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Certificate III in Agriculture

AHC30116

Certificate III in Agriculture AHC30116

Course Overview

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

Students will also learn important safety skills in a range of industrial equipment, including tractors and chainsaws, as well as how to safely use, transport, and store chemicals.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares students to work across different industry sectors. Roles participants 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, students 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

Traineeship - Open from 09/02/2022 - Wednesdays - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Workplace based - Open from 13/07/2022 - Wednesdays - 9am to 4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
$2,091.00
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
$418.00
3. Subsidised Trainee
$2,091.00
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
$418.00
5. Full Fee
$2,856.00
Course Materials
$612.00
Student Services Fees (per year)
$85.00

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, 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.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Where appropriate, please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course (Trainees only).

Technology requirements:

  • Students will need access to a device (desktop computer/laptop/tablet or smartphone) that can enable them to access GOTAFE’s goLearn (Moodle) and the internet.

Inherent requirements:

  • It is important that the potential students understand there is high practical content outdoors in a wide variety of conditions and they should be physically capable to participate in these practical activities
Core Units
AHCWHS301
Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK309
Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
AHCBAC301
Conserve forage
AHCBAC302
Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCBIO303
Apply biosecurity measures
AHCCHM304
Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307
Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCINF302
Plan and construct an electric fence
AHCINF303
Plan and construct conventional fencing
AHCIRG338
Troubleshoot irrigation systems
AHCIRG347
Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
AHCLSK305
Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCLSK309
Implement animal health control programs
AHCLSK311
Implement feeding plans for livestock
AHCMOM202
Operate tractors
AHCMOM207
Conduct front-end loader operations
AHCMOM216
Operate side by side utility vehicles
AHCMOM217
Operate quad bikes
AHCPCM301
Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPCM305
Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPGD402
Plan a plant establishment program
AHCPHT312
Implement a crop regulation program
AHCPMG301
Control weeds
AHCSOL406
Sample soils and interpret results
AHCWRK303
Respond to emergencies
AHCWRK306
Comply with industry quality assurance requirements
FBPVIT2013
Recognise disorders and identify pests and diseases
FBPVIT2015
Carry out basic canopy maintenance
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
SFIAQU304
Maintain water quality and environmental monitoring
SFIAQU306
Monitor production and maintain algal or live-feed cultures
SFIAQU308
Support hatchery operations
SFIAQU312
Monitor feed activities

Assessment methods may include:

  • Direct observation of practical skills
  • Written tasks
  • Quizzes

Darryl Paterson

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.

Students should attend all face-to-face sessions and scheduled appointments with the Trainer and Assessor. Aspects of the course can be undertaken online but primarily on campus.

Equipment students will need to bring to class includes:

  • Own pen and paper,
  • PPE COVID 19 Requirements, Gloves, Motorbike helmet, eye protection

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.

Delivery modes and contact hours vary for this course;

  • Traineeship/Workplace-based training is 1 - 2 years workplace-based training with self-paced assessments


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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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