Agriculture Certificate III (NRT) - Armidale Campus

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  • Objectives
    You will learn how to organise and coordinate the procedures that employees in the rural industries must carry out as well as learning technical skills that a senior employee on a rural enterprise should possess. You will also be able to apply occupational health, safe working practices and quality assurance practices to industry standards.
  • Entry requirements
    This course is for people in the rural industry with some expertise who want to develop advanced technical and husbandry skills. It also provides the underpinning knowledge required to apply these skills in the workplace. This course is also suitable for owners of rural operations who want to enhance their technical knowledge and skills. It is also suitable for people with some expertise who want to enter the rural industry.
  • Academic title
    Agriculture Certificate III (NRT) - Armidale Campus
  • Course description
    The Certificate III in Agriculture contains 8 groups of units.
    Group 1 contains one mandatory unit which is the designated compulsory unit
    in Group A in the Training Package.
    Group 2 contains units addressing the key technical functions that have
    been designated for the agricultural specialisation at AQF level 3. These
    units are in Group B in the Training Package.  Learners must complete at
    least twelve units from group 2 but may complete fifteen.
    Group 3 contains units of competency at AQF levels 2, 3 or 4 from the
    Conservation and Land Management Training Package (RTD02), the Rural
    Production Training Package (RTE03), the Amenity Horticulture Training
    Package (RTF03) and/or any other endorsed Training Packages. These units
    directly align to the units of competency in Group C in the Training
    Package. Learners may complete a maximum of three units from this group.
    However learners should remember that to receive RTE30103 Certificate III
    in Agriculture, 16 units of competency must be completed and at least 12
    of the units of competency presented for this qualification must relate to
    agricultural procedures, activities or contexts. In addition, at least 12
    of the units selected to make up this qualification must be aligned clearly
    to units of competency with Certificate III outcomes. Elective units
    should be selected in accordance with local work undertaken and local
    industry advice.  

    To complete these units in Groups 1, 2 and 3, learners must be able to
    present evidence to prove they can achieve the unit of competency.  The
    course completion requirements specify the units that must be completed
    for the learner to achieve the qualification.
    Group 776 is an enrichment groups containing NSW developed GPS and remote
    sensing data units.
    Group 777 is an enrichment group that contains units which allow
    students to complete NSWTHAZ201A and/or NSWTHAZ301A (NSW developed chemical
    Group 778 is an enrichment group that contains units which allow
    students to complete NSW developed salinity units.  These units do not
    count towards course completion.
    Group 886 contains enrichment units that do not count towards course

    Group 887 contains enrichment units which do not meet the packaging
    requirements for the qualification.
    The nominal duration of each unit is indicative only and is based on
    face-to-face delivery mode with time allocated to evaluate the evidence
    presented by the learner.
    Learner Support
    Learners requiring additional/tutorial support should be co-enrolled in the
    fee-exempt Learner Support course 9999.  This course provides up to 36
    actual hours of support across all AQF levels.
    Course Elective Completion:
    At least 15 elective modules/units must be completed. These may be chosen from groups 2, 3
    Group 1

    All module/units must be completed

    Modules/Units    Name    Hrs 
    RTE3713A     Carry out workplace OHS procedures     30     

