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Qualifications and Training

Paper qualifications are not essential for all sectors of the agriculture industry. However for people without any qualifications at all, work tends to be poorly paid and seasonal. Some areas of the industry are difficult to get into without paper qualifications. There is a great range of qualifications on offer from basic introductory courses up to degree level, with many being run at your local college.

Always check that qualifications are recognised by a professional body so that you know it meets the standards required by the industry you are going into (especially if you are paying a private college or training organisation).

If you are thinking of setting up your own business – from running small holding to becoming a contractor – you can find short courses at your local college and through your local trade organisations. These can include first aid, bookkeeping, customer service, countryside management, chainsaw use, etc. Basic skills courses to improve your English or maths are usually free.

Agriculture related qualifications available at your local college include:

NVQ levels 1 to 3 These teach work-based skills and you can study them whilst working.

First and National Diplomas/Certificates in countryside management, horticulture. These are usually studied full-time and provide work experience.

GNVQs and AVCEs in Business. These work-related courses can be studied full-time or part-time at college

Higher National Certificate and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs) in a range of related subjects. The HNC can be studied part-time whilst the HND is part-time.

Modern Apprenticeships and National Traineeships allow you to work for an employer and study at college for an NVQ.

Many organisations also provide training:

Lantra – the lead training organisation for land-based industries www.lantra.co.uk - accredits courses in the land-based industries. They have a careers section on their website and a register of training providers in your area. Below is a list of some of the qualifications Lantra accredits:

National Occupational Standards Title NVQ/SVQ Qualification Structure Titles
Agriculture Agriculture Level 1
Agricultural Crops Agricultural Crop Production Levels 2 and 3
Animal Care Animal Care Levels 1, 2 and 3
Animal Care (Zoos and Wildlife Establishment) Levels 2 and 3
Animal Care (Dog Grooming) Levels 2 and 3
Animal Care (Pet Care and Retail) Levels 2 and 3
Animal Care (Boarding) Levels 2 and 3
Animal Care (Animal Welfare) Levels 2 and 3
Animal Care (Breeding) Levels 2 and 3
Animal Care (Animal Training) Levels 2 and 3
Animal Care (Open Farm) Levels 2 and 3
Animal Care (Dogs/Animal Wardens) Level 3
Animal Technology Animal Technology Levels 2 and 3
Amenity Horticulture Amenity Horticulture Levels 2 and 3
Amenity Horticulture (Nursery) Level 2
Amenity Horticulture (Landscaping) Level 2
Amenity Horticulture (Sports Turf) Levels 2 and 3
Amenity Horticulture (Interior Landscaping) Level 2
Amenity Horticulture (Cemeteries & Graveyards) Level 2
Aquaculture Aquaculture (Cyprinid) Levels 2 and 3
Aquaculture (Trout) Levels 2 and 3
Aquaculture (Salmon (freshwater)) Levels 2 and 3
Aquaculture (Salmon (Sea)) Levels 2 and 3
Aquaculture (Shellfish) Levels 2 and 3
Aquaculture (Cod) Levels 2 and 3
Aquaculture (Halibut) Levels 2 and 3
Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Levels 2 and 3
Environmental Conservation (Community Recycling) Level 2
Environmental Conservation (Rivers, Coasts, Waterways) Level 2
Equine Horse Care Level 1 and 2
Horse Care and Management Level 2
Racehorse Care Level 2
Racehorse Care and Management Level 3
Farriery Farriery Level 3
Fisheries Management Fisheries Management Levels 2 and 3
Fencing Fencing Levels 2 and 3
Fencing (Vehicle Safety) Level 2
Floristry Floristry Levels 2 and 3
Gamekeeping and Wildlife
Management
Gamekeeping and Wildlife Management (Deer) Levels 2 and 3
Gamekeeping & Wildlife Management (Game Rearing) Levels 2 & 3
Gamekeeping & Wildlife Management (Lowland) Level 2
Gamekeeping & Wildlife Management (Upland Grouse) Level 2
Horticulture Horticulture Level 1
Land-based Operations Land-based Operations Level 1
Land-based Service Engineering Land-based service Engineering Levels 2 and 3
Livestock Production Livestock Production Levels 2 and 3
Livestock Production (Beef) Levels 2 and 3
Livestock Production (Sheep) Levels 2 and 3
Livestock Production (Dairy) Levels 2 and 3
Livestock Production (Pigs) Levels 2 and 3
Livestock Production (Poultry) Levels 2 and 3
Mixed Farming Mixed Farming Levels 2 and 3
Production Horticulture Production Horticulture Levels 2 and 3
Treework Arboriculture Levels 2 and 3
Forestry/Treework – Establishment Levels 2 and 3
Forestry/Treework – Harvesting Levels 2 and 3
Veterinary Nursing Veterinary Nursing Levels 2 and 3

Many trade associations run short courses

For more information on agriculture careers, use our Careers Information web pages at http://www.wiltshire.ac.uk/careers/

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