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Our Primary Industries degrees provide an excellent opportunity to delve into a hands on learning environment that engenders innovation, impact and sustainable delivery in our students for future developments in Australian and international primary industries.

Our unique structure promotes valuable interaction amongst students of this Higher Education department via the same core subjects and the added opportunity to tailor their degree specialising in areas including:

  • agriculture and land management
  • equine studies
  • viticulture and winemaking.
  • veterinary nursing

Our Primary Industry programs are based at NMIT's Epping Campus and surrounding training centres, which boast world-class facilities for hands-on learning, including a working aquaculture centre and winery, vineyards, horse stud and farms.

Students have the opportunity to tailor their degree to suit them by choosing from elective subjects that are either specific to their course, specific to Primary Industries or from any of NMIT's other HE programs in Business, Creative Arts (Music, Illustration, Writing and Publishing),Hospitality and Education.

“It is our goal to ensure NMIT graduates are skilled, practical, flexible and solution orientated. NMIT is in a unique position to work with industry specialists to ensure that graduates are prepared to contribute immediately to the Primary Industries community in Australia,” explains Dr Gavin Drew, Head of Department, Higher Education Primary Industries.

“This course structure will provide a learning experience for students that allows the freedom to diversify their skills set in an area of their choice and develop the academic, interpersonal and teamwork skills needed for employment within Primary Industries.”

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Courses from the Primary Industries Department

Courses
Certificate II in Agriculture - Beef and Sheep Production
Live an active life working on the land. Designed for farm hand apprentices looking to gain hands-on training, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Agriculture provides a general introduction to agriculture skills and techniques.
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Certificate II in Animal Studies
Do you dream of a career caring for animals? With Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Animal Studies, you will be provided with the skills and knowledge necessary to care for herds, flocks, murders and gaggles of animals! This unique Certificate II in Animal Studies is also studied in a real-to-life environment.
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Certificate II in Floristry (Assistant)
Let your creativity bloom - put your love of flowers, creative flair and eye for detail to work with a beautiful and rewarding career in Floristry. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Floristry (Assistant) provides the perfect pathway to combine your green thumb and artistic eye.
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Certificate II in Landscaping
Designed as a pre-apprenticeship training program, Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Landscaping is suitable for anyone wanting to gain the basic skills and knowledge to find employment in the horticulture and landscaping industry, before moving into a horticultural landscape apprenticeship. This six-month course gives students real workplace experience in the industry.
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Certificate II in Parks and Gardens
Grow your career in horticulture, specialising in parks and gardens planning and design with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Parks and Gardens. Nurture your interest in nature with a focus on the community to excel in a career as a horticultural parks and gardens expert in this pre-apprenticeship course.
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Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand)
Do you imagine being paid to work with horses? Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) will give you the practical experience and knowledge to work as a stablehand in a thoroughbred racing stable.
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Certificate II in Sports Turf Management
An exciting career in all shades of green and turf and green turf can literally start here! Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Sports Turf Management will use your eye for excellence in the world of sports and your interest in horticulture and facilities management to progress you in your career as a Sports Turf Management specialist.
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Certificate III in Agriculture - Beef and sheep production
Get set for a career on the land. Designed for farm hand apprentices looking to enhance their current farming knowledge or to build on prior qualifications, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Agriculture is the entry level qualification necessary to start your career in beef and sheep production.
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Certificate III in Animal Technology
The Certificate III in Animal Technology is the minimum industry qualification for those operating at a junior or assistant level and undertaking animal technology functions within a scientific environment. Gain a range of skills such as laboratory procedures and husbandry and care of animals.
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Certificate III in Arboriculture
Branching out your career options - Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Arboriculture will combine your love of the outdoors with your passion for conserving nature with a fascinating career as an arborist.
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Certificate III in Civil Construction
You'll be on the road to an 'in-demand' career with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Civil Construction. This course will develop your knowledge and levels of expertise, equipping you to work as a skilled operator in road construction and maintenance.
