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Overview

The Rural Production (focus on Beef) course provides students with the flexibility to complete a great entry-level qualification through a combination of self-paced study and practical workshops. Training workshops are held regularly throughout the year to ensure students have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their knowledge in a practical setting.

 

The Rural Production (focus on Beef) course will allow new entrants to livestock (beef) related rural industries and enterprises to develop entry-level skills for their workplace.  It will also allow existing workers to upskill or demonstrate existing skills through achieving this qualification. 

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered via the specified delivery modes and at the following QATC locations:

  • Online self-paced study (for theory work)
  • Gatton (for scheduled workshops)

 

 

Intakes:    
Scheduled workshops:

9-13 Apr 2018

HANDLE LIVESTOCK

 

AHCLSK206     Identify and mark livestock

AHCLSK308     Identify and draft livestock

AHCMOM211    Operate side by side utility vehicles

AHCLSK210     Muster and move livestock

 

2-6 Jul 2018

 FARM PRODUCTION SKILLS

AHCCHM303    Prepare and apply chemicals

AHCCHM304    Transport and store chemicals

AHCPMG301    Control weeds

AHCMOM202   Operate tractors

AHCMOM212   Operate quad bikes

 

24-28 Sep 2018

FARM INFRASTRUCTURE SKILLS

 

AHCLSK305     Maintain livestock water supplies

AHCINF303      Plan and construct conventional fencing

3-7 Dec 2018

CARE FOR LIVESTOCK

 

 

AHCLSK211     Provide feed for livestock

AHCLSK309     Implement animal health control programs

AHCLSK301     Administer medication to livestock

 

Online units – These units will be studied online with practical component for AHCWHS301 covered during a workshop and AHCWRK309 completed online with support available at workshops and last assessment presented at a workshop.

  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices


Future intakes and workshop dates will be added periodically.

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

The Rural Production course has a strong practical focus, providing skills and knowledge in either cattle handling and care, including training in chemicals, fencing, and tractor and quad bike operation.

This course is designed to be completed self-paced, over a 12 month period, with scheduled training workshops throughout the year to cover the practical components.

Students with prior knowledge and experience within the rural industry can be accommodated for in this course – please contact us for details.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $7,232
Co-contribution fee rate $2,592
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate $2,000
Year 12 Fee Free Training  $0

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. 

Learning Materials and Assessment:

Students will receive learner guides and activities for each unit of competency prior to the practical workshops. Students must study their learner guides and complete any activities prior to attending the workshop.

All examinations will be completed at the workshops during the residential blocks (see timetable for scheduling of units). For some units assignments will be given prior to a workshop and students will be required to complete the assignment and return before attending the workshop. Assignments will be sent out at least 4 weeks before a workshop.

Assessment for this program varies. The methods of assessment may include written assignment, written test, level log books, demonstrations and oral presentations. Students must be willing to travel to other sites for some industry relevant training for some subjects.

Completing selected units only:

Individuals and groups are encouraged to contact Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges if they wish to undertake defined skill set training (comprising groups of units) or individual units.  Individuals and groups may undertake this on a Fee For Service or Funded basis, depending on their personal circumstances.

CAREERS

Due to the focus on beef, graduates from this course may find employment across pastoral, intensive production, and processing sectors. Possible roles include station or stud hand, musterer, or feedlot and abattoir stock workers. These roles are varied and may include caring for livestock, implementing livestock feeding programs, riding horses for stock work, and general duties for livestock production enterprises.

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

Minimum age requirements apply - students need to be over 15 years of age to enrol. Quad bike and side-by-side activities can only be undertaken by students over 16 years of age.

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)

 

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)

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)

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)

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)

Control weeds

AHCPMG301

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and coordinate weed control activities.

This unit applies to workers in agriculture, horticulture or land management-based enterprises who are required to carry out the control of weed infestations using cultural, biological and chemical methods to provide effective, economical control of weeds while minimising damage to the environment.

The unit applies to workers who demonstrate autonomy and judgement and take limited responsibility in known contexts.

Individuals operating in this field who use chemicals for weed control are required to hold current chemical handling certification. Other licensing conditions may also apply to this unit. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory.

(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)

Operate quad bikes

AHCMOM212

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain quad bikes as well as load and unload them onto trailers or other vehicles used for their transport.

 

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

 

Working with quad bikes is an inherently dangerous activity. Individuals who work at this level must be thoroughly instructed in all work health and safety aspects of operating quad bikes.

 

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.

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)

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)

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)

identify and mark livestock

AHCLSK206

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out the identification and marking of livestock.

 

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.

 

Source: training.gov.au accessed 29/11/2017

Operate side by side vehicles

AHCMOM211

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake work using a side by side utility vehicle used for general transport, carrying loads, towing small trailers and mustering stock.

 

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.

 

Source: training.gov.au accessed 27/11/2017

Provide feed for livestock

AHCLSK211

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare and provide feed for livestock.

 

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.

 

Source: training.gov.au accessed 29/11/2017

Administer medication to livstock

AHCLSK301

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply preventative health treatments and other medications to livestock under professional supervision.

 

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.

 

Source: training.gov.au accessed 29/11/2017

Additional Information

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

Work gear

At the commencement of the course, students must have appropriate work gear including work boots, hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants and sunscreen.

Accommodation

Accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the student. Students are only supervised by an Instructor between the hours of 8am and 5pm, outside of these hours any student under 18 will need to have their own supervision organized.

 If students require accommodation there are a variety of places in the Gatton area which include motel, hotels, and caravan park.  Camping is also available at the Gatton Showgrounds and the cost of the is payable to Lockyer Indoor Equestrian Centre Assoc Inc.

Accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

Course Details - At a glance

The Rural Production course provides students with the flexibility to complete a great entry-level qualification through a combination of self-paced study and practical workshops.

  • Online, On the job
  • Flexible self-paced + practical workshops
  • 12 months
  • Multiple intakes
  • 16 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $7,232
    • Co-contribution fee rate: $2,592
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: $2,000