The importance of training

Tocal College aims to increase the skills and capacity of the agricultural
workforce, through attracting and training new entrants to agriculture, as well
as improving the skills and safety of the existing workforce. The CB Alexander
campus at Paterson hosts our full-time youth education programs, but we’re
also taking training all over NSW from our other locations: Yanco Campus,
Tamworth, Trangie and the Central Coast. We also have a range of accredited and
non-accredited courses online so that people can study at their own pace to gain
qualifications or just learn valuable new skills like managing work health and
safety on the farm, soil management, or keeping bees free of pests and diseases.

Training partnerships

Tocal College partners with industry and government groups to deliver training
on demand. We currently partner with Dairy Australia, Animal Health Australia,
Plant Health Australia, Cotton Australia, the GRDC, the fruit people, the irrigation
people, etc etc to train people all over Australia in things like crop monitoring,
biosecurity, farm business management, WHS etc etc.


Funded by the NSW Department of Industry, Tocal College is delivering training to the grains and cotton industries.

AgSkilled is a 3-year program aims to improve workforce skills by delivering training to those with a genuine interest in the NSW cotton or grains industries.

This includes producers, farm staff, contractors, job seekers and industry professionals.



Traineeships are a great way to get young people started on a career in agriculture. Those employed in dairy, beekeeping and other primary industries can study part time and a nationally-recognised qualification.

Training on campus complements experience gained on the job. It’s a flexible way to learn that benefits both trainees and employers, and there are even financial incentives available to assist with the costs.


The Aboriginal Rural Training Program (ARTP)

The Aboriginal Rural Training Program (ARTP) has delivered training to Indigenous people in NSW and other states since 1989.

The training offered includes forklift licences, chainsaws and felling trees, First Aid, WHS, and industry specific skills in Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management and Viticulture such as tractor driving, tree planting, machinery maintenance, irrigation and pruning. Training can be run on-site, in communities, on rural properties, and/or at the Yanco Campus.

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Skills training

Tocal Skills Training, is the training program developed by NSW Department of
Primary Industries (NSW DPI) to meet the needs of farmers, primary industries,
agribusiness and the community.

Courses are delivered locally by highly skilled and respected Department of
Primary Industries staff. Many of the courses are subsidised to reflect the public
benefits provided by the adoption of safer or more sustainable farming practices.

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Online courses

Tocal College offers a convenient and flexible way to study through its online and blended programs, including a range of agricultural and environmental subjects.


Tocal College has published close to 100 books on all aspects of agriculture and land management. Our books are high quality, accurate and reliable references on topics such as livestock, pastures, irrigation, weed management, natural resource management, beekeeping, machinery, farming skills and farm management. They are easy to read with useful illustrations and photographs for a practical understanding of the subject matter.