Certificate II in Rural Operations


This qualification provides an occupational outcome for industries and agencies in rural and regional Australia.

Depending on the units selected individuals can be employed not only in rural industries but also other rural and regional sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, community services, information technology and metals.

Industry expects individuals with this qualification to carry out routine tasks under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work.

Pathways from the qualification

On completion of this course, you can continue your journey in agriculture by progressing through higher qualifications. Some of the qualifications available include:

Certificate III Certificate IV Diplomas
Certificate III in Rural Operations

Certificate III in Agriculture

Certificate III in Horticulture

Certificate III Rural and Environmental Pest Management

Certificate III in Lands, Parks and Wildlife
Certificate IV in Agriculture

Certificate IV in Pest Management

Certificate IV in Horticulture
Diploma of Agriculture

Diploma of Agribusiness Management

Diploma of Retail Nursery Management

Diploma of Horticulture

Course structure

Packaging rules:
15 units must be completed:

  • 3 core units plus
  • 12 elective units.

Elective units must ensure the integrity of the qualification’s Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

The electives are to be chosen as follows:

  • Select at least 7 units from Certificate II in this Training Package
  • 5 units aligned to AQF levels 1, 2, or 3 may be selected from up to 3 other endorsed Training Packages or Accredited Courses

Sample Training Plan

Below is a sample unit list.

Core Unit

  • AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
  • AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

  • AHCBIO201 Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material
  • AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
  • AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
  • AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
  • AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or gowing media sampling and testing
  • AHCINF202 Install, maintain and repair farm fencing
  • AHCINF203 Maintain properties and structures
  • AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work
  • AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications
  • TLID1001 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

Course Code:

Certificate II

Delivery mode:
New Entrant Traineeship
School Based Traineeship
Fee for Service

Course Fees:
New traineeships commencing from 1 January 2020 are fully subsidised by the NSW Government under Smart and Skilled.

For traineeships commenced prior to 1 January 2020, student fees are capped at $1,000 with the remaining qualification price subsidised under NSW Smart and Skilled.

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