IrriSmart (AQF3)

The Australian Institute of Agriculture (RTO#45492) offers the nationally recognised specialised skill set IrriSmart (AQF: 3 Install, Operate, Troubleshoot Pressurised Irrigation and Implement Plant Nutrition Program) 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 IrriSmart (AQF3 Install, Operate, Troubleshoot Pressurised Irrigation and Implement Plant Nutrition Program) is the set of latest nationally accredited units for learners who aim to have a career in Irrigation section of the Production Horticulture and the Agricultural industry. This course will prepare you to work in agriculture with a focus on irrigation on farm.

How is the course delivered?

Training is delivered via blended delivery (includes Distance Learning with Workplace Learning).

Course Duration: This course is designed to be completed within up to 6 to 8 weeks 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 150 hours of study to complete the course.

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 IrriSmart course?

This course is designed to develop your expertise in agriculture. In this skill set you will learn how to install, apply and troubleshoot irrigation and implement plant nutrition program.

What are The IrriSmart course units?

The IrriSmart (AQF3) is composed of 4 units AHCIRG345 Install pressurised irrigation systems, AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems, AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems and AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program.

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, progressive tasks

What are the entry requirements?

There are no prerequisites required to enter this course. However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are at least 17 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 Australian Institute of Agriculture, we will provide:

  • 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 5mbps
  • MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel or equivalent applications
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application

Skills training and assessment is to be completed in 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
  • Fertilizers and other plant nutrition products
  • Clean up and maintenance tools and equipment

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 activity book 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?

The full course fee of IrriSmart (AQF3 Install, Operate and Troubleshoot Pressurised Irrigation) course is $2500 but at the discounted it is available for only $750 (conditions apply). This fee is paid upfront before accessing any resource. 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 + 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 II in Agribusiness*
  • Certificate II in Agriculture*
  • Certificate II in Production Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Agriculture*
  • Certificate III in Agribusiness*
  • Certificate III in Production Horticulture
  • Diploma of Agriculture*
  • Diploma of Production Horticulture *
  • Diploma of Agribusiness Management*

*Some of these courses are not offered by The Australian Institute of Agriculture

For the complete list of qualifications, please visit the MySkills website at


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.