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Certificate III in Agriculture

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: AHC30116

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Overview

Campus

Yan Yean

Duration

12 months full time

Requirements

No specific entry requirements, but students must be at least 16 years of age.

Next Intake

March, July

Next Intake

March, July

Land a career that matters

Love to work outdoors? A Certificate III in Agriculture 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 agriculture 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.

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 this take me

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

Pathways

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

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Practical Work
  • Blended: remote online delivery and learning
  • Classroom

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 observation, simulated workplace demonstration 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
AHCBAC307 Maintain agricultural crops Elective 40
AHCBAC402 PLAN A PASTURE ESTABLISHMENT PROGRAM Core 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
AHCIRG437 SCHEDULE IRRIGATION Core 50
AHCLSK312 COORDINATE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION AND FERTILITY MANAGEMENT OF LIVESTOCK Elective 80
AHCLSK316 PREPARE LIVESTOCK FOR COMPETITION Elective 90
AHCLSK317 PLAN TO EXHIBIT LIVESTOCK Core 80
AHCLSK402 DEVELOP LIVESTOCK FEEDING PLANS Core 140
AHCLSK409 SUPERVISE ANIMAL HEALTH PROGRAMS Core 110
AHCMOM202 OPERATE TRACTORS Elective 40
AHCWHS301 CONTRIBUTE TO WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES Core 50
AHCWRK309 APPLY ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES Core 50
HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID Core 18

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $970 $4850 $7650
Materials fee $55 $55 $55 $55 $55
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $305 $305 $1200 $5155 $7955
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 19 November 2020. 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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

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 for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 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

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

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

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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.

Scholarships on offer

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Requirements

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

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. 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 of our Skills and Job Centres, 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 TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

Application procedure

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