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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Traineeship; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus
10 months
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Leongatha, Sale (FLC), Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre

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Course Overview

Become a specialist in the agriculture industry with post-trade skills and knowledge when you study a Certificate IV in Agriculture (Traineeship).

This course has been designed to give you an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of team leaders and supervisors within this sector, as you learn important problem-solving skills and become a highly regarded employee in your workplace.

This Kim, one of our Agriculture teachers

Local farmer and student Jake shares his experience

You’ll learn to maintain safe agricultural working practices across a huge range of areas, including cropping, dairy, livestock production, chemical usage, agribusiness, irrigation, operating and maintaining machinery, organic production, controlling pests and more.

When you’re finished, you’ll be qualified to work at a supervisory level, as farm team leader or supervisor, with the opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience as you take the time to decide where you’d like your career to go next.

Your next steps could involve studying a Diploma of Agriculture. This course will give you specialised skills and enhance your employment opportunities in the future, and we’ll be here to walk you through your options if that’s the path you choose.

Go on, gain the skills to seek opportunities to be a supervisor with a Certificate IV in Agriculture and set yourself apart from the crowd.

Please note, learners must be currently employed on a farm on a part-time or full-time basis as a Trainee.

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.


Thursday 10am to 3pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

This qualification provides and occupational outcome at a supervisory level, as Farm team leader or supervisor

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Learners must be currently working (employed) on a farm on a Part time or Full time basis as a Trainee.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Past experience on farms or related businesses and / or training in Agriculture or Agribusiness would be an advantage but not essential.
  • Applicants are required to participate in a pre-training interview to determine  if the AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture will meet their needs

Limitations to entry

  • 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

Reliable internet connection.
Access to a computer to support learning and assessment


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

An ACUP (agricultural chemical users permit) is a permit issued to a person, which provides authority to purchase specified 'restricted supply' chemicals and use specified 'restricted use' chemicals in Victoria.

You are required to undertake relevant training before you can apply for and hold an ACUP.

ACUPs do not authorise a person to use agricultural chemicals on another person’s property, crop or commodity for a fee or reward (i.e. contractors).

To be eligible to apply for a "STANDARD ACUP" the minimum Training requirement is the successful completion of a course in AgVet chemical use (or equivalent) that includes the units of competency:

AHCCHM307 – Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases (previously AHCCHM303); and
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals.

On successful completion of these units of competency individuals can use their statement of results / attainment to apply for a Standard ACUP through Agriculture Victoria online at (additional fees are payable to apply for this permit)

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

Unit CodeUnit Description
AHCBAC401 Manage pastures for livestock production
AHCBAC402 Plan a pasture establishment program
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCLSK402 Develop livestock feeding plans
AHCLSK404 Implement and monitor animal welfare programs
AHCLSK409 Supervise animal health programs
AHCPCM402 Develop A Soil Health And Plant Nutrition Program
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
AHCWRK403 Supervise work routines and staff performance
BSBHRM405 Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff


Not Applicable