AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations

Kick start your career in rural operations with this entry-level course. Get the qualification you need to start working as a senior operations farmhand, or in a variety of other roles across supporting industries.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as general farm hands few very strongly over the past five years. There is stable future growth predicted in this area with around 3,000 job openings expected over the next five years.

This course will give you the skills you need to operate a variety of equipment including tractors and quad bikes, perform a range of farm maintenance activities, care for animals, monitor weather conditions, and more. You will also have the opportunity to choose a specialist stream in either horsemanship or beef cattle. Our highly experienced staff are still strongly embedded in the industry and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed.

Successful completion of this course will give you the practical skills to seek employment in a wide range of settings within agriculture and rural operations, or take the next step with further education.

Study mode

On Campus

Course duration

12 months


100 Bridge Street, Toowoomba Queensland 4350


This course can help you get a job as:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Bore Runner$960 weekly pay
Farmhand$960 weekly pay
Garden Labourer$960 weekly pay
Landscape Labourer$960 weekly pay
Station Hand$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 TAFE Queensland to check your eligibility.

Benefits of nationally recognised training

The AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations is a nationally recognised course delivered by TAFE Queensland, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). An RTO is strictly regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This guarantees you will be studying a quality-assured and nationally recognised qualification.

Payment options

For more information about this course and payment options please enquire now.

About this provider

TAFE Queensland is Queensland's largest, most experienced training provider. TAFE Queensland deliver practical, industry-relevant training across a range of industries from entry-level certificates to bachelor degrees, at more than 50 locations in Queensland.

Operating since 1998
Legal name TAFE Queensland
RTO code 0275