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Course Details - AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations - Gawler & District B-12 College

 This Course will not be offered in 2022

NASSSA TitleCertificate III in Rural Operations Year 1 of 2 years (FIP)
QualificationAHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations
Qualification NotesThe full qualification is over 2 years
RTORegional Skills Training (National Code 140107)
Host OrganisationGawler & District B-12 College
Course Length2 Semesters (1 year)
Year 1 of a 2 year course
Course DescriptionStudents will attend face to face workshop and gain skills in how to Communicate effectively with others.Communicate with employers regarding workplace concerns. Work as an effective team member. Students will receive training in the below areas: WORK, HEALTH AND SAFETY (WHS) AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES: Work health and safety (WHS) is vital to ensuring the safety of every student and all workers and, as such, is a compulsory unit in every qualification. All students are required to attend the RST WHS and apply environmentally sustainable work practices workshops as part of their course. WELDING AND WORKSHOP TOOLS: Introduction to farm welding processes and the use of relevant power and hand tools. MACHINERY MAINTENANCE: Basic machinery maintenance and care of machines and engines, including small motors. CHAINSAW: > Maintenance and servicing of your chainsaw > Chainsaw safety, cutting techniques and plenty of trimming and cutting practice. > Obtain your chainsaw ticket on successful completion. > Training and assessment is conducted by Logging Investigation and Training Association Inc (RTO Code 0577) and cost is covered within the course cost. WORKING AT HEIGHTS AND IN CONFINED SPACES: All students attend a workshop to gain their tickets for working safely at heights and entering and working in confined spaces. These tickets are important for students working in and on silos, field bins and other structures above ground level. MOBILE PLANT OPERATION: If you are interested in obtaining mobile plant competencies, you can do this as part of your course. Competencies can be gained in the operation of front end loaders, skid steers, backhoe loaders, excavators and telehandlers. You need to have access to the appropriate machine to be able to practice operating the machine. This can either be at a student’s work placement or students are also invited to attend RST’s head office on the Yorke Peninsula during school holidays where we have farming machines available for trainers to spend time with students learning to operate the machinery. . CHEMICAL ACCREDITATION: Gain full chemical accreditation to purchase and use S7 chemicals. CROP AGRONOMY/PEST, DISEASE AND WEED CONTROL: Identifying the requirements, deficiencies or problems in your feed paddock, fodder, or broadacre crop. LIVESTOCK FEEDING PLANS: > Stock health. > Veterinary requirements. > Feeding plans. > Assessing stock. > Condition scoring and fat scoring. > Assessing pasture value. > Feed requirements for pregnant livestock, to increase condition, maintain condition or decrease condition.
PathwaysExciting career opportunities Primary Production and allied industries provide varied career opportunities such as a Farmer, Farm Hand, Farm Supervisors, Stock Agents, Station Hand, Crop Agronomist, Agricultural Machinery Operator. With increasing levels of technology and research, students must be equipped with enquiring minds and a love of the science of farming. While you enter the industry at the grass roots level your career can evolve over your whole working life upskilling in many different directions. Why is RST “special” ? Our students are continually engaged within industry, achieved by a combination of work placement, paid work, industry field trips, day trips to industry representatives, information sessions, workshops and online tutorials. As our students move through qualifications, they gain skills and knowledge to increase their career opportunities and unlock their own full potential.
Entry RequirementsStudents should have completed year 10 and should have sound Mathematics and Literacy ability. To meet the requirements of the VETRO application, students must demonstrate prior career planning evidence. The course is developed for entry to employment or further education.
Other RequirementsStudents must come to workshops in long pants (jeans or cotton drill pants) wearing high visibility clothing (long sleeve shirt, t-shirt, jacket). To every workshop student must bring with them pens/pencils, paper, lunch, snacks and water. Students also bring with them their laptop with charger. Regular attendance in class and ability to complete work on time is essential. Students must be prepared to complete work at home if required. Students must keep in contact with their SSO for the duration of their course so support can be provided. Students must keep a log book of workplace activities they complete for the duration of their course. This is an essential requirement of any Cert III qualification for school based students
