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  • AHC21216

Certificate II in Rural Operations

At a glance

At a glance

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 both agriculture and horticulture.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Plant Propagator
  • Nursery Hand
  • Nursery Retail Worker
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AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations

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Course overview

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 both the agriculture and horticulture industries. Australia's population is projected to increase to somewhere between 36.8 and 48.3 million by 2061 and everyone needs to eat, without farmers there would be no food.

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. 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 both rural operations and horticulture 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.

Units

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 information
AHCWRK209
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCWRK204
Work effectively in the industry
AHCWHS201
Participate in work health and safety processes

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME Unit information
AHCWRK205
Participate in workplace communications
AHCWRK201A
Observe and report on weather
AHCWOL201A
Pen sheep
AHCSOL202
Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCPMG201
Treat weeds
AHCPGD203
Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCPGD202
Prepare and maintain plant displays
AHCPGD201
Plant trees and shrubs
AHCPCM201
Recognise plants
AHCMOM212
Operate quad bikes
AHCMOM204
Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
AHCMOM203
Operate basic machinery and equipment
AHCMOM202
Operate tractors
AHCMOM201
Operate two wheel motorbikes
AHCLSK211A
Provide feed for livestock
AHCLSK210
Muster and move livestock
AHCLSK209A
Monitor water supplies
AHCLSK207
Load and unload livestock
AHCLSK206
Identify and mark livestock
AHCLSK205
Handle livestock using basic techniques
AHCLSK204
Carry out regular livestock observation
AHCLSK202A
Care for health and welfare of livestock
AHCIRG217
Assist with pressurised irrigation operations
AHCINF203
Maintain properties and structures
AHCINF202A
Install, maintain and repair fencing
AHCINF201A
Carry out basic electric fencing operations
AHCHBR203A
Provide daily care for horses
AHCHBR202A
Handle young horses
AHCCHM201
Apply chemicals under supervision
ACMGAS207A
Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMGAS206
Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS205A
Assist in health care of animals
ACMGAS204A
Feed and water animals
ACMGAS203A
Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS202A
Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS201A
Work in the animal care industry

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


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.

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 enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland