Your local Agricultural College of excellence

Rural Industries Skill Training (RIST) is one of Australia's largest independent vocational Agricultural Colleges. 

Established by a group of farmers in 1992 due to a lack of quality agricultural training, RIST is now a leader in rural training across south east Australia.

RIST provides a wide range of training opportunities including agricultural traineeships starting at Certificate II level through to Diploma of Agriculture, and short courses covering the issues affecting the profitability and sustainability of Agriculture. All short courses are designed to link with formal qualifications, delivering greater flexibility to the student.

RIST prides itself on providing agricultural training that has immediate practical on-farm application and is delivered by industry experts.


RIST is a not for profit Registered Training Provider (registered provider no.4198) which employs 13 full time staff and 3 part time staff and has access to up to 70 Trainers (course presenters and program developers) to deliver the training. RIST is an AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015 quality assured organisation that complies with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework.

In Victoria, RIST has a VET funding contract with the Department of Education and Training, and is able to offer Government funded places in designated courses to eligible students. RIST also has short courses, offered as fee for service, available for people working in Australian agri-business to build on existing skills, and develop new skills.