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Overview

The Livestock and Station Skills Program paves the way for students to have a successful rural career. Students develop a broad range of in-demand skills through a combination of practical rural operations training, work experience, and general workplace skills development. During work experience, students have the opportunity to meet useful industry contacts. With access to industry-scale beef and sheep production properties, and learning from highly experienced instructors, graduates are well placed to hit the ground running in the pastoral sector

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered at the following QATC locations:

  • Longreach Pastoral College (full time on-campus)

 

Current intakes:

Intake date/s Location
Semester 1, 2018 Longreach

 

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

The Livestock and Station Skills Program is run over a 36 week period (2 semesters, with a 6 week work experience block between semesters).

The program has been developed in direct response to the ongoing need for skilled level one and two station hands. Topics covered include horse and livestock handling and care, bike and machinery operation, property maintenance such as fencing, and workplace skills.

Work experience placement is undertaken with one of our highly respected work experience provider companies

 

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $15,538
Co-contribution fee rate $7.064
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate $5,624

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.

 Potential students who graduated Year 12 in 2017 from a Queensland school are urged to review the Yr 12 Fee Free Training information on our fees page.

CAREERS

Possible career outcomes include recruitment as a level 1 or 2 station hands, with great long-term prospects within the industry. Graduates have the skills to contribute to livestock programs or continue on a pathway to further education through QATC.

 

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

Students must be 16 years or older.

Students will complete a pre-enrolment self-assessment to provide an indication of their existing skills and knowledge. Students will also undergo a Language, Literacy & Numeracy assessment, and a practical skills assessment. These will determine their level of underpinning skills and knowledge. Where gaps in their skills and knowledge are identified, a Student Support Plan is developed.

Preferred requirements

n/a

UNITS OF STUDY

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)

 

Operate in isolated and remote situations

AHCWRK203

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan, prepare for and work safely in isolated and remote situations.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit underpin a broad range of activities applicable to job roles throughout the horse industries at various levels.

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for own work.

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)

 

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)

Keep production records for a primary production business

AHCAGB301

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to keep production business records such as paddock and livestock activity in accordance with workplace requirements auditing purposes. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

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)

Muster and move livestock

AHCLSK210

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to muster and move livestock as part of a team. 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They identify and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

In addition to legal responsibilities, all units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

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)

Ride educated horses to carry out basic stock work

AHCLSK218

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to handle and ride calm horses educated to muster and move livestock. It addresses the potential risks associated with working with and around horses and livestock.

The unit applies to individuals who have experience in riding horses assessed as calm, consistent and obedient. They work under general supervision, with some accountability for their own work, identifying and providing solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

Maintain livestock water supplies

AHCLSK305

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain livestock water supplies.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

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

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)

Identify and draft livestock

AHCLSK308

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and draft or sort animals for sale, breeding or other enterprise requirements.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices. 

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

All units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

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)

Implement animal health control programs

AHCLSK309

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to implement animal health control programs.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

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

All units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

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 tractors

AHCMOM202

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate tractors with and without attached equipment.

Working with tractors is an inherently dangerous activity. Individuals who work at this level must be thoroughly instructed in all work health and safety aspects of operating tractors. The tractor must also comply with relevant Australian standards for tractors.

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 general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for own work. They undertake defined activities and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

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)

Undertake operational maintenance of machinery

AHCMOM204

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake operational maintenance of machinery.

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 general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. 

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)

Operate and maintain chainsaws

AHCMOM213

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely operate a hand-held chainsaw and maintain it in working condition.

This unit applies to cross-cutting fallen timber using safe cutting techniques.

This unit applies to individuals who undertake defined activities with specialised tools and methods, work in a structured context, apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy and limited judgement, and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

Work is implemented with low risk work procedures and to comply with Safe Work Method Statement documentation.

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)

Plan and construct conventional fencing

AHCINF303

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and construct conventional fencing.

All work is carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety legislation and codes, manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices

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. 

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)

Handle horses safely

ACMEQU202

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify, safely catch, control and handle calm, consistent and obedient horses educated for the relevant activity. It covers knowledge of potential risks working with and around horses and following industry guidelines and procedures to ensure the welfare and safety of the individual, other workers and the horse.

The unit applies to individuals who have no experience, limited experience or no recent experience working in the relevant horse industry sector. They undertake defined routine activities under supervision and have limited responsibility for their own work. Working environments may include stables, paddocks, yards, tracks, exercise arenas and public areas.

 

Update December 2017:  This unit has been included as compulsory prerequisites to undertaking horse units in the AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations - based programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2018, in response to the Skills Impact endorsing updated units of competency, skill sets and qualification to be reflected in the current ASQA training packages.  More information can be found at www.training.gov.au

 

Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

ACMEQU205

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop basic knowledge of horse behaviour, read horse body language and minimise risk to self and others when interacting with horses.

