In a nutshell
The Certificate II in Agriculture from Open Colleges equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the agricultural industry.
This comprehensive course covers all the fundamentals of working on a farm. You’ll learn how to look after livestock; how to establish, grow and harvest crops; how to safely and effectively use farming machinery; and how to keep the farm safe and well maintained, including how to undertake general maintenance and repair works.
The course is built around a simulated farm business, which allows you to apply what you learn to the context of a real farm, in order to better understand how to deal with typical scenarios that arise in real-life farming.
As well as online learning, you’ll complete five workplace projects throughout the course, observing procedures in a real-life setting and developing contacts within the agriculture industry.
What you’ll need
To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- You will need to be at least 17 years old. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian; AND
- Entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level. If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:
- Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; OR
- 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication; AND
- You will require basic computing skills; AND
- You will also need to be fully able bodied to successfully complete most of the units of competency; AND
- You will need to carry a minimum of a provisional (P1) Class C driver's licence as you will likely be required to operate farm machinery and vehicles when working on a farm.
In this agriculture course, the subjects you may study include:
- AHCWRK204 - Work effectively in the industry
AHCWRK201 - Observe and report on weather
AHCWHS201 - Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCINF202 - Install, maintain and repair farm fencing
AHCBIO201 - Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material
AHCLSK202 - Care for health and welfare of livestock
AHCLSK211 - Provide feed for livestock
AHCLSK205 - Handle livestock using basic techniques
AHCBAC201 - Assist agricultural crop establishment
AHCSOL202 - Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCIRG306 - Troubleshoot irrigation systems
AHCBAC202 - Assist agricultural crop maintenance
AHCPMG201 - Treat weeds
AHCPMG202 - Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCCHM201 - Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCBAC203 - Assist agricultural crop harvesting
AHCSAW201 - Conduct erosion and sediment control activities
AHCWRK209 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. All courses are delivered by correspondence, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.