Certificate III in Production Horticulture

Course Code AHC30616
Campus Shepparton - William Orr
Duration 885 hours

Course Overview

The AHC30616 Certificate III in Production Horticulture is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Production Horticulturist.

Want to contribute to Australia’s reputation for clean green horticulture? Learn how to grow, harvest and sell a range of high demand fruit and vegetable crops from the best in Victoria. We’ll help you learn on the job, online and on campus. You can specialise in greenhouse hydroponics, orchards or vegetable production.
You’ll learn practical skills in:

  • plant, pest and disease control
  • irrigation system operation and maintenance
  • horticultural crop establishment
  • regulation and harvesting
  • hydroponic system maintenance
  • safe equipment operation

This course is delivered online (hydroponic stream), as a workplace based course, as well as a Traineeship. Please speak to the Course Coordinator for further information about which type of delivery would suit you best.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC30616 Certificate III in Production Horticulture is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the orchard, vegetable or protected cropping industry.

On successful completion of the qualification AHC30616 Certificate III in Production Horticulture, graduates may fill a range of roles across a production horticulture enterprise and may include supervising crop maintenance, harvesting, irrigation or pest management.

Further studies
After gaining the AHC30616 Certificate III in Production Horticulture, you might wish to undertake further study in the Production Horticulture (or related sectors) at Certificate IV or Diploma level.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – William Orr Workplace Based; Comprises of Online/Workshop Participation / 2019
Shepparton – William Orr Hydroponic Stream; Comprises of Online/Workshop Participation / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.


Course Co-ordinator

Name: Leigh Taig and Ross Wade

Location: William Orr Campus, Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 885 $4.00 $3,540.00 $4.90 $4,336.50
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 885 $0.80 $708.00 $4.90 $4,336.50
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 885 $4.10 $3,628.50 $6.50 $5,752.50
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 885 $0.82 $725.70 $6.50 $5,752.50
Full Fee 885 $10.76 $9,522.60 N/A N/A
Course Materials 885 $1.00 $885.00 N/A N/A

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

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
Non Trainees will require access to a suitable workplace to complete practical Assessments

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Trainees only)
  • Students are also required to have access to an industry relevant workplace to practice their skills and knowledge.
Units of Competency

AHC30616 – Core Units

AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processes

AHC30616 – Elective Units

AHCSOL202 – Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCPHT301 – Carry out a crop regulation program
AHCWRK207 – Collect and record production data
AHCWRK306 – Comply with industry quality assurance requirements
AHCPMG302 – Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG301 – Control weeds
AHCPHT310 – Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting
AHCWRK305 – Coordinate work site activities
AHCPHT306 – Establish horticultural crops
AHCBIO302 – Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs
AHCHYD301 – Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems
AHCPCM301 – Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPHT303 – Implement a post-harvest program
AHCNSY306 – Implement a propagation plan
AHCIRG333 – Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG303 – Measure irrigation delivery system performance
AHCWRK302 – Monitor weather conditions
AHCMOM315 – Operate chemical application machinery and equipment
AHCIRG332 – Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCMOM302 – Perform machinery maintenance
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCPHT305 – Regulate crops
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written tests
  • Short answer questions
  • Written reports/assignments
  • Simulations
  • Role plays
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Log book
  • Herbarium weed collections
  • Oral presentations
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.
Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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