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  • AHC32816
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Certificate III in Rural Operations

At a glance

At a glance

Start your career in rural operations with this entry-level course and choose a specialist stream in either horsemanship or beef cattle. You will develop practical skills needed to work across a variety of roles including senior operations farmhand. 

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Nursery Hand
  • Rural Operations Worker
  • Senior Rural Operations Farmhand
COURSE OUTCOME

AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations

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Course overview

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. The agriculture and rural operations industry is growing, with up to 50,000 new jobs estimated to become available in 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, monitor weather conditions, and more. You will also have the opportunity to choose a specialist stream in either horsemanship or beef cattle. 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, or take the next step with further education. 

Units

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

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
AHCWHS301
Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK309
Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Darling Downs and South West
AHCMOM202
Operate tractors
AHCLSK305
Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCINF303
Plan and construct conventional fencing
AHCLSK309
Implement animal health control programs
AHCLSK308
Identify and draft livestock
AHCLSK301
Administer medication to livestock
AHCCHM303
Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304
Transport and store chemicals
AHCPMG301
Control weeds
AHCMOM212
Operate quad bikes
AHCLSK311
Implement feeding plans for livestock
AHCLSK206
Identify and mark livestock
AHCLSK210
Muster and move livestock
AHCLSK325
Castrate livestock
AHCBAC302A
Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCLSK204
Carry out regular livestock observation
AHCMOM204
Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
AHCHBR202A
Handle young horses
AHCHBR306A
Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
AHCHBR302A
Carry out basic hoof care procedures
AHCHBR304A
Educate, ride and care for horses and equipment
AHCLSK316
Prepare livestock for competition
AHCHBR307A
Assess suitability of horses for stock work
AHCHBR203A
Provide daily care for horses
Other
AHCWRK302
Monitor weather conditions
AHCWRK204
Work effectively in the industry
AHCWOL310
Press wool for a clip
AHCWOL308
Prepare facilities for shearing and crutching
AHCSHG306
Carry out post-shearing procedures
AHCSHG301
Prepare livestock for shearing
AHCMOM304
Operate machinery and equipment
AHCMOM302
Perform machinery maintenance
AHCLSK331
Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
AHCLSK207
Load and unload livestock
AHCLSK205
Handle livestock using basic techniques
AHCINF302
Plan and construct an electric fence

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


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:

  • 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
  • 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.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.  For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.

 

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.

If you select the horsemanship focus, you must have access to horses for the duration of this program, and supply your own equipment farrier equipment. 

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