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Certificate III in Civil Construction - Basic Earthmoving (Short Course)
Set yourself up for a future in earthmoving with Melbourne Polytechnic's short course in Basic Earthmoving. Gain the basic skills and knowledge necessary to operate a range of earthmoving equipment and increase your job chances.
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Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations
Move up in the world of Civil Construction with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations. This course will develop your knowledge and talents, allowing you to work as a skilled operator in road construction and maintenance.
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Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
Are you a passionate dog and cat lover? Then why not consider a career caring for companion animals? Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Companion Animal Services is the recommended industry qualification to work with companion animals. The course features practical experience with animals, giving you the skills and knowledge necessary to care for companion animals in a professional setting.
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Certificate III in Farriery
Are you interested in working with and shoeing horses? Saddle up for a career in the horse trade with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Farriery.This course will allow you to develop the broad range of practical skills you need for this essential equine trade.
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Certificate III in Floristry - Apprenticeship and Non-Apprenticeship
Grow in your trade and let your creativity bloom. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Floristry is a national qualification that teaches you skills to work as a florist in a shop or studio. Own your own business, or show off your best blooms at renowned garden shows - put your love of flowers, creative flair and eye for detail to work with a beautiful and rewarding career in Floristry.
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Certificate III in Landscape Construction - Non-Apprenticeship
Melbourne Polytechnic's non-apprenticeship stream of the Certificate III in Landscape Construction will help you build and grow your future. Take your career to the great outdoors by creating serene spaces of gardening bliss, and build your skills in the landscaping or horticulture industry.
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Certificate III in Landscape Construction - Apprenticeship
Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Landscape Construction apprenticeship digs deep to forge your career path in the landscaping or horticulture trade. Take your career to the great outdoors by creating beautiful serene spaces of gardening bliss.
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Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher)
Gain a top trade qualification and the latest skills required for a career as a butcher. With a Melbourne Polytechnic Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher), you'll be an asset to your employer throughout your apprenticeship and into the future. Train on the job with your employer in the meat processing industry and/or in our modern facilities at Melbourne Polytechnic.
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Certificate III in Parks and Gardens - Apprenticeship and Non-Apprenticeship
Would you like your career in Parks and Gardens to flourish? Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Parks and Gardens will nurture your interest in nature with a focus on the community to excel in a career as a parks and gardens expert.
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Certificate III in Pest Management
Become an expert with a unique skill-set, with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Pest Management. Understand the best practice methods of pest control, management and prevention relevant to many industries.
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Certificate III in Production Nursery
Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Production Nursery will grow your career pathways. Spend your days in the great outdoors and be responsible for the cultivation, preparation, and nutritional requirements of plants in a wholesale environment in this thriving and energetic trade.
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Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)
Spend your day surrounded by horses. With Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand), learn the skills you need to care for and ride thoroughbreds in a racing stable.
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Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider)
Take your career by the reins and hone and develop your skills in the general care and grooming of thoroughbreds and trackriding. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider) will brush out your skills and knowledge in horse anatomy and physiology, trackwork and safe handling.
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Certificate III in Retail Nursery - Apprenticeship and Non-Apprenticeship
Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Retail Nursery is designed to help you create and own your garden nursery or work in the great outdoors. The course will provide you with all the tools to help others create their dream garden and will guide your career in the retail nursery industry.
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Certificate III in Sports Turf Management - Apprenticeship and Non-Apprenticeship
Your specialist career starts here with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Sports Turf Management. Use your eye for excellence in the world of sports and your interest in horticulture and facilities management to excel in your career as a Sports Turf Management specialist, and manage some of the biggest and best sporting grounds around the country and abroad.
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Certificate III in Warehousing Operations
Get moving in the transport and logistics industry. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Warehouse Operations develops skills and knowledge in a range of warehousing and transport operations. This qualification will allow you to advance in the transport, storage and logistics industries.
