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VCE VET Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management

The VCE VET Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management program is drawn from a national training package and offers portable qualifications which are recognised throughout Australia. These qualifications provide students with a broad range of skills and knowledge to pursue a career or further training in related industries.


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Qualifications

The VCE VET Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management program was redeveloped in 2016. From 2017, all students commencing any of the VCE VET Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management qualifications will enrol in:

  • AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture: provides an entry level occupational outcome in agriculture. The qualification enables individuals to select a livestock production or cropping context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both. 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. Job roles vary across different industry sectors and may include: Assistant Animal Attendant/Stockperson, Assistant Farm or Station Hand/Labourer.
  • AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture: underpins a range of work functions and job roles that can lead to a horticultural trade qualification. Employment opoportunities may include Horticulture worker or assistant.
  • AHC21016 Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management: provides an occupational outcome in conservation and land management. Work would be carried out under general guidance and supervision. The qualification enables individuals to select an Indigenous land management, conservation earthworks, lands, parks and wildlife or natural area management context as a job focus or a mix of these.

In 2017, students continuing into the second year of the VCE VET Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management program will maintain their enrolment in:

  • AHC20110 Certificate II in Agriculture: provides students with the knowledge and skills that will enhance their employment prospects in the agriculture industry. Knowledge and skills are developed in harvesting, maintaining livestock feed and water supplies, mustering, moving and penning up livestock, and performing routine farm machinery maintenance. Employment opportunities exist in a number of designated sectors such a beef, dairy, sheep and wool production.
  • AHC20410 Certificate II in Horticulture: provides students with the knowledge and skills that will enhance their employment prospects in the horticulture industry. Knowledge and skills gained from this qualification are from units of competency including developing and maintaining plants and landscapes, propagation, tending nursery plants and planting, pruning, treating weeds, pests and diseases. Employment opportunities exist in a number of industry sectors such as landscaping, nursery, parks and gardens, and turf management.
  • AHC21010 Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management: provides students with the knowledge and skills that will enhance their employment prospects in the conservation and land management industry. Students will develop skills and knowledge in plants, propagation and controlling weeds, natural area restoration and management, and parks and wildlife. Employment opportunities exist in a variety of roles in conserving and protecting parks, bushland, creeks and rivers.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Victoria involve the student undertaking the VCE or VCAL as well as being employed part-time. A list of approved qualifications for specific industry areas is available at www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/apptrain/Pages/schemes.aspx


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Credit in the VCE or VCAL

Students commencing in 2017 and beyond

  • AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture: recognition of two or more units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
  • AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture: recognition of two or more units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
  • AHC21016 Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management: recognition of two or more units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

Continuing students

  • AHC20110 Certificate II in Agriculture: recognition of two or more units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
  • AHC20410 Certificate II in Horticulture: recognition of two or more units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
  • AHC21010 Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management: recognition of two or more units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

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ATAR Contribution

Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for any of VCE VET Agriculture, Horticulture, or Conservation and Land Management will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the average of the primary four scaled studies).

Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for any of the approved school-based apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications from the Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management industry area will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the average of the primary four scaled studies).

The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Further information can be found on the VTAC website: www.vtac.edu.au

The VCE VET Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management program does not offer scored assessment.


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Program information

Program updates and further information

Continuous improvement: During the life of the qualification/s there may be occasions when changes are made to reflect feedback from users or to include the latest industry practices. This process is called continuous improvement. When continuous improvement impacts on the VCE VET Creative and Digital Media program, advice will be published in the VCAA Bulletin and notification provided on the VCAA website Please visit the VCAA Bulletin subscription webpage