Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)

Course Code AHC30216
Campus Shepparton - William Orr
Duration 1030 hours

Course Overview

AHC30216 – Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production) is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Dairy Farmhand.

AHC30216 Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production) 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 dairy trainees and existing workers who wish to have their competencies recognised.

This course is delivered on campus, as a traineeship and workplace delivery model. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

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

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC30216 – Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production) is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Dairy industry.

Working in this industry may involve working outdoors and indoors, working with a variety of vehicles and agriculture 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. Successful completion of this program provides career opportunities for people operating under limited supervision on farms and also in other agricultural services industries.

Further studies
After gaining the AHC30216 – Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production), 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 8am to 4pm – Flexible Learning (1 or 2 days/per week) – SEMESTER 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 are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Ian Carkeek
Location: William Orr Campus, Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 1,030 $1.74 $1,792.20 $10.00 $10,300.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 1,030 $0.35 $360.50 $10.00 $10,300.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 1,030 $1.74 $1,792.20 $12.00 $12,360.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 1,030 $0.35 $360.50 $12.00 $12,360.00
Full Fee 1,030 $2.31 $2,379.30 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,030 $0.50 $515.00 N/A N/A

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 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
Units of Competency

AHC30216 – Core Units

AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCDRY301 – Coordinate milking operations
AHCBAC302 – Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCLSK309 – Implement animal health control programs
AHCLSK311 – Implement feeding plans for livestock
AHCLSK329 – Implement procedures for calving
AHCINF302 – Plan and construct an electric fence
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCLSK318 – Rear newborn and young livestock
AHCWRK303 – Respond to emergencies
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals

AHC30216 – Elective Units

AHCWRK309 – Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCMOM207 – Conduct front-end loader operations
AHCBAC301 – Conserve forage
AHCLSK307 – Euthanase livestock
AHCPCM301 – Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCLSK305 – Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCDRY201 – Milk livestock
AHCDRY302 – Operate a dairy recycling system
FWPCOT3238 – Operate a pole saw
AHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCMOM212 – Operate quad bikes
AHCMOM211 – Operate side by side utility vehicles
AHCMOM202 – Operate tractors
AHCINF303 – Plan and construct conventional fencing
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
FWPCOT2239 – Trim and cut felled trees

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • 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 go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or 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.