Certificate II in Agriculture (Traineeship)

Free TAFE course
Course Code AHC20116
Locations Glenormiston
Study Mode Part-time, Traineeship
Length 1 year
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable Training and assessments at Glenormiston Training Facility plus on the job training
Course Overview

Want to work in an industry where there is demand for workers with skills Australia wide? Like the idea of working outdoors and doing a variety of practical jobs according to the season?

This course will provide the key skills you require in order to work on a farm with subjects that could include: operation and maintenance of agricultural equipment (quad bikes and tractors), livestock management and health, milking, fencing, chemical application and first aid. 

What will I Learn?

You will learn a variety of agricultural skills that will give you the basis to confidently work in a farming enterprise including:

  • operate basic machinery, equipment, quad bikes, tractors and side by side vehicles
  • conduct front-end loaders
  • install, maintain and repair farm fencing
  • handle livestock
  • care for health and welfare of livestock
  • carry out Birthing duties

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Assistant animal attendant/stockperson
  • Assistant farm or station hand, worker or labourer


This course provides a pathway to further study in the agriculture field such as:

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must be employed with a registered employer in the agricultural industry to apply for this traineeship.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field before commencing this course.
If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Course requirements

To be eligible to be awarded this qualification you must successfully complete 18 units: 3 core and 15 elective.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes 20 $0.00
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry 20 $0.00
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision 30 $0.00
AHCDRY201 Milk livestock 30 $0.00
AHCINF201 Carry out basic electric fencing operations 40 $0.00
AHCINF202 Install, maintain and repair farm fencing 30 $0.00
AHCINF204 Fabricate and repair metal or plastic structures 60 $0.00
AHCLSK202 Care for health and welfare of livestock 40 $0.00
AHCLSK203 Carry out birthing duties 40 $0.00
AHCLSK205 Handle livestock using basic techniques 30 $0.00
AHCLSK209 Monitor water supplies 20 $0.00
AHCLSK210 Muster and move livestock 25 $0.00
AHCLSK211 Provide feed for livestock 30 $0.00
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 60 $0.00
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment 20 $0.00
AHCMOM207 Conduct front-end loader operations 60 $0.00
AHCMOM211 Operate side by side utility vehicles 30 $0.00
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws 40 $30.00
AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes 60 $0.00
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support 12 $40.00
Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.


This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

This is a Free TAFE course

From 1 January 2019, students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $1,525.00
Concession rate $305.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $6,120.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $75.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay. Final costs will be determined at enrolment.  

Which fee applies to me?

Skills First Exemptions
Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills First funding gives you greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

The good news is, that there are now a reduced number of criteria for you to meet in order to be eligible for a Government subsidy. If you don’t meet those criteria you will be a full fee paying student.

Government Subsidised Fee
You meet all Skills First eligibility criteria but DO NOT hold a current healthcare or pension card, OR you are eligible for a Skills First exemption.

Concession Fee
You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to

note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee
Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

Check your fees eligibility here.

How do I pay my fees?

Unless an alternative fee payment method is approved, your course fees are required to be paid upfront and in full at the time of enrolment.  If your personal circumstances mean that payment in full is not possible, then you may be able to pay your fees by

  • Payment Plan
  • Centre Pay
  • VET Student Loan (Diploma & Advanced Diploma only)

SWTAFE offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with enrolment fees.

Next Steps
Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.