AHC30620 Certificate III in Production Horticulture

The Australian Institute of Agriculture (RTO#45492) offers the nationally recognised AHC30620 Certificate III in Production Horticulture with high-quality course materials and premier student support. We deliver training that is customised to meet the needs of our students, the agriculture industry, and employers.

Where can it Take Your Career?

The AHC30620 Cert III in Production Horticulture is the latest nationally accredited qualification for learners who aim to have a career in the Horticultural industry. This course will focus on the skills and knowledge of the horticulture industry particularly the contribution to work health and safety processes, biosecurity measures and quality assurance requirements.

The Certificate III in Production Horticulture will also cover environmentally friendly work practices such as preparing and applying chemicals, controlling plant pests, diseases and disorders, and implementing a post-harvest program.

This qualification is ideal for:

  • People seeking skills required to operate a Production Horticulture property
  • Individuals interested in becoming farmworkers
  • Employers who want to train their employees

How is The Course Delivered?

Training is delivered via Blended Delivery (includes Distance Learning with Workplace Learning).

As a part of the enrolment process, you will complete a competency assessment to determine your existing level of relevant knowledge and skills. You will then be provided with a training plan that identifies your Cohort based on this assessment. The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary depending on your Cohort.

Course Duration: This course is designed to be completed within up to 12 months full time and 24 months part time or under training program, depending on your:

  • Prior knowledge, skills, and experience
  • Allotted time to study every week
  • Learning abilities

Expected Study Hours: Typical learners are expected to spend up to 1284 hours of learning, training and assessment activities.

Note: Please read The Australian Institute of Agriculture student handbook containing the Refund Policy, Complaints and Appeals Policy, RPL Procedure, and other policies and procedures prior to enrolling.

What will You Learn in The AHC30620 Certificate III in Production Horticulture Course?

This course is designed to develop your expertise in agriculture. Among others, you will learn how to:

  • Prepare, apply, and transport chemicals
  • Control weeds and other plant pests, diseases, and disorders
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Operate irrigation systems
  • Establish horticultural crops, regulate crops, and coordinate harvesting
  • Sample soils and interpret results

How is The Course Structured?

All learners will be assessed through a combination of the following assessment methods:

  • Questioning – written/verbal quiz assessment
  • Practical demonstration – direct observation
  • Workplace assessment – third-party report
  • Review of Products including work samples or products
  • Structured Activities such as Projects, Case studies, presentations, role play, demonstration, and progressive tasks

What are The AHC30620 Course Units?

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 15 units of competency (3 core units plus 12 elective units).

Core Units:

  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • AHCBIO303  Apply biosecurity measures
  • AHCWRK306 Comply with industry quality assurance requirements

Elective Units:

Group A:

  • AHCWRK309Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 
  • AHCIRG346Operate pressurised irrigation systems
  • AHCPHT315Establish horticultural crops
  • AHCPHT317Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting
  • AHCPHT313 Implement a post-harvest program

Group B:

  • AHCBIO301 Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs
  • AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program
  • AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture

Group C:

  • AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems
  • AHCIRG345 Install pressurised irrigation systems
  • AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
  • AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases
  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

Borrowed Elective:

AHCSOL406 Sample soils and interpret results

What are the Entry Requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are at least 16 years or older, if an individual is under the age of 18, Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012 applies
  • Have sound or industry’s expectation of language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English or equivalent, or have at least 3 years of relative industry experience and/ or be able to arrange LLN support)
  •  Have basic computer skills
  • Have access to host farms, if not the RTO may provide or arrange access to one

*AIA will provide learners information on the resources required for assessment

What are The Resources Needed to Complete The Course?

