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Certificate III in Agriculture

  • National Course Code: AHC30116
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC30116-01V05-21LET-231

Location – Leeton





Course Start Date


Study Commitment

9 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

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.e of publication.

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.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a blended flexible delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 4 x 1 day, face to face workshop per year for 2 years. You may also be required to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including workplace learning as you work or visit a farm, applying the skills covered in the core and elective units.

This course is a combination of distance learning with print based training materials with the option of campus based workshops. 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 West Wyalong TAFE campus 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.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have lived and worked on family farms and/or those employed on farms who wish to complete a qualification.
  • have some pre-existing knowledge and skills for farm work however require further skill and knowledge development to complete a CIII in Agriculture.


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
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 and will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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.

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

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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