Certificate III in Agriculture

National Code: AHC30116
TAFE SA Code: TP01087


Turn your love for the land into your new career with this nationally accredited qualification. Gain the essential skills you need to work as a station or farm hand. Learn all about the latest practices in the agricultural industry including livestock breeding, animal health and nutrition, establishing pastures, and crop harvesting. You’ll also develop practical skills in operating and maintaining machinery and building stock fences. Choose from our wide range of electives to tailor your studies to suit you. Establish your career as a farm foreman, cropping overseer, or machinery operator on the land. Be yourself with TAFE SA.

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24 months 

Part Time

Senior Farmhand

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Course Admission Requirements

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Industry Conditions and Skills
Some units require the ability to handle stock, cropping, and fencing which means you will need to have access to a farm to practice or complete all the requirements.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to purchase and wear your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety boots and appropriate workwear (eg sun protection (hat), long pants, long sleeve shirt) (approx.

  • $200) Incidental items
    • $45.00 for other personal protective equipment (eg gloves, safety glasses and spray suit)

  • Average cost per semester
    Total Fees for the 24 month course
    You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
    Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

    This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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    • Employment Outcomes

      Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include Farm or Station Hand, Farm or Station Worker.

      Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

      Qualifications & Skills Covered

      Certificate III in Agriculture (AHC30116)
      Learn vital skills for a sustainable industry from livestock breeding, health and transportation, to establishing pastures and crop harvesting. Become a qualified operator of machinery such as tractors, skid-steers and front-end loaders and learn best practice for building stock fences and more. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 2 core units and 14 elective units.

      Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

      of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
      of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

      * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
    • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

      Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


      Name Nominal Hours
      Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50
      Contribute to work health and safety processes 50


      Name Nominal Hours
      Administer medication to livestock 80
      Artificially inseminate livestock 80
      Assist with artificial insemination procedures 20
      Care for and train working dogs 25
      Care for health and welfare of livestock 40
      Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock 80
      Establish agricultural crops 60
      Establish pastures and crops for livestock production 80
      Identify and draft livestock 40
      Implement animal health control programs 50
      Implement feeding plans for livestock 140
      Maintain agricultural crops 40
      Milk livestock 30
      Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
      Operate quad bikes 60
      Plan and construct conventional fencing 60
      Prepare and apply chemicals 70
      Provide feed for livestock 30
      Transport and store chemicals 50
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