National code: AHC30116

Certificate III in Agriculture

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Overview About this course

Ignite your passion for farming as you develop essential skills to work on the land. Specialise in livestock, machinery or cropping, and gain practical experience before working as a farm foreman, cropping overseer or machinery operator in a dynamic industry.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Handle tractors, front end loaders and quad bikes

  • Breed, handle and transport livestock

  • Understand the essentials of crop harvesting and pasture establishment

  • Design and construct fencing

  • Understand chemical application and storage

  • Implement work health and safety practices

  • Work collaboratively in a team

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience in using the latest farming technology and equipment

  • Exposure to shearing sheds, livestock and machinery (depending on your campus location)

  • A broad understanding of multiple farming disciplines

  • A strong pathway to further agriculture study

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Basic knowledge and skills in livestock, crop and pasture, and machinery

  • A passion for working outdoors

  • An understanding of safe working practices

  • Good planning and organisational skills

  • Teamwork skills

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Farm workers, Station hands, Farm foreman and Machinery operator


Two units from this course meet licensing requirements to use agricultural chemicals. Once you complete these units you will be eligible to apply for a chemical user licence through the Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Pesticides Act 1999 requires you to hold this licence to purchase and use chemicals in Australia.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 1 Course

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 2 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Agriculture does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Agriculture qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 Units of competency, including 2 core and 14 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices AHCWRK309

  • Contribute to work health and safety processes AHCWHS301

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

Delivery options Find a location to enrol

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