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Overview

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. 'Pop Up' 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 Focus on Cropping stream of the course will allow new entrants to cropping-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: Dec 2017  
Scheduled workshops:

9-13 Apr 2018

MACHINERY OPERATION

 

AHCMOM213   Operate and maintain chainsaws

AHCMOM302   Perform machinery maintenance

AHCWRK306    Comply with industry quality assurance requirements

 

2-6 Jul 2018

 FARM PRODUCTION SKILLS

 

AHCCHM303    Prepare and apply chemicals

AHCCHM304    Transport, handle and store chemicals

AHCPMG301    Control weeds

AHCMOM202   Operate tractors

AHCMOM212   Operate quad bikes

 

24-28 Sep 2018

 CROP IRRIGATION, AND HARVESTING

 

AHCBAC308     Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities

AHCIRG306      Troubleshoot irrigation systems

AHCIRG215      Assist with low volume irrigation operations

 

3 -7 Dec 2018

 CROP AGRONOMY 

 

AHCBAC305     Undertake preparation of land for agricultural crop production

AHCBAC306     Establish agricultural crops

AHCBAC307     Maintain agricultural crops

 

Online units – These units will be studied online with practical component for AHCWHS301 covered in the first workshop a student attends and AHCWRK309 completed online with support available at workshops.

  • 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 cropping and irrigation, 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 cropping, graduates 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

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)

Comply with industry quality assurance requirements

AHCWRK306

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to comply with industry quality assurance requirements in the production of food and fibre products.

 

Quality assurance can include systems for food safety, biosecurity, environmental management and animal welfare.

 

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.

 

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

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)

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.

Assist with low volume irrigation operations

AHCGIRG215

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to assist with installing, operating and maintaining low volume irrigation systems. These systems use emitters such as drippers and generally use poly pipe.

 

It 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 29/11/2017

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)

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)

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)

Troubleshoot irrigation systems

AHCIRG306

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to troubleshoot faults and blockages in irrigation systems.

 

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.

 

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

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)

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

If students require accommodation there are a variety of places in the Gatton area which includes motel, hotels and Caravan Park. Camping is also available at the Gatton Show grounds and cost is payable to Lockyer Indoor Equestrian Centre Assoc. Inc.

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 organised.

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 with 4 residential blocks
  • 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