Certificate IV 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 IV in Agriculture will build your leadership potential for a career on the land.

Learn on the farm with flexibility to suit you

Does a career on the land sound appealing? You will gain specialist skills in crop establishment, improvement and harvest, costing, and animal breeding.

Take on supervisory roles as you develop your practical skills and knowledge to run a working farm.

The course builds agricultural applied skills for supervisors, team leaders and managers of agricultural enterprises and the associated businesses that service the food production sector.

Industry connections and resources

Your teachers at Melbourne Polytechnic are experts in their fields of wool, sheep, and beef, grain and dairy production. The Certificate IV in Agriculture is delivered and assessed at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping campus and our working farm enterprise at Yan Yean.

Employment outcomes

This course can qualify you to work as an agricultural industry supervisor, farm operator or team leader.

Local Students




Epping, Yan Yean


Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 12 months

Part-time: available

Modes of Delivery

Blended, Online components, Face-to-face, 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

Assessment Methods

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

Entrance Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites, however successful completion of a Certificate II in Agriculture as part of VETiS, a VCE Agriculture/Horticulture program to Level 2, or relevant industry experience, will provide a sound basis for enrolment that may also lead to a reduction of the course duration.

Pathways to further study

This course is equivalent to post trade level and articulates into the Diploma of Agriculture course. On successful completion of this course you will gain a one-year credit of the Diploma of Agriculture.

Career Pathways

As a graduate of this course you may gain entry into a wide range of occupations in the beef, sheep, wool, horse, grain or dairy primary industry sectors. This may vary from being a supervisor on a rural property through to employment in a variety of associated agribusinesses.

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February

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
AHCAGB402 Analyse and interpret production data 100
AHCAGB403 Keep financial records for primary production business 60
AHCBAC401 Manage pastures for livestock production 120
AHCBAC402 Plan a pasture establishment program 120
AHCBAC404 Plan and implement agricultural crop maintenance 80
AHCBUS404 Operate within a budget framework 50
AHCIRG408 Schedule irrigations 50
AHCLSK409 Supervise animal health programs 110
AHCLSK416 Identify and select animals for breeding 100
AHCPMG412 Develop a pest management plan 90
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results 60
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes 70

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.