IAgSA Farm Accounting and Rural Business Administration Training Programme

The work undertaken by a farm administrator, a farmer or an accountant requires a level of understanding of issues, rules & regulations and terminology that is unique to agriculture. For those without this experience or who would like to have their knowledge level recognised, IAgSA has developed a series of training modules collectively known as Farm Accounting and Business Administration.

Details of the Core Modules (Units 1 to 4) are below and they are accredited by UK Rural Skills.

Unit 1 - Farming Knowledge (1 day) £200.00 plus VAT

This unit is designed for: Farm administrators who would like to understand more about their farm clients' agricultural businesses, or for learners wishing to gain a deeper understanding of agriculture.

Aims: This course will enable the participant to gain an understanding of current farming practices and structures, the Basic Payment Scheme and associated Cross Compliance Inspections and Farm Assurance Schemes. It will raise the awareness of agricultural news and developments as they happen.

Unit outcomes:

  1. Gain a knowledge of the changes and pressures within the agricultural industry from the introduction of CAP to the rural economy as it is today
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of agriculture, farm types and activities
  3. Gain a knowledge of other agricultural bodies and benefits of working alongside them.

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Unit 2A - Record Keeping for Livestock Enterprises (1 day) £200.00 plus VAT

This unit is designed for: Bookkeepers and administrators who are looking to gain farming knowledge relating to the production and maintenance of livestock records.

Aims: This unit will enable participants to gain knowledge of the physical and legislative record keeping requirements of a farm business and in particular, the requirements for cross compliance and farm assurance.

Unit outcomes:

  1. Have a greater understanding of the terminology used within livestock enterprises
  2. Identify the record keeping requirements for a livestock (cattle and sheep) farm
  3. Maintain a recording system for a farm business to satisfy the requirements of assurance schemes and cross compliance regulations.

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Unit 2B - Record Keeping for Arable Enterprises (1 day) £200.00 plus VAT

This unit is designed for: Bookkeepers and administrators who are looking to gain farming knowledge relating to the production and maintenance of arable records.

Aims: This unit will enable participants to gain knowledge of the physical and legislative record keeping requirements of a farm business and in particular, the requirements for cross compliance and farm assurance.

Unit outcomes:

  1. Have a greater understanding of the terminology used within arable enterprises
  2. Identify the record keeping requirements for an arable farm
  3. Maintain a recording system for a farm business to satisfy the requirements of assurance schemes and cross compliance regulations.

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Unit 3 - Financial Recording for the farm business (2 days) £350.00 plus VAT

This unit is designed for: Bookkeepers and administrators who are looking to gain farming knowledge relating to the production of farm accounts.

Aims: This unit will enable learners to create, maintain and complete farm financial records as required by HMRC and the accountant in order to produce the year-end accounts.

Unit outcomes:

  1. Create a cash accounting system to produce financial farm records within the farming business
  2. Maintain a cash accounting system suitable for a farming business to enable the completion of year-end accounts
  3. Prepare information required for VAT reporting to year-end accounts.

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Unit 4 - Farm Office Administration (1 day) £200.00 plus VAT

This unit is designed for: Farm administrators who would like to understand more about their farm clients' agricultural businesses and learners wishing to gain a deeper understanding of agriculture.

Aims: This unit will enable participants to gain the understanding of the requirements of becoming a Farm Administrator (both employed and self-employed), along with the implementation of effective systems and procedures in the farm office, and to meet the requirements of legislation, including the maintenance of employment and compliance records.

Unit outcomes:

  1. Awareness of the employment requirements, associated regulations and recommended good practice when becoming a farm administrator (employed or self-employed)
  2. Recognition of the importance of a well-organised office, including having the necessary systems in place to ensure that the record keeping requirements of the farm business and regulatory/legislative and assurance scheme bodies are achieved in a correct and timely manner
  3. To have a basic understanding of factors relating to employment law: equal opportunities, recruitment, employment dismissal procedures, pay slips, contracts of employment and redundancy
  4. Have a basic understanding of factors relating to the National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage regulations and the Agricultural Wages Order (AWO).

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