AHC30116Certificate III in Agriculture

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  • Awarded by

    TAFE NSW North Coast (RTO 90010)

  • Qualification

    Certificate III

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Self-paced; up to 18 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Agricultural Operator | Forestry Operator | Horticultural Operator | Gardener | View all

This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Last modified: 20 Feb 2018

In a Nutshell

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 TAFE NSW North Coast, 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.

Gain practical skills

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.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Be at least 18 years old; AND
    • Have successfully completed Year 10 English, or demonstrate equivalency
  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this agriculture course, the units of competency you may study include:

    • AHCWRK201 – Observe and report on weather
    • AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processes
    • AHCWRK309 – Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
    • AHCAGB301 – Keep production records for a primary production business
    • AHCINF301 – Implement property improvement, construction and repair
    • ACHCMOM302 – Perform machinery maintenance
    • AHCMOM304 – Operate machinery and equipment
    • AHCBIO302 – Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs
    • AHCCHM303 –Prepare and apply chemicals
    • AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
    • AHCBAC302 – Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
    • AHCLSK311 – Implement feeding plans for livestock
    • AHCLSK313 – Monitor livestock production growing environments
    • AHCLSK308 – Identify and draft livestock
    • AHCLSK320 –Coordinate and monitor livestock transport
    • AHCLSK331 – Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
    • AHCPCM302 – Provide information on plants and their culture
    • AHCPCM303 – Identify plant specimens
    • AHCBAC306 – Establish agricultural crops
    • AHCBAC307 – Maintain agricultural crops
    • AHCIRG332 – Operate pressurised irrigation systems
    • AHCIRG306 – Troubleshoot irrigation systems
    • AHCLSK331 – Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
    • AHCBAC302 – Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
    • AHCLSK311 – Implement feeding plans for livestock
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  • Why Open Colleges?

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    Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.

    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.


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Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate III in Agriculture (AHC30116) from TAFE NSW North Coast.

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:

Let's Talk Price

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $77.92 per week
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees

  • $3,072 upfront payment
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