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Certificate III in Warehousing Operations - Forklift Licence (Short Course)
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Forklift Licence short course covers the theory and practical operation of forklift trucks and provides the key information on forklift operating safety and regulations. Upon successful completion, you will be issued with a Licence to Perform High Risk Work card issued by WorkSafe Victoria (LF - Class) and a completed unit of competency TLILIC2001A Licence to operate a forklift truck.
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Certificate III in Wool Clip Preparation
Make the most from your sheep’s back with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Wool Clip Preparation. This course will develop your knowledge and skills in wool classing as you receive expert training in the preparation and supervision of shearing operations.
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Certificate IV in Landscape Design
Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Landscape Design is committed to plotting your landscape future. Take the next step if you're working in the landscape or horticulture industry and want to advance your skills to more design-focused areas and develop your knowledge in business management.
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Certificate IV in Horticulture
Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Horticulture is committed to help grow your future prospects. Your interest in working with nature, understanding your environment and the science behind how plants grow will set you on the path to a flourishing career in the horticulture industry.
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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Formalise your Veterinary Nursing qualifications with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This course provides you with the industry qualification for your veterinary nursing career as you develop your skills in a range of animal care and surgical routines.
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Certificate IV in Wool Classing
Turn your eye for quality and hands-on wool industry experience into a class act. With Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Wool Classing, you’ll learn the technical, supervisory and management skills needed to become a professional wool classer and shed manager.
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Diploma of Agriculture
Be at the forefront of farming knowledge. With Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Agriculture, you’ll gain specialised, professional level skills and knowledge that can be applied on farms. You will learn to guide decisions about livestock husbandry and manage pasture/crops for livestock production, and about machinery management relevant to current industry practices.
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Diploma of Agronomy
Be at the forefront of farming knowledge. With Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Agronomy you’ll gain specialised, professional level skills and knowledge specifically designed for farm application. On completion, you will be well equipped to guide decisions about crops, pasture, and chemical and fertiliser application.
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Diploma of Animal Technology
Care for animals in biomedical and educational environments. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Animal Technology provides you with the skills, knowledge and the industry qualification to undertake animal care and related animal technology functions within a biomedical research or production environment.
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Diploma of Arboriculture
Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Arboriculture will see you branching out your career options, working with you to combine your love of the outdoors with your passion for conserving the natural environment, in particular trees and shrubs. The Diploma of Arboriculture will cement the roots for your fascinating and unique career as an arborist.
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Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
Would you like to turn your commitment to the environment into a successful career? With Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Conservation and Land Management you can help manage Australia’s natural resources in the long term. With the extensive field experience, knowledge and practical skills you gain through this course, you will be trained to identify and respond proactively to the challenges of biodiversity loss, global warming and environmental damage.
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Diploma of Horse Breeding (Stud Management)
Let your love of horses lead your career. Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Horse Breeding (Stud Management) will provide you with the skills and knowledge to start as an equine industry professional.
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Diploma of Horticulture
Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Horticulture is focused on growing your future. Own your own maintenance or design business, work in local council management or as a consultant in horticulture. You have the potential to be a leader with your skills and knowledge in this ever-changing industry.
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Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science - Horticulture
Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science helps you to expand and grow in your industry. The course provides individuals with the high-level technical skills, knowledge and 'plantmanship' required to work in horticultural enterprises. Give advice on plants that can be grown in certain areas, situations and climates.
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Diploma of Sports Turf Management
Advance your career with Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Sports Turf Management. Prepare yourself for management duties at golf courses, cricket pitches, bowling greens, sports fields or turf farms. Choose Melbourne Polytechnic to excel in your career as a Sports Turf Management Specialist.
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Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)
Consolidate your Veterinary Nursing qualifications with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice). This course has been designed for qualified and experienced veterinary nurses who demonstrate leadership, advanced nursing skills and potential in the clinical management of a veterinary practice.
