Certificate II in Rural Operations

National Code: AHC21216
TAFE SA Code: TP01084


Fancy working in the agricultural and farming sector? This is the entry-level course for you. Learn about sustainable work practices, essential health and safety requirements, and the core skills needed to work in the farm sector. Then tailor your studies to your own interests with our wide range of electives that cover rural operations, horticulture, and animal husbandry. Gain the practical skills you need to complete a range of manual tasks and the basics of farm machinery and tools. Finish your course job-ready with hands-on experience and a qualification that’s recognised anywhere in Australia.

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12 months 
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You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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  • 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

    Depending on the units selected, individuals can be employed not only in rural industries but also other rural and regional sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, community services, information technology and metals.

    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 Rural Operations (AHC21216)
    This qualification provides an occupational outcome for industries and agencies in rural and regional Australia. Learn the essentials for a job in the agriculture and animal care sectors. Gain practical skills to operate machinery and equipment, maintain facilities and general agriculture activities, as well as the vital skills involved in animal care. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 12 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
    Apply chemicals under supervision 30
    Fell small trees 40
    Handle livestock using basic techniques 30
    Identify and mark livestock 20
    Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material 20
    Install, maintain and repair farm fencing 30
    Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
    Operate basic machinery and equipment 20
    Operate Tractors 40
    Prepare and apply chemicals 70
    Transport and store chemicals 50
    Undertake operational maintenance of machinery 30
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