Certificate II in Agriculture

National Code: AHC20116
TAFE SA Code: TP01083


Get the qualification you need to gain an entry level role in agriculture or go on to further study in the field with TAFE SA. You can choose livestock production or cropping as your job focus, or study both if you’re working on a mixed farming enterprise. Get the key skills you need to work with animals and livestock. Become an assistant animal attendant or stockperson or begin your career on the land as a general farm or station worker.

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24 months 

Part Time

Farm Hand

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
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Industry Conditions and Skills
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.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to purchase and wear your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety boots and appropriate workwear (eg sun protection (hat), long pants, long sleeve shirt) (approx.

  • $200) Incidental items
    • $45.00 for other personal protective equipment (eg gloves, safety glasses and spray suit)
    • $220 for Welding Supplies when welding is chosen as an elective unit

  • Average cost per semester
    Total Fees for the 24 month course
    You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
    Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

    This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
      of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

      * 2021 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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