The Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production) is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Dairy Farmhand.
You'll learn core skills in animal nutrition and care, establishing crops and pastures, and rearing newborn/young livestock.
You'll also learn important safety skills in a range of equipment, including chainsaws and quad bikes, as well as how to safely use, transport, and store chemicals.
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.
Successful completion of this program provides career opportunities for people operating under limited supervision on farms and also in other agricultural services industries. This course prepares you to work in the Dairy Industry as a Dairy Farmhand which may:
- involve working outdoors and indoors
- see you working with a variety of vehicles and agricultural machinery as well as animals and plants.
- require a medium degree of fitness.
- at times require you to work alone or in a team.
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.
- requires a medium degree of fitness
- at times, it may require you to work alone or in a team.
- provides career opportunities for people operating under limited supervision on farms and also in other agricultural services industries.
Course Dates & Times
Shepparton - William Orr
Traineeship - Open from 9th February / 2022
Workplace based - Open from 13/07/2022 - Wednesdays - 9am to 4pm / 2022
Detailed Fee Information
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:
- 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:
- an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
- Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
- 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 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.
- Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course. (Trainees Only)
- This industry requires you to work outdoors and in a variety of conditions
- You will need to be physically fit.
- Anti-social hours are required in this industry.
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Direct observation
- Knowledge challenge
Attendance & 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.
Students can learn through a blend of online learning, video conferenced / face to face tutorials with industry expert trainers, practical placement and on or 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.
Students will be required to bring their own pen, paper, (PPE COVID 19 requirements, gloves, motorbike helmet, eye protection).
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.
A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.
Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.
Jobs and study options
Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.
Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.
Support for personal issues
We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.
Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.
We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.
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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