Certificate III in Agriculture (Traineeship)

Free TAFE course
Course Code AHC30116
Locations Workplace training

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Study Mode Full-time, Traineeship
Length 2 years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable Training and assessments at Glenormiston Training Facility plus on the job training
Course Overview
Introduction

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in agriculture. The qualification enables you to select a livestock production, cropping or livestock context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both cropping and livestock.

Industry expects individuals with this qualification to perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.

What will I Learn?

Through a combination on on-the-job training and classes at Glenormiston Training Facility, you will learn a variety of agricultural skills including:

  • machinery operation
  • animal handling
  • animal health
  • construct conventional fencing
  • first aid
  • establish pastures and crops for livestock production
  • artificial insemination and fertility management

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Australian agriculture is expanding to feed the growing world population and is a leader in innovation and use of technology. A wide range of career paths are available to graduates on and off farm from managing a farm to providing key services to the agricultural industry based on the sound knowledge you have gained undertaking this course.

Upon completion of this course, you will be equipped to gain employment as:

  • Farm or station hand
  • Farm or station worker
  • Livestock transport driver

Pathways

This course may provide a pathway to further study in the agriculture field such as:

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must be employed with a registered employer before commencing this course.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field before commencing this course. If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 16 units: 2 core and 14 elective.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50 $0.00
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCBAC302 Establish pastures and crops for livestock production 80 $0.00
AHCBUS402 Cost a project 50 $0.00
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70 $60.00
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50 $0.00
AHCINF302 Plan and construct an electric fence 60 $0.00
AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing 60 $0.00
AHCLSK209 Monitor water supplies 20 $0.00
AHCLSK301 Administer medication to livestock 80 $0.00
AHCLSK305 Maintain livestock water supplies 30 $0.00
AHCLSK308 Identify and draft livestock 40 $0.00
AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs 50 $0.00
AHCLSK311 Implement feeding plans for livestock 140 $0.00
AHCLSK318 Rear newborn and young livestock 50 $0.00
AHCLSK329 Implement procedures for calving 60 $0.00
AHCMOM207 Conduct front-end loader operations 60 $0.00
AHCMOM211 Operate side by side utility vehicles 30 $0.00
AHCMOM212 Operate quad bikes 60 $0.00
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40 $0.00
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies 60 $0.00
HLTAID003 Provide first aid 18 $50.00
Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suits your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Employer Incentives

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides a number of incentives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice, particularly where the Australian Apprenticeship is in a trade experiencing a skills shortage.

Find out more about the incentives available and hiring an apprentice or trainee on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Fees
Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $3,010.00
Concession rate $605.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $12,810.00
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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $275.00
This is a Free TAFE course

From 1 January 2019, students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Consumables/Materials Fees

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The maximum consumables/materials fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay.

Final costs will be determined at enrolment and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligible for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FEES AND ELIGIBILITY

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.