RIST Agricultural College

AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture

Course Duration: 12 months - full-time/part-time

Training Location: South West Victoria

Commencement Dates: Flexible start times throughout the year

Study Level: Certificate II

Entry Requirements: There are no entry requirements for this qualification

Where Can Agriculture Take You?

Australia's vibrant agricultural industry leads the world with its innovative and technologically advanced practices. It is one of the most rapidly expanding industries in the country - and with a qualification in agriculture, a world of wide ranging possibilities await. Whether you're into science, business, communications, working with plants and animals in a laboratory or in the great outdoors, careers in agriculture are diverse and exciting, with endless opportunities for travel, adventure and personal development.

Fees And Charges:

For eligible participants, this training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Please contact RIST if you require more information regarding course fees.

Can I get credit for previous study/experience?

RIST offers the opportunity for students to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) in all nationally recognised training that RIST is able to offer.

How do I apply?

Contact RIST on:  

Phone: 03 5573 0943

Email: info@rist.edu.au

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Our philosophy is to develop critical thinking skills that produce adaptable, resilient, resourceful and technologically competent students who can think for themselves and show initiative in the workplace.

Your Agriculture Career Starts Here

Do you dream of a career that's not just a job? Imagine catching the day's sunrise as you ride up behind a mob of cattle on a motorbike; perhaps you're a practical fix-it type who dreams of wide open spaces, fresh air and the chance to put your problem solving skills to work or maybe an office view that includes animals over colleagues and car parks.

Graduates who complete a Certificate II in Agriculture through RIST have gone on to work as stock men and women, assistant farm and station workers, and animal attendants in dairy, broad acre cropping and sheep and beef operations.

Taking The Next Step

Students who complete a Certificate II in Agriculture through RIST can take their learning and their careers to the next step by using the skills and knowledge learnt to enhance their managerial career or maybe look at undertaking undergraduate studies.

Students undertaking this course as a standalone or as a Traineeship can choose a wide range of industry-relevant units to suit their career goals and interests.

Some examples of what you will undertake in your course:

  • Occupational health and safety in the workplace

  • Level II first aid

  • How to operate ride-on vehicles

  • Working dog training

  • Livestock husbandry within a range of industries

  • Operating and maintaining machinery

  • Pasture management skills

Additionally, there are a number of units tailored to specific agricultural industries, such as dairy, beef cattle, sheep and cropping.


There’s always something new and exciting happening; whether it be a field trip to a farm or an agricultural business or learning from experienced industry professionals. I am able to work my Certificate II in with my school studies and gain credit, whilst learning about things I really enjoy.The class sizes, the technology to learn on and the helpful trainers make the course really interesting and valuable. I can take a lot of the things I learn and apply them on our own farm.
— Ange Dinges - Certificate II student