Course Description

The entry level Certificate II will give you the fundamental skills needed to start working on a farm and help you build an all-round knowledge to impress potential employers.

The Certificate II in Agriculture will:

  • Prepare you for work on a farm, teaching you how work effectively in the agricultural industry.
  • Teach you how to keep the farm safe and well maintained, including how to undertake general maintenance and repair works.
  • Give you the skills to look after livestock.
  • Ensure you have the knowledge to establish, grow and harvest crops.

You’ll also have a chance to put what you learn into practice through five workplace projects. These projects will help you demonstrate your knowledge, observe procedures in a real workplace and develop contacts within the agriculture industry.

Why study this course?

  • The Certificate II in Agriculture is an excellent introduction to the industry. It teaches you a wide range of skills, including farming basics, use of machinery, and management of livestock and crops to help you become the all-round employee that farms look for.

  • It has been designed in consultation with farm industry experts, so you can be sure that the skills and techniques you learn will be relevant when you enter the workplace.

  • This qualification is built around a simulated farm business called Miltop Downs. Using the Miltop Downs website, you’ll be able to put what you learn into the context of a real farm and better understand how to apply your skills to typical scenarios that arise on a farm.

  • The course will give you access to Trade Hub as part of your studies. Trade Hub is a literacy and numeracy support tool, which explains key concepts that you will need to understand to work in agriculture (area, volume, instructions, and safety documents).

Potential career outcomes

  • Assistant Crop Farm Worker
  • Assistant farm hand
  • Assistant Livestock Farm Worker
Course number E1215
Qualification name AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture
Course duration Maximum 12 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Knowledge tests, Projects
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 17 years old. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Equipment and tools

You will need to have access to specific tools and equipment for this course. Click here to view the complete list of materials, equipment and tools required for this course.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
  • Compressing image, audio and video files.

Physical requirements

Most of the units of competency include physical requirements, which include:

  • Manual dexterity (use of tools and equipment)
  • The ability to lift and carry general farm equipment and items
  • The ability to meet performance criteria and achieve a competent result

You will also need to be fully able bodied to successfully complete this qualification.

Driver's licence

You will need to carry a minimum of a provisional (P1) Class C driver's licence as you will likely be required to operate farm machinery and vehicles when working on a farm. Although a driver's licence is not required for driving agriculture vehicles on private land, Open Colleges believes that if you carry a provisional (P1) Class C driver licence you will be better prepared for safely operating farm machinery and vehicles.

Other requirements

The unit of competency AHCMOM202 Operate tractors must be completed with an external provider before entering Study Period 4. If you have prior experience with operating tractors, you can apply for RPL for this unit.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Study Period, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Study Period. Study Periods 1 to 4 have been released and is available. The subsequent Study Periods will be released on the following dates:

  • Study Period 5: September 2017
  • Study Period 6: December 2017
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

Get ready to work on the farm

  • Obtain information about the industry
  • Observe employment requirements
  • Accept responsibility for quality of own work
  • Plan and conduct own work
  • Promote workplace cooperation
  • Contribute to a productive work environment
  • Undertake an activity to workplace requirements
  • Prepare to work
  • Check weather and climate information
  • Carry out preventative action
  • Monitor weather and climate

Keep the farm safe and well maintained

  • Follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control
  • Observe safe practices during work operations
  • Participate in arrangements for maintaining the health and safety of all people in the workplace
  • Prepare for fencing work
  • Undertake fence installation
  • Maintain and repair fencing
  • Complete fencing work
  • Prepare to work
  • Inspect machinery and support vehicles
  • Clean machinery, equipment and support vehicles
  • Complete cleaning work
  • Report inspection results

Take care of the livestock

  • Prepare to work
  • Monitor and assess livestock health and welfare
  • Implement livestock health and welfare procedures
  • Administer drenches, vaccines and prescribed treatments to livestock
  • Monitor treated livestock and maintain records
  • Complete work
  • Prepare for feeding
  • Feed livestock
  • Complete the feeding process
  • Prepare to handle livestock
  • Handle livestock
  • Complete handling procedure

Establish crops

  • Prepare for agricultural crop establishment operations
  • Prepare the site for crop establishment
  • Carry out establishment operations
  • Complete establishment operation
  • Collect soil or media samples for testing
  • Perform basic tests on soil or media sample
  • Locate and identify faulty components and blockages
  • Shut down and isolate component
  • Replace faulty components and clear blockages
  • Return system to normal operating status

This module is part of the Crops elective stream and the Mixed Livestock and Crops elective stream.

Maintain crops

  • Prepare for agricultural crop maintenance operations
  • Assist with the implementation of maintenance operations
  • Complete maintenance operation
  • Prepare to treat weeds
  • Treat weeds
  • Carry out post treatment operation
  • Prepare to treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • Apply treatments to plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • Carry out post treatment operation
  • Prepare to work
  • Check application equipment
  • Prepare application equipment
  • Apply chemicals
  • Transport and handle chemicals
  • Finalise work

Harvest crops

  • Prepare for agricultural crop harvesting operations
  • Prepare harvesting machinery and vehicles for crop harvesting operations
  • Assist with harvesting of crops
  • Complete harvesting operation
  • Prepare to work
  • Conduct erosion and sediment control activities
  • Complete work
  • Identify current resource use
  • Comply with environmental regulations
  • Seek opportunities to improve resource efficiency



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

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Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

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Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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