Certificate III in Agriculture


This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in agriculture. The qualification enables individuals to select a livestock production, cropping or livestock context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both cropping and livestock

Individuals with this qualification perform tasks in a variety of contexts, which involve some judgement in selecting equipment and services.

Possible job titles include:

  • Farm or station hand
  • Farm or station worker
  • Livestock transport driver

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Pathways from the qualification
On completion of this course, you can continue your journey in agriculture by progressing through higher qualifications. Some of the qualifications available include:

Certificate IV Diplomas Advanced Diplomas
Certificate IV in Agriculture

Certificate IV in Horticulture

Certificate IV in Organic Farming

Certificate IV in Agribusiness

Diploma of Agriculture

Diploma of Production Horticulture

Diploma of Organic Farming

Diploma of Horticulture

Diploma of Agribusiness Management
Advanced Diploma of Horticulture

Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management

Course structure

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:
16 units of competency:

  • 2 core units plus
  • 14 elective units.

Elective units must ensure the integrity of the qualification’s Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

To provide the Certificate III in Agriculture, the electives are to be chosen as follows:

  • 5 must be selected from the electives listed in Group A
  • 5 must be selected from remaining electives in Group A, or from electives listed in Group B, or from the Prerequisite Requirements list if a unit is a required for packaging the qualification
  • 4 may be selected from the remaining electives listed in Groups A or B, or from the Prerequisite Requirements list if a unit is a required for packaging the qualification, or from any currently endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course packaged at Certificate II, III or IV levels.

Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation area as follows:

  • 10 electives must be selected from Group A, including at least 5 units beginning with the code AHCLSK and at least 5 units beginning with the code TLI for the award of the Certificate III in Agriculture (Livestock Transport).

Sample Training Plan:
Below is a sample unit list.

Core Units

  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

  • AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
  • AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing
  • AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
  • AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles
  • AHCLSK202 Care for health and welfare of livestock
  • AHCLSK204 Carry out regular livestock observation
  • AHCLSK205 Handle livestock using basic techniques

Course Code:

Certificate III

Delivery mode:
New Entrant Traineeship
School Based Traineeship
Classroom - intensive

Course Fees:
New traineeships commencing from 1 January 2020 are fully subsidised by the NSW Government under Smart and Skilled.

For traineeships commenced prior to 1 January 2020, student fees are capped at $1,000 with the remaining qualification price subsidised under NSW Smart and Skilled.

Classroom based courses may be subsidised under NSW Smart and Skilled, contact us for a quote.