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Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Learn about local, regional and global issues and start a career that will make a difference.

Whether you’re interested in helping sick and injured animals, passionate about preserving the natural environment or excited by working on a farm, we have the training and qualifications to get you where you want to go. 

Hired starts here.

Environment, Agriculture and Science courses lead to rewarding job outcomes as these areas are in high demand within Western Australia. Many of the qualifications will also open doors for interstate and international opportunities. Learn with us and you’ll learn from the best: our agriculture, science and environment department boasts of highly qualified, experienced and award-winning lecturers.

Did you know?

Students at our BCMI campus produce, harvest and distribute their own honey. The natural product is called  ‘Batavia Coast Honey’.  

Reasons to study in this industry

  • 82% of workers in this industry are regionally based
  • 83.7% of agriculture and environmental VET graduates are employed 6 months after training
  • All of these industries have strong future growth and provide a range of career options

Do you have a passion for animals? Take an animal studies course and kickstart a career caring for and working with animals in animal shelters, kennels or pet shops. Animal Studies courses will equip you with essential skills and knowledge in areas such as animal nutrition, animal ethics, handling and transportation of animals.

Animal studies courses

Start a rewarding career as a veterinary nurse and provide expert care for sick and injured animals. Our veterinary nursing course involves practical training to prepare you with the specialist skills needed for the workplace, including how to care for sick and injured animals and assist with examination, diagnosis, treatment and surgery.

Veterinary Nursing Courses

Looking for a career in agriculture? We offer a wide range of industry relevant agriculture courses that will give you the practical skills and knowledge to get where you want to go. Our award-winning lecturers will give you hands-on training on real farms where you will have the opportunity to take part in projects and form relationships with industry partners.

Agriculture Courses

Whether you want to start a career in horticulture, are looking for formal recognition of skills you already have or are hoping to gain new skills to take your existing career to the next stage, we have a horticulture course for you. From gardening, nursery work and landscaping to parks, gardens and turf management: our horticulture courses will give you a broad range of skills and knowledge to help you achieve your goals.  

Horticulture Courses

Passionate about the environment and preserving it for generations to come? You might find a career in conservation rewarding. Take a conservation or environmental training course with us and learn from industry-leading trainers about resource and land management, mine site rehabilitation, natural area restoration and more.

Conservation, Land & Environmental Management Courses

Are you interested in understanding and protecting the natural world? An environmental science course at TAFE will provide you with practical and hands-on training on assessing the impact of human activity on the environment and developing scientific solutions to help protect it.

Environmental Science Courses

If you are looking for a career with exciting and diverse opportunities, our laboratory operations courses will open doors for you. Our world-class training will prepare you to work in a wide range of industries including biomedical, pharmaceuticals, mining, agriculture, petroleum, environment, cosmetic and many more! 

Laboratory Operations Courses

^ Please note: Eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training.
^ You’ll pay half price course fees on Lower fees, Local Skills qualifications, however please note other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.
State ID: KAA57
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

AUSCHEM Basic Course

The elemental skills for a career in chemicals.

Learn the essential skills required to safely and properly use and apply chemicals in multiple scenarios and industries. The skills and knowledge you'll learn in this short course set you up for confident chemical use and management.

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Handle chemicals safely.

This course is delivered in partnership with AusChem WA and will assist you to manage risks associated with chemical use, to understand your obligations in the areas of duty of care, quality assurance and environmental management.

On a practical level you’ll learn how to improve your integrated pest management programmes, to better choose chemicals for the job and accurate application. This training is essential for all agricultural stakeholders who use chemicals and is designed for people who will be spraying without supervision.

Skill set
State ID: KAA58
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

AUSCHEM Reaccreditation Skill Set

Manage big risks in any industry.

Update your accreditation with this short course covering new information in environmental safety, personal and occupational health and safety, legislation, spraying techniques, residues and much more.

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Renew your AusChem accreditation. 

This course is for those who need to renew their AusChem accreditation. AusChem accreditation is required to be renewed every 5 years. This training will bring growers up-to-date with risk management procedures and latest best practices. Growers will also be informed of changes involved in chemical use since their last course.

Skill set
National ID: AHCSS00074
State ID: AD882
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Agricultural Chemical Skill Set

Safe, secure, skilled.

