Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Crops & Machinery Management)
Awarding Body: QQI
Location: Kildalton College
Application: Apply Online
Maintenance Grant: Teagasc Grant Scheme (Means Tested)
Students who have completed the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, or equivalent course, are eligible to apply. Selection for places is by interview.
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
- Transferring to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in Waterford IT
The course is based at Kildalton College.
Course Structure and Content
Students initially complete a 12-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 Kildalton 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.
Students who achieve merit or distinction awards are eligible to apply for direct entry to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Waterford Institute of Technology.