Accredited Course Details

AHC32816 - Certificate III in Rural Operations

Are you looking to enhance your skills in rural operations? This course includes essential skills such as operating machinery, chemical accreditation, and chainsaw operations, providing you with the competitive edge you need to succeed in the industry. This course will prepare you for a variety of roles in the rural industry, including farms, nurseries, and other agricultural businesses. Enrol today and take the first step towards a successful future.

Course Overview

The course covers topics such as operating machinery, chemical accreditation, chainsaw operations, livestock management, crop management, and sustainable practices, among others. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for real-world scenarios and to ensure they have the practical skills and knowledge necessary for success in their chosen field.

The course is designed to prepare you for real-world scenarios, so you'll acquire practical skills and knowledge that you can apply in the workplace. With hands-on training using the latest technology and equipment, you'll be well-equipped to pursue a range of exciting career paths in agriculture, horticulture, and conservation.

The Certificate III in Rural Operations is a natioanlly recognised qualification that requires successful completion of 16 units, including two core units and 14 electives. The course includes a range of units designed to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge needed for success in the rural industry.

The two core units provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary to ensure safety in the workplace and contribute to sustainable practices. The elective units cover a range of topics covering essential skills and knowledge needed in the rural industry, this course will provide students with the competitive edge they need to succeed in their chosen field.
Enrol today and take the first step towards a successful career in agriculture, horticulture, and conservation.




3 - 12 months


Blended Delivery - Online plus Face to Face


$2,500.00 - Full fee


Certificate 3 Guarantee Subsidy is available for this course

Career opportunities Career pathways include farm management, livestock management, crop management, nursery management, and conservation and land management, among others.


16 units of competency | Nationally recognised

Entry requirements

No formal prerequisites | RPL available


Upon completion of the Certificate III in Rural Operations, students can progress to higher-level Certificate IV qualifications within the Agriculture and Horticulture industry areas


Qualified Trainers and support staff


Combination of online theoretical assessments and hands-on practical assessments in person.

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Course Delivery & Duration

Full-time: Delivery is over 12-14 weeks, 2 days a week.  You have up to 12 months to complete the course.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course however a sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy is required for students to be able to complete the required assessments.

Course Structure

To successfully complete the qualification 16 units must be completed successfully, including 2 core units and 14 electives.  The course includes the following units:

Core units:
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective units:
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCMOM302 Perform machinery maintenance
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCMOM305 Operate specialised machinery and equipment
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCBIO201 Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
RIIMPO317F Conduct roller operations
RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces
RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights

*Elective units may change depending on delivery location and individual requirements


Assessment is based on competency (the ability to demonstrate specific skills), depending on delivery, may be undertaken through a combination of observation and discussion, case studies and written assignments.

Recognition & Credit

You may already have significant experience in some of the areas covered by this qualification. If you can provide sufficient evidence of this you may be able to meet the course requirements by a recognition pathway. Contact Civil safety for further information.
If you have already have acquired some of the units of competency in this qualification and be eligible for a direct credit for completed units. In order to claim a credit for these units Civil Safety must sight an original Statement of Attainment from the issuing registered training organisation.


You will be required to complete a pre-enrolment assessment as part of the enrolment process.  The pre-enrolment assessment assists in evaluating your suitability for the course and to tailor any required support services to meet your individual needs.  If required, a representative from Civil Safety may contact you to discuss alternative options or available support services to assist you with your course.
During your studies, you will receive feedback after each assessment/assignment and the trainer/assessor will be available to discuss the feedback or provide additional assistance or direction as appropriate. 


A qualification and transcript will be issued by Civil safety upon successful completion of course requirements, provided that all administrative requirements have been met and course fees are paid in full.  In these circumstances, certificate will be issued within 30 days.

Where a student does not complete all course components, a statement of attainment listing successfully completed units will be issued by Civil Safety within 30 days of course completion/exit as long as applicable outstanding fees are paid.


Enrolment is contingent upon an application being accepted.  Factors considered in the evaluation of enrolment applications include meeting course entry requirements, eligibility for a training subsidy (where applicable) and acceptance or any applicable terms of enrolment.

It is a condition of enrolment in any nationally recognised training (accredited) programme that you supply the training organisation with a valid unique student identifier (USI).  If you don’t already have a USI, you can apply for one online at

Enrolment is confirmed upon payment of applicable fees, Civil Safety will collect no more than $1500 of the total fee on initial enrolment.


Full Fee - $2,500.00
This course is also approved for Certificate 3 Guarantee, which provides eligible students with a government-subsidised training place to complete their certificate III level qualification - Check to see if you are eligible here

For further information on Certificate 3 Guarantee and Civil Safety Programs, refer to our Certificate 3 Guarantee page - Click here

Please check below for upcoming courses and fees.  You may be eligible to receive a government subsidy for this course.  Please contact Civil Safety to check if you are eligible or complete our eligibility enquiry form - click here.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Fees for eligible students are:
  • Concessional Student - $30.00
  • Non-Concessional Student - $50.00

Further Information

Our student handbook is available to prospective students and is available prior to enrolment by contacting any of our training locations or can be downloaded from our website  The student handbook reflects our policies and contains important information on enrolment, recognition, training & assessment, complaints and appeals, fees and refunds, rules and responsibilities and a range of general information.  To enrol or for any further information please contact one of our offices via the contact details in the location section.

Upcoming Programs

Name Location Cost
Certificate III in Rural Operations - Mareeba - Oct 2023 Mareeba $2,500.00