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Environment and Agriculture courses offer students the tools to further their passion for environmental protection and to utilise them in a work-based setting.

Courses in this sector are formulated to equip you with the practical skills and background knowledge you need to accomplish pragmatic, environmental and production tasks within any organisation.

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"I started 'Ag' this year and I love it." – Natasha, Agriculture

Natasha Goreneveld is studying Agriculture at TAFE NSW so she can change her career from boilermaker to a life on the land as a farmer. Her reasoning is simple: she wants to follow her passion.

"I love working with animals, the teacher is great and showing us everything you need to work on a farm," says Natasha.

Natasha finds the flexibility of TAFE NSW suits her - she is studying one day a week, part-time while working.

She and also loves the variety. “One day we'll be learning how to drive and work with tractors, the next we might be learning how to apply chemicals to a crop and after that we'll be learning skills in animal handling."

"I'm also confident at driving the tractor. We've learned about and have established pastures on the TAFE NSW farm. A lot of people at university learn so many things but they've never actually applied them. They never got to experience doing them! At TAFE NSW you actually do the work you’re learning about."

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Diploma of Agriculture

Course code: AHC50116

This qualification reflects the role of personnel working on farms and stations who manage enterprise production units and employees and sole operators of agribusinesses who provide crop production advice and services to production enterprises. Industry expects individuals with this qualification will take personal responsibility and exercise autonomy in undertaking complex work. They must analyse information and exercise judgement to complete a range of advanced skilled activities. Job roles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include: Farm production manager Production unit manager Agronomist Station/property manager. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Agriculture

Course code: AHC30116

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in agriculture. The qualification enables individuals to select a livestock production, cropping or livestock context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both cropping and livestock. Industry expects individuals with this qualification to perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures. Job roles vary across different industry sectors and may include: - Farm or station hand - Farm or station worker - Livestock transport driver The testamur issued for this qualification is to be titled AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture. For qualification title AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture (Livestock Transport), please refer to AHC30116-02V03. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate II in Agriculture

Course code: AHC20116

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in agriculture. The qualification enables individuals to select a livestock production, cropping or livestock context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both cropping and livestock. Individuals with this qualification carry out routine tasks under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. Job roles vary across different industry sectors and may include: Job roles vary across different industry sectors and may include: - Assistant animal attendant/stockperson - Assistant farm or station hand - Assistant farm or station worker - Assistant farm or station labourer. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate IV in Agriculture

Course code: AHC40116

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the agriculture industry. It is designed to meet the needs of supervisors or team leaders in the agriculture industry. Individuals with this qualification will take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others within known parameters. They provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems. Job roles vary across different industry sectors and include: - Farm team leader - Farm supervisor. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Statement of Attainment in Agricultural Chemical Skill Set

Course code: AHCSS00027

These units provide credit towards the following Certificates: AHC20116 Cert II in Agriculture; AHC20316 Cert II in Production Horticulture; AHC20416 Cert II in Horticulture; AHC20516 Cert II in Arboriculture; AHC20616 Cert II in Parks and Gardens; AHC20716 Cert II in Production Nursery; AHC20916 Cert II in Sports Turf Management; AHC21016 Cert II in Conservation and Land Management; AHC21116 Cert II in Irrigation; AHC21216 Cert II in Rural Operations; AHC21616 Cert II in Landscaping; AHC30116 Cert III in Agriculture; AHC30216 Cert III in Agriculture (Dairy Production); AHC30316 Cert III in Horse Breeding; AHC30416 Cert III in Pork Production; AHC30516 Cert III in Poultry Production; AHC30616 Cert III in Production Horticulture; AHC30716 Cert III in Horticulture; AHC30816 Cert III in Arboriculture; AHC30916 Cert III in Landscape Construction; AHC31016 Cert III in Parks and Gardens; AHC31116 Cert III in Production Nursery; AHC31216 Cert III in Retail Nursery; AHC31316 Cert III Turf Management; AHC31416 Cert III in Conservation and Land Management; AHC31516 Cert III in Indigenous Land Management; AHC31616 Cert III in Lands, Parks and Wildlife; AHC31716 Cert III in Natural Area Restoration; AHC31816 Cert III in Vertebrate Pest Management; AHC31916 Cert III in Weed Management; AHC32016 Cert III in Beekeeping; AHC32216 Cert III in Commercial Composting; AHC32316 Cert in Conservation Earthworks; AHC32416 Cert III in Irrigation; AHC32616 Cert III in Rural Machinery Operations; AHC32716 Cert III in Rural Merchandising; AHC32816 Cert III in Rural Operations; AHC40116 Cert IV in Agriculture; AHC40316 Cert IV in Production Horticulture; AHC40416 Cert IV in Horticulture; AHC40516 Cert IV in Parks and Gardens; AHC40616 Cert IV in Production Nursery; AHC40716 Cert IV in Retail Nursery; AHC40816 Cert IV in Sports Turf Management; AHC40916 Cert IV in Conservation and Land Management; AHC41016 Cert IV in Agribusiness; AHC41116 Cert IV in Irrigation

Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)

Course code: AHC30216

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in the dairy industry. The dairy industry expects that graduates from this qualification will be able to perform a range of tasks associated with a person performing the job role of a dairy farmhand. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology

Course code: AUR30416

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a broad range of tasks on a variety of agricultural machinery in the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

Certificate III in Rural Operations

Course code: AHC32816

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in agriculture, horticulture and conservation land management and at least one and up to four other related industries. Depending on the units selected individuals will be able to seek employment not only in rural industries but also other industry sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, information technology and metals. Industry expects individuals with this qualification to perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand) (Thoroughbred)

Course code: RGR30208

This qualification reflects the role of persons who work independently with limited supervision in a range of areas across a defined range of skills where they are required to use judgement, interpret information, apply solutions to various problems and be responsible for their own outputs. An advanced stablehand (sometimes referred to as stable foreman) is a person who is in charge of daily operations in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable. In a harness racing stable the stablehand cares for standardbred horses. In a thoroughbred racing stable the stablehand cares for thoroughbreds. The advanced stablehand works to the delegated instructions of a trainer who has overall responsibility for the enterprise. There is a degree of autonomy within the delegation, for example an advanced stablehand is permitted under the rules of racing to act for the trainer on race days and when operating as a foreman in the stable environment directs and coordinates one or more stablehands. Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to the harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently when performance criteria are applied, they will relate to the harness or thoroughbred code and a Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand) must contain a statement as follows: 'This qualification was achieved under the conditions operating in the [insert relevant racing code - harness OR thoroughbred] code of the racing industry.' Pathways into the qualification RGR20108 Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) Licensing considerations This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration in some states and territories. Refer to your state or territory Principal Racing Authority for advice. Australian Apprenticeships This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Statement of Attainment in Tractor Operations

Course code: 160-17397V01

This course for small area farmers and rural employees covers the safe operation of tractors.

Certificate II in Shearing

Course code: AHC21316

This qualification provides an entry level occupational outcome in shearing. It recognises the work of a novice shearer who is able to shear a minimum of 40 adult merino sheep or 50 adult crossbred sheep per day to an acceptable industry standard. The shearing industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include: - Shearer - novice level No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Pork Production

Course code: AHC30416

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in the pork industry. The pork industry expects that graduates from this qualification will be able to perform a range of tasks associated with a person performing the job role of a piggery attendant. The pork industry expects that graduates from this qualification will be able to perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures. Possible job roles relevant to this qualification include: Piggery attendant Stockperson This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate IV in Organic Farming

Course code: AHC41616

This qualification allows individuals to develop skills and knowledge within the organic farming and general agriculture industry. It is designed to meet the needs of supervisors or team leaders working in the organic agriculture industry. This qualification is suitable for people currently working or who wish to find employment on an organic farming enterprise. Job roles and titles will vary. Possible job titles relevant to this Qualification include: Organic farm team leader Organic farm supervisor Organic farmer No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Statement of Attainment in Chemical Application

Course code: 163-11122V01

Do you work in the Environmental, Horticulture and Primary Industries? The TAFE NSW Statement of Attainment in Chemical Application will teach you how to safely and correctly apply chemicals in order to control weeds in agricultural, horticultural or land management based enterprises. You will learn how to prepare, handle, apply, store and transport chemicals in a responsible and effective manner, and how to choose appropriate weed control measures. Successful completion of this course will ensure you meet the training requirements determined by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for the acquisition of some restricted chemicals and also by the NSW Pesticides Regulation 2009 for the unsupervised application of pesticides.

Statement of Attainment in Pork Industry Stockperson Skill Set

Course code: AHCSS00052

This course is for individuals who are working as animal attendants in the pork production industry.

Statement of Attainment in Quad Bikes

Course code: 160-17301V01

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain quad bikes as well as load and unload them onto trailers or other vehicles used for their transport. All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements manufacturer s specifications and operator manuals and sustainability practices.

