Farm Hand (VIC)
Education and Training:
You can work as a farm hand without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.
You can also become a farm hand through a traineeship in Agriculture. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
- Carry Out Basic Electric Fencing Operations (AHC Unit)
- Farm Chemical Application - 2 Units (Training Program) *
- Farm Chemical Application - 3 Units (Training Program)
- Install, Maintain and Repair Fencing (AHC Unit)
- Operate Tractors (AHC Unit) *
- Operate Vehicles (AHC Unit)
- Prepare and Apply Chemicals (AHC Unit) *
- Transport, Handle and Store Chemicals (AHC Unit)
- Certificate I in AgriFood Operations *
- Certificate II in Agriculture *
- Certificate II in Poultry Production Operations
- Certificate II in Production Horticulture *
- Certificate III in Agriculture *
- Certificate III in Agriculture - Dairy Production *
- Certificate III in Irrigation *
- Certificate III in Irrigation (10) *
- Certificate III in Permaculture
- Certificate III in Pork Production
- Certificate III in Poultry Production *
- Certificate III in Production Horticulture *
- Certificate III in Rural Operations *
- Certificate IV in Production Horticulture *
There are opportunities to progress quickly, once skills are obtained, and to specialise in certain areas, including agribusiness enterprises.
Skilled farm hands may undertake further study and, in time, become farm managers, enter into share-farming partnerships or purchase their own farming operation. Others go on to work in businesses and government agencies that service rural communities and farmers/farm managers.
For Further Information:
Rural Skills Australia
The People in Dairy
Information for other states and territories: