – Plan production for the whole business
AHCAGB505 – Develop a whole farm plan
AHCBAC503 – Manage integrated crop and pasture production
AHCBUS501 – Manage staff
AHCBUS506 – Develop and review a business plan
AHCBUS508 – Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
AHCLSK501 – Manage livestock production
AHCLSK503 – Develop and implement a breeding strategy
AHCLSK504 – Develop livestock health and welfare strategies
AHCLSK506 – Design livestock effluent systems
AHCNAR506 – Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies
AHCWHS501 – Manage work health and safety processes
AHCWRK502 – Collect and manage data
AHCWRK602 – Lead and manage community or industry organisations
BSBWOR501 – Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Assessment Methods

Specific types of assessments may include the following:

  • Direct observation
  • Quiz
  • Knowledge challenge
  • Projects
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.

Enrolment

Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.