Certificate III in Rural Machinery Operations

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in agricultural plant operations.


Packaging Rules

Completion of fifteen (15) units made up of five (5) core units and ten (10) elective units.


a minimum of six (6) units must come from the elective units list

a maximum of four (4) units may be selected from the elective list or from units aligned to Certificates II, III or IV in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in machinery operations.


Occupational Health and Safety

add topic AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS processes

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM301A Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair

add topic AHCMOM302A Perform machinery maintenance

add topic AHCMOM304A Operate machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM305A Operate specialised machinery and equipment


Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM306A Ground spread fertiliser and soil ameliorant

add topic AHCMOM307A Operate a cane harvester

add topic AHCMOM308A Operate broadacre and row crop harvest machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM309A Operate broadacre sowing machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM310A Operate land-forming machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM311A Operate precision control technology

add topic AHCMOM312A Operate row crop planting and seeding machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM313A Operate mobile irrigation machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM314A Transport machinery

Tools and equipment

add topic MEM05004C Perform routine oxy acetylene welding

add topic MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting

add topic MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding


add topic AHCWRK303A Respond to emergencies

add topic AHCWRK304A Respond to rescue incidents

add topic AHCWRK305A Coordinate work site activities


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Certificate IV in Agriculture.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Job roles

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    Agricultural plant operator/contractor

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing and Registration

Some machinery may require licences or tickets to be operated in some states and territories.

Licensing Information

Refer to Entry Requirements

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation.

Writing to audience needs

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements

Sharing information


Working as an individual and a team member

Working with diverse individuals and groups

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team

Applying teamwork skills to a range of situations

Identifying and using the strengths of other team members


Working as an individual and a team member

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team

Initiative and enterprise

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Planning and organising

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Generating a range of options in response to workplace matters


Collecting analysing and organising information

Using basic business systems for planning and organising

Being appropriately resourceful

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role.

Working within or establishing clear project goals and deliverables

Determining or applying required resources

Adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies


Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology

Use load shifting technology