Have you got a passion for farming? Are you passionate about sustainability and want to learn what makes a farm sustainable? Would you like to learn from leading Australian and international agricultural experts how to manage a farm and what’s involved to create a successful agricultural enterprise? Then this course is for you.
Approximately 200 hours
to complete the course, which
has 2 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)
Designed to give you a holistic understanding of the fundamentals of farm management and sustainable agriculture, as well as the essential tools required for a successful and sustainable agriculture enterprise, this course is ideal for anyone from those starting their journey in farming, to farmers or farm managers, to agricultural students.
Students will undertake 2 Key Modules, made up of 16 subjects each.
Module 1: Farm Management (100 hours)
Learn better farm management with this course that was developed by John Mason, author of best-selling book “Farm Management” and study with our team of internationally renowned agricultural experts from Australia and the UK.
In this course, you will learn how to effectively manage a farm or agricultural enterprise which services farms. Discover how to analyse, diagnose and make decisions related to the management of a farm business, as well as managing all resources, including; production, staff, physical resources, and natural resources. Farming is just as much about management as it is about animal or crop production, so you will also learn about strategic planning, whole farm planning, and how to prepare a business plan.
Module 2: Sustainable Agriculture (100 hours)
In this course you will discover what makes a farm sustainable, as a business and for the environment. You will learn how to improve farm sustainability, by exploring not only the environmental resources of a farm, but also the financial resources. Learn how to create a productive and profitable agriculture enterprise that can successfully survive into the future without negatively impacting the environment.
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 is a beginner level course and may be of interest for people:
› Operating their own farm
› Working as a farm manager
› Managing a farm supply, service or marketing business
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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