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AHC32816 | 095726J

Certificate III in Rural Operations

Start your career in rural operations with this entry-level course and develop practical skills needed to work across a variety of roles including senior operations farmhand.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Toowoomba Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 1 year
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Darling Downs and South West Wide Bay Burnett
WAYS TO STUDY On campus International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
JobTrainer
$0
Concession
$340
Subsidised
$340
Full Fee
$7,665
International
$10,500
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Course overview

Kick start your career in rural operations with this entry-level course. Get the qualification you need to start working as a senior operations farmhand, or in a variety of other roles across supporting industries.

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.

This course will give you the skills you need to operate a variety of equipment including tractors and quad bikes, perform a range of farm maintenance activities, care for animals and monitor weather conditions. You also have the option to specialise your skills in the beef cattle industry. Our highly-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 practical skills to seek employment in a wide range of settings within agriculture and rural operations.

What can I do?

  • Rural Sales Assistant
  • Rural Operations Worker
  • Senior Rural Operations Farmhand

Course outcome:

AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations

Jobtrainer Funded Course

This course is eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning it could be free for eligible school-leavers, young people and job seekers looking to develop new skills. Training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government. Learn more >

Real-world training

TAFE Queensland believes in providing professional and real-world training environments. Rural operations students have access to a range of specialised facilities, allowing you to develop your knowledge and skills in professional environments like our purpose-built Rural Centre of Excellence.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 14 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCWHS301
    Contribute to work health and safety processes
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCWHS301
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out enterprise work health and safety policies and procedures.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCWRK309
    Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCWRK309
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ipswich
Anytime
up to 2 years
Self-paced
Workplace
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $7,665
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Toowoomba
Anytime
up to 2 years
Self-paced
Workplace
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $7,665
Toowoomba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $7,665
Toowoomba
10 Jul 2023
1 year
up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $7,665
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Kingaroy
Anytime
up to 2 years
Self-paced
Workplace
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $7,665
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Toowoomba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $10,500
Toowoomba
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $10,500
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ipswich
Anytime
up to 2 years
Self-paced
Workplace
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $7,665
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Toowoomba
Anytime
up to 2 years
Self-paced
Workplace
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $7,665
Toowoomba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $7,665
Toowoomba
10 Jul 2023
1 year
up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $7,665
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Kingaroy
Anytime
up to 2 years
Self-paced
Workplace
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $7,665
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Toowoomba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $10,500
Toowoomba
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $10,500

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Certificate III in Rural Operations (AHC32816)
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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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic students:

This external program has been designed for existing workers in the rural industry who have access to an appropriate workplace. If you are not an existing worker, please refer to our blended or face to face training options.

It is also recommended that you:

  • are aged 16 years or older; and
  • have successfully completed Year 10 (or equivalent) with sound literacy and numeracy skills.


International students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to enter into this course; 
  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International; and
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.


Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

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 also be required to have access to and bring to class a light long sleeved shirt, steel capped boots, safety glasses, ear muffs or plugs, a sun safe hat, sunscreen, secateurs, rubber dishwashing gloves, and gardening gloves. You may also be required to have access to an 8m retractable tape measure and calculator for select units.

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. 

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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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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