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AHC21216

Certificate II in Rural Operations

Kick start your career in rural operations with this entry-level qualification. This course will give you the foundation skills you need to work across a range of positions in agriculture or horticulture.

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NEXT INTAKE TAFE at School: Nambour Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 4 terms
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Sunshine Coast Darling Downs and South West Wide Bay Burnett
WAYS TO STUDY TAFE at School
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
TAFE at School Subsidised Fee
$0 - $4,155
TAFE at School Full Fee
$4,155

Course overview

Make a start on your rural operations career with this entry-level course. This qualification will give you the practical skills you need to work in varied capacities in agriculture, horticulture, and animal care. 

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as general farm hands few very strongly over the past five years. There is stable future growth predicted in this area with around 3,000 job openings expected over the next five years. 

If you choose to study the rural operations stream, you will develop basic knowledge and practical skills across livestock handling, health and welfare, fencing, machinery maintenance and operation, and more. If you choose to study the horticulture stream, you will learn to recognise, propagate and plant different plants, operate horticultural machinery and equipment, treat weeds, pests and diseases, construct landscape, paving and retaining walls, establish turf, and more. You can also choose to specialise in animal studies with a focus on small animals. Our passionate, industry experienced staff are still strongly embedded in the industry and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed.

Successful completion of this course will give you the skills to work across a variety of entry-level positions in rural operations, agriculture, horticulture, or animal care including station hand, first year jackaroo/jillaroo, yardsman, gardener, landscaping assistant, nursery hand, and more. You will also have a solid foundation to continue with further study.

What can I do?

  • Plant Propagator
  • Nursery Hand
  • Nursery Retail Worker
  • Rural Operations Worker

Course outcome:

AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations

Innovative teaching staff

Our courses are delivered by passionate industry experts with years of experience in the agricultural sector. Our teachers understand the manual aspects of the job and are ahead of the game in innovation and tech, preparing you for the future of farming in Australia.

Choose a specialisation

Depending on your location TAFE Queensland offers specialised streams in rural operations, agriculture and animal studies, animal sciences, or horticulture. You can develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to work across a variety of areas within the industry.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 12 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCWHS201
    Participate in work health and safety processes
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCWHS201
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise and report hazards in the workplace. It also describes the skills and knowledge required to follow workplace safety procedures and directions.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Participate in work health and safety processes

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCWRK204
    Work effectively in the industry
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCWRK204
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to work effectively on an individual basis and with others as well as within a hierarchy of management.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work effectively in the industry

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCWRK209
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCWRK209
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to follow workplace procedures and instructions and to participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ipswich
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
1 day per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Subsidised Fee: $0
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $4,155
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Wednesday
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Subsidised Fee: $0
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $4,155
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Roma
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
1 day per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Subsidised Fee: $0
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $4,155
Toowoomba
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
1 day per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Subsidised Fee: $0
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $4,155
Charleville
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
1 day per week
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Subsidised Fee: $0
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $4,155
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bundaberg
23 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Subsidised Fee: $4,155
Kingaroy
30 Jan 2023
8 terms
1 day per month
Mixed mode
  • TAFE at School Subsidised Fee: $0
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $4,155

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Certificate II in Rural Operations (AHC21216)
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes having access to and wearing appropriate attire including cotton long sleeved shirts and trousers, safety footwear compliant with the Australian Standard AS 2210, safety glasses, and a broad brimmed hat.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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