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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship; Traineeship; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
On Campus, Workplace, Online/Blended
2 years
Starting Date:
Leongatha, Sale (Gtec), Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre

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Course Overview

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.

If you’re looking to work in any aspect of the agricultural industry, this traineeship will give you the skills and knowledge to work at the assistant farmhand level. You’ll open doors to new opportunities in your career and possible study pathways.

As an industry, agriculture is showing no signs of slowing down in Australia. You’ll be able to apply principals of sustainability, quality control and diversity to whichever role you take on. You’ll learn to muster and move animals, control and maintain machinery, use specialised equipment, and assist with the breeding of animals. Take a step closer to becoming a farmhand today.

This qualification is suitable for a Australian Apprenticeship.


Fridays 11:00am - 11:45am theory Webinars
Fridays 10:00am - 2:00pm Field trips
Fridays 9:00am - 4:00pm Practical skills training days

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Agriculture (Traineeship).

Career Opportunities

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

Opportunities for Further Study

Possible pathways may include but are not limited to:

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

To enter this course individuals must be employed to work on a commercial agricultural  farm.
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry, often as a part time or full time traineeship, including School Based Trainee.
Applicants wishing to undertake the qualification are required to complete a full Language, Literacy & Numeracy assessment, as well as a Pre training Review.
Applicants are also required to complete a interview with one of the trainers before enrolment can proceed into this course.

Limitations to entry

Students should be a minimum of 16 years of age to undertake this course.
The farm machinery used for skills development in this course have manufacturer's specifications that require operators / students to be a minimum of 16 years of age to operate.Students must have access to a reliable internet connection that will support Moodle access.

Its is recommended that students have a headset (integrated microphone and earphones) that can be used to interact with trainer or learning support staff via Skype or Zoom other video conferencing platform.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

A reliable internet connection


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes
AHCMOM207 Conduct front-end loader operations
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
AHCLSK311 Implement feeding plans for livestock
AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs
AHCLSK305 Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing
AHCINF302 Plan and construct an electric fence
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCBAC302 Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCBAC301 Conserve forage


Practical demonstrations, practical demonstrations in simulated work conditions, problem solving,
documents/folio,case studies, projects, group projects,