Course list

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 - Pests and diseases of honey bees
This two-day course provides beekeepers with the skills to recognise, monitor and manage the impact of pests and disease on commercial honey bee colonies.
Bees - Pests and diseases of honey bees - Online
This online course gives you the knowledge to identify and manage pests and diseases to improve the health and profitability of your colonies.
Bees - Queen bee breeding
This two-day course suits beekeepers interested in producing queen bees and/or entering the queen bee industry.
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.
Capture and handling of wild animals
This workshop is developed for rangers, vets and field officers who need to subdue and capture wild animals.
Certificate IV Training and Assessment TAE40110
The Certificate IV course will enable you to train and assess accredited qualifications in the Vocational Education and Training system. You will learn how to design and develop learning programs, plan, organise and deliver training to groups and in the workplace.
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)
Chainsaw - Fall trees manually (intermediate)
This one day course develops the skills required to assess, plan and safely carry out manual tree-felling operations using a chainsaw in a non-production environment.
Chainsaw - Pole saw operation
How to safely operate and maintain a mechanical pole saw for trimming high branches in a range of situations.
Chainsaw - Trim and cut felled trees (Level 1 chainsaw operation)
This course will show participants how to safely operate and maintain a chainsaw for removing a fallen tree using a range of cutting techniques.
Chainsaw operation and maintenance
A practical course for those seeking basic chainsaw cross-cutting (cutting timber on ground) and maintenance skills.
Chainsaw reaccreditation
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.
Community engagement
This course is for new and experienced people working with communities to manage the impact of pest species.
Develop a whole farm plan
This online course covers the process of developing a property management plan including a map and written management strategies.
Faecal egg counts for worms
A course for those interested in managing internal parasites and worms in their livestock.
Fencing (conventional)
An introductory course for those seeking basic fencing knowledge and skills.
Forklift licence training and assessment
This 4-day course is to train participants for assessment for a WorkCover forklift licence.
Humane destruction of livestock
This course is for people working in livestock saleyards and associated industries to improve knowledge and skills in animal welfare, management of injured and distressed animals, making decisions about destruction of animals and the correct procedures of carrying out euthanasia.
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.
Identifying grasses
This workshop is designed for people who need to collect and identify grasses, create a reference herbarium or develop recognition features for local grasses.
Identifying plants
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 grazing management
This 4 hour course introduces the range of grazing management practices and the implications for production and landscape health.
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.
LANDSCAN®
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.
Lucerne management - Online
Lucerne online is a new short course on lucerne management, designed for farmers and graziers, livestock producers, managers of lucerne stands and those involved in the lucerne industry. If you want to introduce lucerne to your farming system or are interested in the production of high quality lucerne pasture and fodder, then Lucerne online is a learning tool for you or your employees.
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.
NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program
A one day course for those wanting to develop their skills in the safe use of four wheeled motor bikes.
Off-road four wheel drive (4x4) training
This 2 day course will teach you how to safely operate a four wheel drive vehicle off-road and use vehicle recovery techniques.
Operate farm motor bikes (2 wheel)
This one day course aims to develop skills in the safe off road use and maintenance of two wheel motor bikes.
Paddock plants
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.
Precision agronomy
This training program enables farmers and advisors to utilise existing services and data to receive better functionality, integration and return on investment.
Prograze Plus
This online course will build on the skills and knowledge learnt in PrograzeTM, leading to the development of a whole farm fodder budget. This course is for sheep and cattle producers who have completed PrograzeTM.
Quad bike handling
A one day course for those wanting to develop their skills in the safe use of four wheeled motor bikes.
Recognising grasses
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.
Recognition and management of native grasses
Recognition of native grasses for better understanding of biodiversity, landscape factors, management implications and production potential
Safe tractor operation and maintenance
A 2 day course covering safe operation of tractors and appliances and basic maintenance and care.
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.
Sheep care and handling
This course is designed for property owners interested in breeding sheep.
SMARTtrain® chemical application (Level 3)
A 2 day course for people who use pesticides with powered and hand-held application equipment.
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.
SMARTtrain® weeds and their control
A training and assessment resource for the scoping, documenting, planning, control and monitoring of weeds.
StockPlan®
This online course guides you through the process of developing a drought risk management plan.
Vegetation survey and assessment
This workshop is designed for land managers who want to know more about the vegetation and how it is changing on any site they are investigating.
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.
Working in confined spaces
This 2 day course provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to work safely in confined spaces.
Working in confined spaces - Refresher
This one day refresher course provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to enter and work in confined spaces safely.