Certificate IV in Wool Classing

Course code: AHC41316

This qualification is a specialist wool classing qualification for wool classers and enables them to apply for registration with AWEX Ltd. as a professional Australian wool classer. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

Statement of Attainment in Introduction to Woolclassing

Course code: 166-55550V02

This course provides the skills and knowledge to undertake the basic preparation of wool for Woolclassing and to appraise wool using the AWEX ID wool typing system.

Certificate III in Performance Horse

Course code: ACM30817

This qualification is for occupational outcomes in the Performance Horse industry. Job roles may include stable hand; stud hand; groom or strapper; farm hand; stock rider; or trail-ride assistant. The qualification applies to individuals who undertake routine activities under minimal supervision with responsibility for their own work. The qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to work safely with horses, it requires handling, feeding, exercising and caring for horses including stable duties, fitting gear, ridden and non-ridden horse exercise, work, competition and transportation requirements. This qualification encompasses riding and driving sectors of the performance horse industry. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) (Thoroughbred)

Course code: RGR40108

This qualification reflects the role of independently employed persons who are responsible for organising their own work as well as leading others and planning for and carrying out tasks of complex and non-routine functions. A racehorse trainer is a person who is licensed to operate a business that trains horses under racing industry regulated licensing criteria for the purpose of competing in industry-regulated events. The trainer is responsible for the care, maintenance and racing performance of the animals. A trainer at this level has developed a sound knowledge of all aspects of the industry and has acquired competencies that enable performance of all tasks and duties associated with running a racing establishment, including managing staff, finances and equipment. The trainer is required to solve unpredictable problems by the analysis and evaluation of information and demonstrate broad knowledge in a variety of contexts. Knowledge of industry rules and legal procedures is essential. Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to the harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently when performance criteria are applied they will relate to the harness or thoroughbred code and a Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) must contain a statement as follows: 'This qualification was achieved under the conditions operating in the [insert relevant racing code-harness OR thoroughbred] code of the racing industry.' This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration in some states and territories. Refer to your state or territory Principal Racing Authority for advice. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Statement of Attainment in Application of Chemicals

Course code: 168-03255V01

Successful completion of the two units in this hands on course satisfy the legislative requirements in NSW for participants to handle, prepare, apply, transport and store registered pesticides without supervision as required under Pesticide Legislation in NSW. Accreditation lasts for 5 years. This course will run over two days at Yallah Campus. Your learning outcomes will be: Determine the need for chemical use. Identify the appropriate chemical. Prepare for chemical use according to label and SDS. Identify conditions for safely applying chemicals. List procedures for cleaning up following chemical application. Record application details. Determine how to transport and handle chemicals. Identify how to store chemical safely. Record storage details. Read and interpret label and SDS directions for safe transport, handling and storage Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing, including sturdy covered shoes, hat, long pants and covered shoulders. Minimum Numbers Policy: Courses are run subject to minimum enrolments. If TAFE NSW cancels a course due to low student enrolments, you will be notified and you will receive a full refund of fees or the option to transfer to another course if one is available.

Statement of Attainment in Chemical Application

Course code: 168-03009V01

This course will enable participants to handle, prepare, apply, transport and store registered pesticides without supervision as required under Pesticide legislation in NSW for 5 years.

Certificate III in Urban Pest Management

Course code: CPP30115

This qualification reflects the roles of pest management technicians who are required to identify common urban pests, assess pest problems, consider pest management options, develop pest management plans, liaise with customers and implement pest management strategies. In most cases, the technician will work alone and have responsibility for managing chemicals and equipment used in pest management as well as for a pest management vehicle, including the vehicle storage area. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to pest management in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Certificate III in Horse Industry Practice (Performance Horse)

Course code: 10229NAT

This course provides participants with a range of knowledge and skills needed to perform the following functions associated with the role of groom/strapper/senior groom for performance horses: - handle, feed, exercise, groom and care for horses - work with a wide variety of horses of different sizes, features and temperaments - work within workplace procedures and codes of practice within designated timeframes - communicate effectively with supervisors and team members alike - be capable of administering first aid to humans and to horses.

