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Certificate in Sustainable Land Management

Course Points
Course Duration
1 year
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
18 Places
Course Start Date
September 2022

Two great reasons to consider this course

  • This is an opportunity to develop new skills and keep pace with ongoing technological and policy changes in agriculture.
  • The programme will support farmers who wish to diversify to new land uses.

Course Summary

This is a part-time, minor award at NFQ level 7, which runs from September to May, starting in September 2022. It was developed by DkIT in partnership with Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College. It is evident that there is a need to provide ongoing education for qualified, experienced farmers to allow them to keep pace with ongoing technological and policy changes in land management. This programme is aimed at holders of ‘Green Certs’ who have significant experience but did not pursue higher or further education beyond NFQ level 6.

Important notice about this course



Students will need access to a PC or Mac computer, a headset with a mic and a broadband internet connection to participate fully in the programme.



Graduates of this programme will demonstrate:

1. An informed approach to sustainable forage and crop production, based on knowledge of soil nutrient management, technological advances, and plant protection methodologies.

2. The ability to apply science and technology through an innovative and adaptable approach to meet current and future challenges in the Agriculture sector in relation to climate change and environmental sustainability.


Semester 1 Modules (Sept-Dec):

  • Soil Science and Sustainable Farming

Semester 2 Modules (Jan-May):

  • Crop and Forage Science
  • Agriculture and Climate Change

The course will be delivered on 2 evenings per week, one of which will be online and one on campus in either DkIT or Ballyhaise College. Laboratory and farm practical classes will be held on one Saturday during each semester.

Graduates of this programme may be interested in progressing to the full BSc in Agriculture, of which this programme is a sub-set.

The minimum entry requirements for entry to the programme are as follows:

• Higher Certificate in Science in Agriculture or equivalent (NFQ level 6 Higher Education);
• Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (NFQ level 6 QQI award) and a minimum of 2 years relevant post qualification experience;
• Certificate in Agriculture (NFQ Level 5 QQI award) with NFQ level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farm Administration and a minimum of 3 years relevant post qualification experience;
• Other NFQ level 6 Agriculture awards that meet the requirements for the Green Cert, which may be considered under the DkIT Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.

Candidates may be invited for interview and this will form part of the selection process where demand exceeds available places.

For candidates who do not meet the above entry criteria but have considerable relevant experience, the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy and procedures may be applied.



Holders of 'Green Certs' who have experience in the industry and wish to:
1. Progress academically and obtain a level 7 minor award.
2. Develop new skills in an identified area such as sustainable land management.
3. Update and improve skills and practices in grassland, crop and forage production and obtain better access to funded existing and future schemes.

Dr. Breda Brennan (Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)
Phone: +353 429370200

Geraldine O'Connor (Head of Part-time Programmes, School of Health and Science)

Course ID DK_NASUS_7
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 7
Duration 1 year
Fees €675
Starting Date September 2022
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Credits 15
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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