AHC31116 Certificate III in Production Nursery

Award Course
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding


This qualification provides a general vocational outcome for a nurseryperson working in a production nursery.


Completion of this course gives you the necessary skills to work as a nurseryperson in a production nursery.


Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Certificate III, IV or Diploma of Production Horticulture.

Course Delivery

This qualification is delivered through Australian Apprenticeship arrangements.

Entry Requirements

Students must be currently employed as an Apprentice signed up with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Each student will undertake a Pre-Enrolment Review before enrolling to help confirm the proposed course is suitable. It will provide valuable information about an individual's existing skills and knowledge, language, literacy and numeracy skills and whether the course will help in achieving learning and/or employment goals.

Expected Time to Complete

3 Years

Units & Assessment
Core Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures 100 $30.00
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70 $30.00
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50 $30.00
AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50 $30.00
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants 40 $30.00
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan 90 $30.00
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program 60 $30.00
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture 70 $30.00
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70 $35.00
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80 $30.00
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50 $30.00
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
AHCBER301 Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response 50 $30.00
AHCBIO202 Follow site quarantine procedures 20 $30.00
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems 70 $30.00
AHCIRG332 Operate pressurised irrigation systems 50 $30.00
AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems 50 $30.00
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40 $30.00
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40 $30.00
AHCNSY201 Pot up plants 20 $30.00
AHCNSY302 Receive and dispatch nursery products 40 $30.00
AHCNSY307 Operate fertigation equipment 70 $20.00
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants 40 $30.00
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30 $30.00
AHCSOL301 Prepare growing media 40 $30.00
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results 60 $30.00
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities 70 $30.00
TLILIC2001 Licence to operate a forklift truck 40 $44.00

Course Assessment

  • Observation and oral questioning
  • Project
  • Practical task
  • Role play/Simulation
  • Knowledge based test
  • Written task
Your particular units of study will be determined from the core and elective units required for this qualification.

RPL is a formal assessment process that recognises relevant skills and knowledge you have already gained through previous training, work and life experiences. Contact the Institute today to discuss your options for RPL.

Indicative Fees

Government Subsidised $3,632
Concession $1,118
Apprenticeship $3,156
Apprenticeship Concession $1,023
RPL Government Subsidised $1,904
RPL Concession $381
RPL Self-funded $2,856
Self-Funded $4,584

Average total fees include designated materials and will vary according to your specific unit choices and other factors.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

For information on refunds in relation to withdrawals, transfers and cancellations refer to the following policies and procedures.
Refund of Course Fees Policy
Student Withdrawal and Refund of Course Fees Procedure

Please visit our Fees and Charges page for more information.
Intake Campus Course Details
2019 January Mildura Campus Full Time, Part Time, Classroom Based
2019 January Mildura Campus Part Time, Classroom Based, Flexible/Online