Certificate III in Agriculture, Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production) and Certificate III in Agriculture (Beef Production) are traineeships specifically designed for people working in rural industries. These practical courses will develop your technical, husbandry and/or farming skills. The courses combine hands-on farm work and training in a rural environment. The Certificate III in Agriculture will enable you to work effectively in the rural industry in senior roles. Several streams are available in each course to enable you to select an area of specialisation. Each stream has a list of competencies that may be chosen. These streams encourage students to focus their study on beef production, dairy production, grain production, poultry production and sheep and wool production. Certificate III in Agriculture graduates can look forward to working on properties or rural enterprises engaged in primary production in senior roles.
You must be currently employed as a trainee under a training contract. You will need to undertake a Pre-training Review to determine your current skills and literacy and numeracy abilities. This Review will form the basis of your Individual Training Plan.
Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
Modules / Units of Competency
There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production). The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
Title Approx. Hours
Respond to Emergencies 60
Co-ordinate Work Site Activities 70
Implement Feeding Plans for Livestock 140
Implement Livestock Husbandry Practices 80
Mate and Monitor Livestock 80
Coordinate Milking Operations 30
Implement Feeding Plans for Intensive Production 100
Prepare Livestock for Parturition 50
Rear Newborn and Young Livestock 50
Operate a Dairy Recycling System 40
Implement Animals Health Control Programs 50
Carry Out Workplace Occupational Health and Safety Procedures 50
Maintain and Monitor Environmental Work Practices 50
Comply with Industry Quality Assurance Requirements 40
Use and Maintain Electronic Mail System 20
Provide Basic First Aid 10
Plan and Construct Conventional Fencing 60
Transport, Handle and Store Chemicals 50
Establish Pastures and Crops for Livestock Production 80
Artificially Inseminate Livestock 80
Euthanase Livestock 40
Remove and Facilitate the Reuse of Effluent and Manure from an Intensive Production System 50
Prepare Livestock for Competitions 90
Plan and Construct an Electric Fence 60
Coordinate Machinery and Equipment Maintenance and Repair 80
Operate Gravity-Fed Irrigation Systems 50
Operate Pressurised Irrigation Systems 50
Administer Medication to Livestock 40
Keep Records for a Primary Production Business 60
Use Hand-Held E-Business Tools 70
Implement a Plant Nutrition Program 60
Sample Soils and Analyse Results 60
Choose 3 Additional Units from Group A, B and/or C Below:
Prepare and Apply Chemicals 70
The Certificate III in Agriculture, Certificate III in Agriculture (Beef Production) and the Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production) are two to three-year part-time courses. Student intakes, generally activated by an employer reference, are ongoing throughout the year.
Students can expect approximately one class (six hours) per month to study the Certificate III in Agriculture or the Certificate III in Agriculture (Beef Production). Students will attend approximately two classes per month for the Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production).
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
Gordon Institute Support Services
The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.