Eligible qualifications

The list below covers the main qualifications that have been delivered since 1990.

Section 1. Approved Qualifications

Level Qualification Dates Awarded Awarding  Organisation
2 Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture 2013 to present Pearson/BTEC
2 Certificate in Agricultural Business Operations 2015 onwards Open College Network NI (OCN NI)
2 Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture (DA) 2012 to Present City & Guilds
2 National Certificate in Agriculture (NCA) 1990 – 2011 City & Guilds
2 Level 2 National Vocational Qualification in Agriculture (NVQ) 1990 – 2011 City & Guilds
2 Level 2 Work-based Diploma in Agriculture or Livestock 2012 to Present City & Guilds
3 Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture 2013 to present Pearson/BTEC
3 National Diploma in Agriculture (ND) 1990 – 2013 Edexcel/BTEC
3 Level 3 National Vocational Qualification in poultry (NVQ) 1990 – 2011 City & Guilds
3 Level 3 National Vocational Qualification in Agriculture (NVQ) 1990 – 2011 City & Guilds
3 National Certificate in Farm Mechanisation 1990 – 2012 Edexcel/BTEC
3 National Diploma in Farm Mechanisation 1990 – 2013 Edexcel/BTEC
3 Edexcel National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3) 1990 – 2013  Edexcel/BTEC
3 Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Agriculture, Livestock or Poultry 2012 to Present City & Guilds
 4 Certificate in Higher Education in Agriculture 2005 to Present  University or College
 4 Teagasc Level 6 Certificate in Farm Administration Ongoing FETAC
 4/5 Higher National Diploma in Agriculture (HND) 1990 – present Edexcel/BTEC
 4/5 Higher National Certificate in Agriculture (HNC) 1990 – present  Edexcel/BTEC
 5 Foundation Degree in Agriculture 2005 to present  University or College
 6 Degree in Agriculture 1990 – present  University or University College
6 Degree in Agricultural Economics and Management Pre 1990’s – early 2000’s Queens University of Belfast

Section 2 Equivalent Qualifications

Two College Diploma Units where one is in Business Management and the other is in an enterprise 1990-1994  DARD
Business Challenge taken in conjunction with an Enterprise Challenge* 1995 to Present  Edexcel

* NB To be eligible, Challenges must have been certificated

If you currently hold a qualification which is not contained in the above list and wish to check if it will meet the eligibility criteria for the Young Farmers’ Payment /Regional Reserve, you can do so by submitting details on the qualification via email to industry.trainingadmin@daera-ni.gov.uk or by calling 028 94426880.