High Schools Program

High Schools Program

Program overview

UQ Skills (formerly UQ-GVEC) offers a high school agricultural program which provides an entry level occupational outcome in the rural sector. The program offers either a AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations or  AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture.

The skills and knowledge acquired will enable you to operate machinery and equipment such as:

  • Tractors
  • Quad bikes
  • UTV (side by side utility vehicles)
  • Small motors
  • Drones
  • Undertake the basic repair of plant and equipment.  

Program Eligibility

The AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations, or the AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture are available to students in Year 11 and Year 12 (with enrolment starting in year 11 only).  

Note: Students must be enrolled in an approved high school. Students cannot participate in the program without the approval of their parent, school and/or guardian.


The program will be delivered over a twelve month period (four school terms). Students who have not completed the AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations or the AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture program by the end of the year, will be progressively taught out and exited over the following year, based on their individual performance, effectively attaining the Certificate Level II over a maximum of two years of attendance.

These are nationally recognised programs designed to develop a diverse range of skills for students and to prepare for the workforce. Students have the opportunity to experience campus life at the university, smoothing a possible pathway for further studies.


The program will be delivered at The University of Queensland Gatton Campus for one day a week during timetabled school weeks. On-site school and block training may also be available. Off-site training is available, subject to UQ Skills' agreement with agreed Schools.


UQ Gatton Campus encompasses 1068 hectares and hosts world-class education and training facilities. UQ Gatton combines the rural traditions of its century-old origins as the Queensland Agricultural College with state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities in agriculture, animals, veterinary science and the environment.


There are no student contribution fees for the AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations or the AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture for students who are eligible to receive funding under the Queensland Government’s VET in Schools (VETiS) program. Please contact UQ Skills for further information and to determine your eligibility.


Training is delivered by experienced and fully qualified trainers and assessors.

QCE Advice

Senior Certificate planning advice should be obtained through school guidance counsellors, who may also advise on QCE points. (Currently the Certificate II in Rural Operations program is equivalent to four QCE points). Information is current at time of publishing, to confirm the QCE points for your course please visit the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) website https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/.


Specific program advice and enrolment forms can be obtained through UQ Skills. Parents and students are asked to read the UQ Skills  2019 Student Handbook (PDF, 4.3MB) before completing an enrolment form.


For further advice and information please telephone UQ Skills on 07 54601 353 or email us or Lisa Noffke, Training Coordinator on 07 5460 1361 or via email l.noffke@uq.edu.au.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students must provide a Unique Student Identifier before their enrolment can be accepted.

See the GVEC Student Information page for details. Information about all our programs can be found in the 2019 Programs Guide (PDF, 4.3MB).

Frequently asked questions

  1. How many QCE points do we achieve? Students and parents are asked to speak to their school guidance counsellor for QCE planning advice.
  2. What do I wear? You do not need to wear your school uniform to class. You must wear closed-in foot wear (preferably work boots), a hat and sunscreen. Long pants may be required for some activities but your trainer will advise you in advance. No singlets are allowed.
  3. Do I bring my own lunch, morning and afternoon tea? There is a cafe on campus but many students bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks.
  4. How do I get to campus? Students are required to make their own way to and from the campus. Public transport options and timetables can be viewed at the Translink website.
  5. What times do I need to attend? Classes are from 9am until 3pm. Students are requested to arrive at UQ Skills ready for class by 8.50am.
  6. What if I can’t make it to class? Who do I call? Students/parents must advise if they are going to be absent from training. A message can be provided to your school reception or you can call UQ Skills reception directly on 075460 1353.

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. UQ Skills 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. RTO #1511.