Short Course

Skillsets & Part Qualifications

Course Details

Interested in improving your skills but you don't want to enrol in a full qualification? A Skillset or Part Qualification might be for you!

  • Course Information

    RuralBiz Training offers Skillset's or Part Qualification of one or more units that form part of nationally recognised qualifications.Download an Expression of interest form for NSW here

    State governments periodically offering funding to encourage new and existing workers to improve their skills or adapt to changing industry needs.

    • 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
  • Units
    Contact us to discuss what skills you would like to brush up on.

     Unit and funding availability is subject to change. 


    We've got a great list of short skills - choose from the list, or let us know if you can't see what you want.
    • Soils
    • Farm Planning
    • Livestock
    • Crops
    • Risk Management
    • Succession Planning
    • Workplace Health and Safety for Farms
    • Farm Business Management

    Check out this EOI form for all the details. This training is fully subsidised by the NSW Government. 


    Currently  we also have part qualifications in the following areas available through the AgSkilled initiative for those who are involved in or have a genuine interest in the Cotton, Grain, Rice, Horticulture, Beef cattle, dairy, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, honeybees, other livestock and animal management services used for commercial agricultural food and fibre production.

    Available units (as at 15/01/2024)



    AHCAGB302 Keep production records for a primary production businessOnline self-paced
    AHCAGB405 Analyse and interpret production dataOnline self-paced
    AHCAGB513 Develop a farm plan Online self-paced
    AHCAGB518 Develop climate risk management strategies Online self-paced
    AHCBUS511 Manage enterprise staff requirementsOnline self-paced
    AHCBUS512 Develop and implement family business structures and relationshipsOnline self-paced
    AHCBUS516 Develop and review a business planOnline self-paced
    AHCBUS517 Monitor and review business performanceOnline self-paced
    AHCBUS518 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reportsOnline self-paced
    AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicalsFace-to-face workshop
    AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseasesFace-to-face workshop
    AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs Online self-paced
    AHCLSK402 Develop livestock feeding plansOnline self-paced
    AHCLSK422 Identify and select animals for breedingOnline self-paced
    AHCLSK504 Develop livestock health and welfare strategiesOnline self-paced
    AHCLSK509 Develop and implement a breeding strategyOnline self-paced
    AHCLSK510 Develop production plans for livestockOnline self-paced
    AHCPMG301 Control weedsOnline self-paced
    AHCSOL406 Sample soils and interpret resultsOnline self-paced
    AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soils for production projectsOnline self-paced
    AHCWHS402 Maintain work health and safety processesOnline self-paced
    AHCWRK313 Collect samples for a rural production or horticulture monitoring programFace-to-face or online one-day workshop 
    AHCWRK302 Monitor weather conditionsOnline self-paced
    AHCWRK409 Supervise work routines and staff performanceOnline self-paced
    BSBLDR414 Lead team effectivenessOnline self-paced

    This training is funded the the NSW Governmant AgSkilled  strategy. Contact our office on 02 6884 8812 or for more information


    Farmers and farm business managers with responsibility for farm business planning and management, including risk management may be interested in this  AHCSS00030 Farm business management skillset. Students must be an owner of, manager of, or worker on, a farm in Queensland and may already hold a Certificate IV or higher level qualification  

    Subsidies for this skillset are provided by the Queensland government under the Higher Level Skills program, contact for more information. 

  • Cost

    Your fee for this course will depend on the the availability of a subsidy from your State and your eligibility. Subsidies may cover part or all of the course fee. Current funding for part qualifications is only available for student who live or work in NSW or Qld. Funding availability is subject to change. Contact our office on 02 6884 8812 or for subsidy availability and course fee information.

  • 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.


    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.


    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:

    You can use units completed towards a full qualification in a related field. Further training pathways 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