Primary Industries

This course is for students interested in kick starting their career in the Agriculture or Horticulture industries. You will gain hands-on skills and experience and learn to use a wide variety of farm based tools and equipment.

Is this course right for me?

Do you like working outdoors? Enjoy nature and the environment? Like working with machinery and equipment? Do you like the idea of working independently and being your own boss? Then Primary Industries is the right course for you.

You will learn about managing plants and livestock as well as learn how to operate a range of farm machinery. The course will allow you to develop skills in working safely and sustainably within an agricultural or horticultural enterprise, the safe use of chemicals and the importance of maintaining records, including weather data.

Credential available Course code / name ATAR eligible Mandatory placement hours SBAT available Specialisation required for full qualification

Full Certificate

AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture

Yes 70 hours Yes No

Full Certificate

AHC20216 Certificate II in Rural Operations Yes 70 hours Yes No

Full Certificate

AHC30116 - Certificate III in Agriculture Yes 70 hours Yes Yes

Where can this course take me?

Potential job roles include:

  • assistant animal attendant/stockperson
  • assistant farm or station hand/worker/labourer
  • aquaculture worker
  • crop farm worker
  • garden and nursery labourer
  • mixed crop and livestock farm worker
  • poultry farm worker
  • garden and nursery labourer
  • national parks worker
  • forestry worker

Further study in courses such as AHC50820 Diploma in Nursery Management and AHC60319 Advanced Diploma in Agribusiness Management will prepare you for leadership roles in the industry.

Subjects that support this career path

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Investigating Science
  • Chemistry
  • Manufacturing - Introduction


For more information contact your VET Coordinator or Careers Adviser.

Disclaimer: Qualification information is subject to change


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