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Food and Fibre

Food, plant and animal industries

Melbourne Polytechnic's School of Food, Plant and Animal Industries can provide training and consultancy services to companies, corporations and individuals looking to develop their workforce in horticulture, agriculture, animal sciences and industrial skills.

Grow a healthy business
Our training is quality assured and meets national accreditation standards. This ensures courses are delivered to the highest standard and are continuously reviewed, updated and are compliant to industry and regulatory requirements.

Together with appropriate, flexible training and assessment, Melbourne Polytechnic staff will meet with you to ensure that all programs and training are site specific.

Flexible training for workforce development
We offer a comprehensive range of Industry Skills training and site assessments at your workplace or at one of our specialist training centres.

Gain recognition to further your career
We can offer you and your employees the opportunity to transform skills and knowledge into a formal, nationally accredited qualification.

Our training facilities and campuses
Melbourne Polytechnic's Food, Plant and Animal Industries is very proud of its state-of-the art training facilities.

Workplace health and safety
We can provide your company with the commercial advice and practical skills to meet your Work Health and Safety (WH&S) obligations.
Our people, our stories

Don't take our word for it, read about or view Food, Plant and Animal Industries students experiences here

Further Information
Contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Course Advisor (ECA)
Phone: 03 9269 8400

Advance your career

Melbourne Polytechnic offers you a range of study options. Follow on your apprenticeships or certificate courses with further studies at Melbourne Polytechnic which range from diplomas, advanced diplomas, Associate and Bachelor Degree courses in your area of study.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Australian Apprenticeships (incorporating Traineeships and Apprenticeships) are the best way to combine training and employment and they can lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

Use government incentives to fund your workforce training and develop your workforce for the future.

Melbourne Polytechnic offer apprenticeships in a variety of certificate levels, in a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of earth sciences industry.

All traineeship programs offer the following features:

  • regular workplace visits
  • email and phone support throughout the program
  • elective choices to suit the particular job role
  • all course resources and materials
  • flexible, customised assessments
  • workshops
  • Skills Recognition (RPL)

With prior work experience and qualifications you may be able to fast track your next qualification in agriculture, animal studies, horticulture or other areas such as Workplace Health and Safety. This could cut down study time and costs significantly.

Our services include:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Competency Assessment
  • Workplace Assessment
  • Skills Assessment
  • Local/Overseas Trade Recognition Assessment

The faculty has a number of Industry trained assessors who can visit your premises and assess you and/or your staff.  Assessment can take the form of observation, questioning and sometimes formal testing is applied so that the required level of competency can be demonstrated.

Assessments can be done for as little as one staff member or your whole team.

The courses listed above are subject to normal entrance requirements.

Ask our Industry Skills teams for more information.

Training areas

Melbourne Polytechnic's Food, Plant and Animal Industries offers a range of qualifications, skills sets and customised training to specifically cater for the training needs of your employees.

Flexible Training solutions to meet your needs
We can deliver training based on your particular workforce planning requirements. This includes nationally accredited qualifications, specific units or customised programs. Fast track to an apprenticeship/traineeship
Melbourne Polytechnic offers various apprenticeships/traineeships in the:

  • Agriculture and Animal Studies
  • Wool clip preparation
  • Agriculture
  • Companion Animal Services
  • Aquaculture
  • Farriery
  • Racing - Stable hand and Track rider
  • Meat Processing
  • Driving Operations
  • Production Horticulture
  • Wine Industry Operations
  • Civil Construction and Horticulture and Landscaping
  • Arboriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Landscape Construction
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Pest Management
  • Production Nursery
  • Retail Nursery
  • Sports Turf Management

Short courses
We offer a wide range of short courses:

  • Beef Livestock Essentials
  • Farm Chemicals User Course
  • Farm Fencing
  • Grazing Management
  • Beef and Sheep Breeding
  • Tractors
  • Whole Farm Planning
  • Introduction to Wine Making
  • Wine Appreciation
  • Certificate in Wines
  • Award in Wines and Spirits
  • Basic Home Butchery
  • Chain Saw Competency
  • Customised Programs for Industry Requirements
  • Fumigation Licensing Courses
  • GIS surveys
  • Irrigation Certificate III
  • Irrigation Design
  • Pest Control Licensing courses
  • Site surveys
  • Tree surveys
  • Vermin Control Licensing Courses
  • Weed Control Licensing Courses

These are all accredited units which may gain you credits to a full qualification in the future.

Workforce development

Invest in your business’ future with Melbourne Polytechnic experience.

Melbourne Polytechnic Earth Sciences Industry teams consist of highly specialised learning and development professionals who have a blend of quality educational and extensive industry experience.

Our focus on client requirement’s and continuous improvement ensures courses are professionally delivered and exceed industry requirements.
Areas of these industry services include:         

  • Industrial Skills
  • Arboriculture                                                                                                                               
  • Landscape industry         
  • Agriculture                                                                                               
  • Turf management                                                                                                           
  • Gardening                                                                                                                        
  • Nursery / Floristry
  • Viticulture
  • Wine Marketing

Nationally accredited qualifications to support your industry training
Melbourne Polytechnic's Earth Sciences’ faculty offers a range of qualifications, skills sets and customised training to specifically cater for the training needs of your employees.

Training solutions to meet your needs
We can deliver training based on your particular workforce planning requirements from vocational training through to high level qualifications.

Consultancy services
We can provide business support services in the following areas:

  • Chain Saw Competency
  • Fumigation Licensing Courses
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Pest Control Licensing Courses
  • Tree Surveys
  • Vermin Control Licensing Courses
  • Weed Control Licensing Courses
  • Government, Industry and Organisations
  • Agriculture and Animal Science
  • Horse studies
  • Thoroughbred racing
  • Agricultural practices
  • Production horticulture
  • Conservation and Environmental management
  • Transport and distribution
  • Earth moving and Civil Construction
  • Animal technology
  • Meat Processing and Wine making, marketing and Viticulture
  • Horticulture
  • Customised programs for Industry needs
  • Asset Management (Pest Management Technical)
  • Soil testing
  • Site and tree surveying
  • Design and Construction
  • Plant information service
  • Also ask Horticulture about their Educational Resources:
  • Publishing
  • Assessment tools
  • Learning guides

Ask our Industry Skills teams for more information.