Advanced Diploma of Agriculture & Agribusiness Management

Longerenong College Course Code:
AHC30116, AHC40116, AHC60319
Study Mode:
Course Length:
2 Years Full-Time
Course Comencement:
Course commencement for above is February each year
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About the course

The Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management course is packaged to commence with the Certificate III and IV in Agriculture in first year. Successful completion of the Certificate IV program allows progression to the Advanced Diploma in second year.

The Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management is a nationally accredited course of the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management training package. The course provides practical training in farming, related technologies as well as agricultural business studies. There is a particular focus on broadacre cropping and animal production within the course.

An integral component of the course is an 8-week period of industry placement where students are able to focus on a particular career direction in their chosen agricultural sector. Students are able to identify potential employers, develop and implement a range of skills and gain a good understanding of how to become a valuable contributor to a farming or agribusiness enterprise.


What are the potential career outcomes?

Longerenong Advanced Diploma graduates are highly sought after by the rural and agribusiness industries. Graduates often find employment in primary industry sectors such as:

  • Agronomist
  • Research Assistant
  • Animal Genetics
  • Farm Manager
  • Livestock Agent
  • Rural Financial Service Personnel
  • Agricultural Machinery Sales Person
  • Rural Merchandise Sales Person
  • Agricultural Contractor


How do I gain a qualification?

The course has been designed to meet the qualification requirements of the Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management as part of the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management training package. Students must successfully complete a set number of competencies as prescribed by the Australian Qualifications Framework.

What do I study?

The course comprises a number of competencies from the nationally accredited AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management training package. Students will be enrolled in both a Certificate III in Agriculture and a Certificate IV in Agriculture in first year. These courses run concurrently to reflect both the practical and theoretical content of the program. Upon successful completion of the Certificate IV course, participants transition into the Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management in the second year. Units are delivered under topic areas including:


First year (Certificate III and Certificate IV)

  • Animal Production
  • Crop Agronomy (I and II)
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Agricultural skills program

Second year (Advanced Diploma)

  • Cropping & Grazing Management
  • Crop Agronomy
  • Business Management
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Risk Management
  • Human Resource Management


How is the course delivered?

Most students complete the course by full-time study. There are two semesters per year, each of 16 weeks. Timetabled sessions are a combination of lectures, practical activities, demonstrations and tours. Part-time study is also available. People wishing to apply for part-time study will be assessed on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?

For entry, one or more of the following criteria must be met:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 (VCE or VCAL) or equivalent interstate qualification;
  • Completion of a TAFE Certificate III in Agriculture or above; or
  • Mature age entry (at least 21 years of age) and demonstrated aptitude for agricultural study. 

Additional entry requirements to ensure you are enrolled in the course most suitable for your abilities may include an online language and numeracy test, a short answer questionnaire on your interest in agriculture and problem solving, and an interview.


Can I get recognition for previous study/experience?

You are able to gain recognition of skills and knowledge obtained through formal training, work experience and/or life experience. If you believe you are able to demonstrate the required level of competence in a unit you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) by contacting the Administrative Officer.

Where you have already successfully completed the same unit of competency, you are able to apply for Credit Transfer (CT) for that unit. No fees apply for CT.

Next Steps

When do I start?

The full-time course commences in early February each year. Students wishing to enrol part-time may commence subjects at the beginning of each Semester.

Fees and Finance

Information regarding fees and finance is available by contacting the Administrative Officer via details below.

VET Student Loans

VET Students Loans are available for this course. Find out more here.

Need More Information?

Contact the Administrative Officer:

Email: info@longy.com.au

Phone: (03) 5362 2222

Toll Free: 1800 814 294

Fax: (03) 5362 2213

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