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Certificate II in Rural Operations

  • National Course Code: AHC21216
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC21216-01V02-20TAR-070

Location – Taree

Study Type


Course Start Date


Hours Per Week



2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This qualification provides an occupational outcome for industries and agencies in rural and regional Australia.

Depending on the units selected individuals can be employed not only in rural industries but also other rural and regional sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, community services, information technology and metals.

Industry expects individuals with this qualification to carry out routine tasks under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Learners will be sent an Industry engagement form to complete at enrolment. This gives the trainers an idea of experience in the industry and with horses.

To successfully complete this course, you will need access to internet and access to horses and equipment.

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This is a blended, face to face and online course. You will need to attend approximately an average of 0.8 hours of class per week through workshop attendance for 2 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 1.2 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including practicing skills and knowledge and working with horses.

This course is blended delivery. Learners are expected to devote approximately 15-21 hours per week to the program. Practical workshops are held 3 times a year at Taree campus for 4 days each time. Learners must attend every workshop, but this can be discussed with your teacher if you feel you have sufficient practical skills


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Wish to gain entry level skills in the performance horse industry. Learners can progress to higher level courses and gain credit for some of the completed units


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Online Trainers are available 5 days per week for support and assistance with the course

    We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

    As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

    • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
    • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
    • Easy computing online short courses
    • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is blended delivery. Practical workshops are held 3 times a year at Taree campus for 4 days each time. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


Attendance at practical workshops will involve accommodation costs to the learners if they are travelling to Taree for the workshops.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

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Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCLSK210 Muster and move livestock
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
ACMEQU203 Provide basic care of horses
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU210 Lunge educated horses
ACMHBR201 Check and treat horses
ACMHBR302 Carry out basic hoof care procedures
AHCLSK202 Care for health and welfare of livestock
AHCLSK203 Carry out birthing duties
AHCLSK207 Load and unload livestock
AHCLSK208 Monitor livestock to parturition
AHCLSK211 Provide feed for livestock
AHCLSK316 Prepare livestock for competition
AHCWRK201 Observe and report on weather

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Depending on the units selected individuals can be employed not only in rural industries but also other rural and regional sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, community services, information technology and met

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

Montgomery Crescent, Taree
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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