The Soil Biology and Health Certification Program in partnership with Soil Science Australia is designed for those working with soils on a daily basis and would be ideal for growers and consultants interested in learning about future directions for research, technologies, and practice. Presenters include Soil Health Champion, Mr Stuart McAlpine and soil researchers from Western Sydney University.  The program also provides networking opportunities with experts and researchers during discussions, field site tours and the networking dinner.   
Participants will learn about the properties of soils and learn how to adopt practices and strategies to enhance soil health and biological activities and use the power of plant-soil-microbial relationships to unlock soil nutrients, produce healthier and more nutritious plants and understand how microbes in soils influence soil fertility and drive plant production.

The program is delivered in two parts: 

Part 1*: Tues 6 and Weds 7 August: Incorporating soil health and biology with management practices to sustainably increase productivity and profitability. No prior knowledge required.

Part 2: Thu 8 and Fri 9 August: Integrating soil biology and health in agronomic practices for consultants, farmers, and agronomists who are interested in integrating soil biology and health into agronomic practices. 

*Attendance of all 4 days is necessary for certification from Soil Science Australia.
*Attendees are eligible to apply for certification from Soil Science Australia upon completion of all 4 days
*Attendance at this course by accredited CPSS can be claimed in their OPD.
*The certificate will be awarded on the behalf of Soil Science Australia.

Registration fee: $1995 and includes catering, a site tour of the HIE’s research facilities, and a networking dinner at the Crowne Plaza.

Location: Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury Campus (Building L6), Bourke St entrance, Richmond NSW 2753. Parking on campus will incur a daily parking fee of approximately $7.

Accommodation: For those travelling to Richmond NSW, we recommend staying at the Crowne Plaza, Windsor: . Transfers between the hotel and Hawkesbury Campus are included for those staying at the Crowne Plaza.


*Attendees who are unable to attend the full 4 day program, or those who don’t require certification can opt to attend Part 1 of the program only by registering for the 2 day Soil Biology Masterclass. 

Registration and inclusions: The registration fee for the Masterclass 2 day workshop is $595 and includes catering during the Masterclass, a site tour of the HIE’s research facilities, and a networking dinner at the Crowne Plaza.


More information and registration details are available at: