Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Agricultural Workforce Certification Program
Tom Gallagher, 518-765-3500

Farmworker Training

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

  • Interactive Seminars
  • Demonstrations from Industry Professionals
  • Group Activities and Team Building Exercises
  • Job Mentoring and Coaching
  • Job Shadowing and Placement

Participating employers have included dairy farmers, greenhouse operators, landscapers, fruit growers and vegetable producers. Here’s a list of some of the current course offerings, many of which are offered in Spanish. New curricula are constantly being developed.

Dairy Manager
Crop Manager
Landscape Technician
Nursery Specialis
Equine Specialist
Sheep Shearer
Equipment Repairer

Agricultural Workforce Certification Program
Tom Gallagher
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County

Department Contact:
Dtraecelle Carter, Economic development Specialist