Certificate III in Agriculture


Course Length

Part time:

1 - 2 Years

Contact Hours

Part time:

1 Day a week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Shepparton - William Orr

Delivery Mode

On Campus

Industry Based Training


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 industrial equipment, including tractors and chainsaws, as well as how to safely use, transport, and store chemicals.

For those looking to focus on units that provide skills in agriculture and aquaculture, the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) are sponsoring this program. Students participate in face-to-face classes 2 days per week for 6 hours per day, over a period of 40 weeks, with regular trips to the Snob's Creek and Arcadia facilities to enhance their understanding of Aquaculture and provide opportunities for practical training and assessment in a working environment. These visits will be scheduled so that a Specialist will be onsite to provide training and support for all participants.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, 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
  • Aquaculture/Fish Farming
  • Horticulture
  • Conservation
  • Land Management

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

AHC30116 - Traineeship - Open from 03/02/2021

VFA program - Open from 15th July, On campus - 9am - 4pm / 2021

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

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

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

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

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $2,425.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $488.00

3. Subsidised Trainee: $2,425.00

4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $475.00

5. Full Fee: $3,338.00

Course Materials: $688.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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

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 Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course

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).

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.

Course Study Units

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
AHCBIO305 - 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
AHCLSK305 - Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCLSK309 - Implement animal health control programs
AHCLSK311 - Implement feeding plans for livestock
AHCLSK331 - Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
AHCMOM202 - Operate tractors
AHCMOM207 - Conduct front-end loader operations
AHCMOM216 - Operate side by side utility vehicles
AHCMOM217 - Operate quad bikes
AHCMOM302 - Perform machinery maintenance
AHCPCM301 - Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
AHCPRK201 - Care for health and welfare of pigs
AHCWRK204 - Work effectively in the industry
AHCWRK206 - Observe enterprise quality assurance procedures
AHCWRK303 - Respond to emergencies
HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
PUATEA001 - Work in a team
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

Assessment methods may include:

  • Direct observation of practical skills
  • Written tasks
  • Quizzes

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

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
  • VFA Program is 1 year part-time on campus, 2 days per week for 6 hours per day, over a period of 40 weeks

For the VFA sponsored program specialising in aquaculture, the training facilities that are available to support students are:

  • Simulated workplaces
    • GOTAFE Farm - William Orr campus
    • Snobs Creek Hatchery Eildon
  • VFA Arcadia facility

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.

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Student Support

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.

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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.

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Learner's Rights

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

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.