Certificate III in Rual Operations

Course Overview

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for general job roles in agriculture, conservation land management and other related rural industries.

Depending on the units selected individuals can be employed not only in the agriculture industry but also other rural and regional sectors, and community organisations.

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors and may include:

  • Machinery operator
  • Vegetable/orchard worker
  • Station hand
  • Animal care worker
  • Pastoral worker
  • Animal attendant/stockperson
  • Rural services.

Individuals with this qualification perform tasks under broad supervision involving a broad range of skills that are applied in a variety of contexts, which will involve discretion and judgement in selecting and operating equipment, coordinating resources and applying contingency measures during work.

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

16 units of competency:

  • 3 core units plus
  • 13 elective units.

Core Units (Mandatory)

AHCBIO303         Apply biosecurity measures

AHCWHS302       Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

AHCWRK320       Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units (Choose 13 units)

AHCCHM304       Transport and store chemicals

AHCCHM307       Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases

AHCINF306         Plan and construct an electric fence

AHCINF307         Plan and construct conventional fencing

AHCMOM213     Operate and maintain chainsaws

AHCMOM301     Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair

AHCMOM302     Perform machinery maintenance

AHCMOM304     Operate machinery and equipment

AHCMOM314     Transport machinery

AHCMOM315     Operate chemical application machinery and equipment

AHCPMG301       Control weeds

AHCPMG302       Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

AHCWRK314       Monitor weather conditions

AHCWRK315       Respond to emergencies

AHCWRK321       Provide on-job training support

AHCWRK323       Operate in isolated and remote situations

CUAPHI316         Capture images using drone technology

FWPCOT3301      Trim trees using a pole saw

FWPCOT3325      Operate four wheel drive vehicle on unsealed roads

FWPCOT3329      Perform complex four wheel drive operations

HLTAID011           Provide First Aid

HLTAID013           Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site

RIIHAN309F        Conduct telescopic materials handler operations

RIIMPO317F       Conduct roller operations

RIIMPO318F       Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations

RIIMPO319E       Conduct backhoe/loader operations

RIIMPO320F       Conduct civil construction excavator operations

RIIMPO321F       Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations

RIISAM203E        Use hand and power tools

RIIWHS202E       Enter and work in confined spaces

RIIWHS204E       Work safely at heights

TLILIC0003          Licence to operate a forklift truck

Course Inclusions:

  • Training will be conducted by one of our experienced trainer / assessors who have industry currency and supported by a strong knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and industry standards.
  • Practical and theoretical activities drive the training experience to ensure that the training is engaging, interesting and relevant.
  • 12 months of training. Up to 12 trainees per course.

Participants must

Be at least 15 years of age

Equipment requirements

We supply all equipment necessary for you to undertake training in training centre

Certain training equipment may be required for some units, please contact us to discuss.

For our public courses at our purpose-built training facility trainees must provide:



Appropriate clothing, closed-in footwear.


Students who are assessed as competent will receive a Qualification recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This certification is nationally recognised. The qualification is issued by Australian Operator Training (RTO 41351).

Course Duration

12 months


$4,500.00 pp for public courses.

For group bookings outside our public course schedule or at your location, please contact our office on 07 49822541