As part of the programme, students are also trained in agricultural processing, packaging, marketing, economics, accounting, among others. The expectation is that they would pass on such knowledge to the farmer as Extension Officers after graduation. This makes the Agricultural Extension Officer one of the most well rounded agricultural sector practitioners. As a result, they have become some of the most sought after professionals required to run rural based and agricultural focused NGOs, manage agricultural sector MDAs, as well as run private commercial farms. They are also seen as the best-equipped professionals in demand to teach at agricultural training institutions.
To qualify for admission, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:
• Be nominated by their employer organisation;
• Possess a Diploma in Agriculture or a related field from a recognized institution;
• Have a minimum of three years post-diploma field experience in extension services;
• Either possesses five General Certificate of Examination (G.C.E) Ordinary level credit passes including English Language, Mathematics and at least two science subjects.
Passes in Core English Language, Core Mathematics and Core Integrated Science at the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) or the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE). In addition, candidates must have grades not lower than “D” in SSCE or C6 in WASSCE in any TWO of the following three (3) elective subjects: General Agriculture or Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.
Career applicants with Diploma in Agriculture who do not have the requisite G.C.E. “O” Level, SSSCE or WASSCE passes in English, Mathematics, and Sciences will be required to go through a remedial programme offered by the School of Agriculture and pass before they are considered for admission.