Certificate III in Agriculture

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


Packaging Rules

Completion of sixteen (16) units made up of two (2) core units and fourteen (14) elective units.


a minimum of five (5) units must come from elective group A

a minimum of five (5) units must come from elective groups A or B

a maximum of four (4) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificates II, III or IV in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in agriculture.


Occupational health and safety

add topic AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS processes


add topic AHCWRK313A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices



add topic AHCBIO301A Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response

add topic AHCBIO302A Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs

Broadacre cropping

add topic AHCBAC301A Conserve forage

add topic AHCBAC302A Establish pastures and crops for livestock production

add topic AHCBAC305A Undertake preparation of land for agricultural crop production

add topic AHCBAC306A Establish agricultural crops

add topic AHCBAC307A Maintain agricultural crops

add topic AHCBAC308A Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities


add topic AHCCHM303A Prepare and apply chemicals

add topic AHCCHM304A Transport, handle and store chemicals


add topic AHCLSK301A Administer medication to livestock

add topic AHCLSK302A Mate and monitor reproduction of alpacas

add topic AHCLSK303A Carry out feedlot operations

add topic AHCLSK304A Carry out post-mortem examination of livestock

add topic AHCLSK305A Maintain livestock water supplies

add topic AHCLSK306A Coordinate and monitor production performance

add topic AHCLSK307A Euthanase livestock

add topic AHCLSK308A Identify and draft livestock

add topic AHCLSK309A Implement animal health control programs

add topic AHCLSK310A Implement feeding plans for intensive production

add topic AHCLSK311A Implement feeding plans for livestock

add topic AHCLSK312A Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock

add topic AHCLSK313A Monitor livestock production growing environments

add topic AHCLSK314A Prepare animals for parturition

add topic AHCLSK315A Prepare for and implement natural mating of livestock

add topic AHCLSK316A Prepare livestock for competition

add topic AHCLSK317A Plan to exhibit livestock

add topic AHCLSK318A Rear newborn and young livestock

add topic AHCLSK319A Slaughter livestock

add topic AHCLSK320A Coordinate and monitor livestock transport

add topic AHCLSK321A Service and repair bores and windmills

add topic AHCLSK322A Transport farm produce or bulk materials

add topic AHCLSK323A Maintain and monitor feed stocks

add topic AHCLSK324A Care for and train working dogs

add topic AHCLSK325A Castrate livestock

add topic AHCLSK326A Mix and mill standard stockfeed

add topic AHCLSK327A Collect, store and administer colostrum

add topic AHCLSK328A Remove and facilitate reuse of effluent and manure from an intensive

production system

add topic AHCLSK329A Implement procedures for calving

add topic AHCLSK330A Implement procedures for foaling down mares

add topic AHCLSK331A Comply with industry animal welfare requirements

add topic AHCLSK332A Monitor animals in intensive production systems

add topic AHCLSK333A Monitor pen condition and ration suitability

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM306A Ground spread fertiliser and soil ameliorant

add topic AHCMOM308A Operate broadacre and row crop harvest machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM309A Operate broadacre sowing machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM312A Operate row crop planting and seeding machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM315A Operate chemical application machinery and equipment



add topic AHCAGB301A Keep records for a primary production business

Artificial insemination

add topic AHCAIS301A Collect semen

add topic AHCAIS302A Process and store semen

add topic AHCAIS303A Artificially inseminate livestock


add topic AHCBIO303A Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises

add topic AHCBIO304A Carry out movement and security procedures

add topic AHCBIO305A Monitor and review biosecurity measures

Broadacre cropping

add topic AHCBAC303A Prepare to receive grains/seeds

add topic AHCBAC304A Test grains/seeds on receival


add topic AHCBUS301A Use hand held e-business tools

add topic BSBINM201A Process and maintain workplace information

add topic BSBITU203A Communicate electronically

add topic BSBFIA301A Maintain financial records

add topic BSBITU306A Design and produce business documents

add topic BSBWOR204A Use business technology


add topic AHCCHM301A Conduct fumigation in enclosed spaces

add topic AHCCHM302A Fumigate soil using chemicals

add topic AHCCHM305A Conduct manual fumigation of vertebrate and invertebrate pests


add topic AHCDRG301A Install drainage systems


add topic PUAFIR204B Respond to wildfire

add topic PRMPFES05B Use portable fire fighting equipment

First aid

add topic HLTFA301B Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA302A Provide first aid in remote situation