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Plant Tissue Culture (Training Program)
Study plant tissue culture to enhance your current knowledge on plant formation, assist in the continued existence of vital species of plant life and increase your understanding of the structure of plants for personal or career enhancement. Melbourne Polytechnic's Plant Tissue Culture (Training Program) will add extra green to your thumb.
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Prepare CAD Landscape Designs (Training Program)
Melbourne Polytechnic's training course in preparing Computer Aided Design (CAD) in landscaping, will provide additional skills towards your career in horticulture and landscape design and instruct you in professional design methods.
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Commercial Hydroponic Crop Production (Training Program)
Melbourne Polytechnic will help you take on the challenge to plant your future. Combine your interest in the future of crop production and horticulture - be a part of the growing sustainable industry that is Commercial Hydroponic Crop Production.
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Prepare a Landscape Design (Training Program)
Melbourne Polytechnic provides great foundations to assist in updating your home garden or to prepare a landscape design to enhance your career, by learning professional design methods.
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Short Courses from the Primary Industries Department

Short Courses
Introduction to Winemaking
The completion of the nationally recognised units FDFCELFERA Perform Fermentation Operations (AGW107) and FDFOPTHS2A Clean and Sanitise Equipment (AGW105) will earn you credit towards attaining the Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations. Course outline: The course will commence with an overview of grape composition and wine styles and follow the process of wine production, from crushing the fruit to bottling the wine. The course is structured to include two weekend field days, off campus, where students will be involved in the harvest and processing of fruit from our Eden Park vineyard. Details of the field day will be advised at course commencement. This very popular short course is run at Melbourne Polytechnic's Epping campus, in its state-of-the-art winery and winery laboratory. Students will attend evening-based classes, one night per week over nine weeks from 6pm-9.30pm and will be issued with learning materials at the commencement of the course. Course Dates:Semester 1Epping CampusBuilding L, Room 125 DATE DAY TIME SESSION Course overviewIntroduction to wine styles and grape composition Sanitation, crushing and pressing operations, basic wine analysis Harvest of grapes at Eden Park Fermentation and alcohol production, acidity SO2 and other gases, basic tastes Fining trials, oak, additives Fining trials, bentonite Filtration Faults, bottling Course fees:Students eligible for government subsidy: $240Students ineligible for government subsidy (students holding a qualification at or higher than Certificate II will be ineligible): $856 Course fee includes a demijohn for batch winemaking. For the latest course and enrolment information, please contact the Agriculture and Animal Science Department.
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Wine Appreciation
You will learn how to identify, describe and score different styles of wines using methods used by wine makers and wine show judges. Completion of this nationally recognised unit FDFCDSEWB Evaluate Wines (Standard) will earn you credits towards obtaining the Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations.
