Diploma of Sustainable Agriculture

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  • Objectives
    Climate Change, On-going Drought, Irrigation Rationalisation, Kyoto Agreement, Carbon Tax and Carbon Trading are just a few of the challenges needing to be met by farmers today. These challenges in combination with fluctuations in commodity prices, rising fuel costs, increasing consumer demand for a ‘green’ product are increasing the need for farmers to be highly skilled in managing their Agribusinesses. This course will assist both existing and aspiring farmers to adapt sustainable farming principles such as soil management, water use and the development and management of biodiversity on a farm. In addition, participants will explore the potential of introducing new methods and technologies such as GIS, Genetic Breeding, and Renewable Energy Systems in assisting them in remaining competitive and plan ahead to ensure long-term viability of their farms.
  • Entry requirements
    Whilst there are no formal prequisites for the Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture, participants are advised that successful completion will require a range of skills in writing, reading, speaking and the performance of calculations including: * Construct, read and interpret data in a range of business documents, operational plans and agricultural documents, which are likely to include information that is graphically presented. * Communicate clearly with a range of individuals internal and external to the enterprise, including government and community groups and as part of a team using a range of communication strategies:oral and written, informal and formal language where negotiation skills may be required. * Write clear and detailed procedural and operational plans for staff. * Analyse and communicate mathematical information through the use of computer programs, symbols, graphics, diagrams and charts.
  • Academic title
    Diploma of Sustainable Agriculture
  • Course description
    Key Study Areas      

    To be awarded the qualification, Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture, participants are required to successfully complete ten units of which four are compulsory.

    The four compulsory units include:

        * Develop and manage a plan for sustainable supply and use of water on a farm
        * Manage soils to enhance sustainability
        * Develop and manage a plan to improve biodiversity on a farm
        * Develop a whole farm plan

    The other six elective units may be chosen from the following broad key study areas, including:

        * Sustainable agricultural practices, incorporating theoretical concepts for example introduction       of new practices into farm production systems.
        * Analyse and plan approaches to technical problems or management requirements,
        * Transfer and apply theoretical concepts and technical skills to a range of situations for                   example, developing a plan for sustainable production, designing a drainage system or the            use of genetic selection to improve livestock.
        * Evaluate information using it to forecast for breeding programs, the prevention of land               degradation or analysing capital returns in machinery investments,

    • Bendigo (Charleston Road Campus)
    • Echuca Campus
    • Workplace Based

    Duration Options     

    This course is offered in a variety of options including:

        * Focus study group based
        * Industry based (on-the-job training and assessment)
        * Part time
        * Self paced

    The total duration of the training program will be defined by the negotiated training plan, however if you wish to complete the full qualification you are encouraged to complete this qualification within 24 months.

    Selection Process    
    • Individual Interview

    Employment Opportunities     

    The employment opportunities for graduates in the area of sustainable agriculture are diverse and may include:

        * Farm Management
        * Farm Business Advisor
        * Working with organisations addressing Carbon Tax opportunities
        * Working with organisations addressing sustainable soil opportunities
        * Working with organisations addressing sustainable irrigation opportunities
        * Assisting farm businesses in implementing sustainable farm practices, particuarly in integrating        natural resource management strategies

     Further Study Options     

    Students successfully completing the Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture may be interested in studying the Course in Sustainable Water Management with BRIT or articulating to La Trobe University (Bendigo) to complete a Science Degree specialising in Environmental Issues.

    Pathways Courses    
    Certificate IV in Agriculture :: RTE40103
    Certificate IV in Business :: BSB40101
    Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management :: RTD40102


    You will be assessed as part of this course.

    Typical Course Content     (exact details may be obtained from the teaching centre)

    BSBMGT503A     Prepare Budgets And Financial Plans
    BSBMGT507A     Manage Environmental Performance
    BSBMGT610A     Manage environmental management systems
    PSPPOLD401A   Contribute to the development of policy
    PSPPOLD501A   Develop Organisation Policy
    RTD5402A          Develop A Strategy For The Management Of Target Pests
    RTE5014A          Manage agricultural crop production
    RTE5516A          Develop a whole farm plan
    RTE5524A          Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies
    RTE5607A          Design drainage systems
    RTE6503A          Design and conduct a field-based research trial
    VBP147              Develop and manage a plan for sustainable supply and use of water on a farm
    VBP148              Manage soils to enhance sustainability
    VBP149              Manage erosion and sediment control
    VBP150              Develop and manage a plan to reclaim land affected by salinity
    VBP151              Develop and manage a plan for sustainable pasture production
    VBP152              Plan, monitor and evaluate strategies to improve livestock through genetics
    VBP153              Select & implement a Geographic Information System (GIS) for sustainable                                       agricultural systems
    VBP154              Implement the introduction of bio-technology into the production systems
    VBP155              Develop & manage a plan for sustainable production reflecting sustainable farming                           principles
    VBP477              Improve agricultural sustainability using renewable energy and recycle system/s

    Recognition of Prior Learning    

    Recognition of your current qualifications and prior learning: BRIT has processes to give you credit for relevant units from your prior study, and to assess your prior learning against units in a course.

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