With the recent 2017-18 Budget announcement, programs and services affected will be updated shortly. Posted March 22, 2017

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Get On-Farm Training to Prepare for A Career in Agriculture

The Saskatchewan Green Certificate Farm Training Program is an apprenticeship-style, on-farm skill training program. The program provides a practical hands-on training curriculum for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the agricultural industry. Upon course completion, trainees are awarded a certificate of completion from the Ministry of Agriculture.

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1. Guidance

High school students, young farmers or new farmers can register as a trainee to acquire skills and knowledge in Cow-Calf Beef Production and/or Field Crop Production. Please contact the Program Administrator if you are interested in other production areas.

Trainers play an important role in the Green Certificate Farm Training Program. Trainers are most often the trainee’s parents, relatives or employers that operate a farming operation within the trainee’s area of specialization.

To register for the program, trainees must have access to a qualified trainer and farm training site. Upon registration, trainees will receive a Green Certificate Farm Training manual. Skill training will commence through apprentice-type, on-the-job training under their trainer. The trainer is responsible for the major assessment of the trainee’s proficiency in farm skills. The trainer will sign off on each competency skill achieved on the skill profile and test the trainee to assure competence in that area. Trainees are further evaluated by a Green Certificate tester on his or her knowledge and/or ability to demonstrate specific skills. Trainees progress at their own rate and once all evaluations are complete and the trainee is deemed competent in all skills, he or she will be awarded the Green Certificate.

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2. Eligibility

Trainees must:

  • Be a Saskatchewan resident;
  • Have access to a trainer and farm training site;
  • Be at least 15 years old and possess basic skills in reading and writing; and
  • Have a sincere desire to develop or upgrade their skills.

Trainers must:

  • Must be willing to volunteer their time;
  • Must have a minimum five years experience in the training area;
  • Must have access to a suitable training farm with sufficient enterprise size, cash flow, equipment and facilities to allow apprentice-type training of the core skills listed in the Green Certificate  Program manual;
  • Must work with the trainee to develop a training plan; and
  • Supervise and coach the trainee on a day-to-day basis and test the trainee to assure full competence is achieved.
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3. How To Apply

Participants must complete a waiver and indemnity form and registration form.

To register for the program, trainees must have access to a qualified trainer and farm training site. Upon registration, trainees will receive a Green Certificate Farm Training manual. Skill training will commence through apprenticeship-like, on-the-job training under their trainer. The trainer is responsible for the major assessment of the trainee’s proficiency in farm skills. The trainer will sign off on each competency skill achieved on the skill profile and test the trainee to assure competence in that area. Trainees are further evaluated by a Green Certificate tester on his or her knowledge and/or ability to demonstrate specific skills. Trainees progress at their own rate and once all evaluations are complete and the trainee is deemed competent in all skills, he or she will be awarded the Green Certificate.

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4. Apply

To apply, trainees must submit the following items by email to greencertificate@gov.sk.ca
or by fax to 306-787-9623:

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5. Further Information

High School Credit

Trainees may be eligible to earn up to three high school credits per course, by:

  • Completing the Green Certificate Farm Training Program as a Practical and Applied Arts Ag Tech Course. The teacher is responsible for course delivery as well as all assessments and evaluation; or
  • Completing the Green Certificate Farm Training Program and request to obtain high school credit through special project credit and independent study. Students must register for the program and be supervised by a teacher from the school. This teacher would be responsible for ensuring the students meet the requirements of the provincial curriculum and would commit to overseeing the students’ progress.

The Green Certificate Farm Training Program is adopted from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and administered by Saskatchewan Agriculture's Regional Services Branch. The program is funded through Growing Forward 2, a cost-shared partnership between federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments designed to support an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.

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