Diploma of Agriculture


  • Course Information
  • Units
  • Cost
  • Delivery
  • Benefits
  • Pathways
  • Tone up your farm management skills - for paddock and office


    We offer three Diploma of Agriculture courses

    These courses are designed for farm managers who would like to improve their farm management skills. 

    There are no prerequisites however some course entry requirements do apply, see below for more details.

    • Choose from cropping, livestock, natural resource management, business management, people management units in the general Diploma of Agriculture.  The specialist crop Diploma of Agriculture has set units.
    • Start on the 1st of any month (not January)
    • Take up to 2 years to complete in a self paced online format
    • Spend just the time you need to understand the materials - not affected by other students working faster or slower than you need.

    Your learning time includes not only the time you spend working on the course materials, but also your time for reflection and thinking about what you have learned as you go about your normal activities.  We estimate the total learning time may be up to 20 hours per week for some students.  Of course, this will vary according to your existing skills and knowledge.

    View Student Handbook


    • Be actively engaged in farming, or have ready access to, and knowledge of, a farm business for completion of assessment exercises.
    • Have access to a computer with at least Windows 7, Word 97, Excel 97, Adobe Reader and satellite broadband internet connection or similar.  If you have a Mac computer, we suggest you talk to a computer technician about installing the Windows environment.
    • Basic computer skills e.g. use of internet, email, basic word processing skills
    • Completion of Year 12 or equivalent or be able to demonstrate similar literacy and numeracy levels.  All students complete a literacy and numeracy test as part of our enrolment process.


    RPL is a process which assesses your existing knowledge and skills gained through work or prior study. You can do part, or all, of your Diploma by RPL.  You can apply for RPL at enrolment or at any time during your course.

    If you have done previous accredited training in any field we may be able to offer you direct credit transfer for units in this course. Contact RuralBiz Training if you think this applies to you.


    You'll be supported all the way in your course.  Your team will include:

    • You!
    • Your trainer
    • Your Guardian Angel - your mentor and cheer squad who helps resolve any issues related to your progress
    • LLN specialist - helps students who want a hand with reading, writing or number work, particularly in assessment tasks.


    Your trainers are well qualified, practical people who are managing their own farm businesses or providing services to farmers.

    Click here for more about the RuralBiz Training trainers.


    The following information relates to the general Diploma of Agriculture.  Information on the specialist cropping Diploma is further down.

    A Diploma of Agriculture requires 10 units of competency made up of:

    • A minimum of five (5) units from elective group A
    • A minimum of three (3) units from elective groups A or B
    • A maximum of two units may be chosen from Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma units in the AHC10 training package, or any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course.  Chosen units must be relevant to jobs in Agriculture  (Other)

    Units available by training with their elective groups are listed below for the Diploma of Agriculture.  Click here for a list of units in the Grain Growers Ltd  Diploma of Agriculture for crop producers

    All units in the Diploma of Agriculture listed on training.gov are available by RPL.

    Units marked * are part of the UNE Bachelor of Agricultural Production and Management.





    AHCAGB501 Develop climate risk management strategies*


    AHCAGB505 Develop a whole farm plan*

    B AHCAGB502 Plan and manage infrastructure requirements*


    AHCSOL501 Monitor and manage soils for production



    A AHCLSK503 Develop and implement a breeding strategy *
    A AHCLSK504 Develop livestock health and welfare strategies*
    A AHCLSK505 Develop production plans for livestock*




    AHCBAC507 Develop production plans for crops*


    AHCBAC505 Plan and manage long-term weed, pest and/or disease control in crops*


    AHCBAC508 Apply plant biology to agronomic practices*



    A AHCBUS501 Manage staff
    A AHCBUS502 Market products and services*


    AHCBUS506 Develop and review a business plan


    AHCBUS507 Monitor and review business performance*

    B AHCBUS508 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports*
    B AHCWRK502 Collect and manage data


    AHCWRK503 Prepare reports*


    Work Health and Safety


    AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes


    AHCWHS501 Manage work health and safety processes

  • COST

    Your fee for this course will depend on the the availability of a subsidy from your State and your eligibility.  To view a summary of all current course fees and subsidies please click here or contact our office for more information.

