Full Time courses commencing Autumn 2024

Two entry options available in Salesian Agricultural College:

Option A - This is a direct entry course. Apply to Salesian Agricultural College.  This is a Further Education and Training qualification. 

Option B - Apply through the CAO. This is a Higher Education qualification. This course is run in partnership with TUS. 

Successful completion of either "Option A" or "Option B"  confers "Young Trained Farmer" status commonly referred to as the "green cert".


Select the link assigned to each course for course information and details on how to apply:

Option A

Option A Year 1:   ‚Äč‚ÄčLevel 5 Certificate in Agriculture - course info  apply here

The following documents must be uploaded as part of your online application:

  1. A copy of your birth certificate

  2. Evidence/Proof of your PPS (Personal Public Service)
    e.g. copy of Public Services Card (front and back as your PPS number is on the back), copy of Drugs Payment Scheme Card etc.

  3. A copy of your driver's licence (front & back) if applicable

  4. Medical Card (if applicable)

  5. Signed Learner Consent Form for those under 18 years of age. 
    (Your parent/guardian must complete the Teagasc Learner Consent Form and this must then be uploaded as part of your application). 
    Click here to download the Teagasc Learner Consent Form.


Option A  Year 2:  choose from one of the following 

"Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture" in: 

  1. Dairy Herd Management.  course info -  apply here

  2. Drystock Herd Management  course info  -  apply here

  3. Agricultural Mechanisation   course info   - apply here



Option B - This course is run in partnership with TUS - Technological University of the Shannon: (previously LIT)

Year 1 & 2 - Higher Certificate in Engineering in Agricultural Mechanisation Level 6 - Apply to the CAO (course Code: US 651- 2 years. (223 points required in 2023) 

Year 3 - (optional) - Bachelor in Engineering in Agricultural Engineering Level 7 - 1 year add on. Apply direct to TUS. 


Progress and grow in the agricultural industry with us. The training you receive is not just a career path, but an education for best practice.

Our 550 acre farm is home to a dairy herd of 460 spring calving cows, the largest in the agricultural college network.

Mechanisation courses have an annual intake in excess of 70 students, the biggest intake of mechanisation students in any agricultural college.

50 mid season lambing ewe flock, lambing down 2.1 lambs per ewe is the most prolific flock amongst  the agricultural colleges


"Hands on" environment

For our full-time courses, teaching and learning is typically split 50:50 between classroom and outdoor practical instruction. Our practical instruction classes allow mutual interaction to develop between tutors and students in a "hands on" learning environment. In Advanced Certificate programmes we strongly encourage the development of problem solving, decision making and planning capabilities. Utilising discussion groups, visits to external farms and other facilities and external speakers are an important part of our delivery approach. 

Progression is also available through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Please contact the relevant Higher Education institute for further information.