Young Farmers’ Payment/Regional Reserve

An eligibility requirement for those applying for the Young Farmers’ Payment/Regional Reserve is that you must hold at the time of application at least a Level II qualification in Agriculture (or a related subject containing at least a farm business management module).

CAFRE provides an accredited training course for those who do not have the required Level II qualification for the Young Farmers’ Payment/Regional Reserve scheme. The Agricultural Business Operations Level 2 Certificate is a part-time course with normal attendance of one evening each week over a 20 week period. The course is accredited by the Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCN NI) and training normally commences in the Autumn each year.

The enrolment period for this course is now open for 2019 intake. To submit a booking for this course please click here. 

For more information refer to the DAERA Young Farmers’ Payment and Regional Reserve Guidance for 2019.

If you currently hold a qualification and are not sure if it will meet the eligibility criteria for the Young Farmers’ Payment/Regional Reserve, CAFRE have provided a List of Eligible Qualifications. This list is not exhaustive and if you wish to check the eligibility of the qualification you hold for the Young Farmers’ Payment/Regional Reserve you can do so by submitting details on the qualification via email to or by calling 028 9442 6880.