The Green Cert refers to a list of land based courses which qualifies a person as a ‘trained farmer’. These could be in horticulture, agriculture, forestry or equine studies.
Having a ‘Green Cert’ is also one of the conditions of stamp duty exemption on the transfer of a farm to a son or daughter. It also meets the criteria for schemes or grants that may be available from time to time e.g. Young Farm Scheme and some horticulture grants.
In Teagasc College of Amenity horticulture, Glasnevin, it is possible to obtain either a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture or the Degree in Horticulture with WIT to achieve a ‘Green Cert’. No other documentation is provided as evidence of meeting this standard.
Teagasc also offer “The distance education green cert” course to those who have completed non-agricultural studies at level 6 or higher.