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Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

The perfect educational and career path for those who love to work in the great outdoors and have a passion for all things nature and science.

A diverse range of qualifications covering agriculture, horticulture and production nursery, landscaping, laboratory skills, viticulture and wine industry operations, conservation and land management.


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AHC32516 BDD7 Aboriginal Sites Work
Certificate III Albany

The qualification enables individuals to undertake work associated with inspecting, documenting and maintaining Aboriginal cultural and heritage sites. The qualification enables individuals to operate under recognised, appropriate cultural supervision to undertake work associated with inspecting, documenting and maintaining Aboriginal cultural and heritage sites. 

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC33116 BDA2 Advanced Wool Handling
Certificate III Narrogin

When you complete this course you will be ready for a career in Shearing Shed Hands or Wool Handler.
You will have the skills and knowledge to handle wool and work in a shearing shed. You will learn skills penning sheep, performing board duties, pressing wool, and prepairing sheep for shearing and crutching. You will also learn about first aid, effective communication,responding to emergencies, and safety in the workplace.
Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC50116 BDD8 Agriculture
Diploma Muresk

This qualification reflects the role of personnel working on farms and stations who manage enterprise production units and employees and sole operators of agribusinesses who provide crop production advice and services to production enterprises.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

This course is delivered via South Regional TAFE at the Muresk Campus based near Northam, Western Australia. 

AHC30116 BCW6 Agriculture
Half price
Certificate III Manjimup
Narrogin

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in agriculture. The qualification enables individuals to select a livestock production, horticulture or livestock context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both horticulture and livestock.
Individuals with this qualification perform tasks in a variety of contexts, which involve some judgement in selecting equipment and services.


Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC20116 BCZ7 Agriculture
Certificate II Esperance

Open the gate to a career in Agriculture. If you are interested in gaining hands-on agricultural training, this program is designed for you. Our Certificate II in Agriculture provides a general introduction to agriculture skills and techniques. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC30216 BDE3 Agriculture (Dairy Production)
Certificate III Bunbury

This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to work as a farm hand in dairy or livestock farming. You will learn skills in stock handling and feeding, milking operations, workplace health and safety, farm maintenance and machinery and equipment operation. You will also learn about first aid, effective communication, responding to emergencies and safety in the workplace.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

MAA18 Auschem Accreditation - Risk Management in Pesticide Use
Short Course Esperance
Harvey
Katanning
Manjimup
Margaret River
Mount Barker
Narrogin

Description

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to manage risks associated with chemical use, and to understand your obligations in the areas of duty of care, quality assurance and environmental management.

Participants will learn on a practical level how to improve their integrated pest management programmes, to better choose the right chemical for the job and to apply it more accurately.  The course is designed for people who will be spraying chemicals without supervision.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

    AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
    AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals

MAA19 Auschem Reaccreditation
Short Course Katanning
Manjimup
Margaret River
Mount Barker
Narrogin

Description

This one-day course is an essential update for primary producers in all aspects of chemical use and is designed to maintain AusChem WA accreditation. It covers new information in environmental safety, personal and occupational health and safety, legislation, spraying and calibration techniques, residues and resistance to chemicals.

This course is suitable for:
    farmers/food producers
    people employed by a shire (not those contracting to a shire)
    DEC employees spraying on DEC land
    National Resource Management employees spraying on their land (not contract sprayers doing the job)
    mine rehabilitation and weed eradication employees where they are spraying on mine land.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

    AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases

MAB40 Back Pack/ Boom Spray Combined Skill Set
Skill set Albany

Description

This course is for those seeking to obtain the mandatory licence required to meet Health Department requirements for a Pest Management Technician licence if you are spraying chemicals for commercial gain.
If only a backpack or hand held device is used for spot spraying then this course is suitable.
It may lead to employment in Lawn & Garden, Landscaping, Bushland & Mine Site Rehabilitation.

Skills and knowledge elements include:
    Common weeds found in WA
    Common weed controls used in WA (following Integrated Pest Management strategies)
    Safe disposal of chemical residue and containers
    Correct Personal Protective Equipment for selected control measures
    Understanding a chemical label, schedules and use of chemicals
    Understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    Groups of chemicals and their formulations

This course is delivered over 1 day.

Entry requirements
It is recommended that participants completing this course have significant prior knowledge and skills in spraying chemicals if looking to obtain a spraying license for lawn and garden, landscaping or mine site rehabilitation.

 

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany

If a campus offering this course is not featured in the menu list below or doesn’t have dates, it means they don’t have dates set right now but they are being planned. You can keep checking this page or use the enquiry form to register your interest.

