About this course

The course is suited to agronomists (Resellers and Independent Consultants) and Farm Managers in the grain industry seeking excellence in management of soils and plant nutrition, rather than basic sales agronomy training traditionally offered.

Well-suited to:

  • Advisory businesses wishing to excel in soils and plant nutrition
  • Improve nutrient use efficiency/yields/profitability
  • Improve/sustain soil health
  • Soils/nutrition focus in managing spatial variability/precision ag
  • New starters or experienced advisers

At a glance:

Location: Online or Blended Delivery
Start date: Sign up by 11 January 2021
Number of units: 3
Indicative fees: Nil to eligible applicants
Accredited Course: Yes

Leading independent specialists:

  • Dr Chris Dowling (broadacre soils and plant nutrition) from Back Paddock
  • Christian Bannan, Soil Physicist  from SE Soil & Water

Upcoming courses

This course is a mix of online and face-to-face workshops.

Sign up by 11 January 2021.


Access best-quality soils/plant nutrition technical information online, at a level suited to the experience of the individual.

The CORE content in each module meets training requirements for Fertcare Accredited Adviser (FAA). Full requirements for FAA are detailed at:  www.fertilizer.org.au/Fertcare

Pre-approved applicants will be funded through the specific NSW training program applied under.

The option to pursue FAA involves additional fees depending on membership of Australian Fertiliser Services Association or Fertiliser Australia and also any previous Fercare C training completion (details available on Enrolment application).

‘Blended’ delivery consisting of:

  • One-day face-to-face soil pit workshop
  • 14 online modules (estimated 20 hours minimum commitment)
  • 3 × 1 hour webinars
  • Individual mentoring/tuition

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

ProSoils is suited to either inexperienced advisers or as a basic refresher for the more experienced. More advanced knowledge is available as an option in each module. Online modules cover all major, minor and trace elements for plant growth as well as management of soil physical properties and soil amelioration.

Participants need to have (or obtain before completing the course) some exposure to practical fertiliser use programs, from soil sampling through to supply and application of fertiliser and/or soil amendment products

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

  • AHCWRK301 - Collect samples for a rural production or horticulture monitoring program
  • AHCPCM402 - Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
  • AHCPCM505 - Conduct environment and food safety risk assessment of plant nutrition and soil fertility program

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

For information on students rights and responsibilities, and the Tocal College Code of Practice see Student policies.


Commencement of Webinars/Online Modules

Workshop & Soil pit

Temora / Wagga Wagga

10 February 2021

Monday, 8th March

Moree / Narrabri

10 February 2021

Wednesday, 10th March

Dubbo / Gilgandra

10 February 2021

Thursday, 11th March

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