Farm Safety & Assurance QQI Level 5

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to recognise and control farm hazards and to practice farm assurance

Learning Outcomes Learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the main causes of accidents, injuries and health related issues on Irish farms
  • Examine the duties of farmers and farm workers under current safety, compliance and regulatory requirements and environmental legislation
  • Discuss risk assessment and its implementation
  • Describe safe methods of work in agriculture, farm building and farm yard design considerations in relation to safe farming operations
  • Describe farm related health problems and their prevention
  • Examine on-farm ethics and obligations under current EU and Irish legislation regarding ethical animal welfare principles
  • Analyse the role of farming in the food chain, food assurance and traceability requirements in agriculture
  • Discuss best practice in animal medications, remedies and plant protection products at farm level
  • Discuss behaviour of agricultural vehicles when in use in a range of common situations and current regulations pertaining to agricultural vehicles
  • Safely execute common farm safety and farm assurance operations including operating a tractor / trailer combination and attaching a mounted PTO driven machine
  • Practice the steps in identifying and managing safety risks in the work place

Course Dates

January 26th Tuesday 6.30pm-9.30pm 30th Saturday 9am-5pm

February 6th, 13th Saturday 9am-5pm 23rd Tuesday 6.30pm-9.00pm

March 2nd Tuesday 6.30pm-9.00pm

Start Date

Tuesday 26th January @ 6.30pm



Examination fee of €20 is payable for non medical card holders for certification of the course.  If you have a valid medical card you will be exempt from the examination fee but a copy of this must be emailed on application to nightclasses@westportcfe.