Certificate III in Rural Operations

National Code: AHC32816
TAFE SA Code: TP01119


Grow your career in rural and regional industries with this in-depth qualification. Gain practical skills to operate machinery and equipment such as tractors and quad bikes, maintain and service facilities, work with crops, pesticides and chemicals, and the essential knowledge needed for animal care. Work in agriculture, horticulture, or conservation land management, or in other industry sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, information technology, and metals. Learn from industry professionals with hands-on real-world experience at TAFE SA.

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12 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
$45.00 for personal protective equipment.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
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

    This qualification provides an occupational outcome for industries and agencies in rural and regional Australia.

    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 III in Rural Operations (AHC32816)
    This qualification provides an occupational outcome in agriculture, horticulture and conservation land management and at least one and up to four other related industries. Individuals with this qualification perform tasks in a variety of contexts, which involve some judgement in selecting equipment and services. Depending on the units selected individuals will be able to seek employment not only in rural industries but also other industry sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, information technology and metals. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 2 core units and 14 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
    Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50
    Contribute to work health and safety processes 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply chemicals under supervision 30
    Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30
    Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80
    Control weeds 70
    Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material 20
    Install, maintain and repair farm fencing 30
    Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
    Operate machinery and equipment 40
    Operate quad bikes 60
    Operate quad bikes 60
    Operate Tractors 40
    Prepare and apply chemicals 70
    Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases 70
    Respond to emergencies 60
    Transport and store chemicals 50
    Undertake operational maintenance of machinery 30
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