Chemicals are one of the most commonly used tools in agriculture - learn how to safely and securely use, handle and store them with the latest information and practical advice in this all-important skill set.

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Safely handle and store agricultural chemicals. 

This course is suited for individuals responsible for applying chemicals in agricultural related industries.

Some things you'll learn:

  • Transport and store chemicals
  • Prepare chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases 
  • Use sprayer, wipers and applications 
Skill set
National ID: AUR30416
State ID: BAG3
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology

Get moving, and stay moving.

Begin a career working with agricultural machinery with the Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology. Learn the tricks of the trade in automotive retail, service and repair to keep the farm moving.

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Apprenticeship

Specialise in agricultural vehicles and equipment with this hands-on technical course.

This apprenticeship program will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to work on agricultural machinery and equipment and covers mechanical, electrical and hydraulic operations and braking systems.

Half price fees apply!

Certificate III
National ID: AHC20116
State ID: BCZ7
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate II in Agriculture

Land a career working on the land.

Learn the fundamental skills you'll need for success in this practical and theoretical course, with a focus on livestock and crops. Start here, and take your farming career anywhere.

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Workplace Assessment

Open the gate to a career in Agriculture.

Looking for a career in agriculture? We offer a wide range of industry relevant agriculture courses that will give you the practical skills and knowledge to get where you want to go. Our award-winning lecturers will give you hands-on training on real farms where you will have the opportunity to take part in projects and form relationships with industry partners.

A Certificate II in Agriculture is an entry-level course focused on the fundamentals of modern farm work, including working with livestock and crops. This qualification is a starting point for anyone looking to work within any stream of agriculture. It will also set you up for a wide range of career and study paths across agriculture, agribusiness and rural operations.

Certificate II
National ID: AHC30116
State ID: BCW6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate III in Agriculture

A career that pays off every season.

Set yourself up for sustainable success with livestock, crops, machinery operations and more with this detailed and varied course. Practice real skills in various scenarios across multiple operations.

Study modes:

Flexible
Online

If a life on the land appeals to you, now is the time to grab the wheel.

Learn vital skills for a sustainable industry from livestock breeding, health and transportation, to establishing pastures and crop harvesting. Become a qualified operator of machinery such as tractors, skid-steers and front-end loaders and learn best practice for building stock fences and more.

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

Half price fees apply!

Certificate III
National ID: AHC40116
State ID: BDF2
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate IV in Agriculture

Grow into a career with success on the horizon.

Focus specifically on your chosen field in this hands-on course. Learn from industry professionals that know the business of farming across multiple areas and refine your skills in the field of your choice.

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Workplace Assessment

Get ahead of the field.

Become a specialist within the agriculture industry with a Certificate IV in Agriculture. This course is designed to meet the needs of supervisors or team leaders in the agriculture industry. You will be able to choose from specialisations in beef production, grain production, horse breeding, and sheep and wool production.

Certificate IV
National ID: AHC50116
State ID: BDD8
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Agriculture

Reap what you sow whatever the season.

Specialise further in your chosen field in this comprehensive course, while also learning budgeting, production planning, climate risk strategies, animal husbandry, long-term crop management and more.

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Workplace Assessment

Make a great living on the land.

With the Diploma of Agriculture from CRTAFE you will gain highly sought after specialised skills and knowledge. Learn comprehensively about different farming practices, why pasture and soil health is vital for livestock production, and develop the skills to improve farming efficiency.

Diploma
National ID: ACM20117
State ID: BDN2
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Learn about creatures great and small.

If you have a passion for animals this is perfect introduction into the industry. Learn a broad range of skills across multiple fields that will set you up for a career working with all sorts of creatures.

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On campus
VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Caring for animals can be your day at the office.

Take an animal studies course and kickstart a career caring for and working with animals in animal shelters, kennels or pet shops. Animal Studies courses will equip you with essential skills and knowledge in areas such as animal nutrition, animal ethics, handling and transportation of animals.

This is a general qualification for entry into sectors of the animal care and management industry, where you can provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.

Certificate II
National ID: ACM30117
State ID: BDN1
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Animal Studies

Make a career caring for animals in trouble.

Further refine your passion for helping animals across multiple fields and learn skills in handling, care, transportation and more. Further study will provide you with specialised training in the field of your choice.

