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The Certificate III in Agriculture is designed for students who want to take their passion for the land and combine it with technical and practical skills to start a career as a farm hand or station worker.

You will specialise in livestock, machinery or cropping, and gain essential skills and knowledge to successfully help maintain a farm and boost productivity. You will learn about safe and environmentally sustainable work practices, while beginning to advance your skills in broadacre cropping, livestock production, equine breeding, agribusiness and machinery operation.

Our extensive industry partnerships enable you to learn in a working farm with experts in the field.


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

  • Establish and maintain pastures and crops for livestock production
  • Install and troubleshoot irrigation systems
  • Monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • Prevent and treat animal injury and disease
  • Aid in livestock breeding programs
  • Operate tractors
  • Implement a plant nutrition program


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Breeding, handling, transporting and caring for livestock
  • Crop harvesting
  • Fencing design and construction
  • Operating machinery such as tractors and motorbikes
  • Chemical application and storage


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

  • A strong work ethic
  • A problem-solving mindset
  • The ability to work in a team
  • Strong self-motivation
  • Passion for the agriculture industry


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:
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:

  • Have basic knowledge and skills in livestock, crop and pasture, and machinery
  • A passion for working outdoors
  • An understanding of safe working practices
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Team work skills

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

In Australia, you must hold a chemical users licence (issued by the Australian Environmental Protection Agency) in order to legally purchase and use chemicals in a commercial setting. This is outlined in the Pesticides Act 1999. The Pesticides Act 1999 requires you to hold this licence to purchase and use chemicals in a commercial setting in Australia.


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
Wollongbar Feb , Jul A$11,030
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Wollongbar Feb , Jul A$11,030


