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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:

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

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 requirements 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.(24 months if undertaking a traineeship), depending on the delivery method and course attendance from the student.  Levels of experience and any additional prior Qualifications in a relevant industry may  affect time frames.

Delivery Options

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

Group Based Delivery:

  • 12 weeks of initial classroom training – 2 days per week
  • An additional 1 day per week for catch-up/tutorial support if required
  • 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 (approximately 6 hours per week)
  • Regular Trainer/Assessor contact through phone calls, texts, workplace visits and email

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 protective equipment, 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

Ability to choose 14 of the below electives (some grouping restrictions apply)
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPMG301* Control weeds
AHCCHM303* Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304* Transport and store chemicals
AHCPHT305 Regulate crops
AHCPHT306 Establish horticultural crops
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG332 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCDRG301 Install drainage systems
AHCDRG303 Troubleshoot drainage systems
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws


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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