Tocal Skills Training, formerly PROfarm, is delivered locally by highly skilled and respected NSW DPI staff. Many of the courses are subsidised to reflect the public benefits provided by the adoption of more sustainable farming practices. On-demand courses, tailored to the specific needs of individual groups, are also available.
A range of publications on all aspects of agriculture and land management are available through Tocal College to complement these courses.
Full course list
Beef care and handling
A course designed for property owners wishing to learn a range of practical tasks associated with the handling, breeding and caring for cattle on the farm.
Bees - Native stingless bees
This comprehensive course covers the biology of bees from nesting to foraging and the importance of bees in natural systems.
Bees - Queen bee breeding
This course suits experienced beekeepers with a thorough knowledge of pests and diseases of honey bees. It will be of particular interest to beekeepers wanting to enter the queen bee industry.
Bees - Spring management in honey bee colonies
This two day practical course is suited to the more experienced beekeeper wishing to learn advanced skills in re-queening colonies and manipulating honey bee brood for particular purposes such as increasing hive numbers, managing swarm behaviour, increasing honey production, preparing strong healthy hives for pollination services and queen bee rearing.
Bees - Using bees for pollination
This course suits beekeeping and horticulture industry professionals that provide bees for pollination, require bees to pollinate their crop, or broker and audit bee hives.
Beginning in Bees
A two-day practical beekeeping course for new and established beekeepers.
Chainsaw - Fall trees manually (basic)
How to safely and efficiently fall trees taking into account environmental requirements. (Competence in Trim and cross-cut felled trees is a prerequisite to attending this course)
Trim and Cut Felled Trees OR Fall trees manually (basic) OR Fall Trees manually (intermediate). This one day reaccreditation service is designed to maintain currency of skills.
This course is for new and experienced people working with communities to manage the impact of pest species.
Cotton pest management
This training program provides functional, practical training in cotton pest management relevant to the local climate and environment.
Develop a whole farm plan
This online course covers the process of developing a property management plan including a map and written management strategies.
Humanely destroy animals with firearms
This course is designed primarily for rangers, vertebrate pest officers, livestock managers and veterinarians who may be called upon to euthanase sick or injured livestock, or destroy pest animals in the course of their duties or as part of an emergency disease response.
Identifying environmental weeds
This workshop is designed for people who need to collect and identify environmental weeds and create a reference herbarium for themselves, staff or landholders.
This workshop is designed for people who need to collect and identify grasses, create a reference herbarium or develop recognition features for local grasses.
This workshop is designed for people who need to describe and identify plants. Participants will use plant guides, classification, simple keys, online ID groups, mapping and other means to identify plants and record their details.
Introduction to pastures
Introduces the role of pastures in the animal system and landscape, including feed, ground cover and biodiversity. Looks at matching pastures to landscapes and how feed gaps affect farm management.
Introduction to soils and fertility
Explore what makes a healthy soil, how soil fertility influences how and which plants grow and how soil fertility can be affected by management practices.
This course, held over 5 half-days and 1 full day, farmers and land managers develop skills and knowledge to assess natural resources to better match land use to land capability and to make more informed decisions about managing landscapes and allocating resources to better balance production, profit and sustainability.
Livestock safe handling & welfare
This 2 day course is designed to help people working with livestock reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities by providing practical skills and knowledge on safe livestock handling techniques.
Manage soils - Online
This online course covers the process of monitoring and managing soils in an agricultural or horticultural enterprise and will enable you to document a soil management plan.
This online course is for owners, managers and supervisors of a rural workplace.
Manage work health and safety processes
This online course is for owners, managers and supervisors of a rural workplace. You will learn how to establish and maintain a work health and safety management system (WHSMS).
This introductory course will help you to recognise pasture plants for better understanding of biodiversity, landscape factors, management implications and production potential.
Performance management and MERI training
This workshop is designed to lift understanding of project management and to meet the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement requirements for outcomes based projects. It will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to develop a MERI plan.
Photography for fieldwork
This course covers the fundamentals of digital photography. It teaches users to understand the functions and settings of their cameras.
Pig nutrition basics - Online
This online course explains the basics of pig nutrition. Nutrition impacts all aspects of pork production - breeding, growth and development, health and welfare. Feed is also the greatest component of the cost of production of pork. If you understand the needs of the pig you are able to make better economic decisions regarding their feed supply as well as having happy healthy pigs.
This training program enables farmers and advisors to utilise existing services and data to receive better functionality, integration and return on investment.
Quad bike handling
A one day course for those wanting to develop their skills in the safe use of four wheeled motor bikes.
The workshop has been developed to allow participants to be able to recognise common weedy, native and desirable introduced grasses within an area and understand what they may indicate about the environment and management of a site.
Recognising water weeds
This workshop is designed for weed professionals or other natural resource managers who require knowledge of water weed species and how to distinguish between native look-a-likes.
Service and maintain small powered machines
This one day course teaches you to carry out your own servicing and adjustments to small powered machines - Ride on Mowers, Hand Mowers, Line Trimmers, Brush Cutters, Mulchers and Chainsaws in a safe manner to OHS standards and to manufacturer’s specifications.
Skills for school leavers
Register your interest to participate in a skills training program that is being designed for the school leaver who is seeking employment in the cotton or grains sector.
SMARTtrain® chemical application (Level 3) online
An online course aimed at people who use chemicals in their workplace and will help you safely apply, transport and store chemicals using best practice methods whilst meeting legislative requirements.
SMARTtrain® Chemical application reaccreditation (Level 3) online
This online course is for participants with immediate computer skills, reliable internet access and a valid email address. Candidates must have previously completed a Level 3 chemical accreditation and supply a copy of a current chemical accreditation card on enrolment.
SMARTtrain® chemical risk management (Level 4)
This one day course is suitable for training supervisors and managers with risk management skills to manage the transportation, storage, application and record keeping of agricultural chemicals (including biological pesticides). Participants must be accredited at Level 3 to achieve competence at Level 4.
SMARTtrain® chemical risk management (Level 4) online
This online course is suitable for training supervisors and managers with risk management skills to manage the transportation, storage, application and record keeping of agricultural chemicals (including biological pesticides). Candidates must have previously completed a Level 3 chemical accreditation and supply a copy of a current chemical accreditation card on enrolment.
SMARTtrain® Level 3 reaccreditation
This 1 day course is suitable for reaccrediting people previously accredited in a Level 3 chemical usage course. People who use pesticides in their business must be reaccredited every five years.
Vertebrate pest management
A course designed for people implementing vertebrate pest management for agricultural protection and conservation.
Weed movement - Machinery inspection and cleaning
The workshop has been developed to increase the awareness of how weeds and other pest organisms can be spread via contaminated machinery and what can be done to reduce the risk of this occurring.
Weed risk management
This course has been developed to increase participant's ability to assess the relative importance of weeds in their area to help prioritise their management.
WHS for Supervisors
This one day course is designed to assist you to implement and monitor work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs.
Working in confined spaces
This 2 day course provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to work safely in confined spaces.