Certificate III in Agriculture

National Code: AHC30116
TAFE SA Code: TP01087


Gain essential knowledge and skills to work in the agriculture industry, from livestock breeding and animal health and nutrition, to establishing pastures and crop harvesting. You’ll also learn how to operate and maintain machinery and develop skills in building stock fences and more.

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Up to 24 months 

Part Time

Senior Farmhand Senior Farmhand

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
$329 - $561
$1,316 - $2,243
$76 - $129
$304 - $518

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$1,097 - $1,869
$4,388 - $7,475

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • 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
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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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 find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 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
    Conduct front-end loader operations 60
    Conduct telescopic materials handler operations 80
    Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock 80
    Establish agricultural crops 60
    Establish pastures and crops for livestock production 80
    Fabricate and repair metal or plastic structures 60
    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 machinery and equipment 40
    Operate quad bikes 60
    Operate tractors 40
    Perform machinery maintenance 50
    Plan and construct an electric fence 60
    Plan and construct conventional fencing 60
    Prepare and apply chemicals 70
    Provide feed for livestock 30
    Transport and store chemicals 50
    Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities 80
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