There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.
You will need to be at least 18 years old.
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 you by Open Colleges.
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- 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
- 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)
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
High visibility vest
You will need to be provided with a high-visibility vest when working on farms. In the Course Overview you are provided a link to Uniform Super Store to order your high visibility vest which will be branded with the Open Colleges link. There is no cost for you for this item.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal Protective Equipment including covered boots or steel-capped boots, hearing and eye protection, rigor gloves, long-sleeved shirt and pants, sunscreen.
You will need access to additional materials and equipment related to specific units which you will need to consider when selecting a farm to conduct your assessment on. The list of equipment and tools required at the workplace is available on page 5 of this course guide.
Most of the units of competency include physical requirements, which will enable learners to meet performance criteria and achieve a competent result. These include:
- Manual dexterity (use of tools and equipment)
- The ability to dig, lift and carry general farm equipment and items
You will also need to be fully able bodied to successfully complete this qualification.
Chemical handling accreditation
It is important to note that within this qualification learners will be completing two units which will enable them to apply for chemical handling accreditation in most states and territories in Australia. These are:
- AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals and;
- AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals.
The successful completion of these units does not automatically result in gaining Chemical Handling Accreditation. However, upon successful completion of these units’ learners should consult with their relevant state regulatory body to confirm that accreditation has been satisfied before commencing their elective streams.
If the learner is intending to apply chemicals in Queensland they will need to complete an additional unit AHCPMG301 Control Weeds with another training provider to qualify for the chemical handling accreditation in QLD, known as Commercial Operators 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.
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.