Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farm Administration (Teagasc Green Cert)

Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Students who have completed the FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture are eligible to apply. Apply directly to the college of your choice. Selection for places is by interview, which is held in June/July.

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The course provides in-depth knowledge of dairying and the dairy industry. It is designed to ensure that participants acquire the high level of technical and managerial skills required:

  • – To run a modern commercial dairy farm
  • – To gain employment in the agri-business sector.

Course Structure and Content

The course consists of a combination of formal course work and a period of practical learning. The formal course work is split 50:50 (approx) between practical/ skills training and classroom (theoretical) sessions. The course consists of a range of mandatory and elective modules. Students choose a cluster of elective modules in one of the following specialisms: dairy production, drystock production, machinery and crop production.


Students spend 20 weeks on course work in the college. In addition students complete a 12 week practical learning period on an approved training host farm. While most complete this in Ireland, there are opportunities for completing the practical learning period in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. On successful completion of the course students are awarded a FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture.

Students who successfully complete this course meet the training requirements for Stamp Duty Exemption.