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Rural Operations

AHC32816 Certificate III IN Rural Operations

This qualification provides an occupational outcomes in agriculture, horticulture and conservation and land management and at least one and up to four other related industries.

Occupational outcomes may include positions in rural industries but also other industry sectors, such as local government and construction.

The agriculture, horticulture and conservation and land management industries strongly affirm that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires most units of competency to be delivered in this context.

The qualification has 2 x core units of competency plus 14 x elective units.  A total of 16 units of competency are required.

Course Pathways

Construction Industry Training currently offer 2 different pathways for this course

  • Rural Pathway
  • Civil Construction Pathway

Course Duration

It is anticipated this course may take up to 12 to 24 months to complete, depending on the delivery method chosen.  Employment status and experience may reduce these time frames.

Delivery Options

This course is offered via the following methods in various locations across  South-East Queensland:

Group Based Delivery: (may not be available in all locations)

  • 14 weeks of initial classroom training for 2 days per week, allowing up to 12 months to complete the program
  • Optional tutorial days
  • After the initial 14 weeks, self-paced learning with Trainer/Assessor contact through phone calls, text, emails and face to face visits as required.
  • Study of 25 hours per week is expected

Existing Worker Flexible Delivery: (must be working in the industry)

  • Self-paced learning allowing up to 2 years to complete the program.
  • Regular Trainer/Assessor contact through phone calls, text, email and workplace visits
  • Study of 15 hours per week is expected

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

  • Skills and Gap Training available to experienced industry workers
  • One on one workplace visit/s to assist with the application and undertake a personal interview and challenge tests to confirm your skills and knowledge

Student Support

When studying with us, students are supported with:

  • Access to a dedicated Trainer/Assessor
  • Quality learning resources
  • A Student Handbook
  • Additional support through the course program department on 1300 852 852

Entry Requirements

Applicant is required to provide their suitable personal protective equipment, including safety shoes.

For specific eligibility requirements surrounding possible funding available go to QLD Funding.

Course Fees

For current course fees and information on possible subsidy available go to Course Fees and QLD Funding.

Core Units

AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens
AHCPMG302 Control plants pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCTRF308 Establish Turf
AHCPHT306 Establish horticultural crops
AHCINF202 Install, maintain and repair farm fencing
AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCCHM307* Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCCHM304* Transport, handle and store chemicals
AHCPMG301* Control Weeds
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes
AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles
*These 3 units allow for the application of the approved accreditation of "Queensland Commercial operators license for using Herbicides"
AHCDRG305 Install drainage systems
AHCDRG307 Troubleshoot drainage systems
AHCLSC301 Set out site for construction works
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and specifications
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non toxic materials
RIIMPO317F Conduct roller operations
RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations
Elective units may vary for some group based delivery programs. Please contact Construction Industry Training for other elective options available.


For more information on this course, including fees and funding availability, contact Construction Industry Training on 1300 852 852 or

This Nationally accredited Qualification is delivered by Construction Industry Training – RTO: 41288
All training, assessment and issuance of Qualifications are the responsibility of Construction Industry Training.
For information on refund policy, complaints and appeals procedure, and learners rights refer to information in the Student Handbook.

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