AHC30620 – Certificate III in Production Horticulture

At a Glance


12 to 24 Months

Delivery Options

Group Delivery
Government Traineeship

Entry Requirements

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


A nationally recognised qualification


$3,990 per person.
Funding Options may be available

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 titles may include:

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

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

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

This qualification includes 1 core unit of competency that cover common skills for the civil construction industry, as well as 14 elective units. A total of 15 units are required to be completed to achieve the qualification.

By successfully completing this program, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification for:

  • AHC30616 Certificate III in Production Horticulture


AHCBIO303Apply Biosecurity Measure.
AHCQHS301Contribute to work health and safety processes.
AHCWRK306Comply with industry quality assurance requirements.

Twelve (12) Electives to be chosen.

AHCIRG346Operate pressurised irrigation systems.
AHCMOM304Operate machinery and equipment.
AHCWRK309Apply environmentally sustainable work practice.
AHCPHT315Establish horticultural crops.
AHCPCM305Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCSOL305Prepare growing media.
AHCCHM304Transport and store chemicals.
AHCCHM307Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and disease.
AHCIRG338Troubleshoot irrigation systems.
AHCPMG301Control weeds.
AHCPMG302Control plant pests, diseases and disorders.
AHCSOL304Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is designed for those seeking occupations on fruit and vegetable farms, orchards, or in nurseries.

Learning Options

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

Group Based Delivery:

  • 16 weeks of initial classroom training – 2 days per week, allowing up to 12 months to complete the program
  • Optional tutorial days
  • Study of 25 hours per week is expected for this program

Flexible Delivery / Workplace Training:

  • Self paced distance learning (suggested 15 hours a week), allowing up to 2 years to complete the program
  • Regular Trainer contact via phone and email
  • Trainer one on one workplace visits when required

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
  • Trainer/Assessor one on one workplace visits/s to assist with the application and undertake a personal interview to confirm your skills and knowledge
  • Self-paced learning for gap training

Course Inclusions

  • Access to a dedicated trainer/assessor until the program is completed.
  • Quality learning resources.
  • Access to additional support through the course program department.
  • Access to our Student Handbook.

Potential Funding Options May Include:

AHC30620 – Certificate III in Production Horticulture

Total Units: 15



Certificate 3 Guarantee

Concessional: $15.00 ($1.00/unit)
Non-Concessional: $30.00 ($2.00/unit)


User Choice

Student Contribution Fees
$1.60 per nominal hour (contact us for a quote)

Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding

Participants in this program may be eligible for funding via Certificate 3 Guarantee. Use the following form to determine your eligibility.

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