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Diploma of Agriculture

Enrich your career in the agriculture industry with this high-level course. Develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a farm, property, or station manager.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Toowoomba Start date: 10 Jul 2023 Duration: up to 2 years
STUDY LOCATIONS Darling Downs and South West
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Course overview

Enrich your career in the agriculture industry with this high-level course. Develop a broad range of advanced skills and knowledge needed to become a farm, property, or station manager.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, there is stable future growth predicted for both crop and livestock farmers in Australia. Key employability skills in this occupation include communication, reliability, and the ability to connect well with others. 

In this course you will learn how to manage both livestock and crop production, market your products and services, and prepare and monitor budgets. We will also teach you how to develop farm and business plans, climate risk management strategies, and sustainable land strategies.

Upon successful completion of this course you will have the skills and knowledge needed to become a farm, property or station manager. You will also have a solid foundation to complete further study and advance your career.

What can I do?

  • Agronomist
  • Production Unit Manager
  • Farm Production Manager
  • Station Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Farm Manager

Course outcome:

AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture

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Recognition of experience

Your years of industry experience count for something. With our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) we can help you fill in your gaps in knowledge to upgrade or gain your qualifications faster.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 10 elective units from the list below.

Ways to study
10 Jul 2023
up to 2 years
Mixed mode
  • Fee-Free TAFE: $0
  • Concession: $3,750
  • Subsidised: $4,500
  • Full fee: $6,990

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Diploma of Agriculture (AHC50116)

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Diploma of Agriculture

Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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VET Student Loan - $16,788 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

This course is best suited to those who have extensive experience in the rural industry, or are currently working on properties whilst studying. Those without experience will be required to discuss this course with our teaching team prior to enrolment, and/or might like to consider the Certificate III in Rural Operations.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes having access to and wearing appropriate attire including cotton long sleeved shirts and trousers, safety footwear compliant with the Australian Standard AS 2210, safety glasses, and a broad brimmed hat. If you are completing horse related units, you may also be required to have access to your own safety helmet (compliant with Australian Standard AS/NZS 3838), appropriate riding boots, relevant tack (including farrier equipment), and horses suitable for practical classes. More details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation.

You are also required to bring personal stationary, sunscreen and a water bottle.

Transition statement

Replacement qualification
This qualification has been replaced by AHC50122 Diploma of Agriculture, as of 23 January 2023. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 22 January 2024.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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