This qualification is recognised as an entry-level qualification for employment in the Agriculture industry. The course would suit students who are interested in a career in the Agriculture Industry, working in possible jobs such as an assistant animal attendant/stockperson or Farm or Station hand/worker/labourer. Students may also wish to complete this course for general interest and to assist in part-time work while undertaking further study.

Available at these schools

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Primary Industries.


  • St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino courses are delivered using a compressed curriculum, 240 hours delivered as 4 units in one year
  • Holy Trinity School, Inverell courses are delivered to Year 10 students planning to continue and complete their qualification for their higher school certificate or post school. Students will achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate II in Agriculture AHC20116.


This is a Board Developed Course, Category B. Students who complete the 240 hour course may sit for the optional HSC exam. Mandatory units of competency detailed in the NESA Syllabus are examined.

One Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 18 units: 3 core, 15 electives:


  • AHCWHS201
    Participate in work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK204
    Work effectively in the industry
  • AHCWRK209
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

  • AHCCHM201
    Apply chemicals under supervision
  • AHCWRK201
    Observe and report on weather
  • AHCWRK205
    Participate in workplace communications
  • AHCLSK202
    Care for health and welfare of livestock
  • AHCLSK204
    Carry out regular livestock observations
  • AHCLSK205
    Handle livestock using basic techniques
  • AHCLSK207
    Load and unload livestock
  • AHCLSK209
    Monitor water supplies
  • AHCLSK211
    Provide feed for livestock
  • AHCPMG201
    Treat weeds
  • AHCPMG202
    Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • AHCINF201
    Carry out electric fencing operations
  • AHCINF202
    Install, maintain and repair farm fencing
  • AHCMOM202
    Operate tractors
  • AHCMOM203
    Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • AHCAIS201
    Assist with artificial insemination procedures (Release 1)

Career Information

Job Roles

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Assistant animal attendant/stockperson
  • Assistant Farm or Station hand
  • Assistant Farm or Station worker
  • Assistant Farm or Station labourer

Duties and Tasks

Agricultural technical officers may perform the following tasks:

  • Work with agricultural scientists using small plot experiments to compare plant varieties and test the effects of various treatments on growth and yield
  • Work with soil scientists to study irrigation techniques and analyse plants used in soil treatment experiments
  • Work with plant breeders to produce new strains and select superior products
  • Work with animal breeders using artificial insemination techniques to produce offspring that mature earlier
  • Record and interpret experimental data in field experiments
  • Interpret aerial photographs and prepare maps showing soil and vegetation patterns
  • Assist in the chemical analysis and laboratory culture of microorganisms that cause diseases in plants and animals
  • Carry out research and provide advice about various technical issues

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Good at science
  • Able to analyse and solve problems
  • Enjoy agriculture and the environment
  • Able to make accurate observations and recordings
  • Able to work as part of a team


Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to:

  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
  • Certificate III in Pork Production
  • Certificate III in Horse Breeding

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