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Production Horticulture

AHC30616 Certificate III IN Production Horticulture

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in the diverse industry of production horticulture which involves growing and harvesting fruit or vegetables.  It supports businesses that operate for local market selling or larger operations such as working on fruit and vegetable farms or orchards.

Occupational outcomes may include:

  • Fruit or Vegetable Grower
  • Orchard/Farm Hand Grower
  • Production Nursery Tradesperson

What does a Production Horticulture Trades-person do?

A production horticulture tradesperson has responsibility for planting, growing and harvesting activities:

  • Operating advanced and specialised machinery
  • Coordinating crop planting and maintenance
  • Harvesting crops
  • Processing produce
  • Installing irrigation and drainage
  • Controlling weeds and pests

The agriculture, horticulture and conservation and land management industries strongly affirm that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

The qualification has 1 x core unit of competency plus 14 x elective units.  A total of 15 units are required.

Course Duration

It is anticipated this course will take up to 12 to 24 months to complete, depending on the delivery method chosen or if you are undertaking a traineeship.  Employment status and experience may reduce these time frames.

Delivery Options

This course is offered via the following methods in various locations across South-East Queensland:

Group Based Delivery: (may not be available for all locations)

  • 16 weeks of initial classroom training – 2 days per week, allowing up to 12 months to complete the program
  • Self-paced study and research
  • Study of 25 hours per week is expected for this program

Flexible Workplace Delivery: (must be working in the industry)

  • Self paced learning (suggested 15 hours per week), allowing up to 2 years to complete the program
  • Regular Trainer/Assessor contact through phone calls, texts, workplace visits and email

Government Traineeship:

  • Workplace based learning with regular trainer workplace visits (up to 6 hours)
  • Self-paced learning (approximately 6 hours per week)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

  • Skills and Gap Training available to experienced industry workers
  • One on one workplace visit/s to assist with the application and undertake a personal interview and challenge tests to confirm your skills and knowledge

Students are supported with:

  • A dedicated Trainer/Assessor until the program is completed
  • Hard copy learner guides and workbooks
  • Access to additional support through the course program department on 1300 852 852
  • Our Student Handbook

Entry Requirements

Participants will need to supply their own suitable personal protective clothing, including safety shoes.

If undertaking the course as a traineeship, participants must have entered into a QLD Traineeship Training Contract.

For specific eligibility requirements surrounding possible funding available go to QLD Funding.

Course Fees

For current course fees and information on possible subsidy available go to Course Fees and QLD Funding.

Core Units

AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety process

Elective Units

AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPMG301* Control weeds
AHCCHM307* Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases
AHCCHM304* Transport and store chemicals
AHCPHT305 Regulate crops
AHCPHT306 Establish horticultural crops
AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCSOL305 Prepare growing media
AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures


For more information on this course, including fees and funding availability, contact Construction Industry Training on 1300 852 852 or

This Nationally accredited Qualification is delivered by Construction Industry Training – RTO: 41288
All training, assessment and issuance of Qualifications are the responsibility of Construction Industry Training.
For information on refund policy, complaints and appeals procedure, and learners rights refer to information in the Student Handbook.

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