Agricultural Contractor

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Agricultural Contractors supply a variety of services to the agricultural industry.

General operations include cultivation, seed drilling, harvesting of cereals, root and forage crops, hedge cutting, and agricultural lime and manure spreading.

Generally, Agricultural Contractors qualifications include:

  • On-the-job training
  • Correct class of drivers licence for heavy machinery
  • National Certificate in Rural Contracting
  • National Certificate in Agricultural Contracting
  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Diploma in Agri-business Management
  • Bachelor of Agri-business / Agri-science
  • Bachelor of Business Studies

Watch this video about a day in the life of an Agricultural Contractor.


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School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

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