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Rural Operations

AHC32816 Certificate III IN Rural Operations

This qualification provides an occupational outcome 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, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, information technology and metals.

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 all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

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

Licencing varies across States and Territories and additional requirements may be required.  Please check with your local regulatory body.

Course Duration

It is anticipated this course will take up to 24 months to complete, depending on the delivery method and course attendance from the student.  Levels of experience and any additional prior Qualifications in a relevant industry may also affect timeframes.

Delivery Options

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

Group Based Delivery:

  • 12 weeks of initial classroom training – 2 to 3 days (9am-4pm)
  • Trainer support and contact provided to allow up to 12 months to complete the program.
  • Study of 25 hours per week is expected for this program depending on course classroom duration times and frequency.

Flexible Delivery:

  • Monthly in person trainer led workshop days (8 hours)
  • Self paced project work of 10 hours per week, depending on course length

Students have access to a dedicated trainer between through face to face, email and phone

Additional support is available through the course program department on 1300 852 852

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.  Appropriate personal protective equipment, including safety boots, will need to be supplied by the candidate and worn for practical activities. 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

AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304* Transport, handle and store chemicals
AHCPMG301* Control Weeds
AHCPCM303* Identify plant specimens
AHCPMG302 Control plants pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL301 Prepare growing media
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCTRF302 Establish Turf
AHCBUS402 Cost a project
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaw
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
*These 3 units allow for the application of the approved accreditation of "Queensland Commercial operators license for using Herbicides"
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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