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 industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study and presentation areas, and 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 16 units of competency
  • 2 core units plus 14 elective units.
  • To provide the Certificate III in Agriculture the electives must be chosen as follows:
  • 5 must be selected from the electives listed in Group A
  • 5 must be selected from remaining electives in Group A or from electives listed in Group B or from the prerequisite requirements list if a unit is a required for packaging the qualification
  • 4 may be selected from the remaining electives listed in Groups A or B or from the prerequisite requirements list if a unit is a required for packaging the qualification or from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course packaged at Certificate III or IV levels.
  • Where appropriate electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation areas as follows:
  • 10 electives must be selected from Group A including at least 5 units beginning with the code AHCLSK and at least 5 units beginning with the code TLI for the award of the Certificate III in Agriculture (Livestock Transport).
  • Core Units
  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
  • AHCAGB3021 Keep production records for a primary production business
  • AHCBAC301 Conserve forage
  • AHCBAC302 Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
  • AHCBAC303 Prepare to receive grains and seeds
  • AHCBAC304 Undertake preparation of land for agricultural crop production
  • AHCBAC306 Establish agricultural crops
  • AHCBAC307 Maintain agricultural crops
  • AHCBAC308 Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities
  • AHCBAC310 Maintain pastures and crops for livestock production
  • AHCBER301 Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response
  • AHCBER303 Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises
  • AHCBER304 Carry out movement and security procedures
  • AHCBIO302 Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs
  • AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures
  • AHCBUS301 Use hand held e-business tools
  • AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
  • AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • AHCCHM308 Use application equipment to apply fumigant to confined spaces
  • AHCCHM309 Fumigate soil
  • AHCCHM310 Conduct manual fumigation of vertebrate and invertebrate pets
  • AHCINF301 Implement property improvement, construction and repair
  • AHCINF302 Plan and construct an electric fence
  • AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing
  • AHCIRG336 Operate and maintain gravity fed irrigation systems
  • AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems
  • AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
  • AHCLSK301 Administer Medication to livestock
  • AHCLSK305 Maintain livestock water supplies
  • AHCLSK308 Identify and draft livestock
  • AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs
  • AHCLSK311 Implement feeding plans for livestock
  • AHCLSK314 Prepare animals for parturition
  • AHCLSK318 Rear newborn and young livestock
  • AHCLSK320 Coordinate and monitor livestock transport
  • AHCLSK323 Maintain and monitor feed stocks
  • AHCLSK324 Care for and train working dogs
  • AHCLSK325 Castrate livestock
  • AHCLSK331 Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
  • AHCMER301 Process customer complaints
  • AHCMOM301 Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair
  • AHCMOM302 Perform machinery maintenance
  • AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
  • AHCMOM305 Operate specialised machinery and equipment
  • AHCMOM306 Ground spread fertiliser and soil ameliorant
  • AHCMOM308 Operate and row crop harvest machinery and equipment
  • AHCMOM309 Operate broadacre sowing machinery and equipment
  • AHCMOM312 Operate row crop planting and seeding machinery and equipment
  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
  • AHCWRK301 Collect samples for a rural production or horticulture monitoring program
  • AHCWRK302 Monitor weather conditions
  • AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies
  • AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
  • AHCWRK306 Comply with industry quality assurance requirements
  • AHCWRK308 Handle bulk materials in storage area
  • AHCWRK311 Conduct site inspections
  • BSBFIA301 Maintain financial records
  • BSBINM201 Process and maintain workplace information
  • BSBITU213 Use digital technologies to communicate remotely
  • BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents
  • BSBWOR204 Use business technology
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations
  • TLID0001 Load and unload vehicle carrying special loads
  • TLID0002 Care for livestock in transit
  • TLIE0002 Process workplace documentation
  • TLIE3002 Estimate/calculate mass, area and quantify dimensions
  • TLIE3004 Prepare workplace documents
  • TLIF2010 Apply fatigue management strategies
  • TLIH2001 Interpret road maps and navigate pre-determined routes
  • TLIH3002 Plan and navigate routes
  • ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMHBR302 Carry out basic hoof care procedures
  • ACMHBR310 Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
  • AHCAIS302 Process and store semen
  • AHCAIS303 Artificially inseminate livestock
  • AHCDRG305 Install drainage systems
  • AHCHYD301 Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems
  • AHCHYD302 Install hydroponic systems
  • AHCINF304 Install and terminate extra low voltage wiring systems
  • AHCLSK302 Mate and monitor reproduction of alpacas
  • AHCLSK303 Carry out feedlot operations
  • AHCLSK304 Carry out post mortem examination of livestock
  • AHCLSK306 Coordinate and monitor production performance
  • AHCLSK307 Euthanase livestock
  • AHCLSK310 Implement feeding plans for intensive production
  • AHCLSK312 Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock
  • AHCLSK313 Monitor livestock production growing environments
  • AHCLSK315 Prepare for and implement natural mating of livestock
  • AHCLSK316 Prepare livestock for competition
  • AHCLSK317 Plan to exhibit livestock
  • AHCLSK319 Slaughter livestock
  • AHCLSK321 Service and repair bores and windmills
  • AHCLSK322 Transport farm produce or bulk materials
  • AHCLSK326 Mix and mill standard stockfeed
  • AHCLSK327 Collect, store and administer colostrum
  • AHCLSK328 Remove and facilitate reuse of effluent and manure from an intensive production system
  • AHCLSK329 Implement procedures for calving
  • AHCLSK332 Monitor animals in intensive production systems
  • AHCLSK333 Monitor pen condition and ration suitability
  • AHCLSK334 Plan, prepare and conduct mulesing procedures
  • AHCLSK335 Conduct dropped ovary technique procedures for spaying cattle
  • AHCLSK337 Train, care for and ride horses for stock work
  • AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
  • AHCMOM206 Conduct grader operations
  • AHCMOM207 Conduct front end loader operations
  • AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles
  • AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes
  • AHCMOM307 Operate a cane harvester
  • AHCMOM310 Operate land forming machinery and equipment
  • AHCMOM311 Operate precision control technology
  • AHCMOM313 Operate mobile irrigation machinery and equipment
  • AHCMOM314 Transport machinery
  • AHCMOM315 Operate chemical application machinery and equipment
  • AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
  • AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
  • AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens
  • AHCPGD402 Plan a plant establishment program
  • AHCPHT303 Implement a post harvest program
  • AHCPHT304 Harvest horticultural crops mechanically
  • AHCPHT305 Regulate crops
  • AHCPHT306 Establish horticultural crops
  • AHCPHT310 Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting
  • AHCPMG308 Implement pest management strategies
  • AHCSHG301 Prepare livestock for shearing
  • AHCSHG302 Prepare combs and cutters for machine shearing
  • AHCSHG306 Carry out post shearing procedures
  • AHCSHG307 Plan and prepare for alpaca shearing
  • AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results
  • AHCWOL304 Prepare fleece wool for classing
  • AHCWOL308 Prepare facilities for shearing and crutching
  • AHCWOL310 Press wool for a clip
  • AHCWOL311 Perform shed duties
  • AHCWOL312 Class goat fibre
  • AHCWOL313 Class alpaca fleece
  • CPPFES2005A Demonstrate first attack firefighting equipment
  • MEM05004 Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding
  • MEM05007 Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
  • MEM05012 Perform routine manual arc welding
  • MEM05015 Weld using manual metal arc welding process
  • MEM05017 Weld using gas metal arc welding process
  • MEM05019 Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process
  • MEM05049 Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
  • MEM05050 Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • PUAFIR204 Respond to wildfire
  • PUAFIR210 Prevent injury
  • PUATEA001 Work in a team
  • RGRHBR302 Carry out natural mare mating procedures
  • RGRHBR303 Assist with artificial insemination of mares
  • RGRHBR304 Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
  • RGRHBR307 Carry out procedures for foaling down mares
  • RGRHBR307 Handle and care for stallions
  • RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
  • RIIMPO319E Conduct backhoe/loader operations
  • RIIMPO324F Conduct civil construction grader operations
  • RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces
  • RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights
  • TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck


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:

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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.