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Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Do you have a connection with the great outdoors? Pursue a career that gives you the freedom to work among nature and some of its remarkable creatures.

The wildly diverse agriculture industry covers studies in animal husbandry, land and pasture management, horse care, nutrition and health, property maintenance, and machine operation.

Our qualifications in conservation and land management provide an opportunity to experience some of nature’s greatest gifts while learning about natural and cultural resources, land rehabilitation and native plant propagation. Participants also have the opportunity to undertake environmental monitoring, field research, fire management, ecology, and bushcraft.

Our suite of horticulture qualifications will guide you through the propagation and maintenance of nursery plants, through to the installation of food gardens, pest and disease treatment, and the use of a range of horticultural equipment.

Course list

^ You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills courses, however other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your training.
State ID: IAA21
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

4WD Training Skill Set

Study modes:

On campus

Sub study areas:

Conservation and Land Management

Boost your 4WD skills and understand your car's capabilities in Australia's rugged terrain.

Whether you need to operate and maintain a 4WD on a remote worksite or simply wish to gain confidence driving in off-road conditions, this course will provide you with the skills you need to feel at ease behind the wheel. 

The delivery of this Skill Set will be face to face, combining both theory and practical exercises over a 2 day period – theory day 1 and practical day 2. You will be required to sit a theoretical exam on 4WD operation and safety. You will also get to put your theory into practice and perform a vehicle pre-start and a practical assessment which will include checking and driving the 4WD, the procedure of fitting a jack and recovery strap, inspecting the path of travel and routine maintenance, as well as, but not limited to, the vehicle utilising specific 4WD techniques.

Please bring along: 
  • Current driver’s licence
  • 4WD with a full tank of fuel
  • Closed in shoes
  • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Plenty of water
Unit
RIIVEH305F Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle
Skill set
National ID: AHC20116
State ID: BCZ7
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate II in Agriculture

Study modes:

Traineeship
Work-based

Sub study areas:

Agriculture

A career in agriculture is not only a job but a unique way of life, away from bustling cities and towns.

The Certificate II in Agriculture is an entry-level course suitable for students who wish to try their hand in cattle station operations. Participants will learn through hands-on training, reflecting the cycle of work on a cattle station.

This course is not campus based but delivered upon request to a closed group on rural properties across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Please contact us for more information.

Participants will undertake a range of activities including:
  • Preparing for the mustering season
  • Livestock mustering, handling and husbandry activities
  • End-of-year maintenance

Students will gain comprehensive knowledge of animal handling techniques including horsemanship and cattle management, fencing, station and machinery maintenance, and weed management skills. This qualification can lead participants on an exciting path from year 1 stockman, to head stockman and eventually, station manager.

Certificate II
National ID: AHC30116
State ID: BCW6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Free*

Certificate III in Agriculture

Study modes:

Traineeship
Work-based

Sub study areas:

Agriculture

A career in agriculture is not only a job but a unique way of life, away from bustling cities and towns.

The Certificate III in Agriculture enables individuals to select a livestock production, cropping or livestock context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both cropping and livestock.

Industry expects individuals with this qualification to perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.

This course is not campus based but delivered upon request to a closed group on rural properties across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Please contact us for more information.

Certificate III
National ID: AHC40116
State ID: BDF2
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate IV in Agriculture

Study modes:

On campus
Work-based

Sub study areas:

Agriculture

A career in agriculture is not only a job but a unique way of life, often away from bustling cities and towns.

The Certificate IV in Agriculture allows participants to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the agriculture industry. The course has been designed to meet the needs of supervisors or team leaders in the agriculture industry.

Industry expects that individuals with this qualification will take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others within known parameters. They provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems.

This course is not campus based but delivered upon request to a closed group on rural properties across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Please contact us for more information.

Certificate IV
State ID: IAD50
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Boom-Spray Licence Skill Set

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus

Sub study areas:

Agriculture

Learn how to apply chemicals using mechanical equipment.

The Boom-Spray Licence Skill Set is a 5 day course which covers a combination of face to face training and practical assessment. The Boom-Spray Licence is an important Skill Set to obtain for those who need to meet Health Department requirements for a Pest Management Technician licence (Endorsement 7) if you are spraying chemicals for commercial gain.

During this 5 day course, you must complete the units in this skill set if you plan to use mechanical equipment such as boom spraying, quad-bike mounted equipment, broad acre spraying equipment or air blast equipment.

Please note: this course does not cover the first three units of Endorsement 7, students will need to complete the IAA09 Chemical Handling course to obtain these units.

What to bring:

  • Steel capped impervious boots
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Washable hat
  • Lunch and water
  • Optional change of clothes 
Units:
AHCCHM404 Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
AHCCHM405 Plan and implement a chemical use program
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
Skill set
State ID: IAA02
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^
Skill sets

Chainsaw Skill Set

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus

Sub study areas:

Conservation and Land Management

Do you know how to operate and maintain your chainsaw in a safe manner?

