Education demands continue to grow

What further education courses are available at colleges and where?
Education demands continue to grow

Fulltime FETAC accredited programmes on offer, as follows: Agriculture

, Level 5 and 6 at Ballyhaise, Clonakilty, Kildalton, Gurteen, Mountbellew and Pallaskenry colleges; Horticulture

, Level 6 at College of Amenity Horticulture, at the Botanic Gardens and Kildalton College; Equine

, Level 5 and 6 at Kildalton College; Forestry

, Level 5 and 6: Ballyhaise College

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What higher education courses are available?

Teagasc colleges and private agricultural colleges are partners with many higher education institutions including University College Dublin and the following Institutes of Technology: Cork, Dundalk, Galway/Mayo, Limerick, Waterford and Tralee.

Teagasc is involved in the delivery of 12 higher education programmes up to honours degree (Level 8).

What about part time ‘Green Cert’ courses?

Teagasc has received an exceptional level of demand for its Green Cert courses due to the new Young Farmer Scheme. About 1,500 applications have been received which is three times the normal level of applications.

Part time education programmes are provided at 12 Teagasc Regional Education Centres. Local part time courses are normally provided for adults seeking the educational qualifications required for stamp duty relief and for the new young farmer scheme. The part time programmes incorporate a Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture and a Level 6 ‘Green Cert’ course.

Where do I get information on part time courses?

Your Teagasc Education Officer will advise you with regard to your education requirements and suitable course options and course availability. See the ‘Know Your Education Officer’ section for details of your local Education Officer.

What is the position with online or distance learning programmes?

Teagasc provide a distance learning programme for graduates who already hold a non-agricultural major award at Level 6 or higher. This is called the Teagasc Distance Education Green Cert for Non-Agricultural Awardholders (these courses are often referred to as online courses). This programme meets the education requirement for stamp duty relief for young trained farmers and the young farmer scheme.

This distance education programme incorporates a Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture and a Level 6 ‘Green Cert’ course. As the course involves a substantial amount of skill and practical instruction, farm planning and discussion group activities, actual attendance is required for a significant number of contact days. The course normally takes 15 to 18 months to complete.Your local Teagasc education officer can advise you on course requirements.

As mentioned, Teagasc already has an exceptional level of applications on hand for this course. Teagasc will provide additional distance education courses over the year to cater for this demand, subject to available staff resources. It is intended distance education courses will be provided at a number of Teagasc centres commencing from December 2014, but depending on the location.

Please refer to the distance education web page on  for further updates.

What is the current minimum educational qualification for stamp duty relief?

Under the 2012 Finance Act, the minimum agricultural qualification for stamp duty relief on transfers of land to young trained farmers is now a FETAC Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farm Administration, also known as a ‘Teagasc Green Cert’. The Green Cert is also the minimum education qualification for the new young farmer scheme. The path to the minimum required qualification for stamp duty and the young farmer scheme is now a Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture plus a Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farm Administration (also known as a Teagasc Green Cert). The Revenue Commissioners list a range of other agricultural related qualifications which they also recognise for Stamp Duty Relief.

As education qualification requirements for Stamp Duty Relief changed on a number of occasions over the past decade, it is vital that you check that your qualifications meet the requirements well in advance of any land transfer.

What education would you recommend for a future commercial farmer?

Young entrants to intensive commercial farming are advised to complete a specialised Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture programme, for example, dairy herd management or drystock management or crops or mechanisation, at an agricultural college. Colleges can advise you on the options available at their college; or visit the website.

Can I get a professional farm manager qualification?

Following the recommendations of the Food Harvest 2020 Report, Teagasc introduced a Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management, validated by UCD.

Should my daughter take up a career in commercial farming?

Female participation in horticultural and equine courses is high, but very low in agricultural courses.

This is an issue farm families need to consider. Teagasc can advise on the options and would encourage greater female participation.

What’s new in horticulture, equine and forestry education?

Horticulture is an important national industry, and it is essential that our commercial horticultural skills base is maintained. Teagasc is a key education provider in horticulture, both in further education and through its links with higher education partners. Teagasc has substantially redeveloped its Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture programme with four main streams – food production, nursery production, landscaping and sports turf.

Level 6 will be the main focus of Teagasc horticultural further education provision in future.

Teagasc provides high equality education and training for the equine sectors at Level 5 and Level 6.

At Level 6, an Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship is offered at Kildalton College.

Subject to adequate demand, a Level 6 Stud Management programme leading to a Certificate in Equine Breeding may also be offered at a nominated Teagasc centre.

The Teagasc Level 5 and 6 forestry courses at Ballyhaise College provide hands on instruction in forestry skills and management.

This is a very well recognised course within the forestry sector.

How important is Teagasc education to the farming and agri-food sector?

Approximately, 2,500 new learners enrol in Teagasc further full time, part time and distance education courses and Teagasc linked higher education courses annually.

Over 3,500 learners participate annually in accredited training programmes delivered by Teagasc.

Up to 5,000 adults attend the wide range of Teagasc accredited and non accredited courses offered to the farming community and industry annually.

Teagasc has a major involvement in postgraduate training at Masters and PhD level, with over 200 graduates pursuing PhD programmes at any one time.

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