AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations

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Course description

Get the skills you need to work with crops, livestock, and farm machinery with the Certificate III in Rural Operations (AHC32816). Graduates of this nationally recognised training course will be qualified for work as a senior farmhand. Over 12 months of classroom and on-the-job training you will learn how to identify, mark and muster livestock; implement animal health programs; work with pesticides and chemicals; construct and maintain fences; safely operate quad bikes, tractors, and other farm machinery.

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Nationally recognised

Average duration

12 months

Online or Distance

On-campus or Workplace


This course can help you get a job as:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Farmhand$960 weekly pay
Station Hand$960 weekly pay
Bore Runner$960 weekly pay
Garden Labourer$960 weekly pay
Landscape Labourer$960 weekly pay

This course can help you progress to:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Head Gardener$1,350 weekly pay
Park Manager$1,250 weekly pay
Regional Coordinator$1,050 weekly pay
Organic Farmer$1,440 weekly pay
Farm Manager$1,440 weekly pay

Government funding

The Australian government provides funding to help students who are completing the AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations. The type of funding you receive depends on the state that you live in.

There are eligibility requirements for each type of funding. Enquire with a course provider to check your eligibility.

Payment options

Interest free payment plan
Most course providers offer flexible payment options for the AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations such as weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly interest-free payments for those who do not wish (or are unable) to pay their tuition fees outright. There is usually a discount for those who pay their tuition fees upfront. Enquire with a course provider to find out more.

Benefits of nationally recognised training

This is a nationally recognised course delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). RTOs are strictly regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This guarantees you will be studying a quality-assured and nationally recognised qualification.

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These course providers offer the AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations:

TAFE Queensland
On Campus
International Horse College
Online / On Campus