The appropriate and safe use of a chainsaw is a specialist skill that requires expert training. Get the job done quickly and safely with this 2 day short course!

Participants will learn how to:
  • Safely operate and maintain a handheld chainsaw
  • Recognise and report hazards
  • Participate in arrangements for maintaining work health and safety
Units:
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
Skill set
State ID: IAA84
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Chemical Handling Basics Skill Set

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus

Sub study areas:

Conservation and Land Management

Learn the skills and knowledge required to handle, transport, and apply chemicals under supervision

The appropriate and safe use of chemicals is a skill that requires expert training. Get the job done quickly and safely with the 3 day Chemical Handling Basics Skill Set!

In this skill set, you will learn the following:
  • Handling and transport techniques and requirements for chemicals
  • Structure and content of chemical labels and safety data sheets and their use and purpose for safe chemical application
  • Principles and methods of measuring, mixing and applying chemicals
  • Features and functions of a range of application equipment, their operations, and maintenance requirements
  • Risk factors to be taken into account for human and animal health, spillage and environmental impact relevant to chemical use before, during and following chemical application
  • Basic chemical groupings and types used in the workplace, including:
  • The of mode of action
  • The impact on chemical safety
  • Application methods
  • Paths of entry of poisons into the body and the methods of limiting exposure through practices and personal protective clothing
  • Maintenance practices for chemical application related equipment and PPE and disposal procedures for chemical contaminants and containers
  • Assessing weather conditions and the impact on safe application of chemicals
  • Components of a workplace chemical application plan
  • Chemical related records and reports and their purpose.
Units:
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
Skill set
State ID: IAA09
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Chemical Handling Skill Set

Study modes:

On campus

Sub study areas:

Conservation and Land Management

The Chemical Handling Skill Set is crucial to a broad range of outside activities offered in horticulture, agriculture, and conservation and land management.

This course covers all of the important procedures required to apply chemicals safely on plants using small portable handheld sprayers.

Students will learn how to:
  • Identify the level of pest infestation and assess the need for chemical control
  • Source information on Integrated Pest Management
  • Identify potential hazards, assess risks, and implement control measures
  • Select appropriate PPE for the chemical
  • Interpret chemical labels and SDSs
  • Calibrate equipment
  • Mix chemicals accurately and according to their registered use
  • Apply chemicals minimising spray drift
  • Transport and handle chemicals complying with legislative requirements
  • Store chemicals correctly and maintain inventory
  • Treat chemical spills
  • Dispose of any chemicals correctly and decontaminate equipment
  • Complete application records

Completion of this course will enable participants to apply for the WA Department of Health’s Lawn and Gardening, Landscaping, Bushland & Minesite Rehabilitation licence. Please visit www.health.wa.gov.au for further details.

Students wishing to achieve AusChem accreditation will be required to purchase the AusChem AgVet National Manual. This resource can be purchased through North Regional TAFE.

What to bring:
  • Steel capped impervious boots
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Washable hat
  • Lunch and water
  • Optional change of clothes for day two
Units:
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
Skill set
National ID: AHC21020
State ID: BGH1
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Study modes:

Traineeship
Work-based

Sub study areas:

Conservation and Land Management

Experience some of nature's greatest gifts and learn how best to preserve them.

The Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management provides participants with the fundamental skills vital to succeed in the conservation and land management industry. Participants will gain practical skills in occupational health and safety, fire management, machinery operation and maintenance, fencing and biodiversity practices.

Throughout this course, students will complete written assignments and work in teams to undertake programs that assist in maintaining the natural environment.

This course is not campus based but delivered upon request to a closed group on rural properties across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Please contact us for more information.

Certificate II
National ID: AHC31421
State ID: BHM6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Delivered at:

Study modes:

Work-based

Sub study areas:

Conservation and Land Management

Experience some of nature's greatest gifts and learn how best to preserve them.

The Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management provides participants with a solid understanding of the conservation and land management industry. Students can elect to focus on Indigenous land management, conservation earthworks, lands, parks and wildlife, or natural area management.

Throughout this course, students will complete written assignments and work in teams to undertake programs that assist in maintaining the natural environment. Participants will gain practical skills in occupational health and safety, fire management, biodiversity surveying, mapping and an understanding of remote operations.

This course is not campus based but delivered upon request to a closed group on rural properties across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Please contact us for more information.

Certificate III
National ID: AHC40920
State ID: BGH6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus
Work-based

Sub study areas:

Conservation and Land Management

Become a leader in natural conservation. 

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? This qualification prepares you for management and/or supervisory roles within the Conservation and Ecosystem Management industry. 

This course covers practical skills in planning, implementing, costing and budgeting for conservation projects. Throughout this course you will learn about land and sea management, ecological restoration, revegetation and monitoring diversity, map production and wildfire management. You will undertake written assignments and work in teams to complete a range of programs on country.

