Gain nationally accredited training and qualifications while being paid to work in the agriculture industry. First block begins early February, 2017.
Dairy traineeships are open to paid employees of dairy farms. The course leads to a nationally accredited Certificate II, III or IV in Agriculture.
Training is on a block release basis. Attendance is encouraged for up to 6 weeks per traineeship but may be less with Recognition of Prior Learning. Enrolments are accepted throughout the year.
The NSW Dairy Farm Training Program was developed in close consultation with industry, and Tocal graduates are well regarded for their skills and knowledge. Many of our graduates become valued workers and effective managers.
Each year of part time study at Tocal leads to a separate, nationally accredited qualification. The Diploma in Agriculture can also be studied online.
Training includes use of the College farms, visits to commercial farms in NSW and uses the experience of industry professionals and mentors whenever possible. A self-funded tour of NZ is made every three years and is available to all trainees enrolled between trips.
Depending on training level students may study the following:
- Feed and care for calves
- Monitor calf health, detect sickness/disorders and take action
- Manage dry cow and feeding
- Manage calving program and assist cows calving
- Manage a mastitis control program
- Diagnose common health programs
- Have a knowledge of common diseases
- Judge and assess cattle performance
- Select cows and bulls for mating
- Perform artificial insemination and manage on farm storage of semen
- Operate herd recording and recordkeeping for breeding
Feeding the Herd
- Develop a basic knowledge of nutrition
- Perform condition scoring on cattle
- Supervise feeding program
- Use feeding equipment
- Evaluate and care for soils
- Establish pastures and control weeds
- Apply irrigation to pasture
- Graze and manage pastures for efficient livestock production
- Observe safe work practices
- Assist in workplace hazard identification and risk control
- Take part in workplace WHS consultation
- Accredited chemical use
- Maintain quality produce
- Supervise farm quality assurance programs
General Communications and Supervision
- Demonstrate problem solving abilities
- Plan and manage staff work routines
- Demonstrate effective communication
Smart & Skilled Course Fee: This course fee is considered a student contribution to the full cost of training, the difference being subsidised by the State Government. The fee payable depends upon eligibility and access to concessions or exemptions.
Currently trainees can expect to pay:
- Cert III up to $1,000*
- Cert IV up to $1,000*
- Concession = $240 (Exemptions exist)
Accommodation, including meals and linen, is available at a weekly rate.
Traineeships attract substantial subsidies for employers and allowances for employees (including for accommodation and travel). Contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre or the Traineeship Coordinator at Tocal for more information.
Contact the Traineeship Coordinator to enquire about scholarships available.
Tocal Agricultural Centre
Paterson NSW 2421
phone: 02 4939 8819, 0410 650 346 or 1800 025 520
- see also Rural traineeships
- Register to receive Tocal information by mail or email
- Download the traineeship handbook and information sheet
- Attend one of our open days
- Download an application form
- Contact Tocal
- Contact the traineeship coordinator:
Tocal College, CB Alexander Campus
Paterson NSW 2421
phone: 02 4939 8819, 0410 650346 or 1800 025 520 (international: 61-2-4939-8960)
fax: 02 4939 8922 (international: 61-2-4939 8922)
Information for employers
- Learn more about Australian apprenticeships & traineeships including how to register a traineeship and information on financial assistance.