    Group 2

    At least 12 and no more than 15 module/units must be completed

    Modules/Units    Name    Hrs
    BSBADM305A     Create and use databases     30     
    BSBCMN206A     Process and maintain workplace information     20     
    BSBCMN213A     Produce simple word processed documents     30     
    BSBCMN214A     Create and use simple spreadsheets     20     
    BSBCMN306A     Produce business documents     40     
    BSBCMN307A     Maintain business resources     20     
    BSBCMN308A     Maintain financial records     40     
    BSBCMN310A     Deliver and monitor a service to customers     20     
    ICAITU133A     Send and retrieve information over the Internet using browsers and email     15     
    PRDSSA29A     Advise client on sale and purchase alternatives     30     
    PRDSSA31A     Prepare stock for sale     20     
    PRDSSA32A     Conduct livestock sale by auction     30     
    PRDSSA33A     Arrange buyer and inspections     30     
    RTC2705A     Work effectively in the industry     10     
    RTC2801A     Participate in workplace communications     10     
    RTC3209A     Plan and construct conventional fencing     30     
    RTC3213A     Implement property improvement, construction and repair     40     
    RTC3310A     Operate specialised machinery and equipment     40     
    RTC3311A     Perform specialised machinery maintenance     40     
    RTC3401A     Control weeds     40     
    RTC3404A     Control plant pests, diseases and disorders     40     
    RTC3701A     Respond to emergencies     30     
    RTC3704A     Prepare and apply chemicals     15     
    RTC3705A     Transport, handle and store chemicals     15     
    RTC3805A     Coordinate work site activities     40     
    RTC4701A     Implement and monitor the enterprise OHS program     15     
    RTD3507A     Undertake sampling and testing of water     30     
    RTE2110A     Maintain livestock water supplies     20     
    RTE2124B     Carry out birthing duties     20     
    RTE2804A     Provide information on products and services     20     
    RTE3002A     Co-ordinate a crop regulation program     30     
    RTE3003A     Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting     30     
    RTE3006A     Establish pastures and crops for livestock production     30     
    RTE3008A     Handle bulk materials in storage area     30     
    RTE3009A     Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities     30     
    RTE3013A     Implement a postharvest program     30     
    RTE3022A     Undertake agricultural crop maintenance activities     30     
    RTE3024A     Undertake preparation of land for agricultural crop production     30     
    RTE3029A     Establish agricultural crops     30     
    RTE3030A     Harvest horticultural crops mechanically     30     
    RTE3037A     Save, prepare and store agricultural seed     30     
    RTE3101A     Artificially inseminate livestock     30     
    RTE3102A     Educate, ride and care for horses     30     
    RTE3103A     Apply quality assurance procedures in wool preparation     30     
    RTE3104A     Carry out basic dentition care procedures on horses     30     
    RTE3105A     Carry out feedlot operations     30     
    RTE3106A     Carry out mare mating procedures     30     
    RTE3107A     Carry out post-shearing procedures     30     
    RTE3108A     Class wool     60     
    RTE3109A     Class goat fibre     30     
    RTE3110A     Coordinate and monitor intensive production performance     30     
    RTE3111A     Appraise wool using industry descriptions     30     
    RTE3112A     Handle and care for stallions     30     
    RTE3113A     Identify and draft livestock     30     
    RTE3114A     Implement feeding plans for livestock     30     
    RTE3115B     Implement livestock husbandry practices     30     
    RTE3116A     Mate and monitor animals     30     
    RTE3117A     Coordinate milking operations     30     
    RTE3118A     Implement feeding plans for intensive production     30     
    RTE3119A     Euthanase animals     30     
    RTE3120A     Prepare facilities for shearing and crutching     30     
    RTE3121B     Prepare animals for parturition     30     
    RTE3122A     Prepare livestock for shearing     30     
    RTE3123A     Pregnancy test pigs     30     
    RTE3124B     Rear newborn and young livestock     30     
    RTE3126A     Remove and facilitate reuse of effluent and manure from an intensive productions system     30     
    RTE3127A     Treat rectal prolapse in pigs     30     
    RTE3128A     Collect, store and administer colostrum     30     
    RTE3129A     Shear sheep to professional level     100     
    RTE3130A     Supervise clip preparation     30     
    RTE3131A     Transport livestock     30     
    RTE3133B     Prepare livestock for competition     30     
    RTE3134A     Slaughter livestock     30     
    RTE3135A     Artificially inseminate birds     30     
    RTE3136A     Comply with industry animal welfare requirements     30     
    RTE3137A     Carry out basic hoof care procedures     30     
    RTE3138B     Determine wool characteristics     30     
    RTE3139A     Maintain consistent shearing performance     40     
    RTE3140A     Carry out post-mortem examination of livestock     30     
    RTE3141A     Prepare fleece wool for classing     30     
    RTE3142A     Prepare skirtings and oddments     40     
    RTE3143A     Monitor intensive livestock production growing environments     30     
    RTE3144A     Prevent and treat equine injury and disease     30     
    RTE3145A     Press wool     30     
    RTE3146A     Process and store semen     30     
    RTE3147A     Prepare for and implement natural mating of livestock     30     
    RTE3148A     Assess conformation of horses     30     
    RTE3210A     Plan and construct an electric fence     30     
    RTE3301A     Operate a cane harvester     30     
    RTE3302A     Carry out minor service of milking equipment     30     
    RTE3304A     Maintain and service shearing handpieces     30     
    RTE3305A     Install and terminate extra low voltage wiring systems     30     
    RTE3307A     Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair     30     
    RTE3308A     Operate a dairy recycling system     30     
    RTE3309A     Operate machinery in adverse conditions     30     
    RTE3312A     Service and repair bores and windmills     30     
    RTE3313A     Monitor and provide advice on cleaning milking machines     30     
    RTE3314A     Transport farm produce or bulk materials     30     
    RTE3316A     Disconnect/ reconnect fixed wired equipment     30     
    RTE3317A     Carry out minor service of milking equipment     30     
    RTE3318A     Prepare combs and cutters for machine shearing     30     
    RTE3402A     Implement animal health control programs     30     
    RTE3406A     Implement vertebrate pest control program     30     
    RTE3504B     Collect samples for rural production or horticulture monitoring program     30     
    RTE3506A     Monitor weather conditions     30     
    RTE3601A     Install irrigation systems     30     
    RTE3603A     Install drainage systems     30     
    RTE3604A     Troubleshoot drainage systems     30     
    RTE3605A     Troubleshoot irrigation systems     30     
    RTE3606A     Measure drainage system performance     30     
    RTE3607A     Measure irrigation delivery system performance     30     
    RTE3608A     Monitor and operate water treatment processes     30     
    RTE3609A     Operate fertigation equipment     30     
    RTE3610A     Operate gravity fed irrigation systems     30     
    RTE3611A     Operate pressurised irrigation systems     30     
    RTE3612A     Implement a maintenance program for an irrigation system     30     
    RTE3708A     Clean and fumigate intensive production sheds     30     
    RTE3712A     Administer medication to animals     30     
    RTE3714A     Maintain and monitor environmental work practices     30     
    RTE3801A     Provide on-job training support     30     
    RTE3806A     Provide advice and sell farm chemicals     30     
    RTE3807A     Provide advice and sell machinery     30     
    RTE3808A     Provide advice on agronomic products     30     
    RTE3809A     Provide advice on hardware products     30     
    RTE3810A     Provide advice on livestock products     30     
    RTE3819A     Process customer complaints     30     
    RTE3901A     Comply with industry quality assurance requirements     30     
    RTE3902A     Document a wool clip     30     
    RTE3904A     Keep records for a primary production business     40     
    RTE3905A     Sell products and services     30     
    RTE3907A     Use hand-held e-business tools     40     
    RTE3908A     Maintain and monitor feed stocks     30     
    RTF3011A     Implement a plant establishment program     40     
    RTF3012A     Implement a plant nutrition program     30     
    RTF3014A     Implement a propagation plan     50     
    RTF3033A     Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems     40     
    RTF3215A     Install hydroponic systems     40     
    RTF3216A     Install water features     30     
    RTF3503A     Sample soils and analyse results     40     
    WRRS2B     Advise on products and services     27     

