Courses and workshops

Resources for teachers and students

Promoting agricultural education in schools is vital to increasing the knowledge of the whole community about the food and fibre used in everyday life. This information is provided for teachers, students and parents alike to ensure that our skills and capabilities in our agricultural industries remain world class. Find out more about resources for teachers and students.

Tocal Skills training

Tocal Skills Training (previously known as PROfarm), is the training program developed by NSW DPI to meet the needs of farmers, primary industries, agribusiness and the community, and includes the popular SMARTtrain® chemical accreditation program. Find out more about Tocal Skills Training

Tocal College

Tocal College, is a leading Australian provider of specialised training to rural industries. It consists of the CB Alexander Campus at Tocal and its southern campus, Yanco Campus formerly known as the Murrumbidgee Rural Studies Centre. Tocal College offers courses for school leavers, short courses for landholders, and online diploma programs.


Belgenny Farm at Camden Park is the birthplace of Australian agriculture and the original home of John and Elizabeth Macarthur, and Tocal Homestead has one of the finest collections of colonial farm buildings. Tours are regularly available at both these historic properties.

Recreational workshops and volunteer programs

NSW DPI runs a number of recreational workshops and volunteer programs:

Local Water Utilities

The NSW Office of Water offers training courses covering water and wastewater treatment and trade waste regulation to help local water utilities comply with best practice guidelines. Find out more about Local Water Utilities training courses

Food Safety Supervisors

NSW food laws require certain food businesses in the hospitality and retail food service sector to have at least one trained Food Safety Supervisor. Find out more about Food Safety Supervisors

Soil Conservation Service

Training courses are available in catchment management and soil and water conservation. We use lessons learnt from decades of experience to help land managers in practical resource and environment conservation and sustainable land management. Find out more about the Soil Conservation Service training courses

Game Licensing

Hunting Native Game Birds - Under the NSW Native Game Bird Management Program, hunters of native game birds must hold a NSW Game Hunting License and have passed the Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT). Find out more about the test and Hunting native game birds in NSW

Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarship

The Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarship supports overseas travel to attend an international conference at which a paper or poster is being presented. Applicants must be postgraduate students enrolled for a PhD on any aspect of field crop research. Find out more about the Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarship