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Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Crops & Machinery Management)

Duration 1 year
Code 6M20486
Awarding Body QQI
Location Kildalton College
Application Apply Online 
Maintenance Grant Teagasc Grant Scheme (Means Tested)


Entry Requirements

Students who have successfully completed the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, or equivalent course, are eligible to apply. Selection for places is by interview and a practical assessment. All applicants are required to hold a valid category W driving licence.

Course Aims

This course provides students with the latest technology, information and management skills necessary for a career in tillage farming and industries ancillary to tillage farming. The course is suitable for those:

  • Preparing to take over the family tillage farm
  • Seeking further training in farm management
  • Seeking employment in the agri-business service sector


The course is based at Kildalton College and Gurteen Agricultural College.

Course Structure and Content

Students initially complete a 16-week practical learning period from August until November. Practical learning options include large-scale tillage farms, contractors or machinery dealerships. Course work (20 weeks) is delivered by the college. The course content includes machinery operation and maintenance, mechanisation, crop husbandry and financial management. The course includes field trips and outside involvement from the industry.

On successful completion of the programme students are awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture. This award meets the training requirements for Stamp Duty Exemption and DAFM Schemes.


Learners who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Crops and Machinery Management) may progress to the Farm Manager Apprenticeship providing they meet the employment criteria.

On successful completion of the programme students can progress through the higher education links scheme. To get full details of the range of Higher Education institutions and programmes available under the scheme, please contact the admissions office of the individual Higher Education institution or visit www.cao.ie.

Advanced entry into higher education is possible into certain degree programmes. Places are limited. Additional information can be accessed via the relevant college website.

Graduates of the Advanced Certificate can progress into employment in the Crops and Machinery sector.