All students enrolled in the BScAgr, BAgrEc and BResEc degrees (and those completing a BHortSc or BLWSc degree) are required to complete at least 40 days of approved professional experience, plus at least one Faculty Excursion as part of their professional development program. This experience is undertaken during vacations and, for students who have commenced their candidature since March 2009, is a requirement of a compulsory 6 cp unit of study credited to their fourth year of study.
A minimum of 15 days of the 40 day requirement must be completed as 'On-Farm'/Field experience for this unit. The remainder is completed either on another on-farm/field placement or with organisations involved in agriculture, business, research and the resource industries and is known as ‘graduate’ experience. The Faculty maintains a database in excess of 5000 providers for professional experience to assist students. Students must complete at least two placements throughout their program.
Professional experience, which is highly regarded by employers, provides an insight into the operations of organisations and often leads to offers of employment prior to graduation. This exceptionally useful program differentiates the Faculty's degree programs from other applied Science and applied Economics degrees.
The three-year BEnvSys degree does not include the professional experience unit.