New and Upcoming Courses

Learning that fits your life

Our specialty is capturing opportunities and building relationships to offer extended learning programs in agriculture. We deliver credit and non-credit certificate programs, short courses and workshops in formats that work for you. Our courses are available through distance education, at various training locations or right here on campus.

Master Gardener Training Program Certificate

The Master Gardener training program caters to participants who have a passion for gardening, wanting to expand their knowledge in the horticulture field, or wanting to become a Master Gardener!   The training program consists of four independent-study classes available online and a one-week, on-site summer school.  Participants have the opportunity to take one course or all courses.  

Online cohorts start February 1, 2020

Bulk Milk Graders Certificate and Refresher

The Bulk Milk Grader’s course provides the training necessary for both Bulk Milk Tank Drivers and Dairy Receivers to be licensed by the NS Department of Agriculture. This course is offered over a three-day period with a combination of theoretical and hands-on learning.

Truro- In class- November 14 & 15, 2019

Integrated Pest Management for Farmers - 5.5 CEP

This training session for farmers focuses on pesticide safety practices, pesticide performance and the effect of water quality, developing an IPM strategy, new products and technologies. Eligible course participants will be awarded 5.5 continuing education points in the Nova Scotia Pesticide Continuing Education Program.

Truro - In class - December 10, 2019

Integrated Pest Management for Landscapers - 5.5 CEP

This training session for landscapers will focus on sustainable landscape practices, the elements of an integrated weed management approach, pesticide safety practices, pesticide performance and water quality, new products and technologies. Eligible course participants will be awarded 5.5 continuing education points in the Nova Scotia Pesticide Continuing Education Program.

Truro - In class - December 12, 2019

Organic Agriculture Certificate- Credit Courses

Get a head start on an agricultural degree with the Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture. You'll have the opportunity to specialize in the expanding area of organic agriculture. There are also opportunities for self-employment on smaller farms that might not be profitable under conventional production.

Online - January 6, 2020

Advanced Meat Cutting and Sausage Making

This comprehensive 5 day course will teach you advanced breaking, cutting and retail fabrication techniques for beef, pork, and lamb. A meat science approach to value added processing and sausage making will also be covered. Participants will learn through “hands on” direction and demonstration of processing equipment, meat science procedures, and appropriate sanitation/handling of food products within a functional meat processing facility.

In-class- February 17-21, 2019

Introductory Welding

As a beginner to the art of welding, you will learn theory, technique and shop practice for arc welding. You’ll also get hands on experience as you work on projects from start to finish.

Truro - in class - February 20-22, 2020

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