• Course Information
  • Units
  • Cost
  • Delivery
  • Benefits
  • Pathways
  • This course provides training in the high-level practical skills needed to provide technical information and advice on plant nutrition and fertiliser application for grain, pasture and fodder crops, appropriate crop varieties, crop rotations, weed, pest and disease management and effective soil testing.


    ABOUT THE COURSE

    This course is designed for farm managers who would like to improve their farm and crop management skills.



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





    • 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



    COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:




    • 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.


    RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) & CREDIT TRANSFER



    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.



    STUDENT SUPPORT



    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.


    TRAINERS



    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.

  • UNITS

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




    • Five (5) core units
    • Five (5) elective units from the electives shown below or units may be chosen from Certificate IV or 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 Agronomy




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




    Core Units
     
    AHCBAC501   Develop production plans for crops
    VU21626   Manage soils to enhance sustainability
    VU21627   Design and manage a crop and pasture nutrition program
    AHCBAC505
      Plan and manage long term weed, pest and/or disease control in crops
    AHCBUS508   Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
     Electives  
    AHCAGB501   Develop climate risk management strategies
    AHCWRK503   Prepare reports
    VU21630   Apply plant biology to agronomic practices
    AHCBUS502   Market products and services
    AHCPCM501   Diagnose plant health problems
    AHCPCM502   Collect and classify plants
    AHCSOL401   Sample soils and interpret results
    AHCSOL501   Monitor and manage soils for production

     

  • COST

    This course is currently offered on a full fee paying basis. Click here or contact our office for more information.

  • TRAINING DELIVERY

    Self-paced online learning



    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.


    Assessment



    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!


  • BENEFITS

    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

  • PATHWAYS

    Further Education or Training:



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





    Employment:



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




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

Diploma of Agronomy

22273VIC