Certificate III in Agriculture

Free TAFE course
Course Code AHC30116
Locations Colac, Glenormiston

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Study Mode Part-time, On Campus
Length 2 years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable 1 day per week for 30 sessions per year over 2 years
Colac: Thursdays
Glenormiston: Mondays
Course Overview
Study from home during COVID-19 restrictions

Whilst we pride ourselves on our hands-on training, we have had to adjust most of our courses for study from home and remote learning during the COVID-19 restrictions. This means courses will be delivered using a range of methods including online learning, virtual classrooms, workbooks and direct contact with your teacher.

Given the government restrictions that are now in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Australia, we expect this new model of study will continue until the government makes changes to these restrictions.

Introduction

Looking to work in livestock production, cropping or a mixed agricultural enterprise?

The Certificate III in Agriculture will give you the skills and knowledge to work independently, and in teams, doing a wide variety of practical tasks with machinery, animals and plants. You will also gain hands-on experience in machinery operation, selecting suitable management techniques and thinking through what the best way to manage the unexpected.

What will I Learn?

A variety of agricultural skills including:

  • machinery operation
  • animal handling
  • animal health
  • construct conventional fencing
  • first aid
  • establish pastures and crops for livestock production
  • artificial insemination and fertility management

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Australian agriculture is expanding to feed the growing world population and is a leader in innovation and use of technology. A wide range of career paths are available to graduates on and off farm from managing a farm to providing key services to the agricultural industry based on the sound knowledge you have gained undertaking this course.

Upon completion of this course, you will be equipped to gain employment as:

  • Farm or station hand
  • Farm or station worker
  • Livestock transport driver

Pathways

This course may provide a pathway to further study in the agriculture field such as:

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must be employed within the agriculture industry before commencing this course.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 16 units: 2 core and 14 elective.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50 $0.00
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCBAC301 Conserve forage 80 $0.00
AHCBAC302 Establish pastures and crops for livestock production 80 $0.00
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50 $0.00
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases 70 $60.00
AHCINF302 Plan and construct an electric fence 60 $0.00
AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing 60 $0.00
AHCLSK301 Administer medication to livestock 80 $0.00
AHCLSK305 Maintain livestock water supplies 30 $0.00
AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs 50 $0.00
AHCLSK329 Implement procedures for calving 60 $0.00
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 60 $0.00
AHCMOM207 Conduct front-end loader operations 60 $0.00
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws 40 $30.00
AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles 30 $0.00
AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes 60 $0.00
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies 60 $0.00
HLTAID003 Provide first aid 18 $50.00
Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suits your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Fees
Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Check your eligibility

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligible for the concession rate.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. Free TAFE - Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FEES AND ELIGIBILITY

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $3,010.00
Concession rate $605.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $12,810.00
This is a Free TAFE course

Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined and discussed with you prior to enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $275.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.