Milker Technician Certificate

Dairy farming is an important part of BC agriculture. The average dairy farmer milks from 100 to 130 cows, although some farms have milking herds of over 300 head. Competent milkers are in demand in the dairy farming areas of both BC and other provinces.  Milker Tech 2

Milking high-producing dairy cows is a responsible job! The good milker handles cows quietly and efficiently, following sanitary procedures and correct milking techniques. The milker ensures sanitation of all milking equipment and cleanliness in the milking parlours. A milker’s duties also often include feeding, care of young stock, barn cleaning and maintenance, record keeping, and machine operation. Work is often divided into a morning and evening shift; sometimes a milker lives on the employer's farm. The full-time Milker Technician program prepares students for this type of employment. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Milker Technician certificate.

Entrance Requirements

1. Good physical health
2. BC secondary school graduation or equivalent
3. Applicants must satisfy the English language policy.
4. Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license
5. Permission of the Agriculture Technology department head

Students must provide their own transportation to and from the training farm and be willing to work flexible hours. Persons most likely to succeed will enjoy working with animals. Class attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

Program Requirements 
To fulfill the requirements for the Milker Technician certificate, students must complete all course work, including two dairy farm practica. With instructor's consent, both practica may be completed at the same host farm, if the practica are designed to progressively develop the student's competence in milking and its attendant responsibilities, on a commercial dairy farm.

How to Apply

You may submit an application at any time; this program begins in January.

It’s best to check out the UFV calendar for further information. Read the Agriculture section carefully. You can fill out an on-line application form and submit it to the UFV Office of the Registrar. If you’re currently in Grade 12, you can apply now. Please note there is a $45 application fee.

Additional documents required for a complete application:  

  • proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  • The Admissions and Records office will inform you if an interview or orientation session is required.
  • The program will only be offered if there is sufficient enrolment. A decision as to whether or not the program will be offered is made in late November, at which time you will be advised whether you have been admitted to the program and whether there is space for you. You will be provided with registration information.

Fees and Other Costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section for more information. In addition to tuition fees, you should budget approximately $800 for textbooks, field trips, rubber boots, coveralls, and supplies
Program Description

The Milker Technician program is only offered in the winter semester. You must complete all required courses with a minimum grade point of 2.0 (C) in order to receive a Milker Technician certificate.

Credits earned in the Milker Technician certificate program are also transferable to UFV's Livestock Production certificate and Agriculture Technology diploma (Livestock Production) programs.

All students will be required to work without remuneration in the UFV barn and/or on host-farm sites during the program. During practica, you can expect a combination of early morning milkings (around 4 am start) and afternoon milkings (around 4 pm start). Practicum I may be worked during regular term time, before and after classes, if suitable arrangements can be made. Otherwise, AGRI 192 and AGRI 292 will follow completion of on-campus studies. All students must have reliable transportation to and from their host farms and the campus and be able to complete the on-farm work as assigned by the instructor.

Host farmers will assess each trainee on such qualities as punctuality, reliability, willingness to follow instruction and to learn, and attitude in working with others and handling dairy animals.
The Milker Technician program is only offered in the winter semester. You must complete all required courses with a minimum grade point of 2.0 (C) in order to receive a Milker Technician certificate.

Program Outline

Course listings


Course Title


AGRI 183 Farm and Equipment Safety 3
AGRI 192 Practicum I 3
AGRI 203 Fundamentals of Pest Management 3
AGRI 204 Introduction to Soils and Soil Fertility 3
AGRI 254 Ruminant Animal Health 3
AGRI 292 Practicum II 3
AGRI 328 Forage Crop Production: Science and Practice 3
AGRI 331 Dairy Production and Management: Science and Practice 3

Note: Additional courses in artificial insemination and agricultural welding are recommended but are not certificate requirements. Information on outside agencies offering these courses can be obtained from the Agriculture Technology department.

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