This course is not campus based but delivered upon request to a closed group on rural properties across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Please contact us for more information.

Certificate IV
State ID: IAE33
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

GIS Skill Set

Study modes:

On campus

Sub study areas:

Agriculture

Fascinated by maps? Take your industry knowledge to the next level and learn how to make your own!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Spatial Information Systems (SIS) has been a growth industry within conservation for approximately fifteen years.  In simple terms it is computer mapping, but it involves creating, storing and managing geographic information to solve geographical problems.  Whilst it used to be wholly a specialist subject, it is now considered that at least a low level of ability is required.  This skill also applies to the mining, local government, health, transport, property development and marketing industries. This Skill Set is based on QGIS freeware.

This introductory Skill Set encompasses the ability to access, securely store, retrieve and display data in a map.  Intellectual property, database management, attribute tables and mapping equipment are also covered.  Information on data types, scale and resolution are addressed.  Finally map layout and production with all the essential elements of a printable map is performed.

This Skill Set is suitable for people who can use a computer, navigate file structures, rename files and folders and read paper maps including coordinates.  Prior computer mapping experience is not necessary.

Unit:
AHCLPW410 Produce maps for land management purposes
CPPSSI2013 Store and retrieve basic spatial data
Skill set
National ID: AHC20416
State ID: BDE6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate II in Horticulture

Study modes:

On campus

Sub study areas:

Horticulture and Conservation

Plant the seed for a successful career.

The Certificate II in Horticulture is an entry-level qualification, allowing participants to gain an insight into the horticulture industry.

Participants will develop skills and knowledge in caring for nursery plants and food gardens, treating weeds and using horticulture equipment.

This qualification underpins a range of work functions and job roles that can lead to a job in the horticultural and land management industries.

This course is available at other campus locations upon request.

Certificate II
National ID: AHC30716
State ID: BDF1
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate III in Horticulture

Study modes:

On campus

Sub study areas:

Horticulture and Conservation

Grow a flourishing career in the horticulture industry. 

Do you have a keen interest in gardening? This course sets you up for a career as a gardener, landscaper, irrigation or nursery officer

Throughout this course, you will learn how to propagate and maintain nursery plants, install irrigation and food gardens, treat weeds, pests and diseases safely, and use a range of horticultural equipment. You will learn about relevant plant diseases and disorders, improving soil conditions and maintaining irrigation systems.

Certificate III
National ID: AHC21216
State ID: BDE2
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate II in Rural Operations

Study modes:

Work-based

Sub study areas:

Agriculture

Try your hand in the cattle industry.

The North West cattle industry provides a vast area of employment for young stockmen and women from all over WA.

Do you wish to work in the cattle industry? This entry-level course could lead you on an exciting path from stockman to head stockman and eventually, station manager.

Throughout this course, you will undertake a combination of written assignments and hands-on industry tasks including fencing, tractor operations, cattle processing and mustering in teams. You will gain skills in machine operations, maintenance and horse husbandry, and participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.

After completing this course, you will be job ready for entry level positions in agriculture, farming, market gardens, and mixed rural enterprises.

This course is currently only delivered to cattle stations and prisons.

Certificate II
State ID: K2002P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Snake Handling

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus

Sub study areas:

Conservation and Land Management

Need to know how to capture and release reptiles, including venomous snakes?

This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to safely remove and relocate snakes in the home and workplace.

Topics covered throughout this course:

  • Snake and reptile behaviour
  • Utilising protective clothing and equipment
  • Catching and releasing venomous species in a supervised setting
  • Keeping yourself and others safe in the presence of dangerous snakes
  • Administering first aid for bites and stings
*Please note; Short Courses are non-accredited and result in a Certificate of Participation. A non-accredited training course does not count-towards a recognised qualification, but is specially designed to provide hands-on training in a new skill you can use in your personal or professional life, and is a great way to refresh your knowledge or give you a taste of a different industry.

To attend this course, you must be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including long trousers and covered footwear.

K2002P
Short course
State ID: AE379
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Free*

Work in Agriculture Skill Set

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus
Online/distance

Sub study areas:

Agriculture

Work in the Agriculture industry!

The agriculture sector in WA is an exciting and diverse area to work in, and it's not just all about growing crops — it offers an exciting mix of science, technology and nature. From working with livestock to using drone technology to manage large farms, the job opportunities are there once you're skills ready. This new skill set is the ideal introductory training opportunity for new entrants to the agricultural industry.

With the Work in Agriculture job ready skill set you'll learn about tractor operations under general supervision in the agriculture, horticulture and land management sectors, preparing and operating machinery and equipment, how to safely handle, prepare and apply chemicals for the control of pests, weeds and diseases, and carry out work health and safety procedures in the agriculture sector. 

Units:
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
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