Certificate III in Agriculture


From January 2019, this course will be offered free of tuition fees for eligible students under the Victorian government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers. If you're eligible, the State Government will cover the full cost of your tuition fees for this course, saving you thousands of dollars. Other fees, such as materials and amenities, may still apply. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.

Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Agriculture is the entry-level qualification necessary to start your career in agriculture or to build on prior qualifications. This course can get you started in a rewarding career that can take you all over the country.

Gain skills in demand around Australia

Does a career on the land sound appealing? Achieve specialist skills in beef, sheep and wool production while you study with us.

Livestock breeding, health and transportation, as well as establishing pastures and crop harvesting are all vital skills for a sustainable industry. Become a qualified operator of machinery such as tractors, skid-steers and front-end loaders and learn best practice for building stock fences and more. Choose units of study to suit your strengths and plans for the future.

We are ready to help build your skills and knowledge in all aspects of farm operation and management. You will step out of this course with the knowledge of what it’s really like to work in a position of responsibility in a team environment.

Industry connections and resources

Your teachers at Melbourne Polytechnic are experts in the fields of wool, sheep and beef production.

This course is delivered and assessed at our Epping campus and Yan Yean Farm training complex, with agricultural equipment and amenities of the highest standards.

The Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) – Student award. Most students opt to participate in the Show Steer category at the RAS Royal Melbourne Show.


Assessment methods for this course include written activities and assignments, oral activities, participation in a group, written and oral tests, practical demonstrations or exercises, and projects.

Local Students




EPPING, Yan Yean


Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 12 months

Part-time: 2 years
Integrated on- and off-the-job program of up to 2 years duration, flexible delivery

Class Schedule: *

Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Practical Work, Blended online, Classroom


From January 2019, this course is offered at $0 tuition for eligible students under the Victorian State Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program. Note you may still have to pay other fees, such as materials and amenities. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.


Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges


A list of equipment and reference material will be distributed at the start of the course. You will need suitable clothing and footwear for practical farm activities.

Entrance Requirements

You must be at least 16 years of age. No other academic prerequisites are needed for entry

Pathways to further study

Depending on your interests and plans for the future you may want to take on additional units in Agronomy or Agriculture Diploma courses, as part of this qualification and on successful completion, you may consider studying in our AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture and/or 22273VIC Diploma of Agronomy

Career Pathways

The Certificate III in Agriculture supplies you with sought after skills and experience needed in many areas of the Agriculture industry

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCBAC301 Conserve forage 80
AHCBAC302 Establish pastures and crops for livestock production 80
AHCBAC401 Manage pastures for livestock production 120
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50
AHCINF301 Implement property improvement, construction and repair 70
AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing 60
AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs 50
AHCLSK312 Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock 80
AHCLSK316 Prepare livestock for competition 90
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40
AHCMOM310 Operate land-forming machinery and equipment 80
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50
AHCWOL304 Prepare fleece wool for classing 50
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies 60
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.