Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
Combination of Online and Campus based
2 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Leongatha, Sale (FLC), Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre

Enquire Online

Provide your details below and we'll be in contact soon!

Course Overview

If you’re looking to start a career in the dairy industry, or you’d simply like to improve your existing skills, a Certificate III in Dairy Production, will get you there.  This course is focused on hands-on learning as you work your way through simulated workplaces and on-the-job experience.

You’ll gain valuable experience working on farms as you gain confidence and begin working independently. You’ll also learn how to establish pastures and crops for livestock, transport and prepare chemicals, coordinate milking operations, construct fencing, create feeding plans, respond to emergencies and more.

On successful completion of the Certificate III in Dairy Production individuals will have achieved the Farm Hand occupational trade outcome in the Australian Dairy Sector. Enrol today and take advantage of a career in the dairy industry where qualified individuals are in high demand.

This Kim, one of our Agriculture teachers

Local farmer and student Jake shares his experience

This might mean studying a Certificate IV in Agriculture or a Certificate IV in Agribusiness. Both qualifications will enhance your skillset and increase your employment opportunities for the future – and we’ll be here to help with all of those decisions when the time comes, because we get these are not always easy!  Jumpstart your career in the dairy industry today with Certificate III in Dairy Production and give yourself the opportunity for a rewarding and successful working life

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who work as farm hands in the dairy production industry. In this role, these individuals have responsibilities for undertaking a wide range of skilled work on a dairy farm with limited supervision.

Work includes caring for, and monitoring health of livestock, overseeing the harvesting of livestock milk and maintaining milking equipment and facilities to ensure maximum and high-quality production.

All work is carried out to comply with workplace policies and procedures, according to state/territory work health and safety, animal welfare, environmental and biosecurity legislation, regulations and standards that apply to the workplace.

Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2023. All Free TAFE courses at TAFE Gippsland are now available to people with higher-level qualifications and those who have completed a previous Free TAFE course and are looking to continue in their selected training pathway. Conditions and eligibility rules apply. Check out our Free TAFE information page for further details.


Mondays 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in the dairy industry. The dairy industry expects that graduates from this qualification will be able to preform a range of tasks associated with a person preforming the job of a dairy farmhand.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements:
  • Students MUST be working on a Commercial Dairy 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 dairy 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.

Online requirement

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

AHCSDT310 Identify seeds
AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing
AHCLSK330 Implement procedures for calving
AHCDRY304 Carry out routine service of milking equipment
AHCDRY303 Coordinate and monitor milking operations
AHCBAC313 Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCLSK305 Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCLSK301 Administer Medication To Livestock
AHCINF302 Plan and construct an electric fence
AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies
AHCLSK318 Rear newborn and young livestock
AHCLSK311 Implement feeding plans for livestock
AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases


Observation, Questioning, Portfolio and Log Book