Certificate IV in Agriculture


Course Length

Full time:

1 year

Part time:

2 years


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


Course Overview

Take your farming career to the next level with our Certificate IV in Agriculture. This recognised qualification combines skills in agriculture and small business to help you become a farm supervisor or 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 is also available as part of the Free TAFE scheme 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

With this qualification, you will take responsibility for your own work and for the quality of the work of others (within known parameters) in a role in the Agriculture Industry. They provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems. 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

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

Traineeship - Open from 09/02/2021 - 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $2,450.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $490.00

3. Subsidised Trainee: $2,450.00

4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $490.00

5. Full Fee: $6,125.00

Course Materials: $649.00

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 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.

Course Study Units

Core Units
AHCWHS401 - Maintain work health and safety processes
Elective Units
AHCAGB302 - Keep production records for a primary production business
AHCAGB405 - Analyse and interpret production data
AHCBAC401 - Manage pastures for livestock production
AHCBAC402 - Plan a pasture establishment program
AHCBUS406 - Administer finance, insurance and legal requirements
AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 - Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCCHM404 - Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
AHCLSK402 - Develop livestock feeding plans
AHCLSK404 - Implement and monitor animal welfare programs
AHCLSK409 - Supervise animal health programs
AHCPCM402 - Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
AHCWRK401 - Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures
AHCWRK403 - Supervise work routines and staff performance
AHCWRK502 - Collect and manage data

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Direct observation
  • Quiz
  • Knowledge challenge

Course Co-ordinator

Rob Hall

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.

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

This course has a blend of online learning, video conference and face to face tutorials with industry expert trainers. Students will complete 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.

Where to From Here

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 submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

Student Support

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

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.