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Code:
AHC20116
Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus
Duration:
20 weeks
Starting Date:
12/07/2021
Location:
Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre
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Course Overview

Do you like working outdoors, working with machinery, caring for the land and/or animals? Then this might be the opportunity you have been looking for!

The Certificate II in Agriculture is for people who wish to start a career in food and fibre, or further develop their skills and knowledge at the assistant farm hand level.

In this course, you’ll be trained to carry out routine tasks under general supervision and limited autonomy, from tractor and machinery operation to farm fence building and animal and land care.

Taught over a 20-week period, you’ll experience a mixture of in-class learning as well as field visits, so you can put your new skills into action right away! Our teachers and instructors will guide you every step of the way, increasing confidence and making sure you feel supported to take the next steps in your learning journey.

Those next steps could be finding work as any of the following:

  • Assistant animal attendant/stock person
  • Assistant farm or station hand
  • Assistant farm or station worker
  • Assistant farm or station labourer

They would also mean taking your studies further by completing a Certificate III in Agriculture, or a Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production). Both qualifications will enhance your skillset and increase your chances of future employment.

Working on farms in Gippsland can offer a wide variety of daily job experiences, and a Certificate II in Agriculture is your ticket to this exciting industry.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.

Times

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays 9.00am-3.00pm at Lardner Park with some flexibility dependent upon industry locations for field visits.
Tuesdays are held at Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre 9.00am-12.00pm.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Agriculture.

Career Opportunities

  • Assistant animal attendant/stock person
  • Assistant farm or station hand
  • Assistant farm or station worker
  • Assistant farm or station labourer

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Student will be required to attend a pre course interview to determine suitability of the course for them.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Students should be a minimum of 16 years of age to undertake this course.
    The farm machinery used for skills development in this course have manufacturer's specifications that require operators / students to be a minimum of 16 years of age to operate.
  • We recommend that students have previous experience in vehicle operation (Car or Tractor). For example  L Plates Driving hours experience and or on farm vehicle operation experience.
    It is strongly recommended that students should have access to a computer or laptop out of class hours to support their independent learning.

Limitations to entry

  • Students must have access to transport to get themselves to practical placement. It is recommended that students undertake a minimum of 100 hours on farm practical placement  during the 20 weeks of delivery.
  • Students must have access to a reliable internet connection to assist with assessment completion and research.
  • Students must have access to a computer or tablet that will support course work to be completed in our Learning Management System Moodle. We recommend that this also includes a headset (integrated microphone and earphones).

Pre-requisites

Not Applicable

Online requirement

Reliable Internet connection

Fees

Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information

An ACUP (agricultural chemical users permit) is a permit issued to a person, which provides authority to purchase specified 'restricted supply' chemicals and use specified 'restricted use' chemicals in Victoria.

You are required to undertake relevant training before you can apply for and hold an ACUP.

ACUPs do not authorise a person to use agricultural chemicals on another person’s property, crop or commodity for a fee or reward (i.e. contractors).

To be eligible to apply for a "STANDARD ACUP" the minimum Training requirement is the successful completion of a course in AgVet chemical use (or equivalent) that includes the units of competency:

AHCCHM307 – Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases (previously AHCCHM303); and
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals.

On successful completion of these units of competency individuals can use their statement of results / attainment to apply for a Standard ACUP through Agriculture Victoria online at https://chemical.agriculture.vic.gov.au/ (additional fees are payable to apply for this permit)

Placement

It is recommended that students undertake a minimum of 100 hours on farm practical placement during the 20 weeks of delivery.

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Mobile phone, computer or laptop or tablet, internet connection

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course Units
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCMOM211 Operate side by side utility vehicles
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCWRK207 Collect and record production data
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
AHCWRK201 Observe and report on weather
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCMOM207 Conduct front-end loader operations
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
AHCLSK209 Monitor water supplies
AHCLSK202 Care for health and welfare of livestock
AHCINF202 Install, maintain and repair farm fencing

Assessment

Quiz / Knowledge assessments, forums, presentations, practical demonstrations in simulated work conditions