YFG Calls for the Cost of the Green Certificate to be Equalised

Young Fine Gael is calling for an end to the current costings of the Green Certificate, which provides students with the requirements of a qualified farmer for the purposes of Revenue and Departmental-linked schemes.

The Green Certificate is a QQI Level-5 Certificate in Agriculture and Level-6 FETAC Specific Purpose Certificate that is offered in-person or online. Both are offered on a full-time or part-time.

At present, the in-person options costs €1,700, while the online course costs €2,990. YFG believes that this is an unnecessary measure and believes that it should be dropped as soon as possible.

Furthermore, an applicant for the part-time course must be over 23 years of age. This is despite the entrant-age of the full-time courses only being 17 years of age. Therefore, YFG believes that the age requirement for the part-time course should be lowered, thereby removing all needless harshness for part-time students of the Green Cert.

The proposal is included in Young Fine Gael’s Pre-Budget Submission: Striving for Progress, which was unveiled at the end of August.