Certificate IV in Production Horticulture

Course Code AHC40316
Campus Shepparton - William Orr
Duration 940 hours

Course Overview

The AHC40316 Certificate IV in Production Horticulture is the recognised qualification to become a supervisor or leading hand in a production horticulture enterprise.

This course has been designed to meet the needs of experienced horticulturists completing a Certificate IV in Production Horticulture together with learners undertaking a full qualification or clusters of units. This can include clients in the Protected Cropping, Vegetable and Fruit Growing Industries.

Become specialists within the production horticulture industry. If you’re looking to upskill to land a Supervisory role, then this is the course that can take you there. Whether you specialise is orchard production, vegetable or berry production, grape growing; or, greenhouse hydroponics, GOTAFE’s expert Trainers can give you the tools you need to take the next step.

For trainees, a negotiated training plan and the units selected by the trainer, employer and trainee will determine the timeframe of the course. General guidelines for completion are 2 – 3 years.

Based on the negotiated training plan, trainees may be required to attend on campus to complete units aligned to short courses such as the Farm Chemical Users Course or the Forklift Course.

For other learners enrolling in the full course, the duration will similarly be reflected in a negotiated study plan. General guidelines for completion are 2 – 3 years.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC40316 Certificate IV 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 AHC40316 Certificate IV in Production Horticulture, graduates may fill a range of leadership roles across a production horticulture enterprise and may include supervising crop maintenance, harvesting, irrigation or pest management.

Further studies
On successful completion of the qualification AHC40316 Certificate IV in Production Horticulture, clients may be eligible to undertake further study in Production Horticulture (or related sectors) at Diploma level.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – William Orr Flexible Training Workplace Based, Starts Mon 1st July, 1 Day a Week.

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
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 940 $2.87 $2,697.80 $6.50 $6,110.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 940 $0.58 $545.20 $6.50 $6,110.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 940 $2.87 $2,697.80 $6.50 $6,110.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 940 $0.58 $545.20 $6.50 $6,110.00
Full Fee 940 $5.00 $4,700.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 940 $1.00 $940.00 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
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

  • All applicants require access to a suitable enterprise in Protected Cropping, Vegetable Production or Fruit Growing to gain experience and demonstrate practical skills.
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview and complete a pre-training review to determine their 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
Units of Competency

AHC40316 – Core Units

AHCWHS401 – Maintain work health and safety processes

AHC40316 – Elective Units

AHCPMG301 – Control weeds
AHCPHT402 – Develop a crop regulation program
AHCPCM402 – Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
AHCCHM401 – Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
AHCPHT404 – Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program
AHCNSY401 – Plan a growing-on program
AHCNSY402 – Plan a propagation program
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCPCM401 – Recommend plants and cultural practices
AHCIRG408 – Schedule irrigations
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals

Assessment Methods

Assessments methods may include:

  • written tests
  • short answer questions
  • written reports/assignments
  • simulations
  • role plays
  • practical demonstrations
  • log books
  • 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 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?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.