Certificate III Agriculture (Dairy Production)
A great way to educate your staff
Western Dairy is proud to collaborate
with Great Southern Institute of
Technology and the National Centre
for Dairy Education Australia, to offer
quality dairy traineeships to the
WA dairy industry.
If you need assistance in arranging a dairy traineeship, contact
Western Dairy’s Dairy Industry
Tel 08 9780 6294; 0448 939 344
Four steps to securing a
traineeship for your business
1. Contact Rob LaGrange at Western Dairy. This helps industry to maintain
a register of active trainees so we can foster group training relationships
and also offer assistance to the training procedures.
2. Rob will then encourage you to contact an Apprenticeship Centre.
They will check your eligibility and ‘sign you up’ for a traineeship.
3. You will be asked to nominate a training provider – and we recommend
you nominate our partner, the Great Southern Institute of Technology
(GSIT) as this is the only nationally accredited dairy training provider
endorsed by Dairy Australia.
4. The Apprenticeships Centre will contact GSIT, who in turn will contact
you to arrange the training, enrol your trainee and organise the
training fees – after which, GSIT dairy trainer Jay Rowles will guide
your trainee through the learning pathways.
Note: Western Dairy recommends that all dairy farm businesses with
a trainee participate in the industry People in Dairy program
(see www.thepeopleindairy.org.au) to optimise their skills and systems
involved in hosting and training a trainee.
What is a Dairy traineeship?
Dairy traineeships are employment-based training arrangements run for
approximately 12 months that offer practical on farm work experience and
training provided by the employer/supervisor; and a nationally recognised dairy
qualification on successful completion, e.g. Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy).
How a Traineeship works
• Trainees are employees and are paid by their employer during training.
• Government financial incentive payments may be paid to eligible employers.
• Tuition fees are paid by WA trainees to GSIT.
• Dairy trainees may be eligible for a ‘tool’ allowance and possibly a living
away from home allowance.
The most important thing about
taking on a trainee
• Is to understand that the on-the-job component of the training is actually
done by you, the farmer. The GSIT provides structure and guidance to
that training, checks that your trainee has attained the necessary levels
of competency and formally recognises the skills that you have taught.
• Is also to acknowledge the importance of off-farm group training
facilitated by GSIT and to allow time and scheduling for your trainee to
participate in scheduled training events.
Roles and Responsibilities
These are the roles and responsibilities that need to be fulfilled by both the
employer and the trainee.
• Ensure appropriate on-the-job training is delivered.
• Ensure a supportive work environment.
• Help trainees develop competencies/skills specified in the training plan.
• Ensure competent person(s) supervise trainee at all times.
• Provide appropriate facilities for training.
• Release trainee for any off-the-job training as required in training plan.
• Ensure trainee has ongoing and stable employment for the nominal
• Observe appropriate industrial relation provisions, including that trainees
must be paid for all training time at the same rate as normal work hours.
• Ensure a record of evidence is completed by the trainee as proof of the
skills they have learnt and practised on the job.
• Cooperate with the employer to achieve the desired training outcomes.
• Attend any off-the-job, external or on-the-job training as required.
• Apply themselves to the agreed training plan.
• Complete all work set by the registered training provider.
• Keep record of achievements both at work and training.
How do I find a Trainee?
Your trainee could be a school leaver, Agricultural College graduate,
family member, have previous employment experience or in some
cases could even be a current employee.
What does it cost?
Trainees must be paid at least award wages including minimum
conditions of employment; see www.commerce.wa.gov.au or call
Wageline on 1300 655 266. Trainees pay normal tuition fees to GSIT.
Are there any financial benefits?
Employers may be eligible for a range of Government financial incentive
payments. Check with your Apprenticeship Centre ot find out which ones
apply to you and your trainee.
Certificate III in Agriculture
(Dairy Production) Course Outline
AHC Unit Code
AHC Unit Title
AHC30210 Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
Choose 1 unit from 3 below:
Operate quad bikes (Option 1) OR
Operate two wheel motor bikes (Option 2) OR
AHCMOM211A Operate side by side utility (Option 3)
Choose 1 unit from 2 below:
Contribute to OHS processes
Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
Coordinate milking operations
Implement animal health control programs
Implement feeding plans for livestock
Rear newborn and young livestock
Implement procedures for calving
Prepare and apply chemicals
Transport, handle and store chemicals
Plan and construct an electric fence
Respond to emergencies
Operate a dairy recycling system
Maintain livestock water supplies
Operate gravity fed irrigation systems (Option 1) OR
AHCIRG305A Operate pressurised irrigation systems (Option 2)
Choose 1 unit from 3 below:
Implement a plant nutrition program
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable
Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management
of livestock (Option 1) OR
Prepare for and implement natural mating of livestock
(Option 2) OR
AHCAIS303A Artificially inseminate livestock (Option 3)
Available from July 2012 onwards with GSIT
Unit Status for NCDEA Qualification
NCDEA Co-requisites 1
NCDEA Co-requisites 2
NCDEA Core & Co-requisities 3
Training Package Qualification Core 4
Training Package Qualification Core 5
Training Package Qualification Core 6
Training Package Qualification Core 7
Training Package Qualification Core 8
Training Package Qualification Core 9
Training Package Qualification Core 10
Training Package Qualification Core 11
Training Package Qualification Core 12
Training Package Qualification Core 13
Training Package Qualification Core 14
NCDEA Core 15
NCDEA Core 16
NCDEA recommended Elective 17
NCDEA endorsed certificate requires (in addition to key core units) completion of
AHCMOM 201 & 202, AHCMOM 212 & 201A, AHCDRY 302A, AHCLSK 305A and
recommends AHCIRG304A or 305A elective.
Key contacts for securing a
traineeship within your business:
Tel: 08 9780 6294; 0448 939 344
Great Southern Institute of Technology
Tel: 08 9892 7580; 0417 951 729
1800 224 224; 08 9791 5399
The Apprentice and Traineeship
1800 627 188; 08 9791 4075
The Apprentice and Traineeship
1800 627 188; 08 9841 7740
1800 224 224; 08 9841 1081
Thankyou for your interest in seeking or securing a trainee
for your business. Your commitment to a traineeship builds a
well-trained, capable, best-practise dairy workforce for the
future and proves that ‘cows really do create careers’!