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Certificate in Animal Production

Course Points
Course Duration
1 year
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
15 Places
Course Start Date
January 2025

One great reason to consider this course

  • This is an opportunity to develop new skills and keep pace with ongoing technological and policy changes in the Animal Production sector.

Course Summary

This is a part-time, minor award at NFQ level 7, which runs from January to December. 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 the animal production sector. 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

Next intake January 2025

Applications open Autumn 2024

Register your interest here

Graduates of this programme will demonstrate:

1. Knowledge of animal production, husbandry, breeding, disease control, all of which are underpinned by a strong sustainable environment focus with a view to optimising animal health and associated environment.
2. Understanding of the key quality management and food safety standards and tools with a view to producing safe and traceable meat products.

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.

Course fee is €795 payable in 2 instalments as follows:

  • Instalment 1: €200 (non-refundable) is payable to confirm your acceptance of a course place.
  • Instalment 2: €595 is payable by the 28th February.


Course is FREE to unemployed people in receipt of an eligible DSP Jobseekers payment. Find out more here:,-concessions-and-policies.html

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 animal production.
3. Update and improve skills and practices in animal production and obtain better access to funded existing and future schemes.

Dr Siobhan Jordan (Acting Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)

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

Course ID DK_NANML_7
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 7
Duration 1 year
Fees €795
Starting Date January 2025
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Credits 17.5
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).