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Certificate IV in Agriculture


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Certificate IV in Agriculture – AHC40116

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Course Overview

Take your farming career to the next level. The Certificate IV in Agriculture is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Farm Supervisor/Team Leader.

You'll learn core skills in livestock care and production, including quality assurance, feeding plans, and pest monitoring.

You'll also learn important business skills including small business finances, staff management, and risk management.

This course can be delivered on campus or as a Traineeship.

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

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Agriculture industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Farm Team Leader
  • Farm Supervisor
  • Dairy Farm Supervisor

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:

  • AHC41016 Certificate IV in Agribusiness
  • AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

Flexible Learning/Inc 1 Day a Week - 9am to 3.30pm - SEMESTER 2 / 2019

Starts Monday 13th Jan, 1 Day a week, 9am - 4pm (2 years Part Time) / 2020

Starts Wednesday 1st July, 1 Day a week, 9am - 4pm (2 years Part Time) / 2020

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Flexible Learning/Inc 1 Day a Week - 9am to 3.30pm - SEMESTER 2 / 2019

Starts Monday 13th Jan, 1 Day a week, 9am - 4pm (2 years Part Time) / 2020

Starts Wednesday 1st July, 1 Day a week, 9am - 4pm (2 years Part Time) / 2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials

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 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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.

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the 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.
Core Units
Maintain work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Keep production records for a primary production business
Analyse and interpret production data
Manage pastures for livestock production
Plan a pasture establishment program
Administer finance, insurance and legal requirements
Operate within a budget framework
Manage staff
Develop and review a business plan
Develop and implement business structures and relationships
Prepare and apply chemicals
Transport and store chemicals
Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
Manage milking shed routines
Rear newborn and young livestock
Develop feeding plans for a production system
Develop livestock feeding plans
Implement and monitor animal welfare programs
Supervise animal health programs
Develop livestock health and welfare strategies
Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation plan
Sample soils and interpret results
Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures
Supervise work routines and staff performance
Collect and manage data
Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff
Identify risk and apply risk management processes
Manage small business finances

Assessment methods may include:

  • Direct observation
  • Quiz
  • Knowledge challenge

Students can learn through a blend of online learning, video conference and face to face tutorials with industry expert trainers, practical placement and on or off campus workshops in addition to their workplace learning.

The flexibility of blended learning allows small groups of students to join the classes from several locations and fit in with their work commitments.

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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 are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars.

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 click Enquire Now.

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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