Agriculture and Science

AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture

AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture is part of the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. It is an entry level occupational outcome in agriculture. The qualification enables individuals to select a livestock production or cropping context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both.


This course is for people who are currently employed in a rural workplace, and have a training contract. You could complete the full Certificate II in Agriculture within fifteen (15) months on the job. Depending on you and your employer’s needs, learning may be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both.

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This course develops basic skills and knowledge for a chosen farming stream. There are various streams available such as Dairy, Beef, Wool, Sheep, Cropping and General Agriculture. Students are given ample opportunity for practice and assessment in a real working environment. Safe and efficient work habits and positive attitude to work are key elements of the course. This course would suit:

  • people currently working in the Rural Industry and wanting to gain a qualification
  • people who have completed some units of the Certificate I or Certificate II in Agriculture and now wanting the entire qualification
  • people who would like to work in the Rural industry
  • people looking for a change in career
  • people who need to gain skills to satisfy various industry licensing requirements.

You must work on a farm or have access to a farm for practical assessments.

Career Opportunities

Depending on how you completed this training, further study or career options may include:

  • Students who complete selected units only, may enrol in the entire Certificate II Agriculture
  • Full or part-time training that leads to a Certificate III in Agriculture
  • Qualified Agricultural Farm Hand.

Dates and Times

You can enrol and start at any time. We will work with you to determine a training and assessment plan that best suits your needs.
At your workplace, and if required, at the Burnie, Alanvale or Clarence campuses.


Alanvale Campus

  • Rolling Intake
  • Duration:  varies depending on units selected, predominately on the job
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest
  • You must either be employed in industry or have access to a property to complete the practical component of training

Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Duration:  2 days per week
  • Information Session:  Tuesday, 23 January 2018 – 2pm to 3pm
    • Venue:  E Block, Burnie Campus, Mooreville Road, Burnie
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

Learning options available for people looking for a change in career, and those who would like to gain skills by completing some units will include:

  • Learning will be in a rural workplace with access to TasTAFE facilities where appropriate
  • Demonstrations – to show you how to do things
  • Learning Guides – Books that contain information to help with your learning
  • DVDs and Videos – Resources that give you extra support and information
  • Classroom learning for theory
  • One-on-one mentoring.

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed. You will have the option to be assessed by:

  • Short written assessment – question and answer style test.
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based.
  • Assignments – research topic and provide a written response.
  • Practical – you will be observed doing tasks.
  • All students may be assessed in the workplace.
  • If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg verbal tests instead of short written tests)
  • Testimonials from supervisor.
  • Photographic and other media evidence.


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Pre-requisites may apply. Please contact us for more information.


The Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management training package (ACH20110) units you will be studying will be made clear before you start your course. We will discuss these in our Information Session, and you will also find them in the induction booklet that is provided to all students.

Agricultural students are expected to:

  • Follow manufacturers instructions for use of chemicals and other information required for Occupational Health & Safety Purposes
  • keep basic records
  • deal with basic maths
  • have a keen interest in practical agricultural work.

Support is available to help students who may have difficulty meeting the above requirements. Some of these skills may be improved through the learning process.

If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg verbal tests instead of short written tests).

Qualification Requirements

To successfully achieve a Certificate II in Agriculture (AHC20116), 18 units must be completed consisting of 3 core units plus 15 elective units.


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