May 19, 2020

CAFRE Agricultural Business Operations (Level II) Course is opening for 2020/21 applications

Kenneth Johnston, CAFRE Level 2 ABO Programme Manager

The CAFRE Agricultural Business Operations [ABO] Level II Certificate Course will be opening for 2020/21 applications on 1st June.

In 2019/20, 125 candidates enrolled and 122 successfully completed the Level 2 Agriculture Business Operations Course. Training was delivered over 20 weeks from October 2019 to the end of February 2020 at the three CAFRE Campus locations with a total of 6 classes covering beef, sheep and dairying being taught.

Of the 2019/20 students, 97% were satisfied with the course and felt they had gained knowledge from participating in the course and would recommend the course to others. They also felt the course will be of benefit to them when running their farm business.

William Dennison [pictured] from Antrim who recently successfully completed the course along with his son and brother said: “I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot and it suited me that it was held in the evenings. I would thoroughly recommend the course to anyone interested in agriculture and thinking of applying for the Young Farmers’ Payment/Regional Reserve Scheme.”

CAFRE Agricultural Business Operations (Level II) course manager Kenneth Johnston congratulates William Dennison from Antrim on achieving his Level 2 Agriculture Business Operations certificate in March 2018 before Covid-19 social distancing measures were introduced. Looking on are William’s son James and his brother Stirling who also successfully completed the programme.

You can book a place on a course by clicking here.

A range of evenings, Monday to Wednesday will be available, however, choices will become more limited as classes fill up. Therefore, it is important that you book early to ensure you get the training event which best suits your needs.

The cost of the course is £150.00.

The classes will begin in early October and run weekly for 20 weeks. All of the classes will be based in one of the three CAFRE Campuses – Greenmount, Loughry and Enniskillen. Classes will be sector-based and include dairying, beef, and sheep.

The CAFRE Agricultural Business Operations (Level II Certificate) qualification meets the agricultural training eligibility requirements for the Young Farmers’ Payment/Regional Reserve Scheme.

If you require any assistance when booking a place on this training, you can call CAFRE Industry Training Administration on 028 9442 6880 or by emailing

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