Vocational Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in agribusiness. It reflects the role of individuals who apply substantial specialised knowledge and skills to the managerial role in an organisation or business area. In these roles they make significant high-level independent judgements in major planning, research, design, operational, compliance and management functions within highly varied or specialised agribusiness contexts.

The agrifood industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Job roles

Occupational titles may include:

senior manager

export/marketing manager

research and development manager

processing systems manager

compliance and systems manager.


Packaging Rules

Complete four elective units of competency, made up of:

three units of competency from Group A (business leadership stream)

one unit of competency from either Group A, not previously selected, or Group B (technical stream), or from a relevant Vocational Graduate Certificate or Diploma from this Training Package or any other Training Package or accredited course. The selected unit must not duplicate units already contained within the qualification.

Qualification structure

Group A Elective Units: Business leadership stream

add topic MTMBUS701A

Manage financial performance

add topic BSBDES701A

Research and apply design theory

add topic MTMBUS702A

Provide strategic leadership

add topic MSS407001A

Prepare for and implement change

add topic MTMBUS703A

Communicate and negotiate in a culturally diverse context

add topic MSS407006A

Build relationships between teams in an operations environment

add topic MTMBUS704A

Develop and enhance collaborative partnerships and relationships

add topic NWP704A

Lead a project development

Group B Elective Units: Technical stream

add topic MTMBUS705A

Develop and manage international business operations

add topic MTMPSR606A

Assess and purchase livestock

add topic MTMBUS706A

Commercialise research and technology product/idea

add topic NWP706A

Review and evaluate water and wastewater sustainability objectives

add topic BSBCOM601B

Research compliance requirements and issues

add topic NWP707A

Analyse and review water treatment plant technology


    Pathways into the qualification

    Candidates may enter the qualification through a number of entry points which demonstrate their potential to undertake study at graduate level, including:

    an Advanced Diploma or Diploma qualification relevant to an agrifood industry

    relevant extensive vocational experience in middle management in an agrifood industry at a skill level commensurate with the AQF level VI attributes and criteria

    higher education qualification (e.g. Bachelor Degree), with relevant vocational experience in an agrifood industry.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    a Graduate Diploma of Agribusiness

    a post-graduate qualification.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Units of competency in this qualification do not require a licence or certification.

Employability Skills


Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


interacting and negotiating in a range of cross-cultural contexts in relation to the business of the enterprise

developing collaborative relationships and cultivating new and existing partnerships

consulting with stakeholders to question, clarify issues, seek opinions and elicit feedback

developing plain English written text which deals with complex issues and concepts


leading a team, workgroup or unit and being aware of employee needs and requirements

building trust, confidence, respect and cooperation within and between teams

leading and motivating a team in establishing productive networks, partnerships and other relationships

creating a collective responsibility for innovation and changes in practice to respond to new technology, market needs or other business factors

Problem solving

identifying, collecting, analysing and interpreting data using a variety of research and data collection methods

analysing business data using data analysis and decision-making techniques to produce information for the business

undertaking risk assessment, reviewing feedback and planning improvement to business operations

working with teams with diverse emotional and multiple intelligences and thinking skills

systematically evaluating strategic inputs, processes and outputs of the business

developing strategies to implement new procedures and technology within the business

Initiative and enterprise

influencing and shaping strategic thinking and inspiring others through a shared vision

promoting innovation and entrepreneurial thinking

seeking and developing new business opportunities

applying new procedures and technology to improve business performance

Planning and organising

applying advanced project management techniques, including quality management and risk management

preparing and lodging reports in accordance with organisational and business requirements

setting business targets and identifying resource requirements

establishing information management systems, and business policies and procedures

developing and implementing business strategies

reviewing business performance


developing and substantiating own views and ideas

providing leadership in OH&S practice, ethical standards, legislative requirements and governance

reviewing own personal and professional competence against personal development objectives

supporting and using participative arrangements aimed at establishing trust


reflecting upon and evaluating personal leadership style, and personal and professional competence

identifying and applying multiple perspectives and interpretations, and appropriate protocols and language in culturally diverse contexts

contributing to the learning of others in the organisation


analysing and implementing technological and system requirements

applying foundation skills in using standard desktop applications

reviewing and implementing improved electronic business systems and networks within the organisation

using technology, including the internet, to access current legislative and regulatory requirements, codes of practice and industry guidelines

applying business management and project management software and tools

using communication and information technology to record, monitor and analyse data

conducting online research to obtain information about market opportunities