AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations

Certificate III in Rural Operations

The Certificate III in Rural Operations is a diverse qualification providing practical training across several fields including agriculture, horticulture and conservation, and land management. The program features training in workplace health and safety (WHS), machinery operation and maintenance, livestock handling, chemicals, fencing, drone operation, tractors and quad bikes.

This is a nationally recognised program designed to help students develop a diverse range of skils and prepare them for the workforce. Students will experience campus life at the university with options and pathways to further studies including the Diploma of Agribusiness Management (AHC51416), also offered by UQ-GVEC.

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.

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. Frequently asked questions can be found at: https://training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/certificate3/faq

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 program will be delivered through a combination of online and face to face delivery offered at UQ Gatton by UQ-GVEC's expereience and fully qualified staff. Students will be assessed through a combination of online assessment, practical demonstrations and oral questioning.

The Certificate will be delivered over 24 weeks, with attendance required during practical training sessions over three days every two weeks (for a total of 36 days over the semester). (Alternate sessions may be negotiated as required). 

Year 12 Fee Free Funding

Eligible year 12 graduates can access fee-free training within the calendar year after graduating. To be eligible to access fee-free training, you must:

  • have completed year 12 in Queesland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification;
  • enrol and start and apprenticeship, traineeship or training, with an approved training provider in a high priority qualification by the end of the calendar year following the completion of year 12;
  • permanently reside in Queensland.

(further information is available at: https://training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/year12-fee-free or download the factsheet.)

Course list:

The qualification AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations is a nationally recognised qualification consisting of 16 units of competency. The courses are listed below.

  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to WHS processes
  • AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
  • AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 Transport, handle and store chemicals
  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems
  • AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
  • AHCMOM211 Operate side by side utility
  • AHCMOM212 Operate quad bikes
  • AHCMOM302 Perform machinery maintenance
  • AVIY3075 Control remote pilot aircraft systems in flight
  • AHCLSK308 Identify and draft livestock
  • AHCLSK331 Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
  • AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws
  • FWPCOT2239 Tim and cross cut felled trees
  • AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing

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.



Three days every fortnight at UQ Gatton Campus over 24 weeks.


Semester 1 intake commencing 12th February 2018.

Semester 2 intake TBA.


UQ Gatton Campus

Delivery Mode


Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this program.

Fees for Australian students

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

  • Year 12 graduates - fee free (subject to eligibility)
  • Certificate 3 Guarantee Concessional: $2,627
  • Certificate 3 Guarantee Non-concessional: $3,074
  • Full fee: $6,650

(Conditions apply for Queensland 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.