Farm Forestry Training
The Victorian Government encourages more farmers and landholders to become involved in the production of commercially viable farm tree crops on their own land.
The information provided here will help guide potential farm foresters in seeking the most appropriate training which will help them achieve their goals.
Useful Study Information
Many of the short courses available through the training providers listed below are subjects offered as part of other diplomas, certificates etc. In this situation potential participants must pay a fee and be eligible for entry based on criteria set by the provider.
In this way you can undertake subjects offered as part of other longer courses and get access to assistance from the lecturer as well as any study notes and learning resources the provider makes available.
Some providers offer the option of undertaking the subjects without having to go through an assessment process. In this case the fee is often lower but you will not have actually passed the subject and hence gained recognition for doing it.
The University of Melbourne offers subjects in a number of its TAFE level courses that can be undertaken individually to complement farm forestry activities.
Many providers have structured their courses so that you can do the bulk of the work required from home. This may be particularly appealing to people in remote locations, or who through pressures of work are unable to find the block of time to attend classes. Many of the courses offered by Melbourne University and its affiliated colleges are being developed for distance mode.
In this case you have the advantage of the community access program coupled with the convenience of distance education if you require it. All providers have a medium term plan to make more training available through the Internet, further widening you options for flexible study in the future.
This diagram shows an outline of how training courses provide a recognised learning pathway.
|Higher Education||University Level|
|Certificate I - IV||Taineeship Level1|
|TAFE Level Courses|
|Recognition of Prior Learning|
|Industry Experience and/or qualificatiopns may determine the level of RPL- Recognition of Prior Learning|
|Introductory Courses Not Formally Linked to Other Courses|
Training Providers Online
Please refer to the training providers' websites listed below for details of farm forestry related courses of study for farmers, landholders or anyone else with an interest in this area. Courses range from short courses to bachelor degrees.
Please note: by electing to visit the sites listed below, you will be leaving the DPI website.
- Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne
- East Gippsland Institute of TAFE, Bairnsdale
- Master TreeGrower Program, University of Melbourne
- Rural Industries Skill Training, Hamilton
- Timber Training Creswick
- University of Ballarat
- University of Melbourne, Faculty of Land & Food Resources
- Wodonga Institute of TAFE