The unit applies to individuals who are new or inexperienced in handling, working with and/or riding horses. Individuals at this level work under supervision.

 

Update December 2017:  This unit has been included as compulsory prerequisites to undertaking horse units in AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations-based programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2018, in response to the Skills Impact endorsing updated units of competency, skill sets and qualification to be reflected in the current ASQA training packages.  More information can be found at www.training.gov.au

 

Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot, and canter

ACMEQU206

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to control a horse under saddle that is suitably educated for a beginner rider. It focuses on walking, trotting and cantering calm, obedient and consistent horses that are suitable for the level of rider experience, during controlled, supervised horse riding activities.

It covers knowledge of potential risks when working with and around horses, and the application of industry guidelines and procedures to ensure the welfare and safety of the individual, other participants and horses.

The unit applies to individuals who have limited or no horse riding experience, and who are developing skills needed to ride horses for work tasks. They undertake defined routine activities under supervision with limited responsibility for their own work. Working environments may include exercise yards and fenced horse riding areas or arenas.

 

Update December 2017:  This unit has been included as compulsory prerequisites to undertaking horse units in AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations-based programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2018, in response to the Skills Impact endorsing updated units of competency, skill sets and qualification to be reflected in the current ASQA training packages.  More information can be found at www.training.gov.au

 

Additional Information

Accommodation

Residential Accommodation

Longreach Pastoral 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 (includes accommodation, meals and laundry)
Day Student $20 per day (optional purchase of morning tea and lunch)

For more information see the accommodation fees schedule

Off-campus Accommodation 

A range of rental accommodation is also available in the town of Longreach 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

Important information about safety in horse program training delivery

The Livestock and Station Skills Program is based on the AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations course.  

In late 2017, changes to the delivery of horse-related units under AHC Training Package (and all other training packages that contain equine units of competency except RGR Racing Training Package) were endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, in response to a report called 'Training in equine programs in Australia' commissioned to develop a consistent approach by all vocational training organisations for managing work health and safety risks in the horse industry across Australia.

This review has had the impact that from 2018 Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges is adopting the compliance code that requires us to include additional units of competency to embed safe practice in the training environment, for all programs of study that include horse-related units.

For this reason the following additional units are added to the Livestock and Station Skills Program being delivered at Longreach Pastoral College in 2018:

ACMEQU205 - Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

ACMEQU202 - Handle horses safely

ACMEQU206 - Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter

Horse and rider safety are paramount to delivering quality educational programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.  Both horses and riders undertake individual assessment of their capabilities in accordance with the tasks required of them in the training environment.  

Riders are assessed prior to the commencement of their training, and during their program of study, against the following Rider Assessment Table:

Rider standard Requirements
Level 1 Beginner rider
  • Has limited balance and control at a walk
  • Has NO balance at trot
  • Unable to cue the horse through leg aids
  • Has limited ability to give directional queue via hands through reigns

Is able to ride horses with direct supervision of staff/instructor may be
required to be led.
Must wear helmet at all times
May be required to wear rider safety vest, at discretion of instructor
Level 2 Beginner rider
  • Can maintain balance and control at walk
  • Has limited control at trot
  • Has the ability to provide basic cues through hands and feet

Is able to ride horses with direct supervision of staff/instructor
Must wear helmet at all times
May be required to wear rider safety vest, at discretion of instructor
Level 3 Novice rider
  • Can maintain balance and control at walk, trot and slow canter
  • Has the ability to provide basic queues through hands and feet

Is able to ride horses with direct supervision of staff/instructor
Must wear helmet at all times
May be required to wear rider safety vest, at discretion of instructor
Level 4 Intermediate rider
  • Can maintain balance and control at walk, trot and canter
  • Has the ability to cue the horse through hands and feet
  • independently at all gaits
  • Gives clear directions to horse and can send horse in straight line

Is able to ride horses without direct supervision of staff/instructor
Must wear helmet at all times
Level 5 Advanced rider
  • Can maintain balance and control at all gaits
  • Gives clear directions to horse and can send horse in straight line
  • Has an Independent seat and the ability to cue the horse through
  • hands and feet independently at all gaits
  • Displays a strong understanding of horse behaviour and experience in riding horses
Is able to ride horses without direct supervision of staff/instructor
Must wear helmet at all times

 

Regardless of the Rider Rating derived from the assessment above, all students must undertake the prerequisite training units.

 

Course Details - At a glance

Build skills and valuable industry connections for a solid foundation for a successful rural career.

  • On Campus
  • Full time
  • 36 weeks
  • Sem 1, 2018
  • 19 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $15,538
    • Co-contribution fee rate: $7,604
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: $5,624