Horse breeding

add topic AHCHBR302A Carry out basic hoof care procedures

add topic AHCHBR303A Carry out mare mating or artificial insemination procedures

add topic AHCHBR304A Educate, ride and care for horses and equipment

add topic AHCHBR305A Handle and care for stallions

add topic AHCHBR306A Prevent and treat equine injury and disease

add topic AHCHBR307A Assess suitability of horses for stock work


add topic AHCHYD301A Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems

add topic AHCHYD302A Install hydroponic systems


add topic AHCINF301A Implement property improvement, construction and repair

add topic AHCINF302A Plan and construct an electric fence

add topic AHCINF303A Plan and construct conventional fencing


add topic AHCIRG301A Implement a maintenance program for an irrigation system

add topic AHCIRG304A Operate gravity fed irrigation systems

add topic AHCIRG305A Operate pressurised irrigation systems

add topic AHCIRG306A Troubleshoot irrigation systems

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM202A Operate tractors

add topic AHCMOM206A Conduct grader operations

add topic AHCMOM207A Conduct front-end loader operations

add topic AHCMOM301A Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair

add topic AHCMOM302A Perform machinery maintenance

add topic AHCMOM304A Operate machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM305A Operate specialised machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM307A Operate a cane harvester

add topic AHCMOM310A Operate land-forming machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM311A Operate precision control technology

add topic AHCMOM313A Operate mobile irrigation machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM314A Transport machinery

add topic AHCMOM315A Operate chemical application machinery and equipment

add topic RIIMPO319A Conduct backhoe/loader operations

add topic RIIMPO324A Conduct civil construction grader operations

add topic RIIMPO318A Conduct skid steer loader operations

add topic TLID1007C Operate a forklift

add topic TLILIC108A Licence to operate a forklift truck

Merchandising and sales

add topic AHCMER301A Process customer complaints

Pest management

add topic AHCPMG301A Control weeds

add topic AHCPMG302A Control plant pests, diseases and disorders


add topic AHCPCM301A Implement a plant nutrition program

add topic AHCPCM302A Provide information on plants and their culture

add topic AHCPCM303A Identify plant specimens

add topic AHCPGD402A Plan a plant establishment program

Production horticulture

add topic AHCPHT301A Carry out a crop regulation program

add topic AHCPHT302A Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting

add topic AHCPHT303A Implement a post-harvest program

add topic AHCPHT304A Harvest horticultural crops mechanically

add topic AHCPHT305A Regulate crops

add topic AHCPHT306A Establish horticultural crops


add topic AHCSHG301A Prepare livestock for shearing

add topic AHCSHG302A Prepare combs and cutters for machine shearing

add topic AHCSHG306A Carry out post-shearing procedures

add topic AHCSHG307A Plan and prepare for alpaca shearing

Soils and media

add topic AHCSOL401A Sample soils and interpret results

Tools and equipment

add topic AHCTEQ301A Install and terminate extra low voltage wiring systems

add topic MEM05004C Perform routine oxy acetylene welding

add topic MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting

add topic MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding

add topic MEM05015D Weld using manual metal arc welding process

add topic MEM05017D Weld using gas metal arc welding process

add topic MEM05019D Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process

Vertebrate pests

add topic AHCVPT302A Implement vertebrate pest control program


add topic AHCWOL304A Prepare fleece wool for classing

add topic AHCWOL308A Prepare facilities for shearing and crutching

add topic AHCWOL309A Apply quality assurance procedures in wool preparation

add topic AHCWOL310A Press wool for a clip

add topic AHCWOL311A Perform shed duties

add topic AHCWOL312A Class goat fibre

add topic AHCWOL313A Class alpaca fleece


add topic AHCWRK301A Collect samples for a rural production or horticulture monitoring program

add topic AHCWRK302A Monitor weather conditions

add topic AHCWRK303A Respond to emergencies

add topic AHCWRK305A Coordinate work site activities

add topic AHCWRK306A Comply with industry quality assurance requirements

add topic AHCWRK308A Handle bulk materials in storage area

add topic AHCWRK311A Conduct site inspections

Subject lists

Certificate III in Agriculture 3c9d8


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, AHC40110 Certificate IV in Agriculture.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Job roles

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    Farm or station hand

    Farm or station worker.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Speaking clearly and directly

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements


Working as an individual and a team member

Working with diverse individuals and groups

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Being creative in response to workplace challenges

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Being appropriately resourceful


Monitoring and evaluating own performance

Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

Learning in a range of settings including informal learning


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology