About this course

This course will introduce you to a range of basic concepts used in Agronomy which will help you better understand the process of managing a crop, better understand agronomist recommendations, and help make better decisions about managing a crop.

Who should attend the course?

This course is for farm staff, supervisors, contractors and service providers who have a minimum of two (2) years industry experience.  To be eligible you need to hold a Level 3 Chemical Application (available online or face to face) or be in the processing of obtaining this at time of application.

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: 4 days (2 x two day workshops)
Start date: Multiple intakes
Number of units: 3
Indicative fees:


Funding available to eligible participants

Accredited Course: Yes

Upcoming courses

2022 course dates and locations coming soon. Complete and submit your application now to register interest for your area.


Participants will learn how to:

  • conduct soil sampling
  • prepare soil samples for dispatch to a laboratory
  • how to interpret soil test results
  • measure and assess soil moisture
  • assess nutrient requirements for crops
  • recognise poor growth and lack of vigour caused by nutrient deficiency
  • locate and identify areas of weed infestation and select control methods
  • recognise damage to crop caused by weeds, pests or diseases
  • monitor and assess crop maturity
  • determine time of harvest with specialist advice.

$1,550 (GST free)

Fully subsidised by the NSW Government for eligible applicants To find out whether you are eligible, contact a training coordinator in your area.

Online component:

  • Reading & instructional videos.
  • Short quizzes & assessment.

Workshop 1:

  • A two-day interactive session including practical demonstrations.

Workshop 2:

  • A two-day interactive classroom and field-based session.
  • Interpretation of farm soil test results.

  • All learning resources, including workbooks and reference publications, are provided.
  • This is a blended course, with both face-to-face and online components.

You must meet the eligibility requirements of the NSW funded training program applied under to secure your subsidised training.

This course is aligned to the following national units of competency:

  • AHCBAC404 -  Plan and implement agricultural crop maintenance
  • AHCSOL401 -  Sample soils and interpret results
  • AHCSOL202 -  Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing

Successful completion of assessment tasks will result in achieving a Statement of Attainment containing units of competency that can contribute to several nationally recognised qualifications

Additional Information

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