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    University Foundation Certificate

    Livestock Market Operations and Management

    The Livestock Market Operations and Management course is aimed at aspiring auctioneers,animal health officers and others, and provides a route to membership of the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers of Scotland (IAAS).

    The new route to membership consists of two programmes:

    • University Foundation Certificate: Livestock Market Operations and Management – leading to Associate Status with the requisite practical experience.
    • Certificate of Higher Education: Livestock Operations and Management – leading to Fellowship Status with the requisite practical experience.

    Advanced entry

    Advanced Entry options are available to graduates in suitable subjects, and holders of other suitable qualifications. Examples would include Agriculture graduates, and graduates of courses carrying rural professional accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In all cases however, there will be a minimum study requirement for the Harper Adams award. 

    How does it work?

    Enrolment takes place in January, during an induction/tuition week. Further study is then supported online through a Virtual Learning Environment, with students returning to university later in the year for further campus tuition, group visits and assessment. Students are encouraged to get together between campus visits, to visit local markets, meat processors and other related activities. The programme is presented from January to July to leave the latter half of the year clear for the all-important peak period in sales. Candidates will start with the University Foundation Certificate, which involves studying six modules over two years, three per annum. This will achieve Associate Status with LAA/IAAS. There is then the opportunity to move on to the Certificate of Higher Education, consisting of a further four modules over two years. All the modules are graded at Level 4 in the National Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. This is equivalent in level to the first year of a degree course.

    The University Foundation Certificate has been designed to provide the bedrock of knowledge and skills needed by anybody aspiring to competent livestock auction practice. The Certificate of Higher Education builds on this basic knowledge for future mart managers and directors by looking at a broader curriculum in the context of livestock operations and management. The teaching staff of the University include professionally-qualified auctioneers and valuers with extensive industry experience. They will also be supported by practitioners who are at the forefront of current market operations and practice.

    Course structure

    University Foundation Certificate in Livestock Market Operations and Management Certificate of Higher Education in Livestock Market Operations and Management
    Year one Year two Year three Year four
    Animal Welfare & Health in the Livestock Market Law & Tax for the Livestock Auctioneer Human Resource Management Agricultural Policy for the Livestock Market Operator
    Market Operational Management Valuation for the Livestock Auctioneer Financial Analysis & Planning Agricultural Marketing for the Livestock Market Operator
    Livestock & Markets: Supply chain relationships Work-Based Project

    How do I apply?

    To apply please send an up to date CV together with a summary of any professional experience to Mark Simcock:

    Dr Mark Simcock 
    Harper Adams University
    Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB

    The University will need evidence of a sufficient standard of educational skills or professional development and responsibility to ensure applicants have a reasonable chance to succeed in higher education.


    Fees on application.


    Weeks commencing 8 January 2024 (week 1) and 1 July 2024 (week 2)

    A livestock auction\IAAS and LAA logos
    A livestock auction\IAAS and LAA logos

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