Advanced Certificate in Crop Production

Do you dream of mastering the art of agriculture, but feel overwhelmed by the complexities of crop production? Look no further! The Advanced Certificate in Crop Production is the course that will help you equip the necessary skills to transform your passion into expertise!
Course Provider
Careers Collectiv
(RTO 22557)
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Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
This course is self-paced. The course will take approximately 750 hours to complete.
Study 100% online from anywhere in Australia.
Career Outcomes
  • Crop grower
  • Farm manager
  • Greenhouse worker
  • Produce or flower farm
  • Fruit orchard
  • Managing a farm supply, service or marketing business
  • In crop processing facilities
  • Crop and produce marketing, education and media
Course Modules

1. Foundation in Horticulture

  • Plant growth stages and life cycles
  • Pollination and fertilisation
  • Seed formation and germination
  • Plant propagation
  • Growing plants in greenhouses
  • Outdoor food production
  • Composting
  • Fruit and vegetable crops
  • Pests and diseases
  • Garden planning
  • Indoor plants

2. Soil Management (Crops)

  • Physical and chemical properties
  • Soil testing methods
  • Sustainable soil management
  • Soils and managing earthworks
  • Land degradation and other problems
  • Soil science and health
  • Soil management

3. Outdoor Crop Production

  • Crop production systems
  • Organic crop production
  • Soils and nutrition
  • Nursery stock production
  • Tree fruit production
  • Soft fruits production
  • Vegetable production
  • Cut Flower production
  • Herbs, nuts and miscellaneous crops

4. Protected Plant Production

  • Environmental control
  • Cladding
  • Irrigation
  • Nursery nutrition
  • Relationship between production techniques and horticultural practices
  • Horticultural greenhouse management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Harvest and post-harvest technology
  • Greenhouse plants
  • Risk assessment

5. Irrigation – Crops

  • Estimating plant and soil requirements
  • Drainage
  • Types of irrigation systems
  • Hydraulics
  • Pumps and filters
  • Selecting the right system for the plant
  • Trickle irrigation
  • Design and operation of systems

6. Farm Management

  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Plans
  • Business Assessment
  • Viability Analysis
  • Management Strategies
  • Human Resources
  • Physical Resources
  • Natural Resources

7. Elective Modules

Select only one (1) elective of your choice:

  • Agricultural Irrigation
  • Organic Plant Culture
  • Organic Farming
  • Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing
  • Horticultural Resource Management
  • Machinery and Equipment
  • Commercial Vegetable Production
Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • 24/7 access to professional course tutor support.
  • A certificate officially recognising your successful completion of the course.
  • No course requirements or previous working experience necessary.
  • If you do not have a personal computer or tablet to study this course, the provider can supply it for you.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment that is submitted and marked by the school’s tutors before it is returned to you with any comments, feedback and, if necessary, extra reading.

Turn your dream for a career in horticulture and farming into a reality

Have you always wanted to work outdoors? Maybe you’ve thought about turning a passion in horticulture, farming and crop production into a career? This advanced certificate is ideal for anyone aspiring to start up or expand their current business into a commercial crop production. The course is packed with all the information you need to start, expand or further your business journey. We offer a wide range of electives so you can focus on specific areas of farming depending on your relevant needs and interests. The course also has a business module purely focused on the management and financial side of operations. This means you will be skilled and knowledgeable in crop production but also understand the key business concepts required to be successful in this field.

The teachers

Careers Collectiv only use teachers who are active in their specialised industry. Learn from people who have first-hand experience in their subject matter and current industry expertise. Staff come from varied backgrounds with teaching and vocational experience from universities and vocational colleges. Courses provide flexible options for different career pathways, self-improvement, professional development and general adult education.


All Careers Collectiv courses come with a certificate of attainment upon completion. This certificate is recognised by the Australian Institute of Horticulture Inc.

Their courses are accredited by the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC), a non-profit association providing a quality control system for education programs and courses in international education.

A well rounded learning experience

The Advanced Certificate in Crop Production is a comprehensive introduction to crop growing which covers a huge amount of ground. Learn about different types of crop systems, how to establish and nurture crops, and techniques used in traditional and organic growing systems. See how soil is related to production yield and quality of crops and understand the design, installation, maintenance, operation and evaluation of irrigation. Not only will you learn how to produce crops, you’ll also learn skills in management and the knowledge required to successfully run a crop production business. Topics like managing resources, staff, strategic planning, whole farm planning and preparing business plans are included in the course to give you the most in-depth education in crop production.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students with no previous experience in crop production looking to work in the sector or hobby farmers looking to grow into a business and establish themselves in commercial crop production. The course gives a solid foundation for market gardening, fruit orchards, vegetable farming, cut flower production or broad acre cropping.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

Careers Collectiv

Careers Collectiv is a family-run online education provider offering a vast range of courses such as agriculture, animal studies, beauty, counselling, psychology, business and marketing. They offer the opportunities to learn the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the career you’re passionate about. With over a decade of experience in the online education sector, they are passionate about providing quality education, accessibility for everyone and the flexibility to work at your own pace and in your own time. Careers Collectiv offers a diverse range of online courses, from animal care and agriculture to business and fashion design. Their family-run platform provides flexible learning opportunities for various career paths, ensuring accessibility and quality education for everyone. Whether you're interested in equine studies, horticulture, or photography, Careers Collectiv caters to upskillers and passionate learners with courses developed by industry experts.
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