Have you got a passion for farming, agriculture and harvesting? Would you like to learn from leading Australian and international agricultural experts how to create a successful agricultural enterprise? Then this course is for you.
Approximately 300 hours
to complete the course, which
has 3 key modules made up of
There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.
Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Online, flexible learning at
your own pace.
Availability of Content
12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)
This course is designed to provide you a holistic understanding of the fundamentals of agronomy, as well as the essential tools for farm management and solid marketing foundations. This course is ideal f or anyone with interest in starting their farming journey farmers, farm managers and agricultural students.
With ongoing support from your allocated tutor, including regular feedback and guidance, you will learn broad skills in Agriculture that are practical and relevant to help you achieve success in your chosen field in the real world.
Students will undertake 3 Key Modules, made up of 8 subjects each.
Module 1: Agronomy (100 hours)
What is Agronomy? Broadly defined as the practice and study of field crops for use as human food, animal feed, fibre, oilseed and some industrial product, agronomy involves the biological and physical factors related to crop production.
During your study of Agronomy, you will learn how to grow broad acre crops, cereal crops, fibre crops, oil crops, and more. Learn about crops ranging from wheat and cotton to soy and sunflower. You will also learn how to improve your growing capacity with a focus on grain, oil, and more. Discover the most suitable crop types for your environment, report on your local area, and discuss possibilities with experts in the field.
Module 2: Farm Management (100 hours)
This module was developed by a team of experts from Australia and the UK, under the leadership of John Mason, author of three Farm Management books (published by imprints of Simon & Schuster and CSIRO).
You will learn how to more effectively manage a farm or agricultural enterprise which services farms, as farming is just as much about management as it is about animal or crop production. You will learn how to analyse, diagnose and make decisions related to the management of a farm business. The module also explores managing all resources, including; production, staff, physical resources, and natural resources. As well as teaching you about strategic planning, whole farm planning, and how to prepare a business plan.
Module 3: Agricultural Marketing (100 hours)
Learn how to maximise your business by improving the way you market your farm. Explore innovative and different approaches to improve sales and profit for any agricultural enterprise, on or off farm. This module will help you develop your ability to analyse and manage marketing problems in an agricultural enterprise. From understanding your customer, to how to target them and how to promote your agriculture business, you will learn just how vital marketing is to achieve success.
For the full subject list, download the course guide.
Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course.
You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.
This course is a beginner level course and may be of interest to people who operate their own farm.
Equally, it may be of interest to people working, or aspiring to work in or as:
› Farm Management
› Farm Agents
› Farm Sale Officers
› Marketing for Agricultural Enterprises
If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this.
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