NCDE - National Centre for Dairy Education

The National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE) delivers vocational education and training for the dairy industry.

The NCDE operates with an alliance of partner Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to deliver dairy farm training nationally. We offer advanced manufacturing focused training through the Gilbert Chandler Centre, in Werribee, Victoria.

We also offer nationally accredited courses from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma on a full time, part time or flexible basis in:

  • Agriculture (specialising in dairy production) for farm operations and management
  • Food Technology (dairy) and food processing for manufacturing roles

The Pathways in Dairy Farming flyer provides a clear Vocational and University pathway into Agricultural qualifications from Certificate II in Agriculture up to Bachelor of Agriculture.

The NCDE offers a range of short courses and customised programs for dairy and processing organisations, individual farmers and people in the dairy service industry. This includes for Dairy industry human resource managers and workplace trainers and assessors.

Under the National Training Framework, skills obtained through life learning can be recognised and credited against course requirements – this is called recognition of prior learning (RPL). Those wishing to apply for recognition should talk to their local NCDE training centre.

Our alliance partners:

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Industry governance:

The NCDE works closely with the industry’s Regional Development Programs, who provide local and regional advice and input into the industry requirements.