In today’s world, the ability to produce a viable animal or crop production business is no guarantee for success. A critical part of the process involves proper management. This course will improve your capacity to manage a farm or agricultural enterprise more effectively and is ideal for farmer-owners, farm managers, retail farm suppliers or those interested in an agricultural career.
The Certificate of Farm Managementis an online programthat will give insights into how to make the optimal choices when it comes to planning and investing resources into a farming enterprise.
In this professional development course, you will learn about the strategic planning involved, and how to undertake a business assessment, viability analysis and agricultural business plan.
You will also study a range of production systems and the HR strategies and resources involved, including managing staff, machinery, water, soil and the relevant regulations and legislation applicable.
On completion of this course, you will be able to analyse, diagnose and make sound decisions relating to the management of a farm business – possibly even your own!
Unit 1 - Strategic planning
Policy formulation approach
Strategic management approach
Initial strategy approach
Farm business structures
Financial terminology and the money market
Finding finance; rural finance sources
Financial terminology and record keeping
Elements of a simple contract
Offers, acceptance, consideration
Unit 2 - Business plans
Quality management systems
Whole farm planning
Preparing a business plan
Integrated production plans
Unit 3 - Business assessment
Factors involved in business assessment
Considering factors affecting your business
Unit 4 - Viability analysis
Risk analysis and managing risk
Standards; cost efficiency
Cost of production
Quality and quantity standards
The bookkeeping process
End of period accounting
Example of budget
Unit 5 - Management strategies
Organising the workplace
Scheduling; production systems
Animal production systems
Unit 6 - Human resources
Interviewing, recruitment and staff induction
Managing human resources
Occupational Health and safety
Duty of care
Dealing with chemicals
Handling tools and equipment
Unit 7 - Physical resources
Machinery and building
Managing physical resources
Unit 8 - Natural resources
Regulations and legislation
Land care programs
Trees; erosion control
Irrigation and watering systems
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.