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Diploma of Agriculture

VTAC Code: AHC50116 CRICOS: 092578G VTAC Number: Epping 6900210284

Overview

Campus

Epping

Campus

Epping

Duration

18 months full time

Duration

12 months

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Grow your career in the agriculture industry

Agriculture in Australia is a $60 billion industry responsible for almost 95% of Australia’s food supply. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Agriculture AHC50116, will teach you specialist skills and industry knowledge that are in high demand across Australia to service this growing industry.

Learn in the field from industry experts

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Agriculture AHC50116 will train you in vital agricultural business skills and practical techniques, such as budgeting, production planning, climate risk strategies, animal husbandry and long-term crop management. At our fully-equipped Epping campus and Yan Yean working farm training complex, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the latest in agricultural technology. Boasting an expert roster of teachers and industry professionals in sheep and beef production, you'll gain real world, on-farm experience as you study with Victoria’s largest provider of agricultural education.

Reap the rewards of an agricultural qualification

Graduates of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Agriculture AHC50116 will have an abundance of skills and growing expertise to move into the rural production industry and associated agribusiness enterprises. You may end up in a career as a stock and station agent, a farm manager or the operator of your very own farm.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Graduates may enter a wide range of occupations within the rural production industry and associated agribusiness enterprises, such as stock and station agents, farm managers and farm operators
  • Farm Manager
  • Stock Manager
  • Farm Operator
They are probably the best teachers I've had, ever. They were very good and so passionate about what they were teaching. It was a really good experience for me.
Taryn Kaluza
Diploma of Conservation and Land Management AHC51116, Outstanding Student of the Year 2020 Award Winner
Portrait of student Taryn Kaluza

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended: remote online delivery and learning

Class Schedule

3 days per week

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods for this course includes observation and written assessment.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCAGB513 Develop a farm plan Elective 120
AHCAGB521 Select and use agricultural technology Elective 100
AHCBAC509 Plan and manage long-term weed, pest and disease control in crops Elective 130
AHCBAC510 Manage integrated crop and pasture production Elective 120
AHCBIO401 Plan and implement a biosecurity program Elective 120
AHCBUS518 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports Elective 140
AHCLSK402 Develop livestock feeding plans Elective 140
AHCLSK504 Develop livestock health and welfare strategies Elective 150
AHCLSK510 Develop production plans for livestock Elective 180
AHCSOL508 Manage soils to enhance sustainability Elective 100

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $8950 $17450
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $9200 $17700
Per year $14000
Per semester $7000
Materials fee $65

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

You will need:

  • PPE - steel capped boots
  • Clothing suitable for farm work in a range of environmental conditions
  • Access to laptop and internet

These required resources, which can be purchased through the teaching department:

  • Sheep AgSkills $15
  • Beef AgSkills $15
  • Pastures in a farming system AgGuide $20.40
  • Fertiliser Essentials $21.60
  • AgGuide Property Planning $18
  • AgGuide How to Write a Business Plan and Review Farm Performance $15
  • Managing and marketing beef $20.40
  • AgGuide Marketing agricultural products and services $15
  • AgGuide Managing for healthy soils $20.40
  • AgGuide Managing weeds $15
Lists of materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department. Clothing and footwear for suitable for field activities will also be required

Agriculture courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Viticulture and Winemaking
Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
VTAC Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology majoring in Viticulture and Winemaking will give you a leading edge in the competitive Australian wine industry.
Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management AHC51120
Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
VTAC Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
Would you like to turn your commitment to the environment into a successful career? With our Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management AHC51120 you can help manage Australia’s natural resources in the long term. With the extensive field experience, knowledge and practical skills gained through this course, you will be trained to identify and respond proactively to the challenges of biodiversity loss, global warming and environmental damage.
Undergraduate Certificate in Viticulture and Winemaking
Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
The Undergraduate Certificate in Viticulture and Winemaking is your introduction into the winemaking industry.
Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116
Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Yan Yean
Free Tafe Job Trainer VTAC Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Yan Yean
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116 will build your leadership potential for a career on the land.
Undergraduate Certificate in Agriculture
Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
The Undergraduate Certificate in Agriculture is a 6-month program developed to get you career-ready for the agriculture industry.
Certificate III in Agriculture AHC30116
Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Yan Yean
Free Tafe Job Trainer Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Yan Yean
Our Certificate III in Agriculture AHC30116 can get you started in a rewarding career that can take you all over the country.
Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Agronomy
Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
VTAC Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Agronomy is the study of management in crops and pastures with a focus on sustainability and agricultural production. The world’s agriculture industry faces many challenges in the future with climate change, a growing world population, new technologies and changing resource conditions.

Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.
Academic: Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, or equivalency.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

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Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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