Successful completion of this course will result in a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture 6M20486.  This course is also known as the ‘Green Cert’ for taxation purposes.

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 in Agriculture, Horticulture, or equivalent.  Exemptions may be granted to mature applicants.  Entry is subject to interview.

Course Content

  • Farm Management and Business Planning 6N20462
  • Work Practice 6N1947
  • Beef Management 6N20465
  • Sheep Management 6N20466
  • Farm Equipment Fabrication 6N2243
  • Farm Performance Measurement 6N3005
  • Capstone for Agriculture 6N20464
  • Communications 6N1950
  • Sustainable Farming 6N20463
  • Grassland Management 6N20472
  • All Terrain Vehicle Operations 5N1752

Course Duration:

This is a one year, full time course running from September to May.

Entry Requirements:

For mature students these requirements need not apply and applications will be considered based on a proven interest in organic farming.
Entry will be subject to interview.


There are no fees to study this course.

Career Options

The course is suitable for people seeking employment on farms or working on their own farms. Graduates of the course are eligible to:

  • Transfer to linked courses at Institutes of Technology through the Higher Education Links Scheme
  • Farm Manager in the Beef/ Sheep Sector
  • Gain employment on a farm either in Ireland or Aboard
  • Run and manage their own farm enterprise at home

Further Courses of Study

  • Bachelor of Business in Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness (Level 7) Galway/Mayo IT (GMIT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Environmental Management (Level 7) Galway/Mayo IT (GMIT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture – HETAC Level 7  Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science – HETAC Level 7 Waterford Institute of Technology
  • BSc in Land Management in Agriculture/Forestry/Horticulture – HETAC Level 8 Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgrSc)  University College Dublin

Student Testimonial:

Seán Grimes

I am really enjoying the Ag Level 6 course here in Westport. Having already completed the Ag Level 5 last year, the two have really given me a broad understanding about farming, and I am gaining a lot of valuable knowledge to use in the future.


Once you have applied online you will be called for an interview within a few weeks. QQI examination fees cost €50, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card. Books and essential class materials may also be required.  A €100 Student Services fee also applies.

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