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Agricultural Mechanisation

This training will equip the graduate with the knowledge and skills required for working in the farm machinery industry.

There are two specialist streams offered for this programme in three locations:

  1. In Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, and Mountbellew Agricultural College, the focus is on preparing the graduate for a career in areas such as an agricultural mechanic, agricultural contracting, fabrication and machinery sales. 
  2. In Ballyhaise Agricultural College, there is a focus on Grassland Machinery with students undertaking practical tasks such as reseeding, slurry and fertiliser application. Learners are trained to use
    technology such as GPS and tractor diagnostics 


The recommended training for someone seeking a career in the Machinery and Mechanisation sector is to complete the 

Duration: The Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture is one year, and the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Mechanisation) is one year.

Qualifications: These programmes are validated by QQI and successful completion leads to:

  • Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Award  ( 5M20454) and 
  • Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture  (6M20486).

Entry Requirements: There is a separate application process for each programme. Applicants must be 17 years old or over on 1st January following entry to year one. Students must complete the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, or equivalent courseto meet the entry requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Mechanisation). Applicants with relevant prior learning and/or life experience will also be considered.

Application Process: The initial application should be made for the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Programme. Apply Online Places on the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Mechanisation may be limited. Where places are limited applicants may be required to undergo an interview and a skills assessment.


This course is offered at:

Ballyhaise Agricultural College

Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, Co Limerick

Mountbellew Agricultural College


Learners who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture may progress to the Farm Manager Apprenticeship providing they meet the employment criteria.

Progression is available through the higher education links scheme or through advanced entry. Please contact the relevant higher education institute for further information.

Advanced entry into higher education: Holders of a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture can apply for advanced entry into certain degree programmes. Places are limited. Additional information can be accessed via the relevant college website.

Employment: Many graduates progress into employment in roles in the machinery sector.

What will I Study?

Sample content from the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Programme (* Choice of module will be at the discretion of the college / centre):

QQI Code Title Level Credits
5N1433 Work Practice 5 15
5N20368 Principles of Agriculture 5 15
5N20371 Farm Safety and Farm Assurance 5 15
5N20374 Soils and the Environment 5 10
5N20377 Farm Business and Technology 5 10
5N20380 Safe Use of Pesticide Products 5 5
5N20388 Beef Husbandry 5 10
5N20399 Grass Production * 5 10
  Electives* 5 30

Sample content from Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Mechanisation). Electives allow for specialisation in grassland machinery or general machine maintenance.  

QQI Code Title Level Credits
6N1947 Work Practice 6 15
6N20462 Farm Management and Business Planning 6 10
6N20463 Sustainable Farming in the Environment 6 10
6N20464 Sustainable Farm Development (Capstone) 6 15
6N2243 Farm Equipment Fabrication 6 10
6N20470 Maintenance of Farm Machinery 6 15
6N20475 Mechanical Maintenance of Vehicles 6 15