Sustainability in agriculture has become increasingly important over recent times. It is no longer enough to be financially productive; a farm’s environmental resources also need to be robust for it to survive. This course is an ideal career-enhancer for anyone working in the agriculture industry – from farmers, consultants and educators to those working in farm supply or farm service businesses.
The Certificate of Sustainable Agricultureis an online program that will give you insights into ‘whole farm’ planning, and how to make a farm more sustainable – both economically and environmentally.
In this professional development course, you will study the economic rules that apply to farm enterprise and explore land management programs, such as organic farming, permaculture and biodynamics.
You will also learn about sustainable crop management techniques, how to avoid serious soil and water degradation, and to evaluate the potential and financial viability of animal enterprises.
On completion of this course, you will be able to undertake strategic agricultural planning processes to meet your desired sustainability goals, which can result in the lowering of production costs and the enhancement of yields and profit.
Unit 1 - Introduction
Whole farm planning
Land Management programs
Sustainable ways of farming
No Dig techniques
Unit 2 - Soils
Major types of soil problems
Soil structural decline
Adding organic matter to soils
Unit 3 - Water
Types of water storage
Livestock water requirements
Water saving measures
Swales and Keylines
Unit 4 - Land Care
Pest and diseases
Unit 5 - Financial Sustainability
Developing a farm business plan
Unit 6 - Broad Management Strategies
Toward better planning
Land care or land management
Broad management categories
Plan drawing of farm
Looking at risk
Unit 7 - Plant Enterprises
Considering new crops
Unit 8 - Animal Enterprises
Wool and meat production
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course 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.