Proficiency Award 4 in Agriculture - Alternative Agriculture

Proficiency Award 4 in Agriculture - Alternative Agriculture

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2500 Hours

Proficiency Award 4 In Agriculture Alternative Agriculture VAG031

Proficiency Award 4 of Alternative Agriculture programs have been developed in response to industry demand and are specifically designed to equip graduates with work-ready skills. Each participant will be trained and assessed in theory and in practical tasks. Real-world exercises are used throughout the program. 

Why you should study this course?

The looming food crisis has been created by energy-consuming, broad-acre systems that rely heavily on chemical inputs. These systems need to be urgently dismantled and replaced by healthy, environmentally sustainable, alternative farming systems. Innovative leaders - who are prepared to meet the challenges of repairing the damage caused by broad-acre, chemical based monocultures - are urgently required.

Agriculture is part of a competitive, global market. Forms of agriculture that rely on the chemical inputs promoted by the global chemical companies, have degraded the environment to unsustainable levels. Environmental concerns and the looming food crisis are confronting all agricultural enterprises. There is an immediate need for agricultural leaders who can respond in an intelligent and environmentally aware manner.

What is Alternative Agriculture?

Alternative agricultural enterprises look outside the corporate-controlled agricultural environment toward creating new markets and new ways of "doing things" - by value adding or by designing market niches not able to be readily filled by mass market competition.

Core Modules:    These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Proficiency Award 4 In Agriculture - Alternative Agriculture.

  •      Farm Management BAG104
  •      Research Project I BGN102
  •      Workplace Health & Safety VBS103
  •      Workshop I BGN103
  •      Permaculture Systems BHT201
  •      Research Project II BGN201
  •      Sustainable Agriculture BAG215
  •      Organic Farming BAG305

Stream Modules:
    Studied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.

  •      Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
  •      Botany I (Plant Physiology And Taxonomy) BSC104
  •      Engineering I - Machinery & Equipment BSC105
  •      Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103
  •      Animal Health (Animal Husbandry II) BAG201
  •      Plant Protection BHT207
  •      Agricultural Marketing BAG304
  •      Organic Plant Culture BHT302

Elective Modules:    In addition to the core modules, students study any 9 of the following 28 modules.

  •      Alternative Energy VSS102
  •      Biochemistry I (Plants) BSC102
  •      Business Studies BBS101
  •      Herbs (Basic Course) AHT108
  •      Horse Care I BAG102
  •      Plant Selection And Establishment BHT107
  •      Animal Diseases BAG219
  •      Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
  •      Aquaculture BAG211
  •      Calf Rearing BAG207
  •      Cut Flower Production BHT221
  •      Engineering II - Engineering Applications BSC205
  •      Fruit Production - Temperate Climate BHT218
  •      Fruit Production - Warm Climate BHT217
  •      Goat Production BAG223
  •      Horse Care II BAG204
  •      Irrigation -Agricultural Irrigation BAG213
  •      Natural Health Care for Animals BAG218
  •      Nut Production BHT219
  •      Pasture Management BAG212
  •      Pigs BAG209
  •      Poultry BAG208
  •      Workshop II BGN203
  •      Advanced Permaculture BHT301
  •      Agronomy BAG306
  •      Animal Breeding BAG301
  •      Aquaponic Production BHT319
  •      Horse Care III BAG302

Note that each module in the Proficiency Award 4 In Agriculture - Alternative Agriculture is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

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