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The Certificate IV in Agriculture is designed for aspiring farm or station managers who want to use their passion and advancing skills to lead exciting agricultural operations.

You will learn the essentials of agribusiness and gain leadership experience in livestock production, cropping and pasture management. You will specialise in livestock, machinery or cropping and gain unlimited techniques to efficiently oversee workers, manage finances, plan farm operations and handle the pressures of managing a farm or station.

Our extensive industry partnerships enable you to learn in a real working farm or our Primary Industries Centre with experts in the field.


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Maintain work health and safety processes
  • Manage pastures for livestock production
  • Develop and implement intensive production systems
  • Plan and implement infrastructure improvement
  • Analyse and interpret production data
  • Sample soils and interpret results
  • Supervise work routines and staff performance


​​Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Recruitment, selection and induction of staff
  • Breeding, handling, transporting and caring for livestock
  • Supervise agricultural crop harvesting
  • Implement breeding and production systems
  • Budgeting and financial reporting
  • Chemical application and storage
  • Oversee administration records


​Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • Good organisational skills
  • A problem solving mindset
  • Strong self-motivation
  • The desire to be a good leader
  • Confidence to work in a variety of farm enterprises


​Livestock producers are using technology in animal breeding, nutrition and health, and to optimise production.
Crop yield continues to improve, due to significant growth in research and development investment in agricultural biotechnology and greater collaboration across industry, government and academia, as well as the emergence of “smart” farming and data analytics.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:
Additional Requirements:
  • Students who do not have any industry experience must apply for the Certificate III in Agriculture
  • Students do not need to be currently employed however students are required to have experience in the agriculture industry while studying the Certificate IV in Agriculture or the Diploma of Agriculture.

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

​To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Working knowledge of livestock care
  • Working knowledge of crops and pasture production
  • Working knowledge of machinery operation
  • Commitment to safe working practices
  • Ability to work well in a team, or individually

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Primary Industries Centre (North Wagga Wagga) Feb A$11,580
Wollongbar Feb , Jul A$11,580
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Primary Industries Centre (North Wagga Wagga) Feb A$11,580
Wollongbar Feb , Jul A$11,580


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms,simulated working farm, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Studiosity - online access to a tutor


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules To achieve this qualification competency must be demonstrated in 12 units of competency
  • 1 core units plus 11 elective units
  • Core Units
  • AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
  • AHCBAC401 Manage pastures for livestock production
  • AHCBAC402 Plan a pasture establishment program
  • AHCBAC403 Supervise agricultural crop establishment
  • AHCBAC404 Plan and implement agricultural crop maintenance
  • AHCBAC405 Supervise agricultural crop harvesting
  • AHCBAC406 Maintain grain quality in storage
  • AHCBAC407 Save, prepare and store agricultural seed
  • AHCCHM405 Plan and implement a chemical use program
  • AHCDRY401 Manage milking shed routines
  • AHCLSK312 Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock
  • AHCLSK317 Plan to exhibit livestock
  • AHCLSK401 Develop feeding plans for a production system
  • AHCLSK402 Develop livestock feeding plans
  • AHCLSK404 Implement and monitor animal welfare programs
  • AHCLSK405 Implement intensive production systems
  • AHCLSK406 Oversee animal marking operations
  • AHCLSK407 Plan and monitor intensive production systems
  • AHCLSK408 Pregnancy test animals
  • AHCLSK409 Supervise animal health programs
  • AHCLSK410 Supervise feedlot operations
  • AHCLSK411 Supervise natural mating of livestock
  • AHCLSK412 Arrange livestock purchases
  • AHCLSK413 Design livestock handling facilities
  • AHCLSK414 Arrange transport for farm produce or livestock
  • AHCLSK415 Oversee alpaca farm activities
  • AHCLSK416 Identify and select animals for breeding
  • AHCLSK419 Manage horses for stock work
  • AHCMOM402 Supervise maintenance of property, machinery and equipment
  • AHCPMG412 Develop a pest management plan
  • AHCPRK401 Implement a feeding strategy for pig production
  • ACMHBR309 Follow stud operational procedures
  • ACMHBR311 Raise young horses
  • ACMHBR401 Carry out stud stable management duties
  • ACMHBR403 Handle and care for stallions
  • AHCAGB401 Plan and implement property improvement
  • AHCAGB402 Analyse and interpret production data
  • AHCAGB403 Keep financial records for primary production business
  • AHCAIS401 Supervise artificial breeding and embryo transfer programs
  • AHCBUS401 Administer finance, insurance and legal requirements
  • AHCBUS402 Cost a project
  • AHCBUS404 Operate within a budget framework
  • AHCBUS405 Participate in an e-business supply chain
  • AHCBUS509 Develop and implement business structures and relationships
  • AHCCHM404 Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
  • AHCDER401 Handle store and grade deer velvet
  • AHCIRG402 Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system
  • AHCIRG404 Implement an irrigation related environmental protection program
  • AHCIRG408 Schedule irrigations
  • AHCIRG415 Interpret and apply irrigation designs
  • AHCIRG431 Supervise irrigation system installation
  • AHCMER401 Coordinate customer service and networking activities
  • AHCMER402 Provide advice and sell machinery
  • AHCMER403 Provide advice and sell farm chemicals
  • AHCMER404 Provide advice on agronomic products
  • AHCMER405 Provide advice on livestock products
  • AHCMER406 Provide information on fertilisers and soil ameliorants
  • AHCMKH401 Carry out cleaning time tests of milking machines
  • AHCMKH402 Design and fabricate milking equipment installations
  • AHCMKH403 Design and install enterprise milk cooling and storage
  • AHCMKH404 Install milking equipment
  • AHCMKH405 Performance test milking machines
  • AHCMOM401 Conduct major repair and overhaul of machinery and equipment
  • AHCORG401 Manage biodynamic production
  • AHCORG402 Manage organic livestock production
  • AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvement
  • AHCPCM402 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
  • AHCSHG401 Apply advanced shearing techniques
  • AHCSHG402 Conduct equipment experting for machine shearing
  • AHCSHG403 Account for shearing shed supplies
  • AHCSHG405 Arrange employment for shearing operations
  • AHCSHG406 Prepare shearing team wages
  • AHCSOL401 Samples soils and interpret results
  • AHCSOL402 Develop a soil use map for a property
  • AHCSOL403 Prepare acid sulphate soil management plans
  • AHCSOL404 Supervise acid sulphate soil remediation and management projects
  • AHCWOL401 Determine wool classing strategies
  • AHCWOL402 Use individual fleece measurements to prepare wool for sale
  • AHCWOL403 Plan implement and review wool harvesting and clip preparation
  • AHCWOL404 Establish work routines and mange wool harvesting and preparation staff
  • AHCWRK401 Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures
  • AHCWRK402 Provide information on issues and policies
  • AHCWRK403 Supervise work routines and staff performance
  • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
  • BSBFIA412 Report on financial activity
  • BSBHRM405 Support the recruitment selection and induction of staff
  • BSBINM401 Implement workplace information system
  • BSBITU404 Produce complex desktop published documents
  • BSBLDR403 Lead team effectiveness
  • BSBPMG417 Apply project life cycle management processes
  • BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • BSBSMB420 Evaluate and develop small business operations
  • BSBSMB421 Manage small business finances
  • MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory, field work
  • MSMSUP280 Manage conflict at work
  • TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Agriculture study pathway:

Be Recognised

If you already have experience, skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.