Industry Short Courses

Some of the training is either mandatory (by law), required as part of compliance with the cotton industry’s Best Management Practices (myBMP) program, designed by cotton industry experts or provided to growers to use or change for their own internal training requirements.

Siphon irrigation training for seasonal workers

This course was designed to assist in general training of backpackers and seasonal labour around flood irrigation. The trainer would be an experienced irrigator. It could be used by one business or run for a region. The course is designed to be run over half a day. The course includes a suggested outline, timing, equipment and supporting presentation.
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myBMP Farm Manager Program

The Australian Cotton Industry’s Certified myBMP Farm Manager Accreditation is a pathway to recognise the valuable skills you have developed by achieving (or working to achieve) your farm’s Cotton myBMP accreditation.
Farm managers, workers or owners that have contributed significantly towards their enterprise reaching the farm status of myBMP are eligible for this award.  In addition, Tocal College will issue the vocational qualification of a Diploma of Agriculture (specialising in Cotton Production).
The award is obtained via a process of skills recognition.
Certified myBMP Farm Manager Accreditation is open to eligible participants at any time in NSW and Queensland on a full fee paying basis (up to $4000).
Any eligible person can undertake this in New South Wales or Queensland. Generally no travel for will be required.
See the Cotton myBMP Accredited Manager Participant Handbook for more details.


Cotton Industry Skills Development Project

Enabled by a federal government grant, Cotton Australia received funding for a major workforce up skilling project through the VET system. Rather than deliver an out of the box qualification, a study was first conducted with employers and participants to understand what training they wanted delivered and the manner in which they wanted it delivered. Different training needs were identified in different valleys. Some of the training was delivered at field days or via on-farm, day long workshops, other parts were delivered online or through recognition of prior learning interview on-farm. The 60 participants who have benefitted from this grant are receiving customised training, designed to meet the needs of each individual and enterprise. Participants range from school leavers studying Certificate III in Agriculture to experienced farm owners undertaking diplomas.
For more information contact Coitton Australia's Rebecca Fing at