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Green Cert Options

05 February 2019
Type Media Article


A range of agricultural courses are available in Teagasc centres and colleges and in three private agriculture colleges, Mountbellew. Gurteen and Pallaskenry

The majority of students who undertake an agricultural course wish to acquire the ‘Green Cert’

On completion of the Green cert course, students meet the requirements of a qualified farmer for the purposes of Revenue and Department of Agriculture (DAFM) schemes

The benefits of the having the Green Cert are numerous, including: 

Education: The Green Cert is a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture and Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farming. Read more here 

Stamp Duty Exemption: A qualified farmer under the age of 35 is exempt from Stamp Duty payment on the transfer of land which is presently 7%.

Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT): Both Inheritance Tax and Gift Tax come under the CAT category, once the holding value exceeds €335,000 either of these taxes will apply at a rate of 33%. A qualified farmer can avail of Agricultural Relief if they can also pass the 80:20 asset test. 
It would be advisable to discuss the above taxes with your Accountant. 

DAFM Grants: A qualified farmer can avail of a 60% TAMS grant and is also eligible to apply for the Young Farmers Scheme and National Reserve. 

There are number of options available to students to completing the Green Cert:

A - The Distance Course (previously known as online course)

  • This course is ONLY available to students who have a FETAC/QQI Major Level 6 or higher qualification in a non-Agricultural area.
  • Delivered over an 18 month period, will have to attend college for a total of 25 days during that 18 month period. These college days take place on normal working days (Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm), usually one day/month with a block of 5 days at the end of the course.
  • It is available in Teagasc Agricultural Colleges  and other Agriculture Colleges 
  • Course fee is €2,990 payable on commencement of course.
  • Additional information for this course is available here

B - The Part-time Course

  • Available in Teagasc centres around the country. Contact the local education officer for further information  
  • This course is available to students over the age 23 only
  • Course fee view here

C - Full time course at Agricultural Colleges

Teagasc provide half-day Health and Safety courses to assist farmers to complete the Risk Assessment Document. This is the minimum legal requirement for all farmers regardless of the size of their holding. The half day health and safety course is also a mandatory requirement under the TAMS grant irrespective of the scale of the grant application.

Should you require any additional information in relation to the Green Cert or Health and Safety Courses, please contact your local education officer