Diploma of Organic Farming

This Diploma of Organic Farming reflects the role of personnel working within an organic farming enterprise who manage enterprise production units, manage the certification and continued compliance with organic standards and develop and maintain organic produce supply chains. It is designed to meet the needs of owners and managers of organic farming enterprises.

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

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

Organic farm production manager

Organic supply chain manager


Completion of 10 Units of Competency comprising two (2) core Units and eight (8) elective Units.

Core Units of Competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCORG505A

Develop and monitor a sustainable production plan

add topic AHCORG501A

Develop an organic management plan

Elective Units of Competency

select two (2) Units from Group A

select five (5) Units from Groups A or B

select one (1) Unit from Groups A, Group B or from Units packaged in Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced 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 AHCNAR506A

Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies

add topic AHCORG401A

Manage biodynamic production

add topic AHCORG402A

Manage organic livestock production

add topic AHCORG403A

Manage organic soil improvement

add topic AHCORG502A

Prepare the enterprise for organic certification

add topic AHCORG503A

Design and document an organic farm landscape

add topic AHCORG504A

Develop and manage a community based marketing supply chain

add topic AHCORG506A

Manage an agro-ecology production system



Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCAGB501A

Develop climate risk management strategies

add topic AHCBUS502A

Market products and services

add topic AHCBUS503A

Negotiate and monitor contracts

add topic AHCBUS505A

Develop a marketing plan

add topic AHCBUS508A

Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports

add topic AHCMER501A

Develop a sales strategy for rural products

add topic BSBFIM501A

Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic TLIR4003A

Negotiate a contract


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBUS501A

Manage staff

add topic AHCBUS506A

Develop and review a business plan

add topic AHCBUS507A

Monitor and review business performance

add topic BSBRSK501B

Manage risk

Broadacre cropping

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBAC501A

Manage agricultural crop production

add topic AHCBAC503A

Manage integrated crop and pasture production

add topic AHCBAC505A

Plan and manage long-term weed, pest and/or disease control in crops

add topic AHCBAC506A

Manage the harvest of crops

add topic AHCBAC507A

Develop production plans for crops

Production horticulture

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPHT502A

Develop a horticultural production plan


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCLSK501A

Manage livestock production

add topic AHCLSK502A

Arrange marketing of livestock

add topic AHCLSK503A

Develop and implement a breeding strategy

add topic AHCLSK504A

Develop livestock health and welfare strategies

add topic AHCLSK505A

Develop production plans for livestock


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCIRG503A

Design irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems

add topic AHCWAT502A

Manage water systems


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCCHM401A

Minimise risks in the use of chemicals

Work health and safety

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCOHS501A

Manage Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCWRK501A

Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program

add topic AHCWRK502A

Collect and manage data

add topic AHCWRK504A

Assess new industry developments

add topic AHCWRK511A

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability


    Pathways into the Qualification

    This Qualification may be accessed by direct entry or following completion of the Certificate IV in Organic Production.

    Pathways from the Qualification

    Further training pathways from this Qualification include, but are not limited to, Advanced 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.

Establishing/using networks.

Writing to audience needs.


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.

Identifying and using the strengths of other team members.


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems.

Applying a range of strategies in problem solving.

Listening to and resolving concerns in relation to workplace issues.

Initiative and enterprise

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others.

Generating a range of options in response to workplace matters.

Translating ideas into action.

Developing innovative solutions.

Planning and organising

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role.

Working within or establishing clear project goals and deliverables.

Determining or applying required resources.

Allocating people and other resources to tasks and workplace requirements.


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 order to accommodate change.

Managing own learning.


Using technology and related workplace equipment.

Using technology to organise data.

Applying technology as a management tool.