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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
Combination of Online and Campus based
2 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre
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Course Overview

If you’re looking to work in any aspect of the agricultural industry, this course 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 you learn to apply principals of sustainability, quality control and diversity to whichever role you take on.

This Kim, one of our Agriculture teachers

Local farmer and student Jake shares his experiences

You’ll also learn to muster and move animals, control and maintain machinery, use specialised equipment, and assist with the breeding of animals.

But it doesn’t stop there! When you’re finished, you’ll be qualified to apply for these types of roles:

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

There is even the option to take your studies further by completing a Certificate IV in Agriculture. This course will increase your knowledge base and skillset, while opening even more doors into future employment. We’ll be here to help you make all of those decisions if and when the time comes.

Go on, come join an industry that is showing no signs of slowing down in Australia , and take a step closer to becoming a farmhand today.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

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.


Monday 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

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

Mandatory entry requirements:

  • Students MUST be working on a Commercial Agricultural  Farm

    Profile / Fulltime Trainee Students: Minimum age of 17 years (this is not a training package requirement). Profile students in Victoria must be 17 years of age or older and not enrolled at secondary school to be eligible to enrol in this qualification.

    School Based Apprentice / Trainee (SBAT): Must be 15 years or older to undertake a SBAT. SBATs must be 16 years of age or older to be operate machinery such as Tractors, according to manufacturer specifications.
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:
  • Some units of competency included in this qualification may require the ability to operate machinery such as tractors , agricultural front end loaders some manufacturer's specifications require that require operators / students to be a minimum of 16 years of age to operate.
  • Students must have access to a reliable internet connection.
    Students must have access to a computer or tablet that will support course work to be completed in our
  • Learning Management System Moodle. We recommend that this also includes a headset (integrated microphone and earphones).
  • Students working within the agricultural industry must be physically fit, this includes the ability to bend and lift.
  • Students must be able to spend considerable time on their feet throughout their working day.


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

Sample course units

AHCBAC313 Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCBAC311 Conserve forage
AHCLPW313 Undertake Sampling And Testing Of Water
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM303 Prepare And Apply Chemicals
AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCLSK308 Identify And Draft Livestock
AHCLSK301 Administer Medication To Livestock
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies
AHCLSK305 Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCLSK311 Implement feeding plans for livestock
AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs
AHCINF302 Plan and construct an electric fence
AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices


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