Certificate III in Agriculture

AHC30116

  • Course Information
  • Units
  • Cost
  • Delivery
  • Benefits
  • Pathways
  • Tone up your skills and gain a Nationally recognised qualification at the same time - without leaving the farm / local district.



    ABOUT THE COURSE

    Our Certificate III course is designed for people who would like to improve their farm skills. There are no prerequisites however some course entry requirements do apply, see below for more details.



    You have up to one and a half years to complete this course in a self-paced online format.  Your learning time includes not only the time you spend working on the course materials, but also your time for reflection and thinking about what you have learned as you go about your normal activities.  We estimate the total learning time may be up to 20 hours per week for some students.  Of course, this will vary according to your existing skills and knowledge.



    RuralBiz Training (RTO Code 90782) is responsible for ensuring compliance of all training and assessment.



    View Student Handbook



    Possible job titles relevant to this qualification:




    • Farm hand
    • Shed hand


    COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:




    • Be involved in a farm business
    • Have access to a computer with at least Windows XP, Word 97, Excel 97, Adobe Reader and satellite broadband internet connection or similar
    • Basic computer skills e.g. use of internet, email, basic word processing skills
    • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent or be able to demonstrate similar literacy and numeracy levels


    RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) & CREDIT TRANSFER



    RPL is a process which recognises the experience and skills you have gained through previous work experiences, or prior study. This means you may gain recognition without additional training.



    If you have done previous accredited training, we may be able to offer you direct credit transfer for units in this course. Contact RuralBiz Training if you think this applies to you.



    COURSE LEADERS




    • Alison McIntosh
    • Greg Murtha
    • Kathy Sims
    • David Worsley


    Click here for more about the RuralBiz Training trainers.



     


  • UNITS

    Training Package rules


    Completion of 16 units made up of:

    • 2 core units
    • minimum of 5 units from elective group A
    • minimum of 5 units from elective groups A or B
    • maximum of 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

    Code

    Title

    Core/Elective
    (C or E)

    AHCWHS301

    Contribute to work health and safety processes

    C

    AHCWRK309

    Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

    C

    AHCCHM303

    Prepare and apply chemicals

    E

    AHCCHM304

    Transport and store chemicals

    E

    AHCPMG301

    Control weeds

    E

    AHCLSK309

    Implement animal health control programs

    E

    AHCLSK305

    Maintain livestock water supplies

    E

    AHCWRK302

    Monitor weather conditions

    E

    AHCLSK311

    Implement feeding plans for livestock

    E

    AHCBAC306

    Establish agricultural crops

    E

    AHCAGB301

    Keep production records for a primary production business

    E

    AHCINF301

    Implement property improvement, construction and repair

    E

    AHCINF303

    Plan and construct conventional fencing

    E

    AHCLSK320

    Coordinate and monitor livestock transport

    E

    AHCSOL401

    Sample soils and interpret results

    E

    AHCPMG409

    Implement a pest management program

    E

     

  • COST

    Your fee for this course will depend on the availability of a subsidy from your State and your eligibility.  To view a summary of all current course fees and subsidies please click here or contact our office for more information.



    Payment options



    Payment plan



    Want to make smaller, regular payments throughout your course?  



    The payment plan option consists of establishing a direct debit facility for payments deducted weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly from your nominated bank account or credit card, across the duration of your enrolment (up to 2 years). There is a $10 establishment fee and a 4% administration charge on all payment plans.   The establishment fee is paid in your first instalment and the administration fee becomes part of your scheduled deduction. 



    Payment plans are administered by DebitSuccess (www.debitsuccess.com.au)



    Upfront payment



    You can make an upfront payment (of no more than $1,500) for your student fee while enrolling with any residual processed through the payment plan.


  • TRAINING DELIVERY

    Self-paced online learning



    Use resources and information in our online learning site (RuralBiz Online) to work at your own rate, at times that suit you. You will find resources to help you learn including videos, quizzes, print materials and links to other useful websites. This site also has a forum where you can post comments and questions for other participants and your trainer. It will also be the spot to upload your assessments, receive trainer feedback and track your progress.



    Interactive online sessions



    These are run in our Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom where you work with a trainer and other participants. You will be able to see a presentation on your computer screen, hear the trainer and other group members, and ask questions or make comments. One of our previous participants described it as being like "two-way radio with pictures" but it also has a whiteboard, chat function and many other tools useful for training. Some sessions are also recorded for listening back at a later date. These sessions are usually run on demand when there is a group of at least 10 participants to attend.



    Printed Manuals



    Many of our units use a printed manual, giving you time to explore the online learning environments while having familiar materials at hand.



    Assessment



    Your assessment tasks are designed for you to apply your learning to your own farm.  In many cases, you produce a valuable resource for ongoing use in your own business - such as an e-Farm Plan which is easily updated or business, cropping or livestock plans.



    Past students have found that they continue to use and adapt these plans well after they have completed their qualification.



    You'll attend an AgForum in each unit - an online informal discussion with other students about day to day issues of interest in agriculture. 



    Your progress



    At enrolment, we work with you to design an individual training plan that meets your needs and course rules, so you can complete your course within the 2-year time frame, or earlier if you want to progress more quickly.



    We know that farmers have busy periods during the year depending on their district and type of farming.  We also recognise that family issues mean some students will need time out during their course.



    If you find you are unable to keep to your training plan, you can talk to your guardian angel and amend it as needed.



    Remember, we're working with you to make your study possible!


  • BENEFITS

    Key Benefits




    • Flexible - self paced online or online group delivery, fit study in with your life.
    • Everyone with an internet connection has equal access to training
    • Training is delivered to you - wherever you have internet access
    • No travel time or travel costs
    • Access to online materials 24/7
    • Access to the best trainers who are farmers themselves, not just trainers who can visit your district
    • Your very own Guardian Angel for support
    • Work in groups from a wide geographic area
    • Training can continue even if you are travelling or cut off by floods or other natural disasters
    • Assessments are submitted online - fast turnaround times
    • Student Card - purchase some items at discounted prices

  • PATHWAYS

    Further Education or Training:



    Further training pathways from this Qualification include, but are not limited to:





    which then may lead to:





    Employment:



    Employment pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to:




    • Farm hand
    • Shed hand

Certificate III in Agriculture

AHC30116