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Crops and Machinery Management


This training will provide students with the latest technology, information and management skills necessary for a career in the crop and machinery industry.


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

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

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

  • Level 5 Certificate in  Agriculture Award  (5M20454)
  • 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 the Level 5. Students must successfully complete the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, or equivalent course, to meet the entry requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Crops & Machinery Management). All applicants are required to hold a valid category
W driving licence.

Application Process: The initial application should be made for the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Programme.  Apply Online Candidates for the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Crops & Machinery Management), in addiiton to successfully completing the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture may be required to udergo a pratical assessment and interview as part of the application process.

Delivery Locations

This full time Crops and Machinery education option is offered at:

Kildalton Agricultural College, County Kilkenny

Gurteen Agricultural College, County Tipperary


On successful completion of the programme students can progress through the higher education links scheme or advanced entry where possible. Please contact the relevant higher education institute for further information.

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
5N20396 Tillage Crop Husbandry 5 10
5N20399 Grass Production * 5 10
  Electives* 5 20

Sample content from the Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Crops and Machinery) Programme: 


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
6N2242 Production Equipment for Crops 6 15
6N20468 Crop Production Management 6 10
6N20469 Crops Market and Management 6 5
6N2243 Farm Equipment Fabrication 6 10
6N20470 Maintenance of Farm Machinery 6 10
5N20435 Mechanical Pesticide Application 5 5
  Electives* 6 15