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1 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 6 months to 2 years. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.



Katherine, Remote
Not available to international students.

Course code



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 and advanced standing

Skill 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 Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) 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.


2022 Course fees for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place range from $667.50 - $1,200.00, and for students who are not eligible range from $6,675.00 - $12,000.00 dependent on the units chosen.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

CDU Aquaculture students

Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience. Whether you're a high school student or a working professional, we've got the courses and qualifications you want plus the support and flexibility you need to succeed.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning to qualify faster"

Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Northern Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities - Recognition of prior learning accepted
  • Packages into higher education available for most courses"

What will I study?

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.

Course structure

  • 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 445-800
CodeModule/Unit of Competency


AHCWHS201Participate in work health and safety processes20
AHCWRK204Work effectively in the industry20
AHCWRK209Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices20
 Total nominal hours for core units60
ACMHBR201Check and treat horses40
AHCINF202Install, maintain and repair farm fencing30
AHCINF204Fabricate and repair metal or plastic structures60
AHCLSK202Care for health and welfare of livestock40
AHCLSK204Carry out regular livestock observation40
AHCLSK205Handle livestock using basic techniques30
AHCLSK206Identify and mark livestock20
AHCLSK207Load and unload livestock20
AHCLSK209Monitor water supplies20
AHCLSK210Muster and move livestock25
AHCLSK211Provide feed for livestock30
AHCMOM201Operate two wheel motorbikes30
AHCMOM202Operate tractors40
AHCMOM203Operate basic machinery and equipment20
AHCMOM204Undertake operational maintenance of machinery30
AHCMOM205Operate vehicles20
AHCMOM217Operate quad bikes60
AHCWRK205Participate in workplace communications30
AHCWRK206Observe enterprise quality assurance procedures30
AHCWRK207Collect and record production data30
ACMEQU202Handle horses safely
Prerequisite requirements: ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU205Apply knowledge of horse behaviour60
ACMEQU206Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter
Prerequisite requirements: ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMHBR203Provide daily care for horses
Prerequisite requirements: ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
AHCLSK218Ride 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
AHCLSK325Castrate livestock20
AHCMOM213Operate and maintain chainsaws40
AHCMOM216Operate side by side utility vehicles50
 Total nominal hours for elective units385-740
 Total nominal hours for the qualification445 - 800


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

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.

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Course details


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

VET for secondary schools

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:On campus, Workplace assessment

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

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Broadacre Crop and Livestock Farm Worker
Area of study
Agriculture and Rural Operations

Contact details Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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