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Certificate III in Agriculture

Free TAFE Code: AHC30116

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Overview

Campus
Duration

32 weeks full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February

Land a career that matters with a Certificate III in Agriculture AHC30116

Love to work outdoors? A Certificate III in Agriculture AHC30116 is a great way to gain in-demand skills around Australia. Help secure a sustainable future for a growing population with practical skills in livestock breeding, crop harvesting and establishing pastures.

Harvest valuable skills

From biology and chemistry to geology and pedology, studying a Certificate III in Agriculture AHC30116 means you touch on multiple disciplines in a practical way. You’ll learn how to operate machinery like tractors and skid steers, as well as develop a deep understanding of best practice in farm operations.

Cultivate industry connections

You’ll learn from teachers who are experts in wool, sheep and beef production. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the Show Steer category at the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) Royal Melbourne Show.

Use our Certificate III in Agriculture AHC30116 to secure a high yield job

Build skills and gain knowledge that will help you succeed in the $30 billion food and fibre industry. This course is delivered at our Epping campus and Yan Yean Farm training complex using high quality agricultural equipment and amenities.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Agriculture AHC30116 take me?

Build skills and gain knowledge studying a Certificate III in Agriculture AHC30116 in Melbourne that will help you succeed in the $30 billion food and fibre industry.
  • Station Manager
  • Station Hand
  • Farm Manager
  • Livestock Transport Driver
  • Farm Operator
  • Farm Hand

Study Pathways

Once you’ve successfully completed the Certificate III in Agriculture AHC30116, you may consider further study in the Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116.

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus

Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute.

Class Schedule

Face-to-face and online classes are scheduled for:
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods for this course include observation and written assessment.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCBAC316 Maintain agricultural crops Core 40
AHCBAC410 Plan and implement a pasture establishment program Elective 120
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals Elective 50
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weed and disease Elective 70
AHCINF301 Implement property improvement, construction and repair Elective 70
AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing Elective 60
AHCLSK316 Prepare livestock for competition Elective 90
AHCLSK317 Plan to exhibit livestock Elective 80
AHCLSK341 Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock Core 90
AHCLSK402 Develop livestock feeding plans Elective 140
AHCLSK409 Supervise animal health programs Elective 110
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors Elective 40
AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles Core 50
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes Core 50
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices Core 50
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Elective 18

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $1090 $5450 $8300
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $1265 $5700 $8550
Per year $
Per semester $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

You will need:

  • Steel capped boots
  • PPE – eye protection
  • Clothing suitable for farm work in a range of environmental conditions
  • Access to laptop and internet

These required resources, which can be purchased through the teaching department:

  • AgGuide Fencing $15
  • Sheep AgSkills $15
  • Beef AgSkills $15
  • Tractor AgSkills $16.80
  • Pastures in a farming system AgGuide $20.40
  • Fertiliser Essentials $21.60
  • Irrigation Scheduling $15

Agriculture courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management AHC51120
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VTAC Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
Would you like to turn your commitment to the environment into a successful career? With our Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management AHC51120 you can help manage Australia’s natural resources in the long term. With the extensive field experience, knowledge and practical skills gained through this course, you will be trained to identify and respond proactively to the challenges of biodiversity loss, global warming and environmental damage.
Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Viticulture and Winemaking
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VTAC Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology majoring in Viticulture and Winemaking will give you a leading edge in the competitive Australian wine industry.
Diploma of Agriculture AHC50116
Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
VTAC Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
With our Diploma of Agriculture AHC50116 you will be at the forefront of specialist knowledge and skills that are in demand right across Australia. With increased concern about the welfare and husbandry of livestock, soil health, and sustainable farming and climate risk management, Agriculture is a dynamic industry that will provide a rewarding career.
Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116
Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Yan Yean
Free Tafe VTAC Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Yan Yean
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116 will build your leadership potential for a career on the land.
Undergraduate Certificate in Agriculture
Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time - Epping
The Undergraduate Certificate in Agriculture is a 6-month program developed to get you career-ready for the agriculture industry.
Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Agronomy
Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
VTAC Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Agronomy is the study of management in crops and pastures with a focus on sustainability and agricultural production. The world’s agriculture industry faces many challenges in the future with climate change, a growing world population, new technologies and changing resource conditions.

Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payments Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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