    Group 3

    No more than 3 module/units may be completed

    Modules/Units    Name    Hrs
    BSBCMN107A     Operate a personal computer     20     
    FPICOR2205A     Follow OHS policies and procedures     20     
    FPICOT2204A     Maintain chainsaws     16     
    FPICOT2206A     Cross cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw     30     
    FPICOT2221A     Trim and cross cut felled trees     40     
    FPIFGM139A     Operate 4x4 vehicle in off-road conditions     20     
    FPIFGM2208A     Fall trees manually (basic)     40     
    FPIFGM3204A     Fall trees manually (intermediate)     40     
    HLTFA301B     Apply first aid     15     
    MEM5.12C     Perform routine manual metal arc welding     18     
    MEM5.50B     Perform routine gas metal arc welding     18     
    MEM5.7C     Perform manual heating and thermal cutting     18     
    MNMG238A     Conduct forklift operations     30     
    MNMOLH305A     Conduct front end loader operations     30     
    RTC2005A     Fell small trees     20     
    RTC2012A     Plant trees and shrubs     20     
    RTC2016A     Recognise plants     20     
    RTC2209A     Install, maintain and repair fencing     20     
    RTC2301A     Undertake operational maintenance of machinery     30     
    RTC2304A     Operate and maintain chainsaws     30     
    RTC2306A     Operate vehicles     30     
    RTC2307A     Operate machinery and equipment     30     
    RTC2309A     Operate tractors     30     
    RTC2701A     Follow OHS procedures     15     
    RTC2702A     Observe environmental work practices     15     
    RTC2704A     Provide basic first aid     10     
    RTC2706A     Apply chemicals under supervision     15     
    RTC3206A     Erect timber structures and features     40     
    RTC3218A     Undertake a site assessment     40     
    RTC4703A     Plan and implement a chemical use program     25     
    RTD2022A     Carry out natural area restoration works     30     
    RTD2126A     Recognise animals     20     
    RTD2403A     Conduct vertebrate pest activities from aircraft     20     
    RTD3034A     Implement revegetation works     40     
    RTD3205A     Construct conservation earthworks     40     
    RTD3502A     Carry out inspection of designated area     30     
    RTD3707A     Release biological agents     30     
    RTD4507A     Produce maps for land management purposes     120     
    RTE2002A     Assist with prescribed burning     20     
    RTE2003A     Carry out postharvest operations     20     
    RTE2006A     Carry out basic canopy maintenance     20     
    RTE2010A     Establish horticultural crops     20     
    RTE2011A     Assist agricultural crop establishment     20     
    RTE2018A     Regulate crops     20     
    RTE2021A     Support horticultural crop harvesting     20     
    RTE2028A     Undertake field budding and grafting     20     
    RTE2030A     Assist agricultural crop harvesting     20     
    RTE2102A     Brood poultry     20     
    RTE2103A     Carry out milking shed routines     20     
    RTE2104A     Carry out regular horse observation     30     
    RTE2105A     Collect, store and handle eggs from breeder flocks     20     
    RTE2106A     Care for and train working dogs     20     
    RTE2107A     Crutch sheep     20     
    RTE2108A     Identify and sex birds     20     
    RTE2109A     Incubate eggs     20     
    RTE2111A     Identify and mark livestock     20     
    RTE2112A     Milk livestock     20     
    RTE2113B     Monitor livestock to parturition     20     
    RTE2114A     Monitor water supplies     20     
    RTE2115A     Muster and move livestock     20     
    RTE2117A     Pen up sheep     20     
    RTE2118A     Handle livestock using basic techniques     20     
    RTE2119A     Perform board duties     20     
    RTE2120A     Assist with pressing wool     20     
    RTE2121A     Provide daily care for horses     40     
    RTE2123A     Collect semen     20     
    RTE2124B     Carry out birthing duties     20     
    RTE2127A     Castrate livestock     20     
    RTE2128B     Provide feed for livestock     20     
    RTE2129A     Move and handle pigs     20     
    RTE2130A     Ride horses and care for equipment     40     
    RTE2131B     Care for health and welfare of livestock     20     
    RTE2132A     Assist with artificial insemination procedures     20     
    RTE2133A     Artificially inseminate pigs     20     
    RTE2134A     Assist with feeding in intensive production systems     20     
    RTE2136A     Load and unload livestock     20     
    RTE2137A     Assist with natural mating procedures and prepare for parturition in horses     30     
    RTE2138A     Shear goats     100     
    RTE2140A     Maintain health and welfare of poultry     20     
    RTE2141A     Set up shed for placement of day old chickens     20     
    RTE2142A     Collect and pack eggs for human consumption     20     
    RTE2143A     Mate pigs and monitor dry sow performance     20     
    RTE2144A     Carry out regular livestock observation     20     
    RTE2145A     Care for weaner and grower pigs     20     
    RTE2146A     Mix and mill standard stockfeed     20     
    RTE2147A     Beak trim chickens     20     
    RTE2148A     Handle young horses     40     
    RTE2149A     Shear sheep to improver level     100     
    RTE2150A     Maintain intensive production growing environments     20     
    RTE2151A     Maintain health and welfare of pigs     20     
    RTE2201A     Carry out basic electric fencing operations     20     
    RTE2205A     Fabricate and repair metal or plastic structures     20     
    RTE2212A     Prepare grain storages     20     
    RTE2213A     Weld and fabricate stainless steel     40     
    RTE2214A     Clean intensive productions sheds     20     
    RTE2216A     Assist in preparing for shearing and crutching     20     
    RTE2302A     Grind combs and cutters for machine shearing     20     
    RTE2303A     Operate cane haulage vehicle     20     
