Teacher professional development

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Scope of endorsement: category 1

AgPatch - Garden connections will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 3.4.2 and 3.7.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers toward maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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This online course is designed to inspire you to plan a school garden program, make connections with the people and primary industries in your school community and to incorporate it into your classroom practice. As part of this course you may decide to write a unit of work to be delivered in the garden or to identify ways that you will deliver specific syllabus outcomes in an engaging, hands on way with your students in the garden.

Successful completion of the course requires the submission of a garden plan and an outline of how it will be incorporated it into your teaching practice.

Cost: $45

Length: 5 hours

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Scope of endorsement: category 2

Standard Descriptor/s Standard Descriptors 4.4.2, 6.2.2, 6.4.2 and 7.2.2
ConditionFor the delivery of courses related to agriculture

Climate challenge

This online course will assist teachers of Agriculture and Primary Industries subjects in NSW to deliver up to date information related to weather and climate change. It specifically addresses the Stage 6 Agriculture elective The Climate Challenge but also provides general information in relation to the main drivers of weather patterns in Australia, impacts of climate change to our agricultural systems and risk management techniques.

Cost: $150

Length: 5 hours


Operate tractors

This workshop is for Agriculture teachers, Primary Industries teachers and School Farm assistants, who carry out tractor operation in school settings. It is mapped to the national unit of competency, AHCMOM202 - Operate tractors.

Cost: $550 GST-free (weekdays), $640 GST-free (weekends)

Length: 2 days

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SMARTtrain Chemical application (AQF Level 3)

This online course is for those that apply agricultural or veterinary chemicals in a workplace without supervision. It is mapped to the following national units of competency: AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases, and; AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals.

Cost: $320

Length: 14 hours (indicative)

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SMARTtrain Chemical application reaccreditation (AQF Level 3)

This online course is for candidates that have previously completed a level 3 chemical accreditation and are seeking to update their qualifications.

Cost: $250

Length: 7 hours (indicative)

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Face to face workshops

A number of face to face workshops are available where training is delivered by one of our experienced team of professionals.