Diploma of Agriculture

The Diploma of Agriculture reflects the role of personnel working on farms and stations who manage enterprise production units and employees and sole operators of agribusinesses who provide crop production advice and services to production enterprises.


Packaging Rules

Completion of ten (10) elective units.


a minimum of five (5) units must come from elective group A

a minimum of three (3) units must come from elective groups A or B

a maximum of two (2) units may be selected from units aligned to 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 AHCAGB501A

Develop climate risk management strategies

add topic AHCAGB505A

Develop a whole farm plan


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

Broadacre cropping

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBAC501A

Manage agricultural crop production

add topic AHCBAC502A

Manage forage conservation

add topic AHCBAC503A

Manage integrated crop and pasture production

add topic AHCBAC504A

Plan and manage a stored grain program

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


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

Occupational health and safety

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCOHS501A

Manage Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes

Organic production

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCORG501A

Develop an organic management plan

add topic AHCORG502A

Prepare the enterprise for organic certification

Soils and media

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCSOL501A

Monitor and manage soils for production



Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCAGB502A

Plan and manage infrastructure requirements

add topic AHCAGB503A

Plan and monitor production processes

add topic AHCAGB504A

Plan production for the whole land/farm based business

add topic BSBWOR501B

Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBUS502A

Market products and services

add topic AHCBUS503A

Negotiate and monitor contracts

add topic AHCBUS504A

Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders

add topic AHCBUS505A

Develop a marketing plan

add topic AHCBUS508A

Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports

add topic BSBFIM501A

Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBHRM506A

Manage recruitment selection and induction processes

add topic BSBRES401A

Analyse and present research information

add topic BSBRSK501B

Manage risk

add topic TLIL5019A

Implement and monitor transport logistics

add topic TLIR4002A

Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

add topic TLIR4003A

Negotiate a contract

Carbon farming

Unit code

Unit title


Provide technical advice on the Carbon Farming Initiative


Assess the feasibility of a Carbon Farming Initiative project


Advise on Carbon Initiative project planning and implementation


Monitor and report on a Carbon Farming Initiative project


Aggregate Carbon Farming Initiative projects


Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative livestock project


Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative waste or manure management project


Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative project to sequester carbon in soil or biochar


Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative savannah burning, feral animal or rangelands project


Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative vegetation project


Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative project to avoid emissions from soil and crops


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCCHM401A

Minimise risks in the use of chemicals

add topic AHCCHM501A

Develop and manage a chemical use strategy


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCDER401A

Handle, store and grade deer velvet

add topic AHCDER501A

Comply with deer industry national velvet accreditation requirements

add topic AHCDER502A

Harvest deer velvet


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCDRG501A

Design drainage systems


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCLSK506A

Design livestock effluent systems

Machinery operation and maintenance

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCMOM501A

Manage machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM502A

Implement a machinery management system

Merchandising and sales

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCMER501A

Develop a sales strategy for rural products

Natural area restoration

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCNAR506A

Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies

Organic production

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCORG401A

Manage biodynamic production

add topic AHCORG402A

Manage organic livestock production

add topic AHCORG403A

Manage organic soil improvement


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPCM505A

Conduct environment and food safety risk assessment of plant nutrition and soil fertility programs


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCSHG405A

Arrange employment for shearing operations


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCWAT502A

Manage water systems


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 AHCWRK505A

Manage trial and/or research material

add topic AHCWRK509A

Provide specialist advice to clients

add topic AHCWRK511A

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability


    Qualification pathways

    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, AHC60110 Advanced Diploma of Agriculture.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Job roles

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    Farm production manager

    Production unit manager


    Station/property manager.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Writing to audience needs

Interpreting the needs of internal/external customers

Establishing/using networks


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


Having a personal vision and goals

Articulating own ideas and vision

Monitoring and evaluating own performance

Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


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