    RTE2308A     Operate ride-on vehicles     20     
    RTE2310A     Prepare handpiece and downtube for machine shearing     20     
    RTE2314A     Mechanically test milking machines     20     
    RTE2503B     Observe and report on weather     20     
    RTE2601A     Assist with the operation of gravity fed irrigation     20     
    RTE2602A     Assist with the operation of pressurised irrigation systems     20     
    RTE2603A     Lay irrigation and/or drainage pipes     20     
    RTE2604A     Maintain drainage systems     20     
    RTE2605A     Maintain gravity fed irrigation systems     20     
    RTE2606A     Maintain pressurised irrigation systems     20     
    RTE2607A     Install micro-irrigation systems     20     
    RTE2707B     Follow site quarantine procedures     20     
    RTE2901A     Observe enterprise quality assurance procedures     20     
    RTE2902B     Collect and record production data     20     
    RTE3117A     Coordinate milking operations     30     
    RTE3121B     Prepare animals for parturition     30     
    RTE3149A     Supervise free-range poultry operations     30     
    RTE3801A     Provide on-job training support     30     
    RTE4002A     Develop a crop regulation program     40     
    RTE4008A     Maintain grain quality in storage     40     
    RTE4009A     Plan a pasture establishment program     40     
    RTE4010A     Supervise agricultural crop maintenance     40     
    RTE4011A     Manage pastures for livestock production     40     
    RTE4012A     Supervise horticultural crop harvesting     40     
    RTE4018A     Supervise agricultural crop establishment     40     
    RTE4026A     Supervise agricultural crop harvesting     40     
    RTE4101A     Carry out stud stable management duties     60     
    RTE4102A     Supervise feedlot operations     40     
    RTE4103A     Determine wool classing strategies     40     
    RTE4104A     Develop livestock feeding plans     40     
    RTE4105A     Escort animals during export     40     
    RTE4106A     Supervise raising young horses     60     
    RTE4107A     Supervise artificial breeding and/or embryo transfer programs     40     
    RTE4108A     Manage horses for stockwork     40     
    RTE4109A     Oversee animal marking operations     40     
    RTE4110A     Supervise natural mating of livestock     40     
    RTE4111A     Manage shearing and crutching operations     30     
    RTE4112A     Manage milking shed routines     40     
    RTE4114A     Plan and monitor intensive production systems     40     
    RTE4115A     Plan to exhibit livestock or fleece     40     
    RTE4116A     Implement a feeding strategy for pig production     40     
    RTE4117A     Implement intensive production systems     40     
    RTE4118A     Develop feeding plans for an intensive production system     40     
    RTE4119A     Supervise animal health programs     40     
    RTE4120A     Implement and monitor animal welfare programs     40     
    RTE4123A     Use individual fleece measurements to prepare wool for sale     30     
    RTE4124A     Pregnancy test animals     40     
    RTE4125A     Supervise nutrition and feeding in an intensive production system     40     
    RTE4127A     Class wool for special markets     30     
    RTE4129A     Apply advanced shearing techniques     80     
    RTE4202A     Design livestock handling/accommodation facilities     40     
    RTE4203A     Implement and monitor a property improvement plan     60     
    RTE4301A     Conduct major repair and overhaul of machinery and equipment     40     
    RTE4302A     Design and fabricate milking equipment installations     40     
    RTE4304A     Install milking equipment     40     
    RTE4305A     Performance test milking machines     40     
    RTE4307A     Carry out cleaning-time tests of milking machines     40     
    RTE4309A     Design and install on-farm milk cooling and storage     40     
    RTE4310A     Conduct equipment experting for machine shearing     40     
    RTE4401A     Control weeds, pests and/or diseases in crops     40     
    RTE4511A     Develop a soil use map for a property     40     
    RTE4601A     Acquire resources for irrigation installation and construction     40     
    RTE4602A     Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system     40     
    RTE4603A     Implement an irrigation-related environmental protection program     40     
    RTE4604A     Determine seasonal irrigation scheduling tasks     40     
    RTE4605A     Schedule irrigations     40     
    RTE4606A     Supervise on-site irrigation and construction work     40     
    RTE4607A     Plan on site irrigation system installation and construction work     40     
    RTE4608A     Plan and co ordinate gravity-fed irrigation systems     40     
    RTE4609A     Implement, monitor and adjust irrigation schedules     40     
    RTE4801A     Provide advice on marketing the clip     30     
    RTE4812A     Coordinate customer service and network activities     40     
    RTE4813A     Provide information and advice on wool preparation     30     
    RTE4901A     Administer finance, insurance and legal requirements     60     
    RTE4902A     Support and review business structures and relationships     50     
    RTE4903A     Arrange transport for grain or livestock     40     
    RTE4904A     Arrange employment for shearing operations     20     
    RTE4914A     Participate in an e-business supply chain     40     
    RTE4915A     Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures     30     
    RTE4916A     Prepare shearing team wages     20     
    RTE4917A     Account for shearing shed supplies     20     
    RTF2001A     Apply a range of treatments to trees     30     
    RTF2009A     Perform above ground pruning     20     
    RTF3204A     Construct concrete structures and features     40     
    RTF3217A     Set out site for construction works     40     
    SROEQO009A     Plan conditioning and training programs for horses     60     

