AGRI Skills

Practical, targeted training options for agricultural employers, employees, associations and educators, the AGRI Skills Program addresses agriculture's biggest workforce challenges and supports the development of a productive, profitable business.


Practical, targeted training options for agricultural employers, employees, associations and educators.

The AgriSkills Program addresses agriculture's biggest workforce challenges and supports the development of a productive, profitable business.

Through a range of resources, including workshops, webinars, videos, e-learning, curriculum and on-the-job training, AgriSkills provides:

  • HR tools and training for farm supervisors and managers
  • On-the-job training and self-guided e-learning for workers
  • Training for supervisors who manage foreign workers
  • Tracking tools to ensure workers have the skills they need
  • Customized training for specific commodities or industry challenges


HR Management Training

AgriSkills provides solutions in HR Management including e-learning, workshops, and webinars.

Do you need an HR training solution tailored to the needs of your stakeholders?
Partner with CAHRC to create a customized solution, to be delivered in class or online. CAHRC HR specialists will work with you to develop a series of webinars, e-learning modules, seminars, workshops or programs that meet your industry requirements and your client's needs. Browse our E-Learning and Webinar programs to see how CAHRC can help.


HR 101 - An Overview of HR Management

HR 101 is for farm owners and managers who want to learn the best practices for recruiting, retaining, and managing their workers more effectively. Partner with CAHRC to create a customized solution, to be delivered in class or online to your members.

Delivered through six modules, HR 101 introduces the key human resources (HR) practices that ensure a healthy, engaged, and productive workforce. Downloadable tools and templates are also included in the e-learning course, and can be offered to your members at a reduced cost when you partner with CAHRC.

The course includes modules for:

  • Human Resources Management Overview
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Human Resource Policies
  • Find Skilled Workers
  • Hire and Keep Skilled Workers
  • Train and Develop Your Workers

Learn more about the HR 101 course

Train-the-Trainer: On-the-Job Reference Guide

These simple, practical tools are designed to help trainers, supervisors, and mentors teach new or inexperienced workers to acquire the skills they need as they "learn by doing." Formalize and standardize the approach to training on your farm, and ensure that your workers can do their jobs safely and efficiently. Originally adapted for Landscape Horticulturalists, Train-the-Trainer can be used to train employees quickly, safely, and efficiently with on-the-job training tools.

Human Resources Planning Workshop

This workshop for agricultural managers and owners focuses on human resources planning that supports business goals and strategic priorities. Participants learn the five steps in the planning process, including an overview of the main HR areas, workforce analysis, workforce requirements, strategy development and evaluation.

Supervisory Training Workshops

This practical, instructive, and interactive workshop series for agricultural supervisors provides tools to improve the workplace culture. Supervisors learn to make real, long-lasting and impactful changes that enhance employee morale and success for both domestic workers and temporary foreign workers, including SAWP workers.

Recruitment and Retention Workshops

This workshop is for agricultural business owners, managers, and supervisors. The Recruitment and Retention Workshop helps business owners, managers, and supervisors make crucial HR management decisions, avoid common pitfalls, and increase their understanding of the best approaches to recruitment and retention.


Human Resources Webinars

Help your members address their labour challenges and learn best practices for building and supporting the workforce they need to support their business goals. This three-part webinar series explores recruitment, selection, and hiring from an agricultural perspective. Each webinar is 30 minutes long and available on demand.

Contact us for more information.

Commodity-Specific Production Training

Customized e-Learning

Customized e-learning packages give your members a convenient and effective way to train their production workers. Based on the National Occupational Standards, e-learning reflects industry best practices and can be developed for a wide variety of commodities, including marine, plant, and animal production. E-learning can also be designed to align with your association's code of practice and comply with audit requirements for updated or continuous training.

For more information, contact us.

Educator Tools

The AgriHR Management Curriculum & Instructor Guide is the first comprehensive curriculum designed for Canada's agriculture sector.

Based on years of research and field testing conducted in Canada and internationally, AgriHR Management offers practical, proven human resource strategies to help students address agricultural workforce challenges.

In collaboration with the AgriHR Toolkit, the 12-unit AgriHR Management Curriculum is designed as a flip classroom, and covers a complete range of HR topics, including recruitment, selection, hiring, training, health and safety, workplace wellness, and more. All curriculum materials can be customized with your institution's logo and brand.

Instructor resources include detailed guides, lesson plans, presentation materials, assignments and summative assessments, videos, and guest-lecture agendas. See sample curriculum materials.

Student resources include video overviews, self-guided discovery and practice exercises, self-assessments and quizzes, and access to current research and insights from real-world practitioners.

Collaborative content. AgriHR Management supplements core educational content with peer-generated "living program" content from instructors across Canada, including reports, guest lectures, and more. 

To register as an Instructor with the AgriHR Management Curriculum & Instructor Guide, contact us.

AgriHR Management Curriculum

A Comprehensive Curriculum for Future Agricultural Leaders

The AgriHR Management Curriculum & Instructor Guide includes 12 units that cover key HR topics and strategies from a Canadian agricultural perspective.

UNIT 1: Introduction to HR management and strategic HR. This unit provides an overview of the theoretical and practical skills required for the effective management of people in the workplace.

UNIT 2: Recruitment, selection, and hiring. This unit covers topics including recruitment and retention strategies and processes, duty to accommodate, interview techniques, and how to hire temporary foreign workers.

UNIT 3: Compensation and benefits. This unit covers topics including fair pay and employment standards, payroll deductions, setting competitive rates of pay, creating compensation and benefits packages. 

UNIT 4: Improving worker performance. This unit covers topics including legal obligations, perks and rewards, worker training, discipline and termination processes, and working with family members.

UNIT 5: Succession planning. This unit explores succession planning for small business, with a focus on family farms and planning for the succession of key roles in an organization. 

UNIT 6: Workforce planning. This unit explores key elements of organizational planning for small or family-run businesses, including setting goals, assessing labour needs, and analyzing the work environment.

UNIT 7: HR policies. This unit covers the development of policies and policy manuals that ensure safe, inclusive, productive, acceptable, and legally defensible behaviours in the agricultural workplace.

UNIT 8: Health and safety. This unit examines the issue of agricultural health and safety, and provides tools and information to help students support the highest safety standards in a farm environment. 

UNIT 9: Workplace wellness. This unit explores the business case for workplace wellness and strategies for meeting legal obligations and supporting work-life balance and well-being for domestic and international workers. 

UNIT 10: Diversity and inclusion. This unit looks at strategies for creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace where people of different genders, religions, nationalities, cultures, sexual orientations, languages, and abilities can feel comfortable, respected, and valued. 

UNIT 11: Leadership, values, and teamwork. This unit guides students to reflect on their own values, examine the values of companies and organizations in the industry, and explore the implications of values and leadership at work.

UNIT 12: Putting it all together. This unit reviews all the curriculum topics and shows how they come together to create a safe, attractive, inclusive, and productive workplace. Final exam included.

To find out more

To find out more about how CAHRC can help your organization, contact Jade Reeve at