Certificate III in Production Horticulture


Course Length

Full time:

1 year

Part time:

2 Years


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:



Shepparton - William Orr

Delivery Mode

On Campus


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 on campus, workplace-based or as a Traineeship.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to pursue a career as a vegetable farm worker or orchard worker.

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

AHC30616 - Traineeship 10th Feb / 2021

RSTF eligible students - Starts on 14/07/2021 - Oncampus - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $3,741.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $748.00

3. Subsidised Trainee: $3,741.00

4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $748.00

5. Full Fee: $9,135.00

Course Materials: $870.00

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 2021 and may change without notice.

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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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
  • 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.

Course Study Units

Core Units
AHCWHS301 - Contribute to work health and safety processes
Elective Units
AHCAGB302 - Keep production records for a primary production business
AHCBIO302 - Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs
AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 - Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCHYD301 - Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems
AHCHYD302 - Install hydroponic systems
AHCIRG337 - Measure irrigation delivery system performance
AHCIRG347 - Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
AHCPCM301 - Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPHT303 - Implement a post-harvest program
AHCPHT305 - Regulate crops
AHCPHT306 - Establish horticultural crops
AHCPHT310 - Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting
AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
AHCPMG302 - Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL202 - Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCWRK305 - Coordinate work site activities
AHCWRK306 - Comply with industry quality assurance requirements
AHCWRK309 - Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCWRK403 - Supervise work routines and staff performance

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Short answer questions
  • Observation checklists
  • Completion of monitoring documentation

Course Co-ordinator

Rob Hall

Attendance & 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.

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

For trainees: 1 day a week over 2 years on campus or training can be provided in the workplace with some attendance being required on campus over 2 years.

Profile funded students attend on-campus classes 2 days a week over a year with the provision of a skills day for the duration of the course.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

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

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.