To support you in your new course with The Australian Institute of Agriculture, we will provide:

  • Electronic copies of Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations and case studies, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

To complete your course, you will need to arrange access to a:

  • Computer with: Internet access with a reliable speed of at least 3mbps
  • Google Chrome (recommended browser)
  • MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel or equivalent applications
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application

Skills training and assessment is to be completed on a farm. To complete your course, you must arrange access to a farm that will allow you access to the following resources for training and assessment:

  • All tools, equipment, materials and documentation used in farms
  • Relevant workplace procedures, products, and specifications associated with typical farm operations
  • WHS requirements, including legislation, codes, safety management systems, hazardous substances and dangerous goods code, and local safe operating procedures
  • personal protective equipment, including that prescribed under legislation, regulations and enterprise policies and practices
  • Chemical application equipment such as boom sprays, orchard air-blast sprayers, handheld spray equipment, wipers, dry chemical applicators, dips, pour-on, spot-on, vaccination and drenching equipment
  • Chemical transport and storage equipment
  • Pressurised irrigation systems such as micro-irrigation systems and spray irrigation systems
  • Horticultural crops including those for human consumption
  • Typical tools/equipment used for removal of flowers or crops such as sticks, shakers and thinning sprays
  • Typical tools/equipment used for pruning such as pruning machines
  • Fertilizers and other plant nutrition products
  • Clean up and maintenance tools and equipment
  • Plant species and cultivars
  • Products and materials to meet the nutritional requirements of plants, to modify soil pH and soil ameliorants to improve soil fertility.

The Australian Institute of Agriculture will assist learners in ensuring host farms have sufficient and industry-current technologies, systems, tools and equipment for training and assessment. Where required, The Australian Institute of Agriculture will provide learners access to its farm (ZaatzVille), or assist in arranging access to other neighbouring farms.

Resources for Distance Learning

  • Self-Paced Distance learning is also an important component of this course. You will be provided with learner guides to read in your own time, and access to live and/or recorded online webinars with your trainer.
  • The learner guides will be provided to you electronically via email upon confirmation of your enrolment, via your Google Classroom, or via post as a hardcopy upon request, at an additional cost (printing + shipping).
  • The webinars will be delivered live via Google Hangouts. If you miss the session, or if you want to access previous recorded sessions, you may also access them via links provided in your Google Classrooms, or via direct links sent via email upon request.

Upon enrolment, you will be invited to your Google Classroom. You may use your personal email to sign up and login, or you may create one especially for your course. Your Google Classroom will provide you links to your workbooks, links to the recorded webinars and other references. Google Classroom also allows you to communicate with your trainer and other learners enrolled in your course. Access to Google Classroom is not mandatory but is recommended to enhance your learning experience.

NOTE: Prior to enrolment, The Australian Institute of Agriculture assesses the nominated host farm to ensure that learners will have access to all required equipment, tools, and other relevant resources in the workplace.

What are The Course Fees?

Applicants eligible for Government Funded Smart and Skilled program or Fee-Free courses may only contribute either a small proportion or no fee for this course. The AHC30620 course for other applicants is available for discounted fee of $7500 paid in 5 equal instalments. Dual qualifications are offered at additional fee of $1800 during the ongoing training. Enrolment processing fee of $100 applies at the time of admission.

These fees include tuition and electronic copy of the learning and assessment resources. You may request a printed copy sent to you via post at an additional cost ($200 per cluster + shipping fee). Please see Fees and Refunds Policy for more information.

What are The Qualification Pathways?

Learners may also consider additional training to complement their skills such as:

  • Certificate IV in Production Horticulture*
  • Diploma of Production Horticulture*
  • Certificate IV in Agriculture*
  • Diploma of Agriculture*
  • Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management*

Certificate IV in Agriculture and Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management* are not offered by The Australian Institute of Agriculture

For the complete list of qualifications that include this qualification, please visit the MySkills website at: https://www.myskills.gov.au/courses/unit?Code=AHC30620.

Is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Available?

The Australian Institute of Agriculture has a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy to ensure that an individual’s prior learning, achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experiences, is appropriately recognised. This recognition may assist students to progress faster through their course.

Learners will be required to complete an application for recognition of prior learning and submit evidence to substantiate their existing knowledge and skills.

Note: Please read The Australian Institute of Agriculture student handbook containing the Refund Policy, Complaints and Appeals Policy, RPL Procedure, and other policies and procedures prior to enrolling.