Certificate III In Agriculture


Certificate III In Agriculture

Course Code
Food & Fibre
Study Area(s)
JobTrainer, Horticulture, Free TAFE, Agriculture
Course Length
Full-time(6 months)

Start Date(s): July 2021
End Date(s): December 2021
Days and Time: TBA

Course Overview

This course is tailored for those who are interested in growing food whilst managing the natural environment.

You will learn about the importance of managing the soil and revegetation programs, including an introduction to beneficial indigenous species and to the technology required to manage the challenges of climate change; with weekly weather monitoring and water analysis, mapping for weed control and revegetation programs as well as understanding the importance of complying with animal welfare requirements.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government's FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you're aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the course tuition fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know you may incur fees that you will need to cover yourself, such as student service fees or materials fees. Skills First (eligible) students are usually entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver, however under JobTrainer you may be eligible for a second Free TAFE course. You may also be able to get an exemption if you don't meet the upskilling requirement. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AHCWHS301Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)50
AHCWRK309Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (AHCWRK309)50


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AHCBEK204Construct and repair beehives (AHCBEK204)25
AHCBEK306Manage pests and disease within a honey bee colony (AHCBEK306)60
AHCCHM303Prepare and apply chemicals (AHCCHM303)70
AHCCHM304Transport and store chemicals (AHCCHM304)50
AHCINF303Plan and construct conventional fencing (AHCINF303)60
AHCIRG217Assist with pressurised irrigation operations (AHCIRG217)40
AHCLPW306Undertake sampling and testing of water (AHCLPW306)70
AHCMOM213Operate and maintain chainsaws (AHCMOM213)40
AHCMOM304Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)40
AHCPCM301Implement a plant nutrition program (AHCPCM301)60
AHCPCM302Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)70
AHCPMG301Control weeds (AHCPMG301)70
AHCPMG302Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)80
AHCSOL401Sample soils and interpret results (AHCSOL401)60
AHCWOL310Press wool for a clip (AHCWOL310)25
AHCWOL311Perform shed duties (AHCWOL311)120
AHCWRK302Monitor weather conditions (AHCWRK302)60
FDFWGG3006ACoordinate hand pruning activities (FDFWGG3006A)40

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information.

What will I study?

Please see list of core modules above.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

Click here to find out more about our Online Service Standards.

For information on disability support at Kangan Institute, click here.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

To you check your eligibility click here.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.

The fees listed below relate to 2021 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2021 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2021: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
980 980 $3.20 $0.64 $8.09

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2021. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisites for this course. However it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. OR You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course and the satisfactory completion of the work requirements (eligibility to transfer); or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. (Mature age is anyone over the age of 18 who has been out of full-time education for more than 12 months.)

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Broadmeadows campus.

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

What employment opportunities will I have?

Job roles vary across different industry sectors and may include:

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

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain hands-on skills and confidence to build fences, use chainsaws and manage chemicals.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate III in Agriculture (AHC30116). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Upon successful completion, you can undertake further study in the Certificate IV in Agriculture (AHC40116), Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management (AHC40916) or Certificate III in Animal Studies (ACM30117).

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must fill in a direct application form which can be obtained from the institute by calling the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. This course may also have a mid-year intake.

How will I be selected for this course?

You will need to attend an interview with one of our assessors.