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Certificate II in Agriculture

AHC20116

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.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

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:

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

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

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

1. Subsidised Standard
$1,189.00
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
$238.00
3. Subsidised Trainee
$1,189.00
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
$238.00
5. Full Fee
$1,624.00
Course Materials
$290.00
Student Services Fees (per year)
$85.00

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, 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.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

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

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Access to a farm or farms to support skill and knowledge development is also required.
  • Entrants to the course that are not employed on a farming enterprise need to have aspirations to gain employment in this sector as a farm hand and are currently not employed on a farm or industry.

Inherent requirements:

  • work outdoors in a variety of conditions
  • there maybe work at "antisocial" hours.
  • physical fitness is needed to work in this industry
Core Units
AHCWHS201
Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCWRK204
Work effectively in the industry
AHCWRK209
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
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
AHCLSK206
Identify and mark livestock
AHCLSK209
Monitor water supplies
AHCLSK210
Muster and move livestock
AHCLSK211
Provide feed for livestock
AHCMOM202
Operate tractors
AHCMOM204
Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
AHCMOM207
Conduct front-end loader operations
AHCMOM216
Operate side by side utility vehicles
AHCMOM217
Operate quad bikes
AHCSOL202
Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCWRK201
Observe and report on weather
AHCWRK205
Participate in workplace communications
TLID1001
Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical Observation
  • Quiz
  • Knowledge test

Rob Hall

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 their Trainer and Assessor.

Specific delivery mode information:

SBAT Students

  • Course length: 2 years
  • Students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and resources are provided.
  • Students are released from school for 2 days a week in order to complete 7 hours working in the Industry and 6 hours training.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit student in the workplace 4 times over the duration of their course.
  • Students are provided with a webinar timetable, 1 x3 hr webinar per week (34 in total).
  • Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training. Students have access to Trainers for the duration of their course and can schedule a one on one phone call outside of working hours if required.
  • Students are required to undertake structured online learning through goLearn where they read learning materials, watch videos on You Tube and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.
  • Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessments tasks in their own time. Students consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks in their respective workplaces.

"New Entrants"/OnCampus (either employed or not employed on a farming enterprise):

  • Course length: 1 year
  • There is no mandated placement. GOTAFE offers a skills day for students
  • students are expected to complete some research and self directed learning.
  • Students will complete their skills assessments during scheduled class hours and complete their knowledge assessments outside of their scheduled classes.
  • Students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and resources are provided. Students attend classes at the GOTAFE campus 1 day per week for 6 hours per class. Students will work through their learning materials between classes, for around 5 hours per week.

Traineeships

  • Course length: 2 years
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace 4 times per year over the duration of their course.
  • Students are provided with a webinar timetable 1 x3 hr webinar per week (34 in total) with webinars scheduled at varying times throughout the day or evening to maximise face-to-face attendance and participation.
  • This course is delivered to Trainees via a blend of workplace delivery and webinars. Students are provided with a Training plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and assessments are delivered through.
  • Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training. Students have access to Trainers for the duration of their course and can schedule a one on one phone call outside of working hours if required.
  • Students are required to undertake structured online learning through goLearn where they read learning materials, watch videos on You Tube and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.
  • Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessments tasks in their own time. Students consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks their respective workplaces.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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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.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

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

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

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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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