Study modes:

Flexible
On campus

If you dream of a career working with animals, this entry-level course is for you.

With a Certificate III in Animal Studies from Central Regional TAFE you will gain the skills you need to work as an animal attendant or trainer. It is also the perfect foundation course for people looking to move into specialised streams within the animal care industry.

This course will give you broad skills in basic care and the capture, handling and transportation of companion animals, as well as specialised skills in either behavioural sciences, veterinary nursing, or wildlife care.

Certificate III
National ID: D9786P
State ID: D9786P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Build Your Own Terrarium

Get creative and build your own terrarium for your home or business.

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Light up an indoor space with living and breathing plants!

 A terrarium is a miniature garden housed inside a small container, usually a jar or bottle. Terrariums are low maintenance, mostly self-sustaining, and ideal for small spaces, making them a great addition to a home or business. In this short course, you’ll learn how to build your own terrarium. You'll learn how to select a suitable container and plants, and how to provide ongoing care and maintenance. Topics also include soil media, how to water your terrarium, and supply the best nutrients. 

Short course
National ID: AHC21020
State ID: BGH1
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Make a difference to the environment.

Gain the skills and knowledge to get started in conservation and land management.

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VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Start a career working on the land. 

Working in the conservation and land management industry is for people who love to work in the outdoor environment, and recognise the value in restoration of natural bushland and coastal areas. This is an ideal starting place for gaining employment or further training within the conservation industry.

You'll gain practical skills and knowledge to undertake a broad range of tasks in gardening, nursery work and landscaping, plus parks and gardens management. Conservation and land management is about the future as much as it is about the present. Develop skills in the field of natural resource management, land management, developing and leading teams to implement conservation and land management strategies and more. 

Certificate II
National ID: AHC21016
State ID: BDF0
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management

Grow your career in conservation and land management here.

Get the practical skills to begin your career in conservation and land management. Learn how to maintain and restoring natural and cultural places, farmland, wildlife habitats and more.

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On campus

Hit the ground running with a career working with plants and animals.

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the land conservation industry, operating machinery, recognising flora and fauna, planting shrubs and trees, organising propagation, restoring and maintaining wildlife habitat refuges, treating weeds, safely handling chemicals, collecting seeds, and implementing workplace safety and health measures.

Enhance your employment options by doing a dual qualification

At some of our campuses this qualification may be offered as a dual qualification with the:

AHC20416 | Certificate II in Horticulture (opens in a new tab)

If you enjoy working in nature, cultivating gardens and love seeing your hard work flourish, this course is for you. In this entry level qualification you'll gain the practical skills and knowledge to work effectively in the horticultural industry. You will learn about, landscaping, irrigation, pruning, planting, treating weeds and pests and operating machinery.

Half price fees apply!

Certificate II
National ID: AHC31416
State ID: BDC1
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

Work for the future.

The Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management provides participants with a solid understanding of the conservation and land management industry.

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On campus
Online

Experience the lay of the land for yourself.

Gain practical skills in occupational health and safety, fire management, biodiversity surveying, mapping and an understanding of remote operations in this practical qualification.

When you complete the Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management you will be ready for a career as a conservation worker, parks and wildlife ranger, or bush restoration worker.

Certificate III
National ID: AHC40916
State ID: BCZ9
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management

Lead and coordinate in conservation and land management.

Learn the lay of the land in natural resource management, mine site rehabilitation, forestry and national parks and be prepared for specialised roles within the conservation and land management industries.

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Online

Work on the country you love.

When you complete the Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management you will be ready for a career in conservation work, parks and wildlife, or regeneration work.

You will have the skills and knowledge to specialise in the land conservation industry, including natural resource management, land management, mine site rehabilitation, developing and leading teams to implement conservation, and land management strategies.

Certificate IV
National ID: AHC51116
State ID: BDA6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Manage conservation and land management projects.

Become a champion for the land and those that depend on it. Learn to be an effective manager, while gaining skills in the management of fauna, plant life classification, surveying and more.

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Online

Take your passion working with plants and animals to the next level.

When you complete the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management you will be ready for a career in conservation work, parks and wildlife, or regeneration work.

You will have the skills and knowledge to lead in the land conservation industry, across such areas as natural resource management, land management, mine site rehabilitation, managing staff and leading teams to implement conservation programs, and land management strategies.

