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Certificate III in Agriculture


Certificate III in Agriculture – AHC30116

Course Overview

Become a skilled agriculture worker with the Certificate III in Agriculture. You'll learn core skills in animal nutrition and care, plan and crop health, fencing construction, and production record keeping.

You'll also learn important safety skills in a range of industry equipment, including tractors and chainsaws, as well as how to safely use, transport, and store chemicals.

The course is also available as a On campus course or Traineeship.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work across different industry sectors. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Senior Farmhand (Sheep and Wool)
  • Senior Farmhand
  • Jackaroo/Jillaroo
  • Senior Farmhand (Livestock)
  • Farm or station hand
  • Livestock transport driver

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture or AHC41016 Certificate IV in Agribusiness.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

Starts 1st July, Part Time, Min 1 day per week, 9am - 4pm /2020

AHC30116 - Traineeship - Open from 03/02/2021

Workplace - Open from 03/02/2021 - Flexible and workplace /2021

Workplace - Open from 14/07/2021 - Flexible and workplace /2021

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Starts 1st July, Part Time, Min 1 day per week, 9am - 4pm /2020

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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 Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course (Trainees only)
Core Units
Contribute to work health and safety processes
Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Conserve forage
Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
Transport and store chemicals
Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
Milk livestock
Coordinate milking operations
Operate a dairy recycling system
Plan and construct an electric fence
Plan and construct conventional fencing
Maintain livestock water supplies
Implement animal health control programs
Implement feeding plans for livestock
Rear newborn and young livestock
Implement procedures for calving
Operate tractors
Conduct front-end loader operations
Operate and maintain chainsaws
Operate side by side utility vehicles
Operate quad bikes
Operate specialised machinery and equipment
Implement a plant nutrition program
Participate in work health and safety processes
Respond to emergencies
Trim and cut felled trees
Operate a pole saw

Assessment methods may include:

  • Direct observation of practical skills
  • Written tasks
  • Quizzes

Students can learn through a blend of online learning, video conferenced / face to face tutorials with industry expert trainers, practical placement and on / off campus workshops. The flexibility of online learning allows small groups of students to join the classes from several locations and fit in with their work commitments.

Name: Ian Carkeek - Agriculture
Location: Shepparton

Name: Rhonda McCallum - Equine
Location: Wangaratta

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 should attend all face-to-face sessions and scheduled appointments with the Trainer and Assessor.

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 submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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