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Course overview

Start your career in agricultural crop production

This entry-level program gives an extensive overview of all aspects of a broad-acre cropping enterprise including use of chemicals, pasture planning, harvesting, gravity fed irrigation and aplying environmentally sustainable work practices.  

COURSE LOCATIONS

The Cropping Skills program is based at Emerald Agricultural College (full time on-campus).

Current intakes:

Intake date/s Location

4 March 2019

Emerald Agricultural College

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

Course structure

Certificate III in Rural Operations, specialising in Cropping Skills is run over 31 weeks, equipping students with the entry-level skills necessary to build a career in broad acre, irrigated and dry land cropping. Including real world training on our purpose-built cropping facilities and 6 weeks work experience, students are provided with an extensive overview of all facets of a broad acre cropping enterprise, including:

  • Preparation
  • Sowing
  • Maintaining
  • Harvesting
  • Irrigations
  • Chemicals
  • Operation of equipment
  • Work safe procedures

Fee structure

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $10,464
Co-contribution fee rate $5,808
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate $5,136

Training is funded by the Queensland Government under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.  Students should consult our fees policy on the QATC Fees and Funding page for information about eligibility requirements. The fees listed above represent the cost of training and assessment.

Separate fees for students who elect to live in on-campus accommodation or access meals as a day student will apply. See 'additional information' for details.

Potential students who graduated Year 12 in 2018 from a Queensland school are urged to review the Yr 12 Fee Free Training information on our fees page.

CAREERS

Graduates of the Certificate III in Rural Operations (Cropping Skills) program may find themselves working across a range of industries relevant to cropping. Potential roles include rural business worker, rural merchandiser and senior farmhand.

Rural business workers support businesses by performing a range of financial and administrative duties including record keeping, customer service and emergency response.

Rural merchandisers work with stores and retailers. They provide customer service, give advice regarding rural goods and services and purchase goods and services on behalf of businesses.

Senior farmhands supervise and coordinate other workers, manage farms and perform general farm duties including fencing, vehicle maintenance, harvesting, and irrigation.

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

To be eligible for the Cropping Skills program students ideally will have completed Grade 10 and be a minimum 15 years of age (prior to course commencement).

Students will undergo a Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) assessment to determine whether their reading and comprehension levels are adequate to study at the Certificate III level. In the event that gaps are identified in the student's LLN levels, a student support plan will be developed and where applicable, students may be enrolled in a Foundation Skills qualification to strengthen their LLN understanding.

UNITS OF STUDY

Undertake preparation of land for agricultural crop production

AHCBAC305

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare land for agricultural crop production. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for own work including limited responsibility for the work of others. They use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources and complete routine activities. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Establish agricultural crops

AHCBAC306

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to establish agricultural crops. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for own work including limited responsibility for the work of others. They use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources and complete routine activities. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Maintain agricultural crops

AHCBAC307

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain agricultural crops. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for own work including limited responsibility for the work of others. They use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources and complete routine activities. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities

AHCBAC308

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for own work including limited responsibility for the work of others. They use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources and complete routine activities. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Plan a pasture establishment program

AHCBAC402

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan a pasture establishment program. This unit applies to individuals who take responsibility for own work and for the quality of the work of others. They use discretion and judgement in the selection, allocation and use of available resources. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Apply biosecurity measures

AHCBIO305

All aspects of the unit must be undertaken in line with legislative requirements, workplace policies and procedures and accepted safe practices. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work including limited responsibility for the work of others. They provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable problems. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit in some states and territories in relation to use of farm chemicals in quarantine situations, national vendor declarations, and movement of livestock and plant material. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit. (Source: training.gov.au as at July 2018)

Prepare and apply chemicals

AHCCHM303

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare and apply chemicals for the control of pests across a range of industry sectors.

This unit covers the use of general application equipment used across a variety of industries including; boom sprays, orchard air-blast sprayers, handheld spray equipment, wipers, dry chemical applicators, dips, pour-on, spot-on, vaccination and drenching equipment.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work hand safety and pesticide legislation and codes.