Diploma
National ID: O9526P
State ID: O9526P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Dog Handling and Equipment

Learn to handle dogs safely in your job role.

Suitable for those in a Local Government or similar role who are required from time to time to capture and handle a range of dogs, including aggressive dogs.  Participants usually include Security Officers, Works Crew Members, Pound Officers.

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Help ensure the safety of yourself and others when handling canines.

This short course is suitable for those working in Local Government or similar role who are required from time to time to capture and handle a range of dogs, including aggressive dogs.  Course participants usually include Security Officers, Works Crew Members, Pound Officers.

You'll learn to understand dog behaviour and read body language to make safe decisions. You'll also gain practical skills using international standard techniques on equipment such as slip leads, snappy snare and various dog poles.

All participants will receive a 6ft slip lead to use during the practical exercises and keep afterwards.

Short course
National ID: O9502P
State ID: O9502P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Dog and Cat Management Control

Your passion for pets could be your perfect career.

If you love cats and dogs and are passionate about keeping them safe, this short course is for you. Learn practical skills in animal safety, comfort, management and more.

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Learn to care for our four legged friends.

This short course is suitable if you work as a Local Government Ranger, Animal Control Officer, or as an Animal Management Facility Operators. It will also benefit those in allied fields such as Animal Welfare Inspectors, or those wishing to enter these fields.

You'll learn how to understand and interpret dog and cat body language and behaviour to be able to make safe handling decisions.

Expand on your knowledge about the Local Government Regulatory Services environment and gain the required skills to operate successfully within it.  As part of the course you'll gain hands-on experience in industry environments such as a leading Local Government Animal Management Facility and the Cat Haven.

This course includes hands-on practical training including how to use a variety of microchip scanners, learning new and effective slip lead techniques, a range of capture equipment and techniques for both cats and dogs, and more about the effective use of dog poles. 

Sessions include presentations from industry experts in related fields, including a qualified and highly experienced veterinarian. You'll meet and handle Princess and Fin.

Most importanlty we'll discuss the relevant legislation at an industry operator’s level including real scenarios, issues and solutions.

Short course
National ID: MSS40218
State ID: BEA9
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology

Opportunity as far as the eye can see.

Be at the cutting edge of a growing industry and watch your future career unfold in front of you. Analyse environmental data and understand the world around you to protect it for generations to come.

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Repair environmental impacts at their source.

Businesses are more and more becoming interested in conservation and are prioritising efforts to reduce their impact on the environment there has never been a better time to join this growing industry. 

This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to collect and analyse environmental samples and process environmental data for the purpose of minimising the impact of human activity on the environment. Students undertake a range of field-based activities including vegetation surveys, geological formation recognition, water and soil sampling and testing and the use of GPS in environmental monitoring applications.

Certificate IV
National ID: MSS50218
State ID: BEA8
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology

The future of the environment is in your hands.

Refine your conservation and environmental monitoring and rehabilitation skills and stand out in a growing industry that's becoming more and more in demand across multiple sectors.

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Make a difference in the management of environmental issues.

Qualified workers are needed in this industry where there is a growing importance on conservation and environmental impact of business. It is a growing industry  linked to our resources sector and increasing issues with the degradation of ecosystems.

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge needed to apply a range of methods and technologies to conduct environmental testing, monitoring and more. These skills are used in most industry sectors and to assist environmental scientists, engineers and planners with site assessments, minimising environmental impacts of processes and remediation/rehabilitation of sites.

Diploma
National ID: O9524P
State ID: O9524P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Fire Control Officer Workshop

Are you a designated Fire Control Officer in Local Government?

This short course is designed to address the needs of a range of officers for whom ensuring compliance with local government legislation, regulations and by-laws is central to their role.

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This course is aimed specifically at Local Government staff appointed as Fire Control Officers. Fire Control Officers conduct inspections throughout the year to identify properties that will require work such as the installation of firebreaks, prior to the bush fire season.

Topics covered include:

  • Reading and interpretation of Bush Fires Act 1954 
  • Logistics from a Ranger's viewpoint
  • Defined role of a Fire Control Offices as authorised by the Chief Executive Officer
  • Powers of entry to inspect and assess compliance
  • Power to issue Work ORders and Infringements 
Short course
National ID: O9503P
State ID: O9503P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Firearms Handling and Safety

Take the uncertainty out of firearm handling.

