Practical Skills Training

Practical Skills Training


Land-based vocational training programmes allow you to learn valuable practical skills from industry experts and employers so you will get the skills and knowledge you need.

Here are examples of training courses available, training providers that offer short practical skills courses, as well as websites of awarding bodies, where you can find other instructors, training providers and assessment centres:


  • Agriculture: Livestock Husbandry courses (Cattle Hoof Trimming, Lambing Techniques, Sheep Shearing), Animal Transport, Agronomy (BASIS/FACTS courses)
  • Aquaculture: Fish Health and Welfare, Sea Lice Identification and Recording, RYA Powerboat, Maritime Skills, Firefighting at Sea
  • Equine: British Horse Society qualifications such as Riding and Road Safety
  • Forestry & Arboriculture: Chainsaws - maintenance and cutting, Tree Climbing, Felling, Dealing with Windblown Trees
  • Game and Wildlife Management: Deer Management Qualifications DSC1 and DSC2, Firearms
  • Health & Safety: First Aid, Working at Height, Manual Handling, Risk Assessment
  • Horticulture: Pole Pruners, Woodchippers, Stump Grinders, Dry Stone Walling, Fencing
  • Pest Control: Rabbit & Mole Control, Pesticides, Rat & Mouse Control
  • Vehicles: ATV, 4x4, Quad Bike, Tractor Driving (course also available for 13-15 years olds), Ride-On Lawnmowers
  • Business Management: Finance, Negotiation and Presentation Skills, Customer Care
  • eLearning Courses: Health & Safety on Farms, Rodent Control on Farms, Introduction to Agricultural Vehicles

Training Providers

Argyll College UHI  Highland Business Services Ring Ltd Perth College UHI
Borders College Highland Off Road Protec Training
Borders Area Services Ltd Highland Venture Rural Services Scotland
The Borders Training Group L M R Training Services Ltd SRUC
Central Caithness Training Group Lews Castle College UHI Tayforth Machinery Ring
Contour Training Shetland UHI Treevolution Scotland
Dumfries and Galloway College Newbattle Abbey College West Highland College UHI
Dundee and Angus College North Highland College UHI  
East West Training Orkney Training Group Ltd  

Awarding Bodies

♦ BALI  ♦  BASIS  ♦  British Horse Society  ♦  DMQ  ♦  FACTS  ♦  NPTC City & Guilds  ♦  Lantra Awards  ♦  RYA  ♦  SFCC  ♦  First Aid training providers