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Certificate II in Agriculture

Kick start a career nurturing Australia's agriculture industry with this entry-level course focused on the fundamentals of modern farm work, including working with livestock and crops.

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TIME Anytime
STUDY LOCATIONS Darling Downs and South West
WAYS TO STUDY Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Course overview

Sow the seeds for a career in Australia's evolving agribusiness sector with this entry-level course. 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.

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. 

The different components of this course will provide you with the skills of a farmhand, including mustering and moving animals, operating and maintaining machinery and equipment, and assisting with the breeding and care of young animals. You'll also learn about environmental sustainability, cropping and general farm operations.

Successful completion of this course gives you the skills to start a career as a farmhand on a wide range of estates and farms across Australia, as well as a clear path into further studies.

What can I do?

  • Assistant Farm or Station Hand
  • Assistant Animal Attendant/Stockperson

Course outcome:

AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture

New thinking

Working closely with industry, we have pinpointed key areas of knowledge needed for the future of Australia's overall agribusiness space. These include biosecurity, crop diversity, and farm business management.

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.

What you will study.

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 15 elective units from the list below.


  • AHCWHS201
    Participate in work health and safety processes
    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.
  • Participate in work health and safety processes

  • AHCWRK204
    Work effectively in the industry
    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.
  • Work effectively in the industry

  • AHCWRK209
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    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.
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


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Certificate II in Agriculture (AHC20116)

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Certificate II in Agriculture

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 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. If you are completing horse related units, you may also be required to have access to your own safety helmet (compliant with Australian Standard AS/NZS 3838), appropriate riding boots, relevant tack (including farrier equipment), and horses suitable for practical classes. More details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation.

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.


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.

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  • 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. 

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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