Certificate IV in Organic Farming

This Qualification allows individuals to develop skills and knowledge within the organic farming and general agriculture industry. It is designed to meet the needs of supervisors or team leaders working in the organic agriculture industry.

This Qualification is suitable for people currently working or who wish to find employment on an organic farming enterprise.

Job Roles: Job roles and titles will vary. Possible job titles relevant to this Qualification include:

Organic farm team leader

Organic farm supervisor

Organic farmer


Completion of twelve (12) Units made up of one (1) core Unit and eleven (11) elective Units.

Core Units of Competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCOHS401A

Maintain occupational health and safety (OHS) processes

Elective Units of Competency

select four (4) Units from Group A

select five (5) Units from Groups A or B

select two (2) Units from Group A, Group B, or Units packaged in Certificates III, IV or Diploma in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course

Selected Units must be relevant to job outcomes in agriculture.


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCORG401A

Manage biodynamic production

add topic AHCORG402A

Manage organic livestock production

add topic AHCORG403A

Manage organic soil improvement

add topic AHCORG404A

Arrange selling through community based marketing

add topic AHCORG405A

Implement sustainable practices in the organic farm based business

add topic AHCORG406A

Oversee compliance with an organic certification scheme



Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCAGB401A

Implement and monitor a property improvement plan

add topic AHCAGB402A

Analyse and interpret production data


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBUS401A

Administer finance, insurance and legal requirements

add topic AHCBUS402A

Cost a project

add topic AHCBUS404A

Operate within a budget framework

add topic AHCBUS405A

Participate in an e-business supply chain

add topic BSBRSK401A

Identify risk and apply risk management processes

add topic BSBSMB405B

Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic BSBSMB406A

Manage small business finances

Broadacre cropping

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBAC401A

Manage pastures for livestock production

add topic AHCBAC402A

Plan a pasture establishment program

add topic AHCBAC403A

Supervise agricultural crop establishment

add topic AHCBAC404A

Plan and implement agricultural crop maintenance

add topic AHCBAC405A

Supervise agricultural crop harvesting


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCLSK402A

Develop livestock feeding plans

add topic AHCLSK404A

Implement and monitor animal welfare programs

add topic AHCLSK405A

Implement intensive production systems

add topic AHCLSK406A

Oversee animal marking operations

add topic AHCLSK407A

Plan and monitor intensive production systems

add topic AHCLSK409A

Supervise animal health programs

add topic AHCLSK411A

Supervise natural mating of livestock

add topic AHCLSK412A

Arrange livestock purchases

add topic AHCLSK414A

Arrange transport for farm produce or livestock

add topic AHCLSK416A

Identify and select animals for breeding

Production horticulture

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPHT402A

Develop a crop regulation program

add topic AHCPHT404A

Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCIRG402A

Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system

add topic AHCIRG404A

Implement an irrigation-related environmental protection system

add topic AHCIRG405A

Plan and coordinate gravity-fed irrigation systems

add topic AHCIRG408A

Schedule irrigations

Soils and media

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCSOL401A

Sample soils and interpret results


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCCHM401A

Minimise risk in the use of chemicals


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCWRK401A

Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures

add topic AHCWRK403A

Supervise work routines and staff performance


    Pathways into the Qualification

    This Qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

    Pathways from the Qualification

    Further training pathways from this Qualification include, but are not limited to, AHC51812 Diploma of Organic Farming and AHC50110 Diploma of Agriculture.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this Qualification.

Licensing Information

There is no licensing or regulatory requirement specifically satisfied as a result of completing this Qualification.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this Qualification include:


Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation and codes of practice.

Interpreting the needs of internal/external customers, especially in relation to the organic supply chain.

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements.


Working with diverse individuals and groups.

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team.

Applying teamwork skills to a range of situations.


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems.

Showing independence and initiative in identifying problems.

Applying a range of strategies in problem solving.

Initiative and enterprise

Being creative in response to workplace challenges.

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others.

Generating a range of options in response to workplace matters.

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information.

Being appropriately resourceful.

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role.


Monitoring and evaluating own performance.

Taking responsibility at the appropriate level, especially in relation to organic standards and compliance.


Being open to learning, new ideas and techniques.

Learning in a range of settings including informal learning.

Contributing to the learning of others.


Using technology and related workplace equipment.

Using basic technology skills.

Using technology to organise data.

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology.