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1 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time


Katherine, Remote
Not available to international students.

Course code



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

Individuals with this qualification perform tasks in a variety of contexts, which involve some judgement in selecting equipment and services. Depending on the units selected individuals will be able to seek employment not only in rural industries but also other industry sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, information technology and metals.

This qualification may be suitable for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Farming include:
>Rural Operations Senior Farmhand
>Rural Business Worker

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.

Pathways from the qualification

  • AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • AHC40316 Certificate IV in Production Horticulture or
  • AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture


2022 Course fees for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place range from $1,732.50 - $3,955.00, and for students who are not eligible range from $7,425.00 - $16,950.00 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

What will I study?

To achieve a CERTIFICATE III IN RURAL OPERATIONS a total of SIXTEEN (16) units of competency must be completed comprising TWO (2) Core and FOURTEEN (14) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

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 495-1130.


Module/Unit of Competency
Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
Contribute to work health and safety processes
Total nominal hours for core units
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Select a minimum of 6 Units)
Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
Transport and store chemicals
Plan and construct conventional fencing
Administer medication to livestock
Maintain livestock water supplies
Identify and draft livestock
Implement animal health control programs
Implement feeding plans for livestock
Coordinate and monitor livestock transport
Castrate livestock
Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
Operate machinery and equipment
Coordinate work site activities
Comply with industry quality assurance requirements
AHCWRK310Provide on-job training support60
Carry out basic hoof care procedures*
Prerequisite units:
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
Train, care for and ride horses for stock work
Prerequisite units:
AHCLSK218 Ride educated horses to carry out basic stock work
ACMEQU206 Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
Total nominal hours for elective units above
210 - 560
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Select a maximum of 8 Units)
Handle livestock using basic techniques
Identify and mark livestock
Load and unload livestock
Monitor water supplies
Muster and move livestock
Operate two wheel motorbikes
Operate basic machinery and equipment
Operate and maintain chainsaws
Work effectively in the industry
Participate in workplace communications
Work in a team
Suitability of horses for specific uses
Handle horses safely
Prerequisite unit:
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter**
Ride educated horses to carry out basic stock work
Prerequisite unit:
ACMEQU206 Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
Provide daily care for horses
Prerequisite unit:
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
Total nominal hours for elective units
185 - 470
395 - 1030
Total nominal hours for the qualification
495 - 1130


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic 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

Essential requirements

English language requirements

I wanted to turn my regular job into my dream job, and the Charles Darwin University course offered exactly what I needed: practical skills.


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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: Workplace assessment

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

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Stock And Station Agent
Area of study
Agriculture and Rural Operations

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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