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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus, Workplace, Combination
2 years
Starting Date:
Leongatha, Sale (Gtec), Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre

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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 Agriculture, focusing on 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.

This Kim, one of our Agriculture teachers

Local farmer and student Jake shares his experience

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.

When you’ve finished, you’ll be able to begin working as a dairy farmhand, gaining hands-on experience in the industry while you take the time to consider where you’d like to take your career.

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 they’re not always easy!

Jumpstart your career in the dairy industry today with Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production) and give yourself the opportunity for a rewarding and successful working life.

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.


Fridays 10:00am - 2:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

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

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.


Not Applicable

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

Course Units
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCINF302 Plan and construct an electric fence
AHCDRY301 Coordinate milking operations
AHCLSK311 Implement feeding plans for livestock
AHCBAC302 Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCLSK305 Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCLSK318 Rear newborn and young livestock
AHCLSK329 Implement procedures for calving
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies
AHCBAC301 Conserve forage
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs
AHCMOM207 Conduct front-end loader operations


Not Applicable