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Certificate IV in Production Horticulture


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Certificate IV in Production Horticulture – AHC40316

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Course Overview

Become a specialist in the Production Horticulture industry with the Certificate IV in Production Horticulture.

You'll learn to develop programs for everything from soil health and plant nutrition, to crop regulation and harvesting. You'll also learn to control weeds using industry-standard safety procedures for the correct preparation, use, transport, and storage of chemicals.

This course can be undertaken as a full Certificate, or as a cluster of units for upskilling. The course is available for workplace based students or as a Traineeship.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Orchard, Vegetable, or Protected Cropping Industry in a leadership role. You may find work supervising crop maintenance, harvesting, irrigation, or pest management.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in Production Horticulture at a Diploma level.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

Flexible Training Workplace Based, Starts Mon 1st July, 1 Day a Week.

Starts Monday 6th Jan, Flexible Workplace Based, 2 years PT / 2020

Starts Wednesday 1st July, Flexible Workplace Based, 2 years PT / 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
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
Core Units
Maintain work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Prepare and apply chemicals
Transport and store chemicals
Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
Schedule irrigations
Plan a growing-on program
Plan a propagation program
Recommend plants and cultural practices
Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
Develop a crop regulation program
Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program
Control weeds

Assessments methods may include:

  • written tests
  • short answer questions
  • written reports/assignments
  • simulations
  • role plays
  • practical demonstrations
  • log books
  • herbarium weed collections
  • oral presentations

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 your enrolment.

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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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