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Certificate III in Dairy Production

AHC30221

Certificate III in Dairy Production AHC30221

Course Overview

The Certificate III in 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.

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

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Contingent Study Arrangements

Where a situation arises that prevents campus attendance (such as COVID restrictions, natural disasters, etc.) and it is deemed an appropriate response in protecting the health and safety of staff, students and visitors, this course will adapt to alternative training arrangements, possibly using online methods of teaching and/or communication while students engage from home with their Trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time.


Career Pathways

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.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture or AHC41019 Certificate IV in Agribusiness.

Course Dates & Times

Online Campus

Online - Traineeship/SBA - Open from 9th Feb - 1 day week (Thu) / 2023

Online - PT - Open from 9th Feb - 1 day week (Thu) / 2023

Shepparton - William Orr

Traineeship - Open from 8th Feb - 1 day week (Wed) - 9am-4pm / 2023

On Campus - PT - Open from 8th Feb - 1 day week (Wed) - 9am-4pm / 2023

1. Subsidised Standard
$2,475.00
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
$495.00
3. Subsidised Trainee
$2,129.00
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
$426.00
5. Full Fee
$12,623.00
Course Materials
$644.00
Student Services Fee (per year)
90.00

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 2023 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 three 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:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) 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, induction 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)
  • To be selected for this course you will need to work on a Dairy Farm.
  • A basic First Aid Certificate is required or must be acquired before the completion of AHCWRK303 - Respond to emergencies

Inherent requirements

  • 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.
Core Units
AHCCHM304
Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307
Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCDRY303
Coordinate and monitor milking operations
AHCDRY304
Carry out routine service of milking equipment
AHCLSK309
Implement animal health control programs
AHCLSK311
Implement feeding plans for livestock
AHCLSK318
Rear newborn and young livestock
AHCLSK330
Implement procedures for calving
AHCWHS301
Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK303
Respond to emergencies
Elective Units
AHCAIS202
Assist with artificial insemination procedures
AHCAIS304
Artificially inseminate livestock
AHCBAC313
Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCINF302
Plan and construct an electric fence
AHCLSK305
Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCLSK341
Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock
AHCMOM202
Operate tractors
AHCMOM207
Conduct front-end loader operations
AHCMOM216
Operate side by side utility vehicles
AHCWRK309
Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Assessment methods may include:

  • Workplace observation
  • Case study
  • Knowledge questions
  • Project
  • Simulated demonstration

Rob Hall

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).

On-campus students:

  • Students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and resources are provided.
  • Students attend classes at the GOTAFE campus 1 day per week for 6 hours per class. Students will work through their learning materials between classes, for around 5-hrs per week.
  • Skills assessments will be conducted in the workplace and/or through specialised workshops at the William Orr campus farm (23 days throughout the year).
  • Students will attend industry excursions, 1-2 per term. These include visiting specialised farms, agricultural businesses, industry expos or specialised workshops.
  • In addition students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning. Students in this cohort will complete knowledge assessments outside of their scheduled classes.
  • Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training.

Blended students:

  • Students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and resources are provided.
  • Students attend a ekly online classes for 3-hrs per class (37 per year) Students will work through their learning materials between classes, for around 8-hrs per week.
  • Specialised workshops at William Orr campus farm will be conducted to complete chemical users units.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace over the duration of their course to conduct skills training and assessment in the workplace.
  • Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training.
  • In addition, students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessments tasks in their own time.
  • Students consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks on a farm.

Traineeship on-campus students:

  • Students in this cohort, are Dairy trainees who participate in face-to-face classes 1 day per week over a period of 74 weeks. This includes 10 days of practical assessment.
  • Students are provided with a training plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where they undertake structured online learning - they read learning materials, watch videos on YouTube, and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.
  • In addition students will attend specialised workshops at the William Orr campus farm to complete chemical users units.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace a minimum of 4 times per year over the duration of their course to conduct skills training and assessment in the workplace and weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training.
  • Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessment tasks in their own time. Students consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks on the farm.

Traineeship blended students:

  • Students in this cohort, are Dairy trainees who participate in online classes (3 hrs) 1 day per week over a period of 74 weeks.
  • Students are provided with a training plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where they undertake structured online learning - they read learning materials, watch videos on YouTube, and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.
  • In addition, students will attend specialised workshops at William Orr campus farm to complete chemical users units.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace a minimum of 4 times per year over the duration of their course to conduct skills training and assessment in the workplace and weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training.
  • Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessments tasks in their own time. Students consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks on the farm.

School-based apprenticeship students:

  • Students are released from school in order to complete 7-hrs working in the Industry and 6-hrs training.
  • Students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and resources are provided.
  • Students will attend an online class for 3-hrs weekly (74 in total). Students will work through their learning materials between classes.
  • In addition, students will attend specialised workshops at William Orr campus farm to complete chemical users units.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace 4 times per year over the duration of their course to conduct skills training and assessment in the workplace.
  • Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training.
  • Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessments tasks in their own time. Students consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks on the farm.

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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.

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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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