Delivery Location(s)Gawler & District B-12 College, 12 Barnet Road, EVANSTON, SA, 5116
Barnet Road, Evanston 5116: school farm, trade school facilities & classroom
Dates and Times36 weekly sessions at Gawler & District B-12 College on Thursdays from 09:00 until 15:30.
Commencement date 10/02/22.
All courses will be finished by week 6, Term 4 (week beginning 21 November) and exclude school holiday breaks or public holidays. Students are required to attend on student free days unless advised otherwise.
Work Placement6 days
Students must complete a minimum of 40hrs work placement in Year 1. This work placement must be aligned to an agriculture industry workplace, and usually done both during the school holidays and during the school term. A total of 80 hrs is required over the 2 years. Students are expected to source their own work placements with assistance from the school. The aim will be to hold a number of excursions are undertaken to give students a broader agricultural workplace experience
SACE DetailsSACE Stage 2, 80 SACE credits
580 Nominal Hours. In Year 1 students could achieve 80 Stage 2 SACE credits. A maximum of 135 Stage 2 credits could be achieved over the two year. Credits granted to the student is dependent on the units of competency completed by the student toward the qualification.
Units Of Competency
CoreAHCWHS301Contribute to work health and safety processes50 nominal hours
 AHCWRK309Apply environmentally sustainable work practices50 nominal hours
ElectiveAHCLSK311Implement feeding plans for livestock140 nominal hours
 AHCPMG302Control plant pests, diseases and disorders80 nominal hours
 AHCMOM302Perform machinery maintenance50 nominal hours
 AHCMOM304Operate machinery and equipment40 nominal hours
 AHCLSK301Administer medication to livestock80 nominal hours
 AHCMOM315Operate chemical application machinery and equipment90 nominal hours
Nominal hours are used for SACE purposes and are not reflective of actual delivery hours
Students whom have a keen interest in gaining machinery tickets as part of their Cert III in Rural Operations are invited to attend a 1 week training and assessment session at Watervalley Farm (RST head office) in the below machines. There will be no extra cost but students must supply their own accommodation, meals and transport. RIIMPO319E Conduct backhoe/loader operations RIIMPO321F Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations AHCMOM310 Operate land forming machinery and equipment RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations RIIHAN309F Conduct telescopic materials handler operations AHCMOM207 Conduct front-end loader operations If a student takes up this offer their unit selection will be altered to reflect the change in standard units. RST will work with all involved if a student wishes to take this option.
Training Cost$700.00 including GST
$700 is the ‘gap’ fee for the 2 year course. This course is a Flexible Industry Pathway subsidised by the Department for Innovation and Skills

The training cost of $700 covers the cost of trainers and training resources.
Other CostsNone
There are no extra course cost for excursions or the machinery ticket if a student wishes to do it but students must supply their own accommodation, meals and transport.
Cost NotesDepartment for Education Non-NASSSA students enrolling will incur a $50.00 additional Administration fee (Full year course – pro rata for semester/term courses). Non-Department for Education students enrolling will incur a $250.00 administration fee. (Full year course – pro rata for semester/term courses). This will provide the home school VET Leader access to WebVET. Enrolments for both these groups of students MUST be done through the WebVET Administrator.
Number Of StudentsMinimum    10
Maximum   16
Selection ProcessVETRO assessment will be conducted • On November 1st 2021 10am • At Gawler & Districts B-12 College. • By Jessica Lemon, Kelly Karlsen, Natalie Mortimer
Orientation DetailsCourse orientation and induction occurs during the first training session by the trainer with host school VET Leader support. All home schools are required to conduct WorkPRO (or similar) prior to students commencing a course.
Public TransportEvanston Train Station is within walking distance of Gawler House Enterprise Centre, Gawler & Districts B-12 College.
Contact PersonMs Jessica Lemon, Phone 8835 1362, Fax 8835 1326, Email
Other Resources
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Regional Skills Training website

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