Certificate III in Agriculture

Course Code AHC30116
Campus Shepparton - William Orr, Wangaratta - Tone Road
Duration 1250 hours

Course Overview

The AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Senior Farmhand (Sheep and Wool), Senior Farmhand, Jackaroo/Jillaroo, Senior Farmhand. (Livestock).

The AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture aims to develop skills and knowledge for a learner to become a skilled agriculture worker who can perform a wide range of agricultural operations independently or as part of a team.

The program is suited to the needs of people who may have some or no experience in the Agriculture industry.
This course can be delivered with an Agriculture or Equine focus, and as a Traineeship, or via a Computer Aided Learning model (on campus and online). Please speak with the Course Coordinator to discuss the most suitable option for you.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Please note: this course is available as part of the 2019 Free TAFE Courses for eligible students.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Livestock industry.

Working in this industry may involve working outdoors and indoors, working with a variety of vehicles and agricultural machinery as well as animals and plants. It requires a medium degree of fitness. At times it may require you to work alone or in a team.

Further studies
After gaining the AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture, you might wish to undertake further study in the AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture or AHC41016 Certificate IV in Agribusiness.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – William Orr Dairy – Industry; Flexible Learning Arrangement & Classroom Attendance / 2018
Shepparton – William Orr ON CAMPUS Flexible Learning Arrangement & Classroom Attendance – SEM 1 / 2019
Shepparton – William Orr ON CAMPUS Flexible Learning Arrangement & Classroom Attendance – SEM 2 / 2019
Wangaratta – Tone Road EQUINE – Blended Online Learning & Workshop Attendance / 2018
Wangaratta – Tone Road ON CAMPUS Flexible Learning Arrangement & Classroom Attendance – SEM 1 / 2019
Wangaratta – Tone Road ON CAMPUS Flexible Learning Arrangement & Classroom Attendance – SEM 2 / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

You will be enrolled in a total of 1250 training hours.

Students are encouraged to attend all on campus sessions.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Ian Carkeek /Agriculture
Location: Shepparton

Name: Rhonda McCallum / Equine
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Cost
Govt Subsidised-Standard $2,175.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession $435.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee $2,175.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession $435.00
Full Fee $2,887.50
Course Materials $625.00

Please note that the advertised fees relate to 2019.   For enrolments this year, please contact us for confirmation.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into this course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a pre-training review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider (Trainees only)
Units of Competency

AHC30116 – Core Units
AHCWRK309 – Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processes

AHC30116 – Elective Units
ACMGAS202A – Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS204A – Feed and water animals
ACMGAS205A – Assist in health care of animals
ACMINF301A – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
AHCAGB301 – Keep production records for a primary production business
AHCAGB402 – Analyse and interpret production data
AHCBAC301 – Conserve forage
AHCBAC302 – Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCBAC306 – Establish agricultural crops
AHCBAC307 – Maintain agricultural crops
AHCBAC308 – Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities
AHCBAC401 – Manage pastures for livestock production
AHCBAC402 – Plan a pasture establishment program
AHCBER304 – Carry out movement and security procedures
AHCBIO305 – Apply biosecurity measures
AHCBUS404 – Operate within a budget framework
AHCCHM201 – Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM401 – Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
AHCDRY201 – Milk livestock
AHCDRY301 – Coordinate milking operations
AHCDRY302 – Operate a dairy recycling system
AHCHBR203A – Provide Daily Care For Horses
AHCHBR204A – Assist With Mating Procedures And Parturition Of Horses
AHCHBR302A – Carry Out Basic Hoof Care Procedures
AHCHBR303A – Carry out mare mating or artificial insemination procedures
AHCHBR306A – Prevent And Treat Equine Injury And Disease
AHCHBR307A – Assess Suitability Of Horses For Stock Work
AHCHBR309A – Determine nutritional requirements for horses
AHCHBR401A – Carry Out Stud Stable Management Duties
AHCHBR402A – Supervise Raising Young Horses
AHCINF201 – Carry out basic electric fencing operations
AHCINF202 – Install, maintain and repair farm fencing
AHCINF302 – Plan and construct an electric fence
AHCINF303 – Plan and construct conventional fencing
AHCIRG332 – Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG334 – Operate and maintain gravity fed irrigation systems
AHCLSK202 – Care for health and welfare of livestock
AHCLSK209 – Monitor water supplies
AHCLSK210 – Muster and move livestock
AHCLSK211 – Provide feed for livestock
AHCLSK301 – Administer medication to livestock
AHCLSK305 – Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCLSK307 – Euthanase livestock
AHCLSK308 – Identify and draft livestock
AHCLSK309 – Implement animal health control programs
AHCLSK311 – Implement feeding plans for livestock
AHCLSK312 – Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock
AHCLSK314 – Prepare animals for parturition
AHCLSK315 – Prepare for and implement natural mating of livestock
AHCLSK316 – Prepare livestock for competition
AHCLSK318 – Rear newborn and young livestock
AHCLSK320 – Coordinate and monitor livestock transport
AHCLSK329 – Implement procedures for calving
AHCLSK330A – Implement Procedures For Foaling Down Mares
AHCLSK331 – Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
AHCLSK401 – Develop feeding plans for a production system
AHCLSK402 – Develop livestock feeding plans
AHCLSK404 – Implement and monitor animal welfare programs
AHCLSK409 – Supervise animal health programs
AHCMOM202 – Operate tractors
AHCMOM207 – Conduct front-end loader operations
AHCMOM211 – Operate side by side utility vehicles
AHCMOM212 – Operate quad bikes
AHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCMOM305 – Operate specialised machinery and equipment
AHCPCM201 – Recognise Plants
AHCPCM301 – Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPCM402 – Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
AHCWHS201 – Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCWRK201 – Observe and report on weather
AHCWRK204 – Work effectively in the industry
AHCWRK205 – Participate in workplace communications
AHCWRK207 – Collect and record production data
AHCWRK209 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCWRK302 – Monitor weather conditions
AHCWRK303 – Respond to emergencies
BSBWOR204 – Use business technology
FWPCOT2239 – Trim and cut felled trees
FWPCOT3238 – Operate a pole saw
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
SISOEQO201A – Handle Horses
SISOEQO304A – Apply First Aid For Horses
TLID1001 – Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

Assessment Methods
  • Direct observation
  • Quiz
  • Knowledge challenge
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.