Training & Education






The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) has recently become a National AQA unit award scheme centre.

This allows YFCU to deliver accredited unit award scheme training to its members. From September YFCU members who take part in a range of training activities and competitions currently offered by YFCU will receive a certificate from a recognised examining and awarding body which can be included in their CVs and records of achievement.

The activities that are available for accreditation are:

  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Dairy stock judging and assessment
  • Beef stock judging and assessment
  • Sheep stock judging and assessment
  • Constructing a stock proof fence
  • Participating in a drama performance
  • Participating in a choir
  • Volunteering as a Club Secretary
  • Preparing a Floral Arrangement
  • Introduction to Tag Rugby 
  • Hedge Planting
  • Group Debating

These are all activities and competitions that are offered within the annual calendar of events and therefore will require no extra work from the YFCU member apart from participating. To sign up, members can register with their club secretary or directly through YFCU HQ on 9 037 07 13.

A small fee of £10 will be charged and this covers accreditation for all the modules listed above so it is up to the member to decide whether to just do one or all of them for the same price. For more information please contact Kevin Harper at YFCU HQ

Duke of Edinburgh Scheme

What is the DofE?

The DofE is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25, regardless of gender, background or ability. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.

YFCU Certificate award

What is involved?

The DofE has three progressive levels:

  • Bronze (for those aged 14 and over)
  • Silver (for those aged 15 and over)
  • Gold (for those aged 16 and over)

And is a four-sectioned programme:

  • Volunteering (helping other people in the local community)
  • Expedition (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot or horseback, by boat or cycle)
  • Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
  • Physical (sport, dance and fitness)
  • Residential (Gold Award only) (a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant)

You have until your 25th birthday to complete any of the Awards but it takes at least 6 months at Bronze, 12 months at Silver and 18 months at Gold for Direct Entrants.


There should be a regular commitment averaging at least an hour a week.

When can I start?

  • Bronze Award from 14 Years
  • Silver Award from 15 Years
  • Gold Award from 16 Years

The Key principles of the Award are:

  • achievable by all - a personal challenge not a competition
  • available to all - anyone can do it!
  • voluntary - it's up to you what you do, it's your leisure time
  • personalised - your programme is designed by you for you
  • balanced - it will stretch you in all directions
  • progressive - you improve at your own pace
  • achievement focused - you can't fail
  • demands commitment - it takes more than a short burst of enthusiasm
  • personal development - it's the taking part that matters; getting an Award is the icing on the cake
  • enjoyable - it's about getting out there and having fun!
YFCU Training

Using the DofE in YFCU

To take part in the DofE scheme please contact Corrina at HQ on 028 9037 0713 for details

Lameness Workshops

In conjunction with Elanco, animal health, YFCU offers lameness workshops which take place throughout the year.


Aphis Online is one of a number of free online services and business tools which have been developed to meet the needs of farmers and simplify various aspects of farm management.  Please contact Gillian at YFCU HQ on 90 370713 for more details.

Sheep Shearing

YFCU hosts an evening for existing shearers and also potential new shearers where information will be provided on upcoming courses, equipment and you will be given tips and guidance. You will also find out about the competition at Balmoral Show 2019. Date of information to be announced when confirmed.



For further information contact: Tel: 028 8225 6772 or email



First Aid Training   

Farm safety is critical, and all farm family members have a role to play to ensure any emergency situation on farm is dealt with confidently, promptly and safely.

Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU), in partnership with the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), is offering First Aid training opportunities throughout Northern Ireland for all members of the farm family. 


Option 1: YFCU fully accredited Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification - £15 per member

  • Full day Course
  • Skills learned apply to all workplaces and the home
  • Fully accredited qualification recognised throughout the UK that is valid for 3 years
  • Includes First Aid manual and all course materials
  • Counts towards YFCU President’s Award
  • Excellent for your CV
  • Available only to YFCU members aged 16+

Option 2: YFCU First Aid Training for Junior members - £3 per member

  • 2 hour basic first aid course
  • Skills learned apply to all workplaces and the home
  • First Aid manual and certificate of attendance included
  • Counts towards YFCU President’s Award
  • Open to YFCU members aged under 16

For further information contact: Kevin Harper, Tel: 075 1799 9943 or email

Club Leaders and Secretaries can also speak to Kevin about bespoke First Aid training club or county


Option 3: CAFRE Farm Family Key Skills First Aid Awareness Training - No cost

Three-hour course covering:

  • Dealing with a medical emergency on a farm
  • Basic first aid procedure for common farm-based injuries
  • How to use the contents of a first aid kit
  • Technologies to aid lone farm workers in an emergency
  • Available to multiple farm families aged 16 and over and farm employees
  • Each trainee will receive a CPR certificate, farm family first aid box and book

This training is provided as part of the Farm Family Key Skills [FFKS] scheme under the Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS), part of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 which receives co-financing from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).


For further information contact: Tel: 028 8225 6772 or email



Other Opportunities:

Child Protection - Conact Gillian at