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Certificate III in Agriculture

  • National Course Code: AHC30116
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC30116-01V04-20LET-222

Location – Leeton

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

9 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Agriculture can lead to in-demand roles like farm foreman, cropping overseer or machinery operator in the evolving agriculture industry. Choose from a range of electives to tailor this qualification to your unique goals and gain hands-on learning in current agricultural practices.


Depending on your electives, you could learn:

  • How to handle tractors, front end loaders and quad bikes
  • To breed, handle and transport livestock
  • The essentials of crop harvesting and pasture establishment
  • Fencing design and construction
  • Chemical application and storage


Plus, develop the attributes to get ahead in this field:

  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Great communication skills
  • Strategic thinking


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised course at Certificate III level
  • Strong pathways to further study

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Farm worker
  • Station hand
  • Farm foreman
  • Machinery operator


Take your Certificate III knowledge to the next level with our agriculture study pathway:

  • Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • Diploma of Agriculture
  • Diploma of Agribusiness Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Agriculture
  • Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management


Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing employs approximately 326,200 persons (ABS trend data). Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 1.5 per cent.

The Agriculture industry requires skilled people to contribute to developing more efficient methods of food and fibre production, as the demand to produce more with less land and water resources increases.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.

There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


There are no TAFE NSW entry requirements for this qualification.
However, you may need to meet campus-specific requirements. Check under Additional requirements below to find out.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


There is no work placement requirement for this qualification.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have foundation knowledge and skills in:

  • Livestock husbandry
  • Crop and pasture production
  • Precision farming
  • Machinery operation
  • Safe working practices
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Teamwork

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about the options available to you.

It is assumed that you have literacy and numeracy skills at Certificate II level for success in this course. Contact your TAFE NSW campus if you have any questions about your suitability.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that:

  • The student will need to be employed on a farm or have access to a farm to complete training and assessment.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Blended Flexible delivered course. You will need to attend approximately 4 x 1 day, face to face workshops per year for 2 years. As well as the workshops component, you will need to complete approximately 7 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including workplace learning as they work or visit a farm and applying the skills covered in the core and elective units.


This course offering is designed for people who:
Need to be either employed in the Agricultural industry or have access to a working farm in order to practice the skills they will learn in this course to get them to the stage where they are competent.

  • People who have lived and worked on family farms and/or those employed on farm who wish to complete a qualification.
  • These students have some pre-existing knowledge and skills for farm work however require further skill and knowledge development to complete a CIII in Agriculture.
    The campus based workshops are designed to help students with any areas of study that students find challenging and to allow students to complete assessment tasks with the support of the teacher. These workshops will be held at TAFE NSW Leeton or another campus if it suits several students who live in the same part of the region. Other learning and assessment will take place on the job, including two visits by the teacher each year and extensive unstructured 'on-the-job' learning.


TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support
    Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. This course is mainly work placed based with workshop attendance at TAFE NSW Leeton. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Elective Units
Number Title
AHCBAC305 Undertake preparation of land for agricultural crop production
AHCBAC306 Establish agricultural crops
AHCINF302 Plan and construct an electric fence
AHCLSK315 Prepare for and implement natural mating of livestock
AHCMOM308 Operate broadacre and row crop harvest machinery and equipment
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCSHG301 Prepare livestock for shearing
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCMOM309 Operate broadacre sowing machinery and equipment
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCSHG302 Prepare combs and cutters for machine shearing
AHCWOL308 Prepare facilities for shearing and crutching
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies
AHCWRK306 Comply with industry quality assurance requirements
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCLSK301 Administer medication to livestock
AHCLSK308 Identify and draft livestock
AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK302 Monitor weather conditions
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCLSK331 Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
AHCBAC302 Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCBAC308 Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
AHCMOM302 Perform machinery maintenance
AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems
AHCIRG332 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCWOL311 Perform shed duties
AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing
AHCWOL310 Press wool for a clip
AHCBAC307 Maintain agricultural crops
AHCLSK305 Maintain livestock water supplies

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Farm or station hand; Farm or station worker; Livestock transport driver.

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Course Location

Palm Avenue , Leeton
Phone 131 601

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