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AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations

National ID: AHC21216 State ID: BDE2
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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.

Depending on the elective units you select, you will gain skills in: 

  • Environmentally sustainable work practices 
  • Work health and safety processes 
  • Handling and caring for horses and livestock 
  • Planting, propagation and plant care 
  • Treating weeds 
  • Irrigation operations and monitoring water supplies 
  • Operating tractors, basic machinery and machinery maintenance 
  • Installing fencing and maintenance 
  • You enjoy a practical, hands-on job 
  • You seek work in the agricultural or beef production industries 
  • You seek work in rural and regional Australia 

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the tuition fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. For full details see our Half price courses page.

^ 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.

Not all units and study modes are offered at all campuses. Please check with your local campus.


National ID Unit title
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCWRK101 Maintain the workplace

Work effectively in the industry

AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


National ID Unit title
AHCIRG215 Assist with low volume irrigation operations
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work
AHCNAR101 Support natural area conservation
AHCNSY101 Support nursery work
AHCNSY201 Pot up plants
AHCNSY202 Care for nursery plants
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications

This qualification prepares you for roles such as: 

  • Stockman/stockwoman 
  • Entry-level positions in the conservation, agriculture and/or horticulture industries

Job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook(opens in a new tab)  or Jobs and Skills WA.(opens in a new tab)

Students may continue to study in  AHC32822 Certificate III in Rural Operations (external) or AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture.



Tuition fee*

Resource fee

Total fee



$363.60 $1,129.86





Our estimated fees are based on:

  • Full time study in 2023
  • A selection of elective units designed to meet local industry demand for skills (different unit selections will attract different fees)
  • For more information regarding eligibility and fees, please visit DTWD website 

These fees are estimates only and depend on your eligibility for government funding, concession rates, the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Additional resource, material and/or equipment costs may apply. Visit our Fees and Charges page for more information, including on consumer rights.

Delivery locations and study options

Duration 1 year
When Date: 2023
Where Broome Campus
Derby Campus
Fitzroy Crossing Campus
Halls Creek Campus
Kununurra Campus
Wyndham Campus

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