    Payment Options

    VET Student Loan

    If you'd like to enrol in this course but can't afford the fees, you may be eligible to use a Vet Student Loan.

    To be eligible for VET Student Loan, the Commonwealth Government requires that you:

    • provide a copy of your Australian senior secondary certificate, OR
    • achieve the required standard in an approved literacy and numeracy test.

    For a summary of the VET Student loans click here or for detailed information please read the Vet Student Loan information booklet for more information.  

    Payment plan

    Want to make smaller, regular payments throughout your course?  

    The payment plan option consists of establishing a direct debit facility for payments deducted weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly from your nominated bank account or credit card, across the duration of your enrolment (up to 2 years). There is a $10 establishment fee and a 4% administration charge on all payment plans.   The establishment fee is paid in your first instalment and the administration fee becomes part of your scheduled deduction. 

    Payment plans are administered by DebitSuccess (www.debitsuccess.com.au)

    Upfront payment

    You can make an upfront payment for your student fee while enrolling with any residual processed through the payment plan.  Vet Student Loan students may make upfront payments prior to the census date for that unit.

    Other costs:  AHCAGB505A Develop a whole farm plan requires purchase of a Farm Map software program ($396 incl GST).  Some state subsidies cover the cost of this software.


    NEW! Face to Face delivery at Muresk Institute WA

    Suitable for Australian citizens and international visitors in Australia
    who are on a visa which allows at least 4 months study (eg many backpackers) looking for a long term career in the Australian agricultural industry. Designed in conjunction with WAFarmers and Muresk Institute this course is designed to fit around crop seeding and harvest times in the WA cropping region. There are currently scholarships available click here for more info.

    Self-paced online learning - from anywhere!

    Use resources and information in our online learning site (RuralBiz Online) to work at your own rate, at times that suit you. You will find resources to help you learn including videos, quizzes, print materials and links to other useful websites. This site also has a forum where you can post comments and questions for other participants and your trainer. It will also be the spot to upload your assessments, receive trainer feedback and track your progress.

    Interactive online sessions

    These are run in our Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom where you work with a trainer and other participants. You will be able to see a presentation on your computer screen, hear the trainer and other group members, and ask questions or make comments. One of our previous participants described it as being like "two way radio with pictures" but it also has a whiteboard, chat function and many other tools useful for training. Some sessions are also recorded for listening back at a later date. These sessions are usually run on demand when there is a group of at least 10 participants to attend.

    Printed Manuals

    Many of our units use a printed manual, giving you time to explore the online learning environments while having familiar materials at hand.


    Your assessment tasks are designed for you to apply your learning to your own farm.  In many cases, you produce a valuable resource for ongoing use in your own business - such as an e-Farm Plan which is easily updated or business, cropping or livestock plans.

    Past students have found that they continue to use and adapt these plans well after they have completed their qualification.

    You'll attend an AgForum in each unit - an online informal discussion with other students about day to day issues of interest in agriculture. 

    Your progress

    At enrolment, we work with you to design an individual training plan that meets your needs and course rules, so you can complete your course within the 2 year timeframe.

    We know that farmers have busy periods during the year depending on their district and type of farming.  We also recognise that family issues mean some students will need time out during their course.

    If you find you are unable to keep to your training plan, you can talk to your guardian angel and amend it as needed.

    Remember, we're working with you to make your study possible!


    Key Benefits

    • Flexible - self paced online or online group delivery
    • Everyone with an internet connection has equal access to training
    • Training is delivered to you - wherever you have internet access
    • No travel time or travel costs
    • Access to online materials 24/7
    • Access to the best trainers who are farmers themselves, not just trainers who can visit your district
    • Work in groups from a wide geographic area
    • Training can continue even if you are travelling or cut off by floods or other natural disasters
    • Assessments are submitted online - fast turnaround times
    • Student Card - purchase some items at discounted prices


    Further Education or Training:

    Further training pathways from this Qualification include, but are not limited to:


    Employment pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to:

    • Farm production manager
    • Production unit manager
    • Station/property manager

Diploma of Agriculture