AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations for UQ Students

The AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations Program gives the option to undertake an additional vocational qualification to enhance the value to your degree if you are enrolled/enrolling in a Faculty of Science program at UQ Gatton. This will provide you with practical knowledge and skills to complement your degree.

The program features both theory and hands-on skills, providing students with nationally recognised competencies in areas such as Workplace Health and Safety (WHS), safe machine operation and maintenance, animal handling and husbandry and chemical use and application.

Eligible student groups

A limited number of fully funded places are available to commencing first-year UQ students enrolled in the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Equine Science
  • Dual degree Bachelor of Agribusiness/Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture
  • Dual degree Bachelor of Agribusiness/Bachelor of Equine Science.

Any remaining funded places will be open to all students enrolled in:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
  • Bachelor of Wildlife Science
  • Dual degree Bachelor of Agribusiness/Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
  • Dual degree Bachelor of Agribusiness/Bachelor of Wildlife Science.

Enquiries and enrolment

Contact UQ Skills directly for more information.

Course content

The Certificate III in Rural Operations is a nationally recognised qualification consisting of 16 units of competency, including six electives which can be chosen from one of two different streams.

Core units

  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to WHS Processes
  • AHCWRK309 Apply Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • AHCMOM202 Operate Tractors
  • AHCMOM211 Operate Side by Side Utility
  • AHCMOM212 Operate Quad Bikes
  • AHCMOM302 Perform Machinery Maintenance
  • AVIY3075 Control Remote Pilot Aircraft Systems in Normal Flight
  • AHCCHM303 Prepare and Apply Chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 Transport, Handle and Store Chemicals
  • AHCPMG301 Control Weeds
  • AHCWRK306 Comply with Industry Quality Assurance Requirements

Elective streams

Choose six electives from one of these streams.

Animal Production electives

  • AHCLSK301 Administer Medication to Livestock
  • AHCLSK309 Implement Animal Health Control Program
  • AHCLSK331 Comply with Industry Animal Welfare Requirements
  • AHCLSK308 Identify and Draft Livestock
  • AHCLSK205 Handle Livestock Using Basic Techniques

Sustainable Agriculture electives

  • AHCBAC305 Undertake Preparation of Land for Agricultural Crop Production
  • AHCBAC306 Establish Agricultural Crops
  • AHCNAR201 Carry Out Natural Area Restoration
  • AHCNAR301 Maintain Natural Areas
  • AHCNAR303 Implement Revegetation Works

Note: courses are subject to change, elective groups are subject to minimum numbers

Students will be assessed through a combination of written assignments, written tests, demonstrations, oral questioning/presentations and e-learning.

More information

Policies and programs

UQ Skills policies are all outlined in the 2020 Student HandbookInformation about all our programs can be found in the 2020 Programs Guide.

Unique Student Identifier Information (USI)

All students must provide a Unique Student Identifier before their enrolment can be accepted.

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of upload and are subject to change. UQ Skills reserves the right to change programs, subjects or costs or to cancel a program based on consideration of student numbers and resource allocation. Ensure that you understand the program, subjects, associated costs and fee liability prior to signing an enrolment form. RTO #1511

Program details


One to two years


Contact UQ Skills for details.


UQ Gatton Campus

Delivery mode



This course is fully funded for a limited number of eligible students.

Entry requirements/prerequisites

Students must be enrolled in an approved UQ Gatton Bachelor degree.

This program is not available to international students.