Ensure the safety of yourself and others with this 2-day short course covering firearm legislation, safe handling, terminology, storage, transport and other essential information.

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Learn how to safely and accurately handle firearms. 

In this short course you will spend one day in the classroom and another day out on a firing range. You will learn the underpinning theory and legislation that covers the safe handling and operation of a firearm. For the practical part of this course completed at an outdoor firing range,  you will perform a range of exercises to improve your experience and skills in using a firearms.

A basic introduction to the firearms industry, this course covers the skills and knowledge essential to firearms legislation, firearms in the community, licensing requirements, safe handling, firearms terminology, safe storage and transport, as well as additional information which is essential to all shooters.

Short course
State ID: AE280
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Free*
Skill sets

Green Jobs - Seed Collection Skill Set

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work on projects with conservation groups within the forestry or agriculture sector, nurseries and local councils.

Study modes:

Flexible

Are you passionate about the environment? 

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work on projects with conservation groups within the forestry or agriculture sector, nurseries and local councils. You will gain practical skills to support the collection, treatment and storage of seeds that can be applied to revegetation projects, habitat restoration and protection of existing and native vegetation. 

 

 

Skill set
National ID: AHC20416
State ID: BDE6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate II in Horticulture

Grow your green career from here.

If you're passionate about the environment, start with this entry-level course and learn the skills you need to work in gardening, nursery and landscaping settings.

Study modes:

On campus
VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Plant the seeds for an career working outdoors.

If you enjoy working in nature, cultivating gardens and love seeing your hard work flourish, this course is for you. In this entry level qualification you'll gain the practical skills and knowledge to work effectively in the horticultural industry. Horticulturists most commonly work in a gardening, nursery and landscaping settings. 

Enhance your employment options by doing a dual qualification

At our Geraldton campus this qualification may be offered as a dual qualification with the:

AHC21016 | Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management(opens in a new tab)

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the land conservation industry, operating machinery, recognising flora and fauna, planting shrubs and trees, organising propagation, restoring and maintaining wildlife habitat refuges, treating weeds, safely handling chemicals, collecting seeds, and implementing workplace safety and health measures.

Half price fees apply! 

Certificate II
National ID: AHC30716
State ID: BDF1
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate III in Horticulture

Raise your skills for a lush career.

You've planted the seed, now raise your career to the next level with this qualification and refine your skills to prepare yourself for the horticultural industry.

Study modes:

Flexible
On campus

Grow your green thumb for a blossoming career.

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.

Half price fees apply!

Certificate III
National ID: AHC40416
State ID: BCW2
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate IV in Horticulture

Coordinate, supervise and master operations in a green industry.

Master skills that will enable you to cost and supervise projects, develop and implement programs and provide training; or further develop your technical expertise.

Study modes:

Flexible

Grow your green thumb for a blossoming career.

Perhaps you want to gain formal recognition for your extensive skills and experience, or you're looking to take on a management position within industry, this is the qualification is for you. You'll receive post-trade skills and knowledge across to enable you to enter higher level roles within the industry.

Certificate IV
National ID: MSL30118
State ID: BDV6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Take a closer look at an exciting career.

Learn the essential skills required to assist in a lab gathering data, testing samples, analysing results and more. The skills you learn with this qualification can take you into labs across multiple sectors and industries.

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Flexible
On campus
VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Take a closer look at a laboratory career.

With a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills you will gain 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.

The work of technical assistants involves similar tasks within one scientific discipline with occasional peak periods and some interruptions. They work under the direction and regular supervision of senior technical staff, laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical personnel. The work of technical assistants is normally subject to frequent progress and quality checks, and generally work in a team and may have responsibility for their own work outputs.

Half price fees apply! 

Certificate III
National ID: MSL40118
State ID: BDV3
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Your lab career break-through is here.

Take the next step in your career with this workplace based intermediate-level course designed to enhance laboratory skills and broaden scientific knowledge in your chosen technical field.

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Flexible
On campus

Get your lab career exactly where you want it.

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a technical assistant, technician or instrument operator. You will learn about quality control, performance of instrumental and non-instrumental tests, standardisation and the use of solutions.

