Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)

This qualification provides a vocational outcome in dairying. The dairy industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.


Packaging Rules

Completion of seventeen (17) units made up of eleven (11) core units and six (6) elective units.


a minimum of three (3) units must come from the elective unit list

a maximum of three (3) units from the elective units or 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 dairying.


Broadacre cropping

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBAC302A

Establish pastures and crops for livestock production


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCCHM303A

Prepare and apply chemicals

add topic AHCCHM304A

Transport, handle and store chemicals


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Unit title

add topic AHCDRY301A

Coordinate milking operations


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Unit title

add topic AHCINF302A

Plan and construct an electric fence


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add topic AHCLSK309A

Implement animal health control programs

add topic AHCLSK311A

Implement feeding plans for livestock

add topic AHCLSK318A

Rear newborn and young livestock

add topic AHCLSK329A

Implement procedures for calving

Occupational Health and Safety

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add topic AHCOHS301A

Contribute to OHS processes


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add topic AHCWRK303A

Respond to emergencies


Artificial insemination

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCAIS303A

Artificially inseminate livestock

Broadacre cropping

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBAC301A

Conserve forage

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


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Unit title

add topic AHCDRY302A

Operate a dairy recycling system


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add topic AHCINF301A

Implement property improvement, construction and repair

add topic AHCINF303A

Plan and construct conventional fencing


Unit code

Unit title

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


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Unit title

add topic AHCLSK301A

Administer medication to livestock

add topic AHCLSK305A

Maintain livestock water supplies

add topic AHCLSK308A

Identify and draft livestock

add topic AHCLSK312A

Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management of livestock

add topic AHCLSK315A

Prepare for and implement natural mating of 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 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 AHCLSK331A

Comply with industry animal welfare requirements

Machinery operation and maintenance

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCMOM305A

Operate specialised machinery and equipment


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPCM301A

Implement a plant nutrition program


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCWRK301A

Collect samples for a rural production or horticulture monitoring program

add topic AHCWRK302A

Monitor weather conditions

add topic AHCWRK305A

Coordinate work site activities

add topic AHCWRK306A

Comply with industry quality assurance requirements

add topic AHCWRK310A

Provide on-job training support

add topic AHCWRK313A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


    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, 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:

    Dairy farmhand

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