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The agricultural sector underpins much of Australia's culture and economy. Build a career on the land with agriculture courses from the grass roots to the advanced science of primary production. TAFE NSW specialist agriculture facilities are placed throughout the state.

Working with livestock is more than an Australian icon. It's a fulfilling and challenging career area that embraces husbandry, science, environmental concerns, animal welfare and more.

From handling to classing to shearing, Australian wool careers make Australia the largest producer of wool in the world, and the top producer of top quality wools.

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Farming requires commitment, passion, and the ability to adapt to change. There will always be a new challenge and another farm job to do.

You’ll learn everything you need to know from the ground up, whether you’re specialising in crop and pasture management, livestock, irrigation or farm management.

Your desk will resemble a John Deere tractor seat, you’ll spend every day outside on the land, have your favourite kelpie by your side, and be a part of one of the most supportive communities in Australia. What are you waiting for?

Learn the underpinning principles of working on the land and get your first farm job with a Certificate III in Agriculture. Understand how to nurture natural ecosystems with the Certificate III in Permaculture, or fix the machinery with a Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology.

Hand select the best quality fleeces with the Certificate IV in Wool Classing, learn the secrets of working a feedlot with a Certificate III in Feedlot Operations or lead your family business to success with the Diploma of Agriculture.

Looking for something more specific? We also offer qualifications in organic farming, production horticulture and chemical skill sets.

Our Agriculture courses have you covered whether you are a first or fifth generation farmer. You’ll learn about pasture and cropping systems, operating machinery, livestock handling and production, soil management, animal welfare, budgets and financial reporting, fencing, and chemical application, to name a few.

We know agriculture workers need to be on the land, gaining real experience, so we deliver our courses in a number of different ways to help you get the most out of your time with us.

There are career opportunities everywhere in the agriculture industry, with the most popular being:

  • Farm worker, manager or supervisor
  • Station manager
  • Agribusiness marketing manager
  • Rural business manager
  • Agricultural contractor
  • Livestock overseer
  • Feedlot rider
  • Wool classer

Start your career today with the Certificate III in Agriculture and continue your study journey with the Certificate IV in Agriculture and Diploma of Agriculture where you’ll be able to specialise in an area of farming that you are passionate about.

No farmer, no food, no future. Agriculture is the backbone of Australia, and accounts for 58% of Australian land use, and 59% of water extractions. The agriculture industry is calling out for qualified and skilled people to develop innovative and efficient methods of production, as the demand to produce more with less, continues.

Working in the Agricultural industry means you have the power to give back to the community while doing something you love. Create the life you’ve always wanted, and start your career today with a TAFE NSW Agriculture qualification.

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What job opportunities could an environment or agriculture course lead to?

An agriculture course can lead to a number of job opportunities; from animal husbandry, and animal welfare, to wool handling, agricultural machinery, and environmental science and efficiency.

Qualifications in agriculture can lead to a job as:

  • a meat or dairy producer 
  • a feedlot operations manager 
  • a shearer or wool classer 
  • an agribusiness manager
  • an organic farmer

The average weekly salary for a land care worker is $1,046. Whether you're just starting out in your agriculture career, you want to gain more qualifications, want to add to your previous experience, or you simply want to broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE NSW courses in this area include:

  • Agriculture
  • Permaculture
  • Organic Farming
  • Mechanical Technology 
  • Wool Classing
  • Shearing
  • Dairy Production
  • Pork Production