Certificate II in Agriculture

Course Code AHC20116
Campus Shepparton - William Orr
Duration 515 hours

Course Overview

The AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Worker.

The Food and Fibre industry provides the opportunity to work on the land, in farming, natural resources, sustainability and associated primary production.

Agriculture offers a diverse range of pathways in various industries such as beef, sheep, goat, pig, poultry, dairy, horse breeding, bee keeping, rural operations, sugar production, cotton and grain production. A career in Food and Fibre is extremely diverse. You could work in fields such as a Farm Management, Farm Operations, Rural Business Management, or Agricultural Advisory, Work in Agricultural Sciences, Landcare, Environmental Sciences, Wool Classing, Agronomy, Agricultural Biotechnology or Entomology.

This course provides students with the basic skills and knowledge required to enter the Food and Fibre industry as an “Assistant Farm Hand”.

On completion of the course students will be able to work safely and effectively on their farms or in their workplace, whilst under supervision.

The course can also be undertaken as an Australian School Based Apprenticeship, Traineeship or VETiS program.
This course is delivered as a VET in Schools (VETiS) Program, a School Based Apprenticeship (SBA) and on campus.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Please note: this course is available as part of the 2019 Free TAFE Courses for eligible students.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the in the Sheep, Agriculture (Miscellaneous) and Livestock industries.

Working in this industry may involve working outdoors as well as indoors, working with a range of vehicles and agriculture equipment and may involve working with animal and plants. Jobs in Agriculture provide a great deal of variety and opportunity and can be very flexible in regards to working hours.

Further Studies
After gaining the AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture, you might wish to undertake further study in:

  • AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture
  • AHC30216 Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
  • AHC30416 Certificate III in Pork Production
Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – William Orr On Campus – 2 or 3 days p/week – 8am to 4pm – SEMESTER 1 / 2019
Shepparton – William Orr On Campus – 2 or 3 days p/week – 8am to 4pm – SEMESTER 2 / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

You will be enrolled in a total of 515 training hours.

Students are encouraged to attend any scheduled workshops and all appointments with your Trainer and Assessor.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Ian Carkeek
Location: William Orr Campus, Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Cost
Govt Subsidised-Standard $896.10
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession $179.22
Govt Subsidised-Trainee $896.10
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession $179.22
Full Fee $1,189.65
Course Materials $257.50

Please note that the advertised fees relate to 2019.   For enrolments this year, please contact us for confirmation.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
VET in School Students (VETiS)

  • VETiS students will have their LL&N suitability confirmed by their VETiS coordinator.
  • Access to a farm or farms to support skill and knowledge development is highly desirable.

School Based Apprentices (SBA) and on campus students
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Be assessed to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Access to a farm or farms to support skill and knowledge development is also required.
Units of Competency

AHC20116 – Core Units
AHCWRK209 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCWHS201 – Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCWRK204 – Work effectively in the industry

AHC20116 – Elective Units
AHCAGB301 – Keep production records for a primary production business
AHCBAC301 – Conserve forage
AHCCHM201 – Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
AHCDRY201 – Milk livestock
AHCINF201 – Carry out basic electric fencing operations
AHCINF202 – Install, maintain and repair farm fencing
AHCLSK202 – Care for health and welfare of livestock
AHCLSK205 – Handle livestock using basic techniques
AHCLSK209 – Monitor water supplies
AHCLSK210 – Muster and move livestock
AHCLSK211 – Provide feed for livestock
AHCLSK305 – Maintain livestock water supplies
AHCMOM202 – Operate tractors
AHCMOM207 – Conduct front-end loader operations
AHCMOM211 – Operate side by side utility vehicles
AHCMOM212 – Operate quad bikes
AHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCPCM201 – Recognise Plants
AHCPHT201 – Plant horticultural crops
AHCPMG202 – Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL202 – Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCWRK201 – Observe and report on weather
AHCWRK205 – Participate in workplace communications
AHCWRK207 – Collect and record production data
FWPCOT2239 – Trim and cut felled trees
HLTAID002 – Provide basic emergency life support
MEM18001C – Use hand tools
MEM18002B – Use power tools/hand held operations
TLID1001 – Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical Observation
  • Quiz
  • Knowledge test
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

There are no information sessions for this qualification. For further information please contact the Course Coordinator.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 GOTAFE to enquire further.

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

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