AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations

Certificate III in Rural Operations

Students will undertake a variety of subjects, skilling them for a range of industry areas, including horticulture, livestock production and conservation and land management. This program would suit a participant who wants to work in multi-purpose roles in regional Australia.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee is a key initiative under the Queensland Government's five-year training reform action plan, Great skills. Real opportunities. The primary intent of the Certificate 3 Guarantee is the delivery and completion of certificate level III qualifications which lead to employment or career progression.

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification.

UQ-GVEC is proudly an authorised provider of approved Certificate 3 Guarantee programs.

To receive full information regarding the Certificate 3 Guarantee initiative before enrolling in our eligible programs, please refer to the Certificate 3 Guarantee Student Information flyer and Student Information website. As you can only access the Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy once, it is important you choose the right program for you to take full advantage of this opportunity.

Certificate 3 Guarantee programs available:

AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations

The Certificate III in Rural Operations is an approved Certificate 3 Guarantee program for eligible applicants.

This is a full time, face to face program delivered from the University of Queensland Gatton Campus.

Subject list:

  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to WHS processes
  • AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
  • AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
  • AHCMOM211 Operate side by side utility
  • AHCMOM212 Operate quad bikes
  • AHCLSK305 Maintain livestock water supplies
  • AHCLSK311 Implement feeding plans for livestock
  • AHCLSK331 Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
  • AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 Transport, handle and store chemicals
  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • AHCMOM302 Perform machinery maintenance
  • AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws
  • MEMO05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding
  • AHCWRK302 Monitor weather conditions
  • AHCPHT201 Plant horticultural crops

Note: courses are subject to change.

Students will be assessed through a combination of written assignments, written tests, demonstrations, oral questioning/presentations and e-learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is also available to students. RPL takes into account any previous study, work or life experience against the competencies being studied. Please read the list of units for this program above and consider if you wish to apply for RPL. Please note that there are administrative costs involved with this process.

Resources provided as part of the course will include work books, learning materials, and general Personal Protective Equipment.

Students are required to have: appropriate work gear including steel capped boots, wide brim hat, long pants and long sleeved shirt.
Should you wish to enrol - or would like more information, please email enquiries_gvec@uq.edu.au

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. UQ-GVEC reserves the right to change programs, subjects or costs or to cancel a program based on consideration of student numbers and resource allocation. Ensure that you understand the program, subjects, associated costs and fee liability prior to signing an enrolment form.



1st semester (16 weeks) full time (Monday - Friday)

2nd semester (16 weeks) full time (Monday - Friday)


Semesters 1 & 2


UQ Gatton Campus

Delivery Mode


Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this program.

Fees for Australian students

This is a Qld government funded program and the following co-contribution fees exist:

  • Non-concessional: $2,454
  • Concessional: $1,892
  • Full fee: $6,950

(Conditions apply for Qld government funded places)


Email: enquiries_gvec@uq.edu.au

Phone: (07) 5460 1353

Fax: (07) 5460 1367

Postal address:

The University of Queensland Gatton Vocational Education Centre (UQ-GVEC)
Morrison Hall 
Gatton Campus
Gatton Qld 4343

Code of Practice

Refund and other UQ-GVEC policies are available in the Code of Practice.