National code: AHC30122

    Certificate III in Agriculture

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Learn the art, science and practice of farming. Gain fundamental skills and knowledge that will allow you to choose from various specialisations in agriculture. Discover your interests and take the first step towards a future career in agriculture.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

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

    • Handle livestock and administer health treatments

    • Construct conventional and electric fencing

    • Apply farm biosecurity measures

    • Operate tractors and equipment

    • Prepare and apply chemicals

    • Establish crops and pastures

    Course outcomes

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

    • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level

    • The ability to handle livestock and work independently

    • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities in agriculture

    SuitabilityIs 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:

    • An interest in the agriculture industry

    • Physical fitness to lift heavy materials and work on your feet for long periods

    • Good communication skills and the ability to work in a team

    • Good planning and organisational skills

    • An ability to work through peak periods such as harvest or sowing crops

    • Your own personal protective equipment, including: a cotton long-sleeved shirt, cotton long-sleeved pants, leather work boots and a brimmed hat suitable for working outdoors

    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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: animal attendant/stockperson, farm or station hand/worker/labourer, assistant farm fencing contractor, farm machinery worker, farm overseer and senior jackaroo or jillaroo.


    Under the NSW Pesticides Regulation 2017, users of pesticides in NSW need to hold the AQF 3 chemical qualification to purchase and apply chemicals without supervision. Completion of the chemical units, AHCCHM304 & AHCCHM307 will enable you to meet these requirements, and allow you to: - Apply for your chemical user accreditation which allows you to work unsupervised when purchasing, transporting, storing and applying agricultural and horticultural chemicals, or - Apply for a chemical ground applicator chemical licence which allows the holder to work as a chemical application contractor You can find out more at the EPA website.

    Study pathways

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

    Previous study1 Course

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

    Further study2 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    Related study0 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.

    UnitsUnits 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.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    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.

    • Contribute to workplace health and safety processesAHCWHS302

    • Apply environmentally sustainable work practicesAHCWRK320

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities 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

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • 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

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