Diploma of Sports Turf Management

Course code: AHC51016

The Diploma of Sports Turf Management applies to curators, golf course superintendents, sports turf managers, senior bowling greenkeepers and turf consultants. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management

Course code: AHC60316

This qualification reflects the roles of individuals working in a range of agribusinesses. The units covered in this qualification are uniquely contextualised for the agribusiness sector and reflect the need for agribusiness specific management expertise in planning and analysis, financial and human resource management together with an emphasis on sustainability. This qualification is also suited to the needs of individuals who possess significant theoretical agribusiness skills and knowledge that they would like to further develop in order to create further educational or employment opportunities. Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include: - Rural and regional agribusiness manager (including lending managers, insurance brokers, machinery dealers, chemical resellers, stock agents, grain marketers, real estate agents) - Agriculture enterprise business manager - Production horticulture enterprise business manager No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Statement of Attainment in Chemical Application (Refresher)

Course code: 164-10102V03

This course will allow you to safely and correctly apply chemicals to control weeds in agricultural, horticultural or land management based enterprises. You will learn to handle, transport, store, prepare and apply chemicals in an effective and responsible manner and select appropriate weed control measures. On successful completion of this course, you will meet the training requirements determined by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for the purchase of some restricted chemicals and the NSW Pesticides Regulation 2009 for the unsupervised application of pesticides.

Statement of Attainment in Chainsaw Operations - Trim, Cross Cut and Pole Saw

Course code: 164-11905V01

This course will show you how to safely operate a chainsaw or pole saw in a forest, agricultural or related industrial application. You will learn to safely and effectively use a chainsaw or pole saw in crosscutting, ripping, delimbing and trimming live trees, logs and felled trees. You will also learn how to recognise situations where the use of a chainsaw or pole saw is inappropriate and unsafe.

Statement of Attainment in Chemical Application

Course code: 164-10102V02

This course will allow you to safely and correctly apply chemicals to control weeds in agricultural, horticultural or land management based enterprises. You will learn to handle, transport, store, prepare and apply chemicals in an effective and responsible manner and select appropriate weed control measures. On successful completion of this course, you will meet the training requirements determined by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for the purchase of some restricted chemicals and the NSW Pesticides Regulation 2009 for the unsupervised application of pesticides.

Certificate II in Rural Operations

Course code: AHC21216

This qualification provides an occupational outcome for industries and agencies in rural and regional Australia. Depending on the units selected individuals can be employed not only in rural industries but also other rural and regional sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, community services, information technology and metals. Industry expects individuals with this qualification to carry out routine tasks under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

TAFE Plus Statement in Work Near Overhead Power Lines

Course code: 167-26306V01

This course will provide participants with the knowledge needed to protect the health and safety of people from the risks arising when they are working near overhead power lines and associated electrical apparatus. It provides practical advice on implementing the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001. In particular, the course covers the following topics: - work near low voltage overhead service lines - cardio pulmonary resuscitation - low voltage release and rescue - operating cranes and mobile plant near overhead power lines - tree and vegetation management near overhead power lines - work involving scaffolding near overhead power lines - agriculture work near overhead power lines. Training may include the following modules if required by participants: - EWP emergency lowering and CDD Controlled Descent.

TAFE Plus Statement in Work Near Overhead Power Lines Refresher

Course code: 167-26372V06

To provide participants with the knowledge to protect the health and safety of persons from the risks arising when they are working near overhead power lines and associated electrical apparatus. It provides practical advice on implementing the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001. * Work near overhead mains Refresher * Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation * Low Voltage Release & Rescue * Operating cranes and mobile plant near overhead power lines Refresher * Tree and vegetation management near overhead power lines Refresher * Work involving scaffolding near overhead power lines Refresher * Agriculture work near overhead power lines Refresher Training may include the following modules if required by participants: * EWP emergency lowering and CD Controlled Descent

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TAFE NSW industry report: AGRIBUSINESS INDUSTRY

Technology and demand mean Agriculture is growing.

Global demand for Australian food products is driving agricultural and food markets, particularly in Asia. By 2050, the world will require 50% more food to feed a forecast global population of 10 billion people. Australia's expanding population is also important as it guarantees domestic food supply.

Couple the demand with cost-effective 'smart farming' technologies including GPS-based soil sampling, drones and automated systems and robotics, and complex data analysis, and TAFE NSW is at the forefront of meeting the training needs of employers. NSW has 32% of the nation's farms.

TAFE NSW course innovation is helping to drive the management of agri-business models and production efficiencies, enabling producers to be more globally competitive.

Careers on the NSW Skills List include:

  • Agricultural Technicians
  • Crop Farmers
  • Farmers and Farm Managers
  • Forester
  • Horticultural Nursery Assistants
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers
  • Stock and Station Agents
  • Wool Classers

Sources include:

  • Parkinson, E 2016, 'Agricultural output spars as technology takes over', Financial Review, 27 February
  • Lee, H, Mendelson, H, Rammohan, S & Srivastava, 2017, p.4, Technology in Agribusiness – White Paper, Stanford Graduate School of Business, August
  • NSW Skills List, training.nsw.gov.au