Fees
Non-Concession: $445.00
Concession: $171.40
Commercial / International: $1174.60
AE204 Broadacre Harvest Operations Skill Set
Half price
Skill sets
Skill set Albany
Esperance
Muresk

Description

The Broadacre Harvest Operations Skill Set will give anyone new to the agricultural industry the skills and knowledge to safely undertake employment for harvest operations in the broadacre sector. You will gain the knowledge to safely operate a range of machinery used for harvest, for example a tractor, header, augur and chaser-bin.
This skill set is ideal for anyone wanting to enter the agricultural industry and gain employment as a farm worker during harvest. It may appeal to school leavers, career changers, or anyone wanting to update their skills according to current industry practices and equipment.
 

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following units

AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 
AHCMOM305 Operate specialised machinery and equipment
AHCBAC308 Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany, Esperance and Muresk.

Esperance dates are: 21-25 September 2020, 7.30am - 4.30pm (5 days)

If a campus offering this course is not featured in the menu list below or doesn’t have dates, it means they don’t have dates set right now but they are being planned. You can keep checking this page or use the enquiry form to register your interest.

If you meet the fee free eligibility criteria for this course, please enrol in the Broadacre Harvest Operations (Fee Free).

Skill sets 

This is a targeted skill set related to the Skills Ready program, which is aimed at rebuilding our local businesses and communities with free and reduced-price training.

 

Fees
$231.20
AE207 Broadacre Harvest Operations Skill Set (Fee Free)
Free
Skill sets
Skill set Albany
Esperance
Muresk

Description

The Broadacre Harvest Operations Skill Set will give anyone new to the agricultural industry the skills and knowledge to safely undertake employment for harvest operations in the broadacre sector. You will gain the knowledge to safely operate a range of machinery used for harvest, for example a tractor, header, augur and chaser-bin.
This skill set is ideal for anyone wanting to enter the agricultural industry and gain employment as a farm worker during harvest. It may appeal to school leavers, career changers, or anyone wanting to update their skills according to current industry practices and equipment.
 

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following units

AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 
AHCMOM305 Operate specialised machinery and equipment
AHCBAC308 Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany, Esperance and Muresk.

Esperance dates are: 21-25 September 2020, 7.30am - 4.30pm (5 days)

If a campus offering this course is not featured in the menu list below or doesn’t have dates, it means they don’t have dates set right now but they are being planned. You can keep checking this page or use the enquiry form to register your interest.

 

If you do not meet the fee free eligibility criteria for this course, please enrol in the Broadacre Harvest Operations Skill Set.

Free*

 If you are aged 15—24 years (not at school), receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment, receiving Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY or holding a pensioner concession card, Health Care Card or a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, or a dependent of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution, you are eligible to enrol for free!

 

Skill sets

 

This is a targeted skill set related to the Skills Ready program, which is aimed at rebuilding our local businesses and communities with free and reduced-price training.

 

Fees
This course is free. There are no tuition, resource or administration fees.
MAA11 Chainsaw
Short Course Albany
Busselton
Esperance
Katanning
Manjimup
Margaret River
Mount Barker
Narrogin

Description

This course covers the process of maintaining, preparing and operating hand-held chainsaws in a work environment.

These skills can be transferred to the homestead, are useful for home gardners and could lead to employment in parks and gardens or landscaping.

You will gain skills and knowledge in understanding the correct type of chainsaw for a particular task, how to use the chainsaw, maintain the chainsaw and store suitable personal protective equipment.

You will also carry out routine checks and maintenance on a chainsaw, apply appropriate chainsaw techniques, cutting methods according to manufacturer’s specifications and documented low risk work procedures; assess and minimise environmental impacts of chainsaw use; maintain records of chainsaw training and certification, risk assessment and use.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

    AHCMOM213 Operate and Maintain Chainsaws

AHC21016 BDF0 Conservation and Land Management
Half price
Certificate II Albany
Bunbury

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in conservation and land management.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC31416 BDC1 Conservation and Land Management
Certificate III Albany
Bunbury
Esperance

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in the conservation and land management industry.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC40916 BCZ9 Conservation and Land Management
Certificate IV Albany
Bunbury

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the conservation and land management industry.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

FWP30216 BAL0 Harvesting and Haulage
Half price
Certificate III Albany

This qualification is designed for job roles in the harvesting and haulage sector of the forest and wood products industry. The harvesting and haulage sector is responsible for cutting down trees, plantation and native, and transporting them to a mill or port facility. The product might be timber logs or chip and the species harvested range from blue gum for woodchip, pine for chip and timber and native timber for chip or timber. Residues are also used for mulch, pelleting, bio fuel and oil production.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

MAB40 Health Department Pesticide Spraying - Mechanical / Boom Spray
Short Course Albany
Esperance

Description

This course is for those seeking to obtain the mandatory licence required to meet Health Department requirements for a Pest Management Technician licence if you are spraying chemicals for commercial gain.
These competencies are required to be completed where mechanical equipment is used to apply pesticides. Examples include boom spraying equipment including quad bike mounted or air blast equipment.
It may lead to employment in broadacre spraying of crops & pastures, forestry, pest & weed control in non-cropping situations and turf Management.