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Chainsaw Operation and Safety
This Melbourne Polytechnic short course will focus on chainsaw safety procedures identified in the owner-operator's manual. Emphasis is placed on the individual's responsibility to ensure safe working practice is maintained while operating a chainsaw. This course is applicable to professional users and the casual operator alike, and benefits anyone who may use a chainsaw around the home or farm. Training outcomes Participants will be able to:
  • describe how a chainsaw can be operated safely
  • dismantle, clean and reassemble
  • select correct chain bar and chain
  • correctly adjust and sharpen a chain
  • start, stop and apply emergency chain brake
  • determine a safe working zone
  • wear appropriate safety gear
  • cut the logs and limbs in an appropriate and correct manner
Materials All equipment is supplied. Study options This course can provide recognition for the national unit of competency AHCARB205A Operate and Maintain Chainsaws, but PLEASE NOTE that competency assessment is not actually part of the course. 2015 dates 23 February 23 March 27 April 25 May 29 June 27 July 31 August 28 September 26 October 23 November 14 December
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Wine Appreciation (Advanced)
Each session in the short course, Wine Appreciation (Advanced) is an in-depth look at the history and evolution of wines from each region and is centred on tastings of these wines. Completion of this nationally recognised unit FDFCDSEVAB Evaluate Wines (Advanced) will earn you credit towards obtaining the Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations. Topics include:
  • correct tasting procedures
  • wine aromas and flavours
  • how viticultural and winemaking techniques can influence wine style
  • comparing Australian and key world wine styles
  • scoring wines
  • wine faults and wine quality
  • identify Australian wine
  • enhancing consumer enjoyment of wine
Cost: $310 or $283 with healthcare/pension card
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Introduction to Beef and Sheep Breeding
Once you have completed your weekend workshops and the nationally recognised units of competency, you will have earnt credit towards attaining the Certificate III in Agriculture. Topics include:
  • animal nutrition
  • herd health
  • mating requirements
  • bull selection
  • monitoring performance
  • breeding classes
  • cycle identification
  • bull introduction
  • managing cow nutrition during pregnancy and lactation
  • paddock selection for calving
  • husbandry procedures
  • record keeping
Please Note: Commencement of this course is dependent on enrolment numbers. Fees: Full fee (eligible): $457 Concession: $151Full fee (ineligible): $450 Course Dates: Please contact the Agriculture and Animal Science Department for the latest session information.
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Basic Livestock Essentials
Melbourne Polytechnic's state-of-the-art facilities and our own Yan Yean farm makes the offer of completing this unique short course in animal management possible, involving real-life circumstances. The course is offered as a series of weekend workshops at the farm, as well as theory sessions at the Epping Campus. Classes are a combination of hands-on practical elements and theoretical knowledge. Completion of the nationally recognised units of competency will earn you credit towards attaining the Certificate III in Agriculture. Location:Melbourne Polytechnic Epping Campus, Building L, Cnr Dalton Road and Cooper Street, Epping Class dates: Please contact the Agriculture and Animal Science Department for the latest session details. Fees: Full Fee (eligible): $415Concession: $151Full Fee (ineligible): $495 Enrolment note: If you have paid fees for courses starting in the 11 months prior to the course you are now enrolling in, you may pay less at the cash register, or if you wish to attend two or more short courses, please contact the Agriculture and Animal Science Department for costing. Please note: Commencement of this course is dependent on enrolment numbers.
  • Places can only be allocated on the payment of the enrolment fee and the course is filled in order of receipt.
  • A completed enrolment is essential for contacting people in the event of the re-scheduling or cancellation of a course due to insufficient numbers.
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Farm Chemical Users Course
For farm owners or farm labourers needing to understand farm chemicals, the Farm Chemical Users Course's core units are an essential requirement to acquire an Agricultural Chemical User's Permit (ACUP) in the primary industries. Users of agricultural chemicals are required to hold an ACUP permit for application of:
  • Schedule 7 agricultural chemicals
  • certain ester herbicide formulations
  • atrazine soil residual herbicide
Further, it is advisable that agricultural chemical users are familiar with legislation relating to off-label use, pesticide drift, record keeping and Chemical Control Areas. Calibration of spray equipment is an essential facet of the course. Melbourne Polytechnic provides a targeted statewide program of specially designed Farm Chemical Users Courses enabling qualification for ACUP registration. Participants requiring a Commercial Operators Licence should contact the Agriculture and Animal Science Department for course requirements. Completion of the units of competency AHCCHM303A Prepare and apply chemicals and AHCCHM304A Transport, handle and store chemicals will earn you credit towards attaining a nationally recognised qualification in Agriculture (Certificate/s I-IV and Diploma). Course session details: Classes are held at the Epping Campus and at Melbourne Polytechnic'sYan Yean farm training centre. Mid-year entry is available to local students for this course. Note: evidence of citizenship/residency and proof of age is required when enrolling. Fees:Full Fee (eligible): $503Health Care Card (concession): $170Full Fee (ineligible): $525This provides for all training, associated handouts and a Chemicals Manual. Health Care Card concession may be available on application (Ineligibility is determined by whether or not a person has completed a Certificate IV qualification or higher, previously, and is consequently charged at $10.80 per tuition hour rather than eligible fee of $2.00 per tuition hour).
