• Young Trained Farmer

    A common query we receive in CARE is in relation to the ‘Young Trained Farmer’ status or the ‘Green Cert’ qualification as it is often referred to. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions with responses:

    What is the Green Cert?

    The Green Cert is the historical name for the first recognised course of training for young farmers. Currently it is associated with the Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farm Administration which is run by Teagasc

    However, there are a number of courses which have ‘Young Trained Farmer’ status. When people mention the ‘Green Cert’, they are actually referring to a list of land based courses which qualify a person as a ‘Young Trained Farmer’. 

    The term ‘land based courses’ covers a range of courses in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, or equine studies. 


    How do I get trained as a Young Trained Farmer (How do I get a Green Cert)?

    In order to gain young trained farmer status (or a green cert as it is often referred to) you must complete a course in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, or equine studies. Eligible courses’ are Level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and a full list of the eligible courses’ can be found in the Stamp Duty Leaflet SD2B on www.revenue.ie

    Before committing to any action, (whether it be a course of study or the transfer of land) it is imperative that you double check revenue.ie for any updates, amendments, or deletions to the following:
    - Leaflet SD2B, 
    - The list of eligible courses 
    - The incentives available to young trained farmers. 


    Why do I need to get trained as a ‘Young Trained Farmer’ (Why do I need a Green Cert)?

    One of the main reasons to engage in a training course is to improve their skills, competence, and employability. It also ensures eligibility for DAFM schemes and it allows for a relief from stamp duty on either the transfer, or purchase, of land where all of the following criteria are satisfied:
    a) The recipient is under 35
    b) The recipient has achieved the appropriate qualification (Young Trained Farmer Status)
    c) The recipient spends not less than 50% of his/her normal time farming the land for a period of five years from      the date of execution 
    d) The individual retains ownership of the land for the entire five-year period

    As mentioned above, Stamp Duty Leaflet SD2B outlines the relevant qualifications which are deemed necessary, however, where an individual obtains alternative qualifications, for example from another jurisdiction, it may be possible for the individual to still claim young trained farmer relief, if the applicant obtains approval from Teagasc, certifying that the qualifications obtained are equivalent to the Irish qualifications. 

    It is also worth noticing that if the land is being transferred into joint ownership; all joint owners will need to satisfy the criteria set out above. 


    What courses can I do to qualify for ‘Young Trained Farmer Status’ (Green Cert)?

    As of March 2017, as published in Leaflet SD2B, the list of eligible Further Education Level 6 courses includes the following:

     1. Qualifications awarded by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland:
      a) Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Farming;
      b) Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture;
      c) Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management;
      d) Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Drystock Management;
      e) Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agricultural Mechanisation;
      f) Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Farm Management; 
      g) Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Machinery and Crop Management;
      h) Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture;
      i)  Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Forestry;
      j) Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Stud Management;
      k) Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship;
      l) Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farm Administration

    The majority of the above named courses are available through Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority. However any QQI accredited provider who delivers one of the above named courses to a Level 6 accredited standard will meet the requirements for a ‘young trained farmer’. 

    For example:
    The Curragh Post Primary School delivers an Advanced Certificate in Equine Studies (Horsemanship (6M3505) or Equine Breeding (6M3507)); successful completion of either of the above courses will meet the requirements for a ‘Young Trained Farmer’

    Galway Community College also offers a Horsemanship Level 6 (6M3505) course. Successful completion will meet the requirements for a ‘Young Trained Farmer’.

    Before committing to any action, (whether it be a course of study or the transfer of land) it is imperative that you double check revenue.ie for any updates, amendments, or deletions to the following as they are subject to change:

     - Leaflet SD2B, 
     - The list of eligible courses 
     - The incentives available to young trained farmers. 

     




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