Skills and knowledge elements include:
    Common weeds found in WA
    Common weed controls used in WA (following Integrated Pest Management strategies)
    Safe disposal of chemical residue and containers
    Correct Personal Protective Equipment for selected control measures
    Understanding a chemical label, schedules and use of chemicals
    Understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    Groups of chemicals and their formulations

This course is delivered over a 2 day period.

Entry requirements
It is recommended that participants completing this course have significant prior knowledge and skills in spraying chemicals if looking to obtain a spraying license for broadacre spraying with mechanical equipment.

AHC20416 BDE6 Horticulture
Half price
Certificate II Albany
Bunbury
Busselton
Katanning
Margaret River

This course is for any interested people that want to learn a more about gardening and general horticultural practices. Such people may want to commence their own business or seek employment as a nursery hand within established horticultural businesses. There are no pre-requisites for this course aside from a strong interest in this industry area.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC30716 BDF1 Horticulture
Half price
Certificate III Albany
Bunbury
Busselton
Katanning
Margaret River

Are you looking for a career among the trees? When you complete the Certificate III in Horticulture you will be ready for a career working with plants as school or council gardener, groundskeeper, or self-employed landscaper. You will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the horticultural industry, implement propagation plans, control weeds, pests, and diseases, safely prepare, store, and apply chemicals, install irrigation, create plant displays, plant identification and nutrition, and workplace safety and health.

South Regional TAFE Campuses have well designed horticulture facilities.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC40416 BCW2 Horticulture
Certificate IV Albany
Bunbury
Busselton
Denmark
Margaret River

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge across a broad coverage of the industry prior to undertaking higher level roles in the industry.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

MSL30118 BDV6 Laboratory Skills
Half price
Certificate III Bunbury

This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to assist in collecting and preparing samples and to carry out, measure and record results of experiments in the physical, chemical, biological or life sciences. You will learn skills in maintaining a laboratory, routine sampling and testing, recording data, and using laboratory computing programs. You will also learn how to prepare cultures, perform sterile techniques and assist with field work.    

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

MSL40118 BDV3 Laboratory Techniques
Half price
Certificate IV Bunbury

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of laboratory techniques to conduct tests and sampling in a variety of industry sectors.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC30916 BDB7 Landscape Construction
Certificate III Albany
Bunbury

This qualification will provide the practical skills and knowledge to design garden landscapes or renovate existing gardens. Students will also learn how to select materials and plants for landscape projects, set out and landscape a range of sites, and construct stone, brick, block and timber structures and features, about irrigation installation and safety in the workplace.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

MAA20 Operate Tractors
Short Course Manjimup

Description

This course will take you through the process of operating tractors with or without attached equipment and defines the standard required to:    
    carry out pre-operational checks and maintenance including tagging defects
    set and secure attachments according to manufacturer's directions
    operate tractor in a safe and controlled manner
    implement shut-down procedures
    store machinery and equipment
    record maintenance and operation details

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

    AHCMOM202 Operate Tractors

AHC31016 BCY8 Parks and Gardens
Certificate III Bunbury

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

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC33816 BDD1 Permaculture
Certificate III Albany

The qualification is suited to learners who wish to work at the skilled tradesman level within permaculture projects and enterprises, and may involve supervision of others and working with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
This qualification relates to those individuals who work either independently or in teams to establish and maintain permaculture systems for private clients, organisations or community entities. They perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, elements in a design or contingency measures.

For more information on Workshop Delivery Dates and Sessions click here


Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC3 Permaculture - Series of eight workshops
Short Course Albany

Description

Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

It is the harmounious integration of landscape and people - providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way

  • Workshop 1 - Growing permaculture plants
  • Workshop 2 - Enjoying the permaculture yield
  • Workshop 3 - Permaculture structures
  • Workshop 4 - Permaculture water systems
  • Workshop 5 - Permaculture basics
  • Workshop 6 - A permaculture backyard
  • Workshop 7 - Permaculture structures
  • Workshop 8 - Maintain permaculture systems

This course will be delivered over a series of weekend workshops via face-to-face delivery at our Albany campus and at the Good Life Community Garden. The Good Life Community Garden is on a 5ha site at 78 Lower King Road, Albany. This is an emerging community garden being developed using permaculture principles.

Join us for any of these workshops - or all eight

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the relevant units depending on the workshop attended.

