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The AgSkilled Program
The AgSkilled vocational training program is a $15 million NSW Government funded, industry-led workforce development strategy. Through AgSkilled you’ll receive training that is fully subsidised by the NSW Government, pending a successful eligibility check.
Online, and face to face at Richmond Campus
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot Irrigation Systems
AHCIRG347 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG337 Measure Irrigation Delivery System Performance
The Delivery of this WaterWorks Skillset will ensure that there are efficiencies and skills to improve the effectiveness of production techniques that will improve outputs as well as achieving cost reductions in Industries that are reliant on irrigation for production, such as the Production Horticulture; Turf Growers and the Production Nursery sectors.
The course content will reflect and match the advances in Irrigation practices within the Agricultural/Horticulture industries. The units have been selected to provide new skills to workers and improve their water resource efficiency practices on the farm and in production environments.
Key practical outcomes include:
- The course content will reflect and match the advances in Irrigation practices within the Agricultural/Horticulture industries.
The units have been selected to provide new skills to workers and improve their water resource efficiency practices on the farm and in production environments.
Key practical outcomes include:
- AHCIRG338 - Irrigation operational testing, operation, maintenance and repair & shutting down and isolation techniques.
- AHCIRG347 - Checking connections and controllers, sprinkler/emitter output and function, operation of automatic flush valves, service and replace valves and filters, confirming operational pressures & testing irrigation equipment.
- AHCIRG337 – Applying measuring and testing techniques, remedial actions reflecting irrigation impacts, preparing, recording and reporting data using technology, calculate pressure differentials, flow rates, crop yields, estimated water usage and actual water usage, measure & monitor procedures for factors contributing to irrigation system delivery, soil water retention testing techniques. These are incorporated with underpinning knowledge.
The delivery and assessment of these units will meet current Industry ‘Best’ practice and will reflect the Industry’s current requirements, as well as the current Legislature that must be complied to. Australia faces major challenges in ensuring sustainable water supply in the face of a drying climate and growing demand for water. In response, the Australian Government provides national leadership in water policy and legislation reform for all Australians. Australia is at the leading edge in its approach to water resource management. Through legislation such as the Water Act 2007 and policy reform agendas such as the National Water Initiative, the Australian Government aims to continue the water reform journey, ensuring best practice water resource management. Water legislation administered by the Department of Agriculture includes:
- Water Act 2007
- Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005
- Water Regulations 2008
- Water charge and water market rules
AgSkilled courses offered by TAFE NSW
- Risk management
- Workplace relationships and team effectiveness
- Work health and safety for supervisors and managers
- Manage work health and safety human resources
- Time management, work priorities and networking
- Implement and Monitor Workplace Health and Safety
- Pole Saw Operations
- Safety Operate Tractors
- Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) – for employees
- Horticulture harvest introduction
- Introduction to grain harvest operations
- Operate tractors with power take-off (PTOs) and front end loader (FEL) operations
- Operate Tractors with Attachments
- Work Health and Safety
- Enter and Work in Confined Spaces
- Work Safely at Heights
- Forklift Licence
- Apply biosecurity measures
- Biosecurity planning and implementation
- Agricultural chemical application
- Introduction to seeding operations
- Introduction to agronomy
- Manage soils and climate risk management strategies
- Operate and Maintain Chainsaws
- Motorbike operation
- Side by side operation
- Soil monitoring
- Welding (basic)
- Operate quad bikes
To be eligible for the AgSkilled program, you must be currently working in, or seeking employment in, the NSW cotton, grain, production horticulture, viticulture and rice growing industries. Additionally, you must meet the following Smart and Skilled eligibility requirements:
- Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen
- Live or work in NSW
- No longer be at school
- Be aged 15 years or older
Please note: a requirement of your enrolment includes providing your Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI register is an Australian-wide registry and provides ongoing access to your records and records. You can register and obtain your USI at usi.gov.au.
* Eligibility criteria applies