The Sales/Service certificate prepares the student for an entry-level position in the agricultural sales and service industry. Upon completion, the successful candidate will be able to utilize a general knowledge of the industry to more effectively serve the customers within the sales and service sector. Marketing skills will be enhanced through the application of enterprise analysis and management tools.
For more information about the Agribusiness-Sales and Service certificate, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/ag.
Students may start any semester.
To earn an Agribusiness-Sales/Service certificate, complete all course work as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
Option 1 - Select 3 Credits
Option 2 - Select 2-3 Credits
Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 19*
*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits needed to satisfy the option requirements.
These credits are applicable to the AAS degree in Agribusiness .
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
|Educational Seminars, Field Trips
Approximate total for the program: $4,716**
**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
- Transfer knowledge of products and their uses to customers.
- Advise crop and livestock producers on the special problems they have and the most economical ways of solving them.
- Perform calculations for cost estimates, tests and formulas.
- Operate and maintain a variety of equipment.
- Perform “housekeeping” chores to keep the work environment neat and orderly.
- Attend conferences and meetings and read various trade publications to keep current on developments in the industry.
What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?
- Operate agricultural equipment.
- Ability to handle a variety of agricultural situations.
- Exhibit good attitude toward the job.
- Work well with customers and other employees.
- Manage, lead and train others.
- Follow verbal and written directions.
- Plan and organize well.
- Use math in figuring enterprise budgets, nutrition formulations and marketing activities.
- Understand technical information about the industry and communicate to others.
- Perform a variety of physically demanding activities such as heavy lifting (50 pounds or more).
What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?
- The industry is so broad that students will have the opportunity to participate in the area of most interest.
- The primary purpose of this certificate is for preparation for work in the agricultural sales and service industry.
- You will often have a lot of responsibility and work with little supervision.
- The work can be dirty, unpleasant at times and sometimes dangerous.
- The field changes rapidly and the job you will have 10 years from now may not exist today.
- You work long hours when necessary including nights, weekends and holidays.
- Average starting salary for those not directly involved in their own entrepreneurial enterprise is approximately $25,000 - $30,000.
- Apply knowledge of the food and fiber production system.
- Demonstrate workplace basic skills of communicating, computing, problem-solving, accountability, and display a strong work ethic.
- Evaluate technical information to make agribusiness decisions.
- Demonstrate analytical, critical, and creative thinking to pursue new ideas, acquire new knowledge, and make decisions.
- Engage in industry-recognized organizations and events such as trade shows, conferences, etc. to stay current on issues and technology important to the field.
- Create collaborative relationships and networks and learn to empower, mentor, and influence others.
- Assess short-term plan relevant to career or continued education goals.
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DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Hospitality and Culinary
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Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx. (2021)