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Grazing Management (PROGRAZE) Course
More profitable and sustainable pasture management lies within the grasp of every producer. It's a matter of obtaining the knowledge and skills concerning grazing management practices and understanding pasture and animal requirements. This course is conducted as a series of weekend workshops at Melbourne Polytechnic's farm in Yan Yean. Completion of the unit of competency AHCBAC401A Manage pastures for livestock production will earn you credit towards attaining a nationally recognised qualification in Agriculture (Certificate I-IV and Diploma). Producers can obtain the necessary grazing management skills for profitable and sustainable grazing through PROGRAZE, a skills course developed by the Meat Research Corporation and State Departments of Agriculture. PROGRAZE is designed to help producers:
  • develop pasture and animal assessment skills (fat score sheep and cattle)
  • understand how to use these skills to improve the profitability and sustainability of pasture grazing systems
  • estimate animal production from pasture of differing quality and quantity
  • set benchmarks to optimise livestock performance and pasture production
  • learn about pasture management
  • learn how to achieve market targets for meat through pasture and livestock management
Using a hands-on approach with sessions conducted on-farm and in the paddock, the course focuses on discussion with producers and practical sessions are combined so participants have a full learning experience. The course is presented with a strong focus on pasture ecology and managing pasture (native, volunteer, introduced, forbes/shrubs or a mixture of these). This includes examining: What limits pasture growth throughout the various seasons
  • moisture
  • root type and depth
  • soil structure
  • soil type
  • mineral balance
  • pasture species
  • leaf area
Why do we have certain plants and what do they indicate?
  • renovating: do we really need to do it?
  • managing for perennial pastures
  • ecologically sustainable grazing systems catering for biodiversity
  • grazing, ground cover, and its impact on soil biota and the environment
  • natural methods of weed control (why and how has land management led to these weeds being a problem?)
All workshops include a paddock walk, pasture monitoring and pasture identification. Workshop 1
  • introduction
  • profitable and sustainable grazing
  • sustainability in variable climates
Workshop 2
  • pastures for livestock production - quality and quantity, growth curves
  • benchmarks for sheep and cattle
Workshop 3
  • sheep production from pasture
  • targets
  • management
  • wool production
  • lamb production
  • fat scoring
Workshop 4
  • beef production from pastures
  • reproductive targets
  • feed requirements
  • calving
  • cattle performance and production
  • fat scoring
Workshop 5
  • pasture growth
  • herbicide management
  • nutrient management
Workshop 6
  • grazing management of pastures
  • influence of animals on pasture
  • grazing management systems
  • seasonal management
Workshop 7
  • bus tour
Workshop 8
  • planning to achieve production targets
  • feed budgeting for the summer
  • planning for the next season
Course duration and session details: The course is delivered on Sundays at the Epping campus. Dates may be subject to change due to seasonal conditions or availability of suitable animals or pasture. Course fees: Full Fee (eligible): $543 Health Care Card (concession): $210Full Fee (ineligible): $695
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Farm Fencing Course
Completion of the unit AHCINF303A Plan and construct conventional fencing will earn you credit towards attaining a nationally recognised qualification in Certificate III in Agriculture. Topics include:
  • introduction to subject and assessment method
  • equipment required to construct and maintain fences
  • identify fences appropriate for livestock
  • safety issues and legal requirements for fences
  • basic design and operation of a fence
  • electric fence design (temporary, cells and permanent)
  • selection of appropriate energiser
  • budgeting for fence construction
  • construction of permanent fence
  • demonstration safe use of equipment
  • selecting appropriate fencing knots
  • testing of voltage levels in fence
  • gate construction
Please Note: Commencement of this course is dependent on enrolment numbers. Contact the Agriculture and Animal Science Department for more enrolment and session details. Course session details: (30 hours) Classes held at Epping Campus and Yan Yean Farm