    Group 776 ENRICHMENT

    You may choose modules/units from this group but they do not count towards course completion

    Modules/Units    Name    Hrs
    NSWTSIM301A     Understanding GPS on the farm     25     
    NSWTSIM401A     Use remote sensing data as a decision support tool in agriculture     25     

    Group 777 ENRICHMENT

    You may choose modules/units from this group but they do not count towards course completion

    Modules/Units    Name    Hrs
    NSWTHAZ201A     Use hazardous substances safely     15     
    NSWTHAZ301A     Manage residues in product     20     

    Group 778 ENRICHMENT

    You may choose modules/units from this group but they do not count towards course completion

    Modules/Units    Name    Hrs
    NSWTSAL201A     Report on incidences of salinity     15     
    NSWTSAL301A     Seek salinity advice     25     
    NSWTSAL302A     Implement practices for managing salinity     25     

    Group 886 ENRICHMENT

    You may choose modules/units from this group but they do not count towards course completion

    Modules/Units    Name    Hrs
    RTC2309A     Operate tractors     30     

    Group 887 ENRICHMENT

    You may choose modules/units from this group but they do not count towards course completion

    Modules/Units    Name    Hrs
    1209A     OHS induction (workcover no. 03493)     5     
    3223A     Senior first aid     18     
    5585N     Farm butchery     36     
    FPIC2007A     Maintain chainsaws     10     
    FPIC2011A     Cross-cut materials with a hand held chainsaw     20     
    FPIFGM069A     Trim and cross-cut felled trees (non-commercial / non-production)     20     
    FPIOHS1A     Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures     20     
    NSWTEQU307A     Ride and lead performance horses     50     
    NSWTEQU309A     Assist in the education of performance horses to work with livestock     50     
    RTC1701A     Follow basic chemical safety rules     5     
    RTE1101A     Support extensive livestock work     20     
    RTE1103A     Support woolshed operations     20     
    RTE1104A     Support horse work     20     
    RTE1105A     Undertake basic shearing and crutching     20     
    RTE1106A     Shear sheep to novice level     80     
    RTE5524A     Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies     100

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