The Agricultural Workforce Certification Program (AWCP) is a collaborative effort between the Department of Agriculture and Markets, State University of New York, and the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The program assists New York farmers with the recruitment, training and placement of agricultural employees. Since 1992, AWCP has trained and placed in agricultural employment more than 4,000 men and women with a placement rate exceeding 90 percent.
The AWCP provides training for individuals with no farm work experience as well as skills upgrades for those already employed on a farm. The training program usually involves 15 to 30 students, takes place on a college campus or Cooperative Extension office, and is between 30 and 40 hours in length, with half classroom training and half "hands on" training, including
Participating employers have included dairy farmers, greenhouse operators, landscapers, fruit growers and vegetable producers. Heres a list of some of the current course offerings, many of which are offered in Spanish. New curricula are constantly being developed.
Agricultural Workforce Certification Program