About the course
The Diploma of Agronomy is an industry focussed diploma program featuring a range of course delivery options from full time face to face through to almost entirely online. The flexible delivery mode makes this course ideal for people already employed in the industry who wish to undertake further study. The course has a strong emphasis on all facets of crop production.
The course can be completed as a stand-alone qualification or in conjunction with the Advanced Diploma of Agriculture course.
What are the career outcomes?
Longerenong Diploma of Agronomy graduates are highly sought after by agribusiness enterprises. This course provides individuals with the technical and applied skills and knowledge required to fulfil the functions of a professional agronomist. This could be in the area of sales, advisory services and/or research. The course outcomes are equally as valuable for those seeking to enhance the performance and sustainability of production agriculture enterprises.
How do I gain a qualification?
The course has been designed to meet the qualification requirements of the Diploma of Agronomy as listed in the Victorian State Register of Accredited Courses and Recognised Qualifications. Students must successfully complete a set number of 10 units of competency as prescribed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
What do I study?
A total of 10 units of competency are required to achieve the Diploma of Agronomy and cover topic areas including:
- Fertilizers and plant nutrition
- Managing soils
- Managing weeds, pests and diseases in crops
- Selecting and using application technology
- Precision agriculture
How is the course delivered?
A wide range of study options are available and can be customised to suit the needs of the individual participant. Face to face on campus delivery varies from one session per week for 16 weeks to block (one week) unit delivery. In 2015 Longerenong has released the Diploma of Agronomy in an on-line format so that participants can make efficient use of their study commitment.
These flexible delivery modes are invaluable for those already working in the agronomy field especially given that individual, topic specific and relevant units can be undertaken at the participants own pace while still contributing towards an ultimate qualification goal.