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AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture


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Katherine, Remote

Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
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Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Mixed Crop And Livestock Farm Worker

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in agriculture. The qualification enables individuals to select a livestock production, cropping or livestock context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both cropping and livestock.

Individuals with this qualification carry out routine tasks under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. Job roles vary across different industry sectors and may include:

  • Assistant animal attendant/stockperson
  • Assistant farm or station hand
  • Assistant farm or station worker
  • Assistant farm or station labourer.

This qualification may be suitable for Apprenticeships, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Workplace Assessment (WPA).

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Agriculture (Miscellaneous) and Livestock include:

  • Farmhand (Cropping)
  • Farmhand (Livestock)
  • Stud Hand

Credit transfers & pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email

Credit Transfer
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Entry requirements

CDU Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification required by the Training Package, however CDU requires students to:

  • undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment to determine applicable support requirements;
  • be fit, active and able to function effectively in a tropical environment, as this is a physically demanding course; and
  • students must have a work contract with an approved employer to undertake a traineeship.
  • This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

  • VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

    Select VSS for more detail about this program.

    Employability skills

    Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

    Location and study mode

    Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

    Locations: Katherine, Remote

    Study Mode:Workplace assessment
    Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.

    Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Contact details

Agriculture and Rural Operations (Top End)
Location: Katherine Campus
Phone: 1300 00 SKILLS (1300 007 545)
Fax: 08 8973 8300

Course structure

To achieve a CERTIFICATE II IN AGRICULTURE a total of EIGHTEEN (18) units of competency must be completed comprising THREE (3) Core and FIFTEEN (15) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

  • Select 7 units from Group A
  • Select 5 units from Group A or Group B
  • 3 units aligned to AQF levels 1, 2, or 3 may be selected from the elective list, or this or any other endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course.
  • Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in agriculture and must be chosen to ensure the integrity of the qualification outcome at AQF level 2
Other electives of this qualification may be available therefore the range of Nominal hours may vary, contact the team to discuss individual options.
 The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 430-870
Code Module/Unit of Competency


AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes 20
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry 20
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
  Total nominal hours for core units 60
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision 30
AHCINF202 Install, maintain and repair farm fencing 30
AHCINF204 Fabricate and repair metal or plastic structures 60
AHCLSK202 Care for health and welfare of livestock 40
AHCLSK204 Carry out regular livestock observation 40
AHCLSK205 Handle livestock using basic techniques 30
AHCLSK206 Identify and mark livestock 20
AHCLSK207 Load and unload livestock 20
AHCLSK209 Monitor water supplies 20
AHCLSK210 Muster and move livestock 25
AHCLSK211 Provide feed for livestock 30
AHCMOM201 Operate two wheel motorbikes 30
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment 20
AHCMOM204 Undertake operational maintenance of machinery 30
AHCMOM205 Operate vehicles 20
AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes 60
AHCWRK312 Operate in isolated and remote situations 40
AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications 30
FWPCOT3259 Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads 40
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
Prerequisite requirements: ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour 60
ACMEQU206 Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter
Prerequisite requirements: ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
AHCLSK218 Ride educated horses to carry out basic stock work
Prerequisite requirements: ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour ACMEQU206 Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter
ACMHBR203 Provide daily care for horses
Prerequisite requirements: ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles 50
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
AHCLSK301 Administer medication to livestock 80
AHCLSK325 Castrate livestock 20
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 430-870


Course fees

Based on course nominal hours of between 430-870 hours, approximate 2020 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees: $1,462.00 - $2,958.00
Domestic Full Fees: $7,310.00 - $14,790.00
Fee for Service: as per fee for service agreement

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

VET full fees are applicable to this course.
2020: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.

VET tuition fees

This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2020: VET Tuition Fees for 2020 will be charged at $3.40 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2020 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available in the VET Student Guide.

Fee for service

In some circumstances this course may be available as fee-for-service. Please contact the relevant team to discuss delivery charges for this program.

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