AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture

Where can it Take Your Career?

The Diploma of Agriculture is the latest nationally accredited qualification for learners who aim to have a specialist or managerial job roles in the Agricultural industry including owner, farm manager, head grower, crop manager, section manager, dispatch manager, sales manager, marketing manager and specialist consultants. This course will focus on the skills and knowledge of the industry particularly to Manage enterprise staff requirements and work health and safety processes, develop a horticultural production plan, diagnose plant health problems and Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program. 

In addition, the course will also cover to develop and manage a chemical use strategy, monitor and manage soils for production and design of irrigation systems.

This qualification is ideal for:

  • People seeking skills required to Manage an Agricultural Property
  • Individuals interested in becoming Managers or Growers or Owner Managers,  
  • Employers who want to train their employees for Management role.

How is The Course Delivered?

Training is delivered via Blended Delivery (includes Distance Learning with Workplace Learning).

As a part of the enrolment process, you will complete a competency assessment to determine your existing level of relevant knowledge and skills. You will then be provided with a training plan that identifies your Cohort based on this assessment.  The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary depending on your Cohort.

Course Duration: This course is designed to be completed within up to 12 months full time and 24 months part time or under training program, depending on your:

  • prior knowledge, skills, and experience
  • allotted time to study every week
  • learning abilities

Expected Study Hours: Typical learners are expected to spend up to 1060 hours of learning, training and assessment activities.

Note: Please read The Australian Institute of Agriculture student handbook containing the Refund Policy, Complaints and Appeals Policy, RPL Procedure, and other policies and procedures prior to enrolling.

What will You Learn in The Diploma of Agriculture Course?

This course is designed to develop your expertise in agriculture. Among others, you will learn how to:

  • Manage Agricultural Property,
  • Sample soils and interpret results 
  • Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program

How is The Course Structured?

All learners will be assessed through a combination of the following assessment methods:

  • Questioning – written/verbal quiz assessment
  • Practical demonstration – direct observation
  • Workplace assessment – third-party report
  • Review of Products including work samples or products
  • Structured Activities such as Projects, Case studies, presentations, role play, demonstration, and progressive tasks

What are The Diploma of Agriculture Course Units?

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 10 units of competency (5 core units plus 5 elective units).

Elective Units:

Elective Units from Group A:

  • AHCORG507 Develop an organic or biodynamic management plan 
  • AHCORG508 Prepare the enterprise for organic or biodynamic certification 
  • AHCPHT511 Develop a horticultural production plan 
  • AHCWHS502 Manage work health and safety processes 
  • AHCCHM501 Develop and manage a chemical use strategy 
  • AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soils for production 
  • AHCIRG506 Design irrigation systems

Elective Units from Group B:

  • AHCWRK512 Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program


Elective Units from Other Group:

  • AHCSOL406 Sample soils and interpret results 
  • AHCPCM406 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program

What are the Entry Requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements required for this qualification. However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are at least 18 years or older, if an individual is under the age of 18, Child Protection (Working with children) Act 2012 applies 
  • Have sound or industry’s expectation of language and literacy skills (at least Year 12 or Certificate III in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Production Horticulture or equivalent, or have at least 5 years of relative industry experience and/ or be able to arrange LLN support)
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Have access to host farms, if not the AIAg may provide or arrange access to one

*AIAg will provide learners information on the resources required for assessment

What are The Resources Needed to Complete The Course?

To support you in your new course with The Australian Institute of Agriculture, we will provide:

  • Electronic copies of Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations and case studies, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

To complete your course, you will need to arrange access to a:

  • Computer with: Internet access with a reliable speed of at least 3mbps
  • Google Chrome (recommended browser)
  • MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel or equivalent applications
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application

Skills training and assessment is to be completed on a farm. To complete your course, you must arrange access to a farm that will allow you access to the following resources for training and assessment:


  • Industry publications relevant to OMP or BMP. OMP or BMP certifier information. 
  • Map of property. 
  • Farm production area soil fertility assessment.
  • Literature, publications and internet sources of information relevant to organic or biodynamic certification. Certification process requirements
  • A workplace setting or an environment that accurately represents workplace conditions
  • Access to health and safety data for an enterprise
  • Operating instructions relevant to quality assurance program
  • Chemicals and spray equipment appropriate to control strategy
  • PPE 
  • Industry publications, site and climate data, environmental context information and internet sources of information relevant to the development of a horticultural production plan and soil health and plant nutrition program. 
  • Regional geology and geography information
  • Principles and practices of soil sampling 
  • Soil sampling and testing tools, equipment and machinery
  • Safety and personal protective equipment applicable to soil sampling
  • Production history
  • Soil test results
  • Marketing strategy
  • Irrigation system sites 


The Australian Institute of Agriculture will assist learners in ensuring host farms have sufficient and industry-current technologies, systems, tools and equipment for training and assessment. Where required, The Australian Institute of Agriculture will provide learners access to its farm (ZaatzVille), or assist in arranging access to other neighbouring farms.

Resources for Distance Learning

  • Self-Paced Distance learning is also an important component of this course. You will be provided with learner guides to read in your own time, and access to live and/or recorded online webinars with your trainer.
  • The learner guides will be provided to you electronically via email upon confirmation of your enrolment, via your Google Classroom, or via post as a hardcopy upon request, at an additional cost (printing + shipping).
  • The webinars will be delivered live via Google Hangouts. If you miss the session, or if you want to access previous recorded sessions, you may also access them via links provided in your Google Classrooms, or via direct links sent via email upon request.

Upon enrolment, you will be invited to your Google Classroom. You may use your personal email to sign up and login, or you may create one especially for your course. Your Google Classroom will provide you links to your workbooks, links to the recorded webinars and other references. Google Classroom also allows you to communicate with your trainer and other learners enrolled in your course. Access to Google Classroom is not mandatory but is recommended to enhance your learning experience.

NOTE: Prior to enrolment, The Australian Institute of Agriculture assesses the nominated host farm to ensure that learners will have access to all required equipment, tools, and other relevant resources in the workplace.

What are The Course Fees?

The AHC40320 course is available for only $7,900 (Conditions apply). This fee is paid $1500 upfront within a week of offer of enrolment and rest in five equal instalments. Enrolment processing fee of $100 applies at the time of admission. Full fee for the course is $10900 paid $1500 upfront within a week of offer of enrolment and balance thereafter in 6 equal instalments.

These fees include tuition and electronic copy of the learning and assessment resources. You may request a printed copy sent to you via post at an additional cost ($200 per cluster + shipping fee). Please see Fees and Refunds Policy for more information.

What are The Qualification Pathways?

Learners may also consider additional training to complement their skills such as:


Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management* are not offered by The Australian Institute of Agriculture

For the complete list of qualifications that include this qualification, please visit the MySkills website at: https://www.myskills.gov.au/courses/unit?Code=AHC50116.

Is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Available?

The Australian Institute of Agriculture has a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy to ensure that an individual’s prior learning, achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experiences, is appropriately recognised. This recognition may assist students to progress faster through their course.

Learners will be required to complete an application for recognition of prior learning and submit evidence to substantiate their existing knowledge and skills.

Note: Please read The Australian Institute of Agriculture student handbook containing the Refund Policy, Complaints and Appeals Policy, RPL Procedure, and other policies and procedures prior to enrolling.