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Certificate IV in Agriculture

Free TAFE Code: AHC40116 CRICOS: 108653K



32 weeks full time


1 year

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Mid-year enrolments for Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116 will be transitioning to AHC40122 in 2025

Grow your expertise

Build your leadership potential with a Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116. Gain or nurture specialist skills in farming such as animal breeding, costing and crop establishment, improvement and harvest. Take on supervisory roles as you learn how to run a working farm.

Develop your abilities with our Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116

By combining practical scientific knowledge with business and management skills, this course equips you for a fulfilling career on the land. Build applied skills for leadership and management roles in agricultural enterprises and businesses that service the food production sector.

Fertilise your path to success

Learn from teachers who are experts in their fields of grain, dairy, wool, sheep and beef production with a Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116. You’ll gain both theoretical knowledge in class and hands-on experience at our working farm at our Northern Lodge at Eden Park training complex.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116 take me?

As a graduate of this course you may gain entry into a wide range of occupations in the agricultural sector.

  • Team Leader
  • Farm Manager
  • Agricultural Industry Supervisor
  • Farm Operator

Study Pathways

Completion of the Certificate IV in Agriculture AHC40116 allows direct access and pathway, with 4 units/6 months credit, to the Diploma of Agriculture AHC50116.

Melbourne Polytechnic really make sure that you have plenty of career pathways available and they will actively try to get you into the industry.
James Boon
Certificate IV in Agriculture student
A young man wearing a beige t-shirt stands in a vineyard smiling at the camera

Course Details

How you will study

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


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Monday to Friday

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
AHCAGB406 Keep financial records for primary production business Elective 60
AHCAGB513 Develop a farm plan Elective 120
AHCAGB521 Select and use agricultural technology Elective 100
AHCBAC410 Plan and implement a pasture establishment program Elective 120
AHCBIO401 Plan and implement a biosecurity program Elective 120
AHCBUS407 Cost a project Elective 50
AHCLSK317 Plan to exhibit livestock Elective 80
AHCLSK341 Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock Elective 90
AHCLSK402 Develop livestock feeding plans Elective 140
AHCLSK409 Supervise animal health programs Elective 110
AHCPCM406 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program Elective 90
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes Core 70

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 $730 $3650 $8700
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $905 $3900 $8950
Per year $15600
Per semester $7800

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 1st of November. 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. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

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
  • Hat and sunscreen

Students are required to purchase the below text book only, purchases can be made directly through the teaching department after classes commence:

  • AgGuide Property Planning (Class Text Book) $18

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Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Viticulture and Winemaking
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Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Sports Turf Science and Management
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Melbourne Polytechnic's unique Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (Sports Turf Science and Management) is the only higher education offering in this field in Australia, backed by the ASTMA.
Undergraduate Certificate in Agriculture
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The Undergraduate Certificate in Agriculture is a 6-month program developed to get you career-ready for the agriculture industry.
Diploma of Agriculture AHC50116
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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.


There are no entry requirements.

Next Steps

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

Application procedure

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