Rural Skills Training Workshops

UQ-GVEC Rural Skills Training short courses 

Operate Tractors

This course incorporates safe tractor operation principles, including procedures and guidelines, occupational health & safety and risk management.

Coordinate Machinery Equipment, Maintenance and Repair

This course demonstrates the principles of internal combustion engines including the identification of major components, 2- and 4-stroke engine cycles and servicing.

Perform Routine Manual Metal Arc Welding

This course incorporates workplace health and safety, arc welding, electrodes, and butt and fillet welds.

Maintain and Operate Chainsaws

This course incorporates hazards, personal protection, safe operation of chainsaws, and scheduled maintenance.

Pesticide User Training

This course incorporates weed control, plant pests, diseases, disorders, chemical preparation/application, transport, storage, labels, SDS and recording.

Operate Quad Bikes

This course incorporates the safe operation of quad bikes in off-road conditions.

Safe 4WD Operation

This course incorporates driving a four wheel drive vehicle on roads, traversing gradients, ascending and descending steep gradients, and operating in rugged terrain. It also includes using vehicle equipment/controls and completing pre- and post-operational checks.

Driving involves the application of four wheel drive vehicle operating principles and procedures to maintain the safety and operation of a four wheel drive vehicle across a variety of on-road and off-road contexts.

Workplace Health & Safety (WHS)

Small Engines

Large Animal Handling

Short courses under development

  • Sustainabilty in Farming
  • Conservation and Land Management
  • Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural Irrigation Systems
  • Pest Management
  • Artificial Insemination

Information about all our programs can be found in the 2019 Programs Guide (PDF, 4.3MB).

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of printing 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.


Program Duration

Workshops run for two to three days.


All workshops are conducted at the University of Queensland Gatton Campus, unless stated otherwise.

Please contact UQ-GVEC to organise on-farm or workplace training.


Charges are per person per course, with a minimum class size of seven participants.

Workshop costs vary depending on the duration of training and number of enrolments. Contact UQ-GVEC for more information.


Three days per course*

*experienced professionals may be eligible for shorter delivery duration times

Group Bookings

Course prices vary for group bookings. Please contact UQ-GVEC to discuss bookings for large groups.

2019 Student Handbook

Refund and other UQ-GVEC policies are available in the 2019 Student Handbook (PDF, 4.4 MB).