All work must be carried out to comply with chemical label instructions, Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s), the organisation’s application plan and relevant legislation.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Candidates should confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in their relevant State or Territory before undertaking this unit.

This unit may be deemed to have a time limit when used as part of an accreditation or licence process.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Transport and store chemicals

AHCCHM304

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely transport, handle and store liquid and dry chemical formulations across a broad range of industry sectors. 

This unit does not cover operation of specialised chemical application equipment and machinery or application of chemicals. 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety and pesticide legislation and codes. All work is carried out to comply with Safety Data Sheets, chemical label directions and relevant legislative requirements.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources. 

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in the relevant State or Territory.

This unit may be deemed to have a time limit when used as part of an accreditation or licensing process.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Operate and maintain gravity fed irrigation systems

AHCIRG334

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to install, operate and maintain surface irrigation structures and components.

It applies to individuals who take responsibility for own work and for the quality of the work of others. They use discretion and judgement in the selection, allocation and use of available resources. All work is carried out to comply with workplace procedures.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Perform machinery maintenance

AHCMOM302

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain machinery and equipment that is used principally in agriculture, horticulture, and conservation and land management work.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Operate machinery and equipment

AHCMOM304

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain machinery and equipment.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources. 

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program

AHCPCM402

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop a soil health and plant nutrition program.

It applies to individuals who analyse information and exercise judgement to complete a range of advanced skilled activities and demonstrate deep knowledge in a specific technical area. They have accountability for the work of others and analyse, design and communicate solutions to a range of complex problems. All work is carried out to comply with workplace procedures.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

AHCPMG302

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to control plant pests, diseases and disorders, taking into consideration Integrated Pest Management options. The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify a range of pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms, assess damage or threat to plants and select and apply pest and disease controls and timing of operations. It includes preparing and calibrating equipment, monitoring the effectiveness of controls and keeping records.

 This unit applies to workers in plant-based enterprises or activities working under limited supervision from others with checking only related to overall progress. Workers may require limited organisation and have limited responsibility for the work of others

Contribute to work health and safety processes

AHCWHS301

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out enterprise work health and safety policies and procedures.

This unit is applicable to individuals. They typically work within clear reporting lines and procedures.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures and work health and safety and other relevant legislation and codes.

This unit applies to individuals who actively participate in the workplace safety system and work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They work in a range of known contexts and complete routine activities.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) and occupational safety and health (OSH) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State and Territory OHS legislative requirements.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

 

Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

AHCWRK309

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply environmentally sustainable work practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work including limited responsibility for the work of others.

Work routines meet organisational and compliance requirements for ethical handling and welfare of animals, environmental sustainability, work health and safety, and biosecurity appropriate to the work role.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Use business technology

BSBWOR204

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select and use computer software and organise electronic information and data. It applies to individuals who apply a limited range of practical skills with a fundamental knowledge of equipment use and the organisation of data in a defined context, under direct supervision or with limited individual responsibility. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. (Source: training.gov.au as at July 2018)

Additional Information

Accommodation

Residential 

Emerald Agricultural College provides single study bedrooms for students.  Rooms are fully furnished, have wi-fi access, and are serviced weekly. Each residential block has a common room fitted with a television, kitchenette, and dial-in telephone. A full laundry service is provided.

Fee Type Amount Details
Full Time Residential Accommodation $370 per week 25 weeks (includes accommodation, meals and laundry)
Day Student $20 per day 25 weeks (optional purchase of morning tea and lunch)

For more information see the accommodation fees schedule

Off-campus 

A range of rental accommodation is also available in the town of Emerald for students who may wish to live off-campus.

Work experience travel and accommodation

Where work experience is conducted as part of a program, travel, accommodation, and food costs related to the placement are covered under the program cost.

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

At a glance

Gain skills and knowledge for broad acre, irrigated and dry land cropping.

  • On Campus
  • Full time
  • 31 weeks
  • 4 March 2019 - 1 November 2019
  • 16 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $10,464
    • Co-contribution fee rate: $5,808
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: $5,136