Certificate II in Agriculture

National Code: AHC20116
TAFE SA Code: TP01083


Develop the skills needed to gain an entry level role in agriculture or go on to further study in the field. You will learn useful skills in a number of agricultural industries, including livestock production and/or cropping.

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Up to 24 months 

Part Time

Farm Hand Farm Hand

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

This course also has an incidentals cost of $220.00 for Welding Supplies - only when welding is chosen as an elective unit..

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Some units require the ability to handle stock, cropping, and fencing which means you will need to have access to a farm to practice or complete all the requirements
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This course provides an entry level occupational outcome in agriculture. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include Assistant Animal attendant/Stockperson, Assistant Farm or Station Hand, Assistant Farm or Station Worker, Assistant Farm or Station Labourer.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Agriculture (AHC20116)
    This qualification enables individuals to select a livestock production or cropping context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 15 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Participate in work health and safety processes 20
    Work effectively in the industry 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Administer medication to livestock 80
    Assist agricultural crop establishment 60
    Assist with artificial insemination procedures 20
    Care for and train working dogs 25
    Care for health and welfare of livestock 40
    Carry out basic electric fencing operations 40
    Carry out regular livestock observation 40
    Conduct front-end loader operations 60
    Conduct telescopic materials handler operations 80
    Establish pastures and crops for livestock production 80
    Fabricate and repair metal or plastic structures 60
    Handle livestock using basic techniques 30
    Implement animal health control programs 50
    Implement feeding plans for livestock 140
    Install, maintain and repair farm fencing 30
    Milk livestock 30
    Monitor water supplies 20
    Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
    Operate basic machinery and equipment 20
    Operate quad bikes 60
    Operate tractors 40
    Prepare and apply chemicals 70
    Provide feed for livestock 30
    Transport and store chemicals 50
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