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From farming essentials to machinery and tools, this Certificate III in Agriculture (AHC30116) course will ready you for a life on the land.
Delivered online by North Coast TAFE, through Open Colleges, this certificate qualification is ideal for those starting out in farming and agriculture, or those looking to formalise their skills and fill knowledge gaps.
You will have the opportunity to specialise in livestock, crops or a mixture of both, allowing you to tailor your education to your career goals. You will also cover farming basics and agriculture essentials so you will have the skills to deal with different weather conditions, manage sustainability, and use and maintain farming machinery and tools.
To successfully complete this agriculture course, you must undertake at least 175 hours of practical work experience on a commercial broadacre field cropping, and/or commercial livestock production farm.
These will be broken into two work placements; the first, a minimum of 105 hours and the second, a minimum of 70-75 hours.
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:
In this agriculture course, the units of competency you may study include:
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.
"It was very grounded in reality and it was practical as well as theoretical. I recommend doing the training before starting to write. I see people that will come to our writers group and say ‘I’ve got this lovely story, my kids love it, my grandchildren love it,’ and it would never get published because they haven’t done any training and they don’t know how to write."
"Because it’s so flexible, it was easy for me to do it. I’ll be in the middle of an assignment and I can just pause it if my son is asking for lunch. I’ll quickly make him lunch or get a drink and I can just open it back up and go straight back into it to continue. The trainers have been great. They really try to get back to you on time and make sure they give you the best possible answers. They always seem to come back with a quick response."
"It’s given me a different mindset. I used to think you’d go out and do a job, like mechanics, for years and that you’d just get the qualification after years on the job. But with this, you can study for a couple of months and then you can go out into the world fully qualified and ready for the job and just go for it."
"I think the Open Colleges model is particularly good because you’re not tied down to due dates, you just have as much time as you need. You have people to get in touch with if you’re having trouble. I’ve actually had emails back at 10pm at night from my teacher. I’ve been sitting here and I’ve shot one off and they’ve got right back to me within that hour. You don’t get that anywhere."
"I am a farmer and I run a family farm with my husband. I was given the opportunity to study any course I wanted that would help our business, and that may help me earn some money off the land, so I chose to learn bookkeeping. The course is so useful and beneficial for our farm. It’s great to learn how to set journals out so our accountant can do the BAS and income tax, without them being all over the place."
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate III in Agriculture (AHC30116) from North Coast TAFE.
Your practical work placement will let you put your theory to the test and experience life in a farm setting. By choosing targeted electives you will also able to steer your career in the right direction.
Wondering where a career in agriculture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:
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