Certificate III in Agriculture

If you're keen to bring new skills to your family farm or enter one of the many areas in the multi-billion dollar agriculture industry, this certificate will teach you the skills and knowledge needed. You have a signed training agreement and are looking for a training plan tailored to suit your interest.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Mt Rowan - Rural Skills Centre
Location
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Mt Rowan - Rural Skills Centre
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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Length
1 year on campus as a general student or a 2 year traineeship
Qualification Code
AHC30116

Free TAFE

This course is in the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list. Find out about the initiative and your eligibility

Agriculture and Agribusiness are diverse sectors including both plant and animal-based production systems along with supporting Agribusiness enterprises that supply agriculture goods and services. Job roles within the sector range from farmhands, farm business managers and include numerous agricultural service roles. This sector is a leader in the uptake and development of new technologies and attracting investment on an international level. Australian producers have a reputation for green and safe agricultural products which provides a marketing advantage that must be retained. As a result, biosecurity will be an important issue as Australia develops its export trade in agricultural goods. There is an increased interest in the area of carbon farming for landowners especially in the area of Emissions Reduction Fund projects which are supported by the Clean Energy Regulator.

  • Farm tradesperson
  • Senior farm hand
  • Station hand

On completion of this program, you will be qualified to seek employment in the agricultural sector as a farm tradesperson, senior farm hand or station hand.

The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.

APPLY ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES
AHCWRK309
CONTRIBUTE TO WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES
AHCWHS301
OPERATE AND MAINTAIN CHAINSAWS
AHCMOM213
CONDUCT FRONT-END LOADER OPERATIONS
AHCMOM207A
PROVIDE FIRST AID
HLTAID011
PERFORM SHED DUTIES
AHCWOL311
PRESS WOOL FOR A CLIP
AHCWOL310
PREPARE FACILITIES FOR SHEARING AND CRUTCHING
AHCWOL308
PREPARE COMBS AND CUTTERS FOR MACHINE SHEARING
AHCSHG302
PREPARE LIVESTOCK FOR SHEARING
AHCSHG301
UNDERTAKE BASIC SHEARING AND CRUTCHING
AHCSHG210
GRIND COMBS AND CUTTERS FOR MACHINE SHEARING
AHCSHG205
SHEAR SHEEP TO NOVICE LEVEL
AHCSHG203
CRUTCH SHEEP
AHCSHG201
MOVE AND HANDLE PIGS
AHCPRK203
CARE FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE OF PIGS
AHCPRK201
ESTABLISH HORTICULTURAL CROPS
AHCPHT306
HARVEST HORTICULTURAL CROPS MECHANICALLY
AHCPHT304
OPERATE PRECISION CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
AHCMOM311
OPERATE MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT
AHCMOM304
OPERATE QUAD BIKES
AHCMOM217
OPERATE SIDE BY SIDE UTILITY VEHICLES
AHCMOM216
OPERATE QUAD BIKES
AHCMOM212
CONDUCT FRONT-END LOADER OPERATIONS
AHCMOM207
OPERATE TRACTORS
AHCMOM202
COMPLY WITH INDUSTRY ANIMAL WELFARE REQUIREMENTS
AHCLSK331
IMPLEMENT PROCEDURES FOR CALVING
AHCLSK329
CASTRATE LIVESTOCK
AHCLSK325
REAR NEWBORN AND YOUNG LIVESTOCK
AHCLSK318
IMPLEMENT FEEDING PLANS FOR LIVESTOCK
AHCLSK311
IMPLEMENT ANIMAL HEALTH CONTROL PROGRAMS
AHCLSK309
IDENTIFY AND DRAFT LIVESTOCK
AHCLSK308
ADMINISTER MEDICATION TO LIVESTOCK
AHCLSK301
PLAN AND CONSTRUCT CONVENTIONAL FENCING
AHCINF303
PLAN AND CONSTRUCT AN ELECTRIC FENCE
AHCINF302
COORDINATE AND MONITOR MILKING OPERATIONS
AHCDRY303
MILK LIVESTOCK
AHCDRY202
PREPARE AND APPLY CHEMICALS TO CONTROL PEST, WEEDS AND DISEASES
AHCCHM307
TRANSPORT AND STORE CHEMICALS
AHCCHM304
PREPARE AND APPLY CHEMICALS
AHCCHM303
ESTABLISH AGRICULTURAL CROPS
AHCBAC315
ESTABLISH PASTURES AND CROPS FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION
AHCBAC313
CONSERVE FORAGE
AHCBAC311
UNDERTAKE PREPARATION OF LAND FOR AGRICULTURAL CROP PRODUCTION
AHCBAC309
UNDERTAKE AGRICULTURAL CROP HARVESTING ACTIVITIES
AHCBAC308
ESTABLISH AGRICULTURAL CROPS
AHCBAC306
UNDERTAKE PREPARATION OF LAND FOR AGRICULTURAL CROP PRODUCTION
AHCBAC305
ESTABLISH PASTURES AND CROPS FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION
AHCBAC302
On-campus students attend 2 days a week from 9am-4pm. Trainees attend an average of 6 hours per week.

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Students must be employed and signed as a trainee to undertake this qualification.

For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.

Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: LLF

National course code: AHC30116

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees you will pay depends on your eligibility for a Victorian Government subsidised place under the Skills First Program.

Find out more about eligibility here.

2023 total estimated tuition fees for Certificate III in Agriculture
Concession
Government Subsidised Place
Standard
Government Subsidised Place
Full Fee Place
(Not eligible for government subsidy)
$576$2,882$13,886

*Fees displayed are estimates for the total program and may change depending on individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are subject to change annually.

Visit our TAFE enrolment fees page for more information.

Material Fees

Material fees cover the cost of items which are purchased by the university and provided to the student, such as tools, materials, uniforms, textbooks, excursions and other incidentals associated with the program.

The estimated material fees for this program are $90

Eligibility Exemptions

You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University through the Skills First eligibility exemptions initiative.

If you have been deemed ineligible for a government-subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level, you may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised place with an eligibility exemption.

Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2023.

Important Information

Direct Debit Payment Plans are available for eligible students to help manage the payment of tuition and material fees throughout the enrolment year (excluding Diploma/Advanced Diploma tuition fees).

Students accessing government-subsidised training under the Skills First Program need to be aware that enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.

Free TAFE: Under the Victorian Government Free TAFE initiative, some programs have free tuition for eligible students, however material fees (if applicable) will be payable by the student.  Free TAFE is subject to availability and eligibility requirements.

Visit the TAFE fees website. for further information on fees, payments and refunds.

If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.

Successful completion of this program may lead to the Diploma of Agriculture. Please note that academic standards will also be considered.

Please note that this course is currently in a transition period (superseded due to Government-mandated updates), with updates due for release in the coming years. Rest assured, completion of this course version before 23 January 2024 will still provide you with a valid and quality outcome. If you have any questions, please submit an enquiry.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Centre for Science, Technology

Course coordinator

Christopher Noonan