UNIPORT IARD Short Courses, Professional, Dip. & Cert Form

The University of Port Harcourt's Institute of Agricultural Research and Development (IARD) invites applications for the 2021/2022 academic session. Offering a variety of training options such as short courses, professional diplomas, and certificate programmes, it provides diverse opportunities to enhance your agricultural skills. Candidates with relevant experience are encouraged to apply by 31st October 2023.

University of Port Harcourt IARD Admission Form

The University of Port Harcourt’s Institute of Agricultural Research and Development (IARD) opens its doors for 2021/2022 admission into a diverse range of training options. These include short courses, professional diploma, and certificate programmes aimed to equip individuals with agricultural and developmental skills.


Short Courses

  1. Agripreneurship and Agribusiness Management
  2. Agritrade and Farm Produce Marketing
  3. Social Capital and Networking for Agricultural Development
  4. Feed Formulation and Composition
  5. Profitable Poultry Production and
  6. Smallholder Goat Farming for Urban Markets
  7. Fish Handling and Processing Technology
  8. Principles of Pond Fertilization and Maintenance
  9. Small and Medium Size Fish Farming for Livelihood
  10. Farm Tractor Operation and Maintenance
  11. Improved Weed Management for Sustainable Crop Production
  12. Integrated Crop Pest and Diseases Management
  13. Bee Keeping and Apiary Management
  14. Planning a Small-scale Plant Nursery
  15. Snail Farming for Export
  16. Post-Harvest Technology and Food Storage
  17. Processing and Packaging Farm Produce
  18. Strategies for Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emission with Changing Climate

Professional Diploma

These are targeted agricultural training suitable for candidates with relevant or related practical experience and wishing to become more efficient in their current or future jobs.

  1. Agricultural Communication Skills, Conflict Management and Resolution
  2. Co-Operative Management
  3. Agricultural Laws and Policies for Agribusiness
  4. Farm Animal Husbandry
  5. Principles of Animal Health, Diseases and Hygiene
  6. Mini-Livestock production for Landless Farmers
  7. Fish handling and Processing Technology
  8. Principles of Pond fertilization and maintenance
  9. Small and Medium Size Fish Farming for Livelihood
  10. Farm Mechanization and Agricultural Safety
  11. Principles and Practices of Farm Irrigation
  12. Mushroom Production and Management
  13. Agricultural Farm Produce management
  14. Forestry and Environmental Management
  15. Plantation Establishment Practice and Landscaping
  16. Urban Tree Management practice and Landscaping
  17. Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture
  18. Responsive Agriculture and Climate Change

Certificate Programmes

  1. Agricultural Economics and Food Marketing
  2. Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology
  3. Animal Production and Management
  4. Fish Farming and Fisheries Technology
  5. Food and Cash Crop Production
  6. Soil Resources Management
  7. Forest Resources Management
  8. Ecotourism and Wildlife Management
  9. Food Processing and Post-Harvest Technology

UNIPORT IARD Programmes Admission Requirements

Short Courses: Candidates must Possess relevant or related practical experience

Professional Diploma Programmes:

  • Possess relevant or related practical experience
  • Possession of a Higher National Diploma (HND) or First Degree in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is added advantage.

Certificate Courses:

  • Possess relevant or related practical experience
  • Possess the requisite O’level credits passes in three subjects, which must include:
    • English Language (compulsory)
    • Chemistry (compulsory)
    • Biology or Agricultural Science (and not both)
    • Mathematics or Physics (and not both) and
    • Any other subject (Economics, Geography, Further Mathematics, or Commerce)

UNIPORT IARD Programmes Duration

Short Courses: Shall last between 10 to 21 days

Professional Diploma Programmes: Shall last 12 Calendar months

Certificate Courses: Shall last 12 Calendar months

How to Apply for UNIPORT IARD Programmes Admission Form

A non-refundable application fee of fifteen thousand naira (N15,000.00) in certified bank draft in favour of IARD (UNIPORT) and made payable to College of Continuing Education (CCE), UNIPORT.  Applicants should visit www.uniport.edu.ng or our Blogspot http://iard-uniport.blogspot.com, download and print the application form.  Completed application forms should be submitted to the Director, Institute of Agricultural Research and Development (IARD), Choba campus, UNIPORT.

Shortlisted and admitted candidates will be invited to complete the necessary registration processes and commence training.

For further information, please call: Phone No. 08065238655 or 08037322498 (between 9:00am and 3:00pm on week days only) or contact us on e-mail: iard@uniport.edu.ng.

The sale of admission forms will close on Tuesday, 31st October, 2023. Make sure to complete your application before this deadline to secure your place in these beneficial programmes.


  • Only candidates with three (3) Ordinary Level credits passes in the WASC/SSCE/GCE/NABTEB/NECO at not more than two (2) sittings are acceptable for registration.
  • TC II is not acceptable.
  • The set of names stated by candidates in their Application Forms must be consistent with the names on their credentials.  Inconsistency in names may lead to disqualification.
  • Candidates with O/Level Examination Results from 2009 backwards must present their Original Certificates and not Statement of Results or Result Slips.

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