About this course

Earn while you learn with Tocal's rural traineeships at our Yanco Campus, to elevate your career in agriculture.

Traineeships enable students to gain nationally accredited training and qualifications while being paid to work in the agriculture industry. They are open to paid employees of farms, and the course leads to a nationally accredited AHC30122 Certificate III in Agriculture.

Rural trainees may work in a variety of enterprises, accumulating many valuable farm skills.

Traineeships provided through the NSW Smart and Skilled vocational education and training (VET) system, will be fee-free from 1 January 2020 (more info here).

Eligible traineeships for new trainees attract a 10% wage subsidy capped at $1500.00 per quarter, in the first year and second years of the traineeship (more info here).

At a glance:

Location: Yanco campus
Course duration: Maximum of two (2) years
Start date: Enrol anytime
Number of units: Dependent on entry level
Indicative fees: The NSW Government has expanded its support for trainees and apprentices by waiving the $1000 Smart and Skilled co-contribution fee for traineeships.
Accredited Course: Yes


The training is conducted through multiple study blocks, necessitating attendance for a maximum of 6 weeks per traineeship. This comprehensive approach incorporates a mix of face-to-face and online courses, along with workplace training and assessments featuring practical components and hands-on exercises. Training includes use of the Yanco Agricultural Institute farm and uses the experience of industry professional and mentors whenever possible.

You must complete sixteen (16) units of study to gain the qualification. Two (2) core units plus fourteen (14) elective units. For full details of these units and packaging rule see https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/AHC30122. Please note some subjects listed below cluster multiple units.


The electives are to be chosen as follows:

  • 5 units must be from group A
  • 5 units not already selected must be from groups A or B
  • 4 units must be selected from groups A, B, C, or any currently endorsed Training Package.


  • AHCWHS302 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK320 Apply environmentally and sustainable work practices


  • AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
  • AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases
  • AHCPMG301 Control Weeds
  • AHCINF307 Plan and construct conventional fencing
  • AHCINF205 Carry out basic electric fencing operations (‘Import’ unit under packaging rules)
  • AHCBAC309 Undertake preparation of land for agricultural crops
  • AHCBAC315 Establish agricultural crops
  • AHCLSK301 Administer medication to livestock
  • AHCLSK308 Identify and draft livestock
  • AHCLSK309 Implement animal health control programs


  • AHCMOM311 Operate precision control technology
  • AHCMOM317 Operate tractors with attachments
  • AHCMOM207 Conduct front-end loader operations
  • AHCMOM303 Operate a telehandler
  • AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles
  • AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes
  • AHCMOM201 Operate two wheel motorbikes


  • TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck
  • RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces
  • RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights
  • HLTAID011 Provide first


  • FWPCOT2254 Maintain chainsaws
  • FWPCOT2273 Trim and cut felled trees
  • AHCMOM204 Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
  • AHCBIO203 Inspect and clean machinery, tools and equipment to preserve biosecurity

Possible job roles (depending on qualification level) include:

  • Assistant animal attendant/stockperson
  • Assistant farm or station hand
  • Assistant farm or station worker
  • Assistant farm or station labourer
  • Farm or station hand
  • Farm or station worker
  • Livestock transport driver
  • Farm team leader
  • Farm supervisor.

Training Package Entry Requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Local Entry Requirements

  • Trainees to have completed Year 10 or equivalent with some previous industry experience. If they require accommodation on campus during training blocks, they must be over 16 and capable of independent living with minimal supervision.

This traineeship will take up to 24 months to complete. Depending on your experience and skills, you may be able to complete it in a shorter timeframe. This would need to be discussed with your Traineeship Coordinator.

Assessment methods may include:

  • Direct observation
  • Product based methods (such as reports, displays, work samples, role plays, and presentations)
  • Questioning (such as written or oral questioning, interviews, questionnaires, and case studies)
  • Third party reports.

Support is available via email, phone, face-to-face on-campus or in the workplace and (if completing online) through Canvas (the online learner management system).

Fee free traineeships: Traineeships provided through the NSW Smart and Skilled vocational education and training (VET) system, will be fee-free from 1 January 2020 (more info here).

Existing worker course fee (those ineligible for Government funding) is $2950.

Wage subsidy: Eligible traineeships for new trainees attract a 10% wage subsidy capped at $1500.00 per quarter, in the first year and second years of the traineeship (more info here). NSW Government rebates for accommodation and travel are also available. Scholarships are also available.

More information is available in the Traineeship Guidebooks for Employer (PDF, 5748.51 KB) and Trainee (PDF, 6019.79 KB), from the Australian Apprenticeship Centre, or by contacting the Traineeship Coordinator. You can also visit the Smart & Skilled website.

Additional Information

For information on students rights and responsibilities, and the Tocal College Code of Practice see Student policy information.

Student may decide to progress to further study within the College. The AHC50122 Diploma of Agriculture follows on from the AHC40122 Certificate IV in Agriculture and covers farm management, farm planning, marketing, cattle breeding and other units. This qualification is delivered online.

Tocal also has articulation (credit for study at Tocal) arrangements in place with a number of Australian universities.

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