Although technical officers generally work in a laboratory, they often work closely with personnel in other teams within a section of the workplace. They may liaise with suppliers to troubleshoot product non-conformance at the direction of laboratory supervisors or managers, or gather information on non-conformance and events that may lead to the modification of workplace procedures. They may also demonstrate methods to others and train them to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably. The work of technical officers involves frequent peak periods and interruptions.

Successful completion can lead to job opportunities in a range of relevant fields including pathology, manufacturing, environmental testing, mining, and biotechnology.

Half price fees apply! 

Certificate IV
National ID: MSL50118
State ID: BDV4
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price in 2022
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Refine your skills and master your career path.

Further develop your skills in analysing, processing and interpreting data, reporting results and applying quality system and continuous improvement processes.

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Take your laboratory knowledge and experience to the next level.

This course will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to use laboratory application software, plan and conduct laboratory/field work and communicate and provide information to customers. You will also be able to specialise in a diverse range of industries including chemical, medical and pathological, mining, biological, and environmental fields.

Technical officers:

  • work according to established procedures in a structured environment
  • collect and prepare samples and communicate sample requirements to other personnel
  • conduct a wide range of routine and specialised tests where atypical samples may be involved and the instrumentation used has a wide range of operating variables
  • contribute to the modification of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enterprise methods when necessary
  • define and solve problems where alternatives are not obvious and where investigations and trials may be required and the implications of various solutions considered
  • work under the direction and supervision of senior technical staff, laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical professionals, and
  • generally work as part of a team and may have a role in the planning of schedules and monitoring of resources in their work area.
Diploma
National ID: O9506P
State ID: O9506P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Livestock Management and Control Short Course

Prepare the pastures that feed the nation.

The essential skills you'll learn in this short course will set you up to work with animals on the land. Learn how to understand their behaviours, safe handling, transportation and more.

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On campus
Online

Identify and manage cattle, sheep, horses and goats.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to understand and manage cattle, sheep, horses and goats which includes learning about their behavioural characteristics, welfare requirements, handling and transportation. 

You'll gain skills in:

  • Understanding the basic behaviour of livestock
  • Understanding their welfare requirements, low stress handling and transportation
  • Using safe work practices
  • Handle, gather and move large animals
  • Assessing the condition of livestock
  • Relocating large animals
  • Completing relevant documentation
  • Complying with legal and legislative requirements 
Short course
National ID: ACMSS00007
State ID: AD737
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Microchip Implantation for Dogs and Cats Skill Set

Pet safety in the palm of your hand.

Microchipping is a simple and easy way for pets to be identified and reunited with their owners if they become lost or otherwise. Learn the skills to implant microchips and how they work with this practical skill set.

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On campus

Implant microchips in dogs and cats with appropriate care 

You will gain the skills and knowledge to understand, interpret and apply microchip implantation procedures on cats and dogs, whilst exhibiting appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised. 

This skill set is suited to individuals who wish to become an Authorised Implanter in conformance with the Western Australian State Government Regulations for microchip implantation of cats and dogs. 

Skill set
National ID: D9787P
State ID: D9787P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Miniature Gardens with Native Plants

Create a miniature garden using Australian native plants.

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On campus

Create a beautiful miniature garden using Australian native plants.

You’ll learn how to decorate an outdoor patio with one of these beauties. This short course will also cover how to select suitable plants, fertiliser, and soil, and how to provide ongoing care to your miniature garden including how to correctly water your plants. 

 

Short course
State ID: KAB92
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Pet First Aid Skills Set

Help furry and feathered friends in a pinch.

Our pets are some of our most loved family members. Know how to keep them safe with this skill set that will inform and educate you in safe handling, anatomy, first aid and more.

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Blended Delivery
On campus

Learn basic first aid for animals and pets. 

This course is suitable for those interested working in animal care and pet owners, in particularly  for dog and cat owners .  

Topics covered include:

  • Safe animal handling
  • Basic anatomy of animals
  • How to perform a physical exam 
  • Life threatening medical conditions 
  • Basic first aid including bandaging and CPR 
  • The animal emergency network 

This course includes a half day practical workshop and online learning. 

Skill set
National ID: AHC30416
State ID: BDB3
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Pork Production

And this little piggy went straight into a dynamic career.

Learn the ins and outs of working at a pig farm and get ahead of the workforce competition with skills in livestock care, transport, health and safety and more.

