Our Organisation Search
Quick Links
Toggle: Topics

Teagasc Distance Education Green Cert (for Non Agricultural Award Holders)

Aim: This course has been developed to meet the training requirements of graduates from other non-agricultural award programme who are interested in farming.

Programme: Teagasc Distance Education Green Cert Programme (For Award Holders)

Duration: The course extends over a minimum of 15-18 months

Qualifications: Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture 5M20454 and Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farming 6S20487.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must be a holder of a Level 6 or higher major award in a non-agricultural discipline. Applicants must also have continuous access to a commercial farm in the Republic of Ireland (home farm or approved nominated farm) to develop proficiency in farm tasks and complete farm based assignment and projects. They must have access to all farm details including financial details on the nominated farm and are expected to spend time weekly on this farm and be involved in the farm operation and management.

Progression: Graduates of the course are eligible to progress to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture programme, the Teagasc Higher Education Farm Technician Apprenticeship, or apply for entry to linked courses at Institutes of Technology through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

Application Process: Apply online 


The course is offered at Teagasc Regional Education Centres and Agricultural Colleges.

What will I study?

The course requires in the region of 190 hours direct contact (including classroom sessions, practical skills instruction. Sample Content for the Teagasc Distance Education Green Cert programme (* Choice of module will be at the discretion of the college / centre):

QQI Code Title Level Credits
5N1433 Work Practice (home farm) 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
  Personal Development module* 5 15
  Electives* 5 30
6N1947 Work Practice (home farm) 6 15
6N3005 Farm Performance Measurement 6 5
6N20462 Farm Management and Business Planning 6 10
6N20463 Sustainable Farming in the Environment 6 10
(Applied Livestock Breeding & Grassland Management) or Crop Production Management 6 10