For more information on AHC33816 Certificate III in Permaculture click here

AHC20316 BCW5 Production Horticulture
Certificate II Denmark
Manjimup

The qualification enables individuals to select a tree cropping, vegetable or berry production, grape growing or mushroom production context as a job focus, or a mixture in the case of mixed enterprises.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

 

AHC30616 BDB4 Production Horticulture
Certificate III Denmark

This qualification provides a vocational outcome in production horticulture. The qualification enables individuals to select a tree cropping, vegetable or berry production, grape growing or mushroom production context as a job focus, or a mixture in the case of mixed enterprises.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

MAB55 Pruning
Short Course Margaret River

Description

A 2 day pruning course, ideal for workers in the viticulture industry. As part of this course, you will learn the best time for pruning, correct pruning techniques and the safe and effective use of equipment.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

FDFWGG2003A - Hand Prune vines

MAA24 Quad Bike Training
Short Course Manjimup

Description

This course will take you through the process of maintaining and operating quad bikes (four wheeled), and defines the standard required to:
    perform routine pre-operational checks and maintenance
    match, attach and operate equipment as described in the manufacturer's operators manual
    recognise and control hazards and risks
    safely operate quad bikes in a range of weather and terrain conditions
    monitor and maintain vehicle records

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

    AHCMOM217 Operate Quad Bikes

AHC21216 BDE2 Rural Operations
Half price
Certificate II Albany

Students who complete this course can expect to find employment in entry level positions, in agriculture, market gardens, and mixed rural enterprises. 
Training will be very practical in nature with students being involved in the creation of the growing area, propagation and growing a range of edible crops using both traditional techniques as well as introducing them to permaculture.
Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC32916 BCW7 Shearing
Certificate III Narrogin

When you complete this course you will be ready for career in the Shearing Industry as a full time occupation.
You will have the skills and knowlege to shear sheep to a professional standard with increased speed and accuracy, with knowledge of how the Shearing Industry works, wool quality and Occupational Safety and Health.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC21316 BCY3 Shearing
Certificate II Narrogin

When you complete this course you will be ready for a career in the Shearing Industry and be able to shear sheep to Novice Level. You will have the skills and knowledge to prepare handpieces for machine shearing, position and crutch sheep, maintain and service shearing equipment and assist with shearing shed activities. You will also learn about First Aid, Effective Communication, Responding to Emergencies and Safety in the Workplace. 

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC51516 BCW3 Viticulture
Diploma

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of managers in the viticulture industry.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC41316 BDD9 Wool Classing
Certificate IV Narrogin

When you complete this course you will be ready for a career in successful completion of this qualification and suitable experience provides you with the opportunity to become a professional wool classer.
You will have the skills and knowledge to sort classify and grade wool into various types for sale in the market.  You will learn skills in supervising work routines and staff performance, training, determining wool classing strategies, managing shearing and crutching operations, classing wool for special markets, providing information and advice on wool preparation, and implementing and monitoring quality assurance procedures.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC33016 BCY2 Wool Clip Preparation
Certificate III Narrogin

When you complete this course you will be ready for a career in Wool Classing. This course is designed to provide you with a range of practical skills, technical training and communication skills for a career in Wool Classing.
You will have the skills and knowledge to be a Wool Classer. This qulaification is also a specialist wool classing qualification for owner classers and enables them to apply for registration with AWEDX Ltd as an Owner Classer.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AHC21416 BDD3 Wool Handling
Certificate II Narrogin

When you complete this course you will be ready for a career in the wool industry as a wool handler or an agriculture assistant.
You will have the skills and knowledge to handle wool and assisting in a shearing shed. You will learn skills in penning sheep, performing board duties, assisting with pressing wool and preparing sheep for shearing and crutching. You will also learn about first aid, effective communication, responding to emergencies and safety in the workplace.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

AE151 Work in Agriculture Skill Set (Fee Free)
Free
Skill sets
Skill set Albany
Muresk
Narrogin

Description

The Work in Agriculture Skill Set is the ideal introductory training opportunity for new entrants to the agriculture and rural industries. It is also suitable for school leavers, career changers and those wanting to update skills for current
industry practices and equipment.
Participants will gain a solid foundation in essential farming skills including health and safety, chemical handling, modern tractor and machinery operation and weed control.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following units

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry

 

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany, Manjimup, Muresk and Narrogin.

If a campus offering this course is not featured in the menu list below or doesn’t have dates, it means they don’t have dates set right now but they are being planned. You can keep checking this page or use the enquiry form to register your interest.

Fees

Student who meet one or more of the following eligibility requirements will be eligible for fee free (course and resource fee) training.
Eligibility requirements

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding school students)
  • Secondary school-aged persons who are not enrolled at school.
  • Persons receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment.
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card; or
    • a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution.

Students who do not meet one or more of the criteria listed above are able to enrol in the skill sets and pay the applicable course and resource fees in accordance with the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s current Fees and Charges Policy, available at dtwd.wa.gov.au.

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