Diploma of Agriculture - AHC50116

Melbourne Polytechnic

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00724G

This qualification reflects the role of personnel working on farms and stations who manage enterprise production units and employees and sole operators of agribusinesses who provide crop production advice and services to production enterprises.Industry expects individuals with this qualification will take personal responsibility and exercise autonomy in undertaking complex work. They must analyse information and exercise judgement to complete a range of advanced skilled activities.Job roles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include: Farm production manager Production unit manager Agronomist Station/property manager. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


10 elective units


  • Monitor and manage soils for production projects
  • Plan and implement a chemical use program
  • Negotiate a contract
  • Develop production plans for livestock
  • Implement and monitor transport logistics
  • Develop a whole farm plan
  • Conduct environment and food safety risk assessment of plant nutrition and soil fertility programs
  • Manage organic livestock production
  • Plan and manage a stored grain program
  • Implement a machinery management system
  • Manage agricultural crop production
  • Develop and manage a plan for sustainable supply and use of water on a farm
  • Manage application technology
  • Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
  • Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • Plan and monitor production processes
  • Manage risk
  • Provide specialist advice to clients
  • Develop production plans for crops
  • Manage work health and safety processes
  • Manage trial and research material
  • Develop and manage a plan to reclaim land affected by salinity
  • Improve agricultural sustainability using renewable energy and recycle systems
  • Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
  • Manage water systems
  • Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program
  • Manage budgets and financial plans
  • Manage erosion and sediment control
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
  • Manage soils to enhance sustainability
  • Develop and manage a plan for sustainable production reflecting sustainable production principles
  • Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies
  • Assess new industry developments
  • Plan production for the whole business
  • Market products and services
  • Collect and manage data
  • Manage recruitment selection and induction processes
  • Manage organic soil improvement
  • Monitor and review business performance
  • Manage staff
  • Handle, store and grade deer velvet
  • Manage the harvest of crops
  • Arrange marketing of livestock
  • Design livestock effluent systems
  • Manage machinery and equipment
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate strategies to improve livestock through genetics
  • Select and implement a Geographic Information System (GIS) for sustainable agricultural systems
  • Plan and manage infrastructure requirements
  • Develop and manage a chemical use strategy
  • Develop livestock health and welfare strategies
  • Develop and implement a breeding strategy
  • Manage livestock production
  • Develop and manage a plan to improve biodiversity on a farm
  • Source goods/services and evaluate contractors
  • Arrange employment for shearing operations
  • Implement the introduction of biotechnology into the production system
  • Select and use agricultural technology
  • Analyse and present research information
  • Comply with deer industry national velvet accreditation requirements
  • Negotiate and monitor contracts
  • Prepare the enterprise for organic certification
  • Develop and review a business plan
  • Apply plant biology to agronomic practices
  • Plan and manage long-term weed, pest or disease control in crops
  • Harvest deer velvet
  • Manage integrated crop and pasture production
  • Develop a sales strategy for rural products
  • Manage forage conservation
  • Design drainage systems
  • Develop climate risk management strategies
  • Manage biodynamic production
  • Develop an organic management plan

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Epping International: $28,000 Yes
  • Full-time : 18 months

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