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Certificate III in Production Horticulture


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Certificate III in Production Horticulture – AHC30616

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Course Overview

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

Learn to grow, harvest, and sell a range of high demand fruit and vegetable crops. You'll gain specialised skills in plant, pest, and disease control, hydroponic and irrigation system maintenance, and crop establishment and harvesting.

You can choose to specialise in greenhouse hydroponics, orchards, or vegetable production.

This course can be delivered online, workplace based or as a Traineeship.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work 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 Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in Production Horticulture at the Certificate IV or Diploma level.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

Workplace Based; Comprises of Online/Workshop Participation / 2019

Hydroponic Stream; Comprises of Online/Workshop Participation / 2019

Online Hydroponic students - Semester 1 / 2020

Workplace Based; Comprises of Online/Workshop Participation Semester 1/ 2020

Online Hydroponic students - Semester 2 / 2020

Workplace Based; Comprises of Online/Workshop Participation Semester 2/ 2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course (Trainees only)
  • Students are also required to have access to an industry relevant workplace to practice their skills and knowledge.
Core Units
Contribute to work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs
Prepare and apply chemicals
Transport and store chemicals
Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems
Measure irrigation delivery system performance
Operate pressurised irrigation systems
Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
Perform machinery maintenance
Operate chemical application machinery and equipment
Implement a propagation plan
Implement a plant nutrition program
Carry out a crop regulation program
Implement a post-harvest program
Regulate crops
Establish horticultural crops
Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting
Control weeds
Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
Collect and record production data
Monitor weather conditions
Coordinate work site activities
Comply with industry quality assurance requirements

Assessment methods may include:

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

Students should have access to the Internet. Some units have recommended texts or equipment, but these will generally be available to access through GOTAFE.

Compulsory manuals for short courses such as Farm Chemical Users Certificate are supplied as part of enrollment.

Leigh Taig
Campus: Shepparton

Ross Wade
Campus: Shepparton

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.

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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