Certificate III in Rural Operations


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.

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 IV Diploma Advanced Diploma
Certificate IV in Agriculture

Certificate IV in Horticulture

Certificate IV in Organic Farming

Certificate IV in Agribusiness

Diploma of Agriculture

Diploma of Production Horticulture

Diploma of Organic Farming

Diploma of Horticulture

Diploma of Agribusiness Management
Advanced Diploma of Horticulture

Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management

Course structure

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:
16 units of competency:

  • 2 core units plus
  • 14 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.

To provide the Certificate III in Agriculture, the electives are to be chosen as follows:

  • select at least 6 units from Certificate III qualifications in the AHC endorsed Training Package
  • up to 8 units aligned to AQF levels 2, 3, or 4 qualifications may be selected from up to 4 currently endorsed Training Packages or Accredited Courses.

Sample Training Plan:
Below is a sample unit list.

Core Units

  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

  • AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
  • AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
  • AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • AHCBIO201 Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material
  • AHCINF202 Install, maintain and repair farm fencing
  • AHCINF201 Carry out basic electric fencing operations
  • AHCLSC304 Erect timber structures and features
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • AHCLSK331 Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
  • AHCLSK204 Carry out regular livestock observation
  • AHCLSK205 Handle livestock using basic techniques
  • AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCLSK209 Monitor water supplies
  • AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry

Course Code:

Certificate III

Delivery mode:
New Entrant Traineeship
School Based Traineeship
Classroom - intensive

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.

Classroom based courses may be subsidised under NSW Smart and Skilled, contact us for a quote.