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Introduction to Tractors Course
This unique short course is offered as a series of weekend workshops at Melbourne Polytechnic's fabulous farm in Yan Yean. Along with a theory session at the Epping campus, this course will provide you with the essentials for using and driving a tractor. Topics:
  • introduction to subject and assessment method
  • basic description on types of tractors available
  • tractors safety including legislation and video
  • look over basic components and safety features of tractors
  • perform pre-start checks
  • routine safety checks
  • mechanical hazards
  • tractor operation
  • attach equipment
  • operate tractors in a range of different environments
  • selection of equipment to match tractor performance
  • attach, reverse and remove a trailed implement fitted with remote hydraulics
  • attach, operate and remove a PTO driven implement
  • operate a tractor and implement in field conditions
  • final tractor assessment
Key Outcome: To achieve understanding of the safe operation of tractors in any given situation, with or without attached equipment and the application of skills to safely utilise the various components and controls of tractors. Resource requirements: Sturdy warm clothing, work boots and a hat. Course duration and session details: 40 hours Classes are held at Melbourne Polytechnic's Epping Campus and Melbourne Polytechnic Northern Lodge Yan Yean. Fees:Full Fee (eligible): $216Health Care Card (concession): $105Full Fee (ineligible): $495
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Whole Farm Planning Course
Learn the full set of basics on Farm Planning at Melbourne Polytechnic's farm in Yan Yean and feel confident and well on the way to your life on the land. Topics include:
  • introductions and aims
  • history of whole farm planning
  • purchase of aerial photographs
  • land classification and capabilities
  • the planning process
  • sustainable land management
  • soils, limiting factors for land use
  • soil sampling and understanding analysis results
  • soils practical exercise
  • using and understanding aerial photographs
  • itemising physical and natural resources and infrastructure
  • protecting wetlands and waterways
  • soil erosion and landcare
  • managing water requirements on farms
  • designs of troughs tanks and water reticulation
  • protection against fire and drought
  • managing pastures, weeds and pests
  • livestock health and welfare
  • identifying the legal requirements of land management
  • protecting endangered species and areas of cultural significance
  • developing risk management strategies
  • managing climate and direction for the business
  • SWOT analysis
  • selecting an enterprise
  • land mapping using a GPS Electronic mapping and computer applications, e.g. Tumaus
  • developing an action calendar of operations
  • implementation of your whole farm plan
  • funding opportunities for revegetation and land care works
  • establishing budgets for planned projects
  • monitor and review your plan
Materials: Students will be required to purchase or supply an aerial photograph of their case study property. The Yan Yean Training Centre can be used for students who do not have a property of their own to use. Assessment: Students will present their whole farm plans to the group. Course duration and start date: 120 hours Classes are held at the Epping Campus. Mid-year entry is available to local students for this course. Note: evidence of citizenship/residency and proof of age is required when enrolling. Fees: Full Fee (eligible): $493 Health Care Card: $160Full Fee (ineligible): $495
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Basic Home Butchery
The Basic Home Butchery course features the following modules taken from Certificate III in Meat Processing training package: MTMPSR203A sharpen knivesMTMSR301C break carcase into primal cuts Duration: 2 days This course will be run on weekends 9.30am - 4pm. Fees range from: Students eligible for government subsidy $462 Students eligible for concession (Health Care Card) $238 Students ineligible for government subsidy $499 Note: Protective clothing required, including fully enclosed footwear and warm clothes. Material fees could vary due to carcase price variation. Places are limited to 10 people per course. Please contact the Agriculture and Animal Science Department for the latest fees and charges information.
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