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Workplace Assessment

Bring home the bacon with a Certificate III in Pork Production. 

This entry level qualification is suited for those who wish to pursue a career in the pork industry as a piggery attendant or stock person. 

Some things you'll learn:

  • How to care for livestock
  • How to establish and maintain breeding programs
  • How to transport livestock
  • How to comply with industry animal welfare requirements
  • How to contribute to work health and safety processes
Certificate III
National ID: AHC21216
State ID: BDE2
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate II in Rural Operations

Make a great living off the land.

Work in rural operations is increasing in regional areas and around Western Australia. Get the skills to work in some of the exciting new operations happening near you and further afield. 

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On campus
VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Work in this industry and enjoy an outdoor office.

This qualification is delivered by industry experts who have years of experience working in rural environments. You will gain practical skills to work safely on rural work sites and carry out a range of manual tasks — as well as operate machinery and tools.

Students who complete this course can expect to find employment in entry level positions, in agriculture, market gardens, and mixed rural enterprises.

Certificate II
National ID: AHC30318
State ID: BEF8
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Rural and Environmental Pest Management

Keep valuable assets pest-free.

Begin a career where your skills in identifying and managing pests will be constantly in demand. This qualification could see you working in agriculture, conservation and land management, horticulture and beyond.

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Online

Keep our livestock and farming pest-free.

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required for pest management contractors, pest management field officers, vertebrate pest management field officers and weed management field officers in the pest management industry. This includes those who work in weed management as well as vertebrate pest management in conservation, land management, horticulture and agriculture settings.

 

Certificate III
National ID: MSL20118
State ID: BDV5
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement

Your career in Science starts here.

This entry-level course that will qualify you to gather, handle and transport samples required for a variety of industry testing situations.

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Flexible
On campus

Kick start your career in science.

There is a strong need for sample collection and laboratory skills across a variety of industries, from mining to food manufacturing and construction to pharmaceutical production. Samplers and testers conduct limited sampling and testing as part of their duties in their particular industry. They apply a restricted range of skills and operational knowledge to perform these tasks and do not generally work inside a laboratory. 

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to gather samples required for a variety of industry testing situations. It will also give you the foundation skills necessary to complete further studies in either environmental sciences, health or trades.

Certificate II
National ID: ACM40418
State ID: BED9
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price in 2022

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Look after all creatures, great and small.

Graduates of this course will be leaving Central Regional TAFE as qualified Vet Nurses. You'll learn to look after all types of animals with both theoretical and practical elements to this hands-on course.

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Caring for animals can be your every day at the office.

As the first person that the clients, and the pet patients, will see, it’s important that veterinary nurses are trained with high-quality programs, by award-winning, experienced lecturers. This winning combination gives our students the best environment to deepen their knowledge, and hone their skills in communication, empathy, adaptability, and ensure that they are committed to continuous learning.

With a veterinary nursing course at CRTAFE, you’ll learn essential skills required for caring for sick or injured animals, as well as assisting with examination, diagnosis, and surgical procedures. Work in a profession where everyday is different whilst doing exactly what you love to do. As a Vet Nurse you'll work with animals ranging from pocket pets, birds, reptiles, companion animals and livestock or horses, and will have opportunities to work anywhere around our country and the world?

Certificate IV
National ID: O9505P
State ID: O9505P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Wildlife Care and Handling

Learn how to handle wildlife safely.

If you love to care for wildlife or a required to handle wildlife in your job role, this short course is for you.

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On campus

Learn how to handle wildlife safely.

In this short course you'll gain the skills and knowledge to identify requirements for caring for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. You'll learn how to safely capture and handle native wildlife whilst still maintaining personal safety and hygiene standards.

As part of your training you learn how to assess the condition of captured wildlife, how to use secure and humane methods to transport them. The course also covers important topics such as complying with legal requirements of capturing and handling wildlife and safety practices. 

Short course
State ID: AE379
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Free*
Skill sets

Work in Agriculture Skill Set

This course is the ideal introductory training opportunity for those new to the agricultural and rural industries.

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Start your career in the agricultural industry. 

This course is the ideal introductory training opportunity for those new to the agricultural and rural industries. You will gain an introduction to essential farming skills including how to handle and apply chemicals, weed control, tractor operations, how to operate machinery and equipment and health and safety practices. 

Skill set
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