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Certificate II in Agriculture


Certificate II in Agriculture AHC20116

Course Overview

Channel your passion for the natural environment into a career. The Certificate II in Agriculture gives you the skills and knowledge to enter the Agriculture industry as an Assistant Farm Hand. Jobs in Agriculture provide a great deal of variety and opportunity and can be very flexible in regards to working hours.

You'll gain a diverse skill set that will allow you to work in anything from horse breeding to sugar production. You'll learn how to care for livestock, recognise plants, and plan and construct fences.

You'll also receive important safety training in a range of industrial equipment including tractors and chainsaws, as well as how to safely use, transport, and store of chemicals.

This course can be delivered on campus, as a School-based Apprenticeship, or a Traineeship.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Sheep, Agriculture, or Livestock industries. Agriculture offers a range of pathways to working the land in various industries, including farming, natural resources, sustainability, and primary production.

You may find work in the following contexts:

  • Farm Management
  • Farm Operations
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Landcare
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Agronomy
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Wool Classing.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:

  • Certificate III in Agriculture
  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Pork Production)
  • Certificate III in Pork Production.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

Traineeship/SBA - Open from 05/02/2021 - 2021

On Campus - Part Time - Open from 16/07/2021 - 9am to 4pm / 2021

New entrant - Open from 11/02/2022 - blended - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Traineeship/SBA, Open from 8th Feb, Workplace based (some campus units) / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) -

  • LL&N suitability confirmed by their VETDSS 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.
Core Units
Participate in work health and safety processes
Work effectively in the industry
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Carry out basic electric fencing operations
Install, maintain and repair farm fencing
Care for health and welfare of livestock
Handle livestock using basic techniques
Identify and mark livestock
Monitor water supplies
Muster and move livestock
Provide feed for livestock
Operate tractors
Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
Conduct front-end loader operations
Operate side by side utility vehicles
Operate quad bikes
Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
Observe and report on weather
Participate in workplace communications
Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical Observation
  • Quiz
  • Knowledge test

SBAT Students are required to attend a minimum of two one-day on campus workshops each year to develop practical skills. These workshops are held during school holidays on campus/on farm.

VETDSS students are required to undertake 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning (40 hours per year).

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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.

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

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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Jobs and study options

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

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Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

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Counselling services

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Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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