Certificate III in Production Horticulture - AHC30616

Sunraysia Institute of TAFE

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 01985A

This qualification provides a vocational outcome in production horticulture. The qualification enables individuals to select a tree cropping, vegetable or berry production, grape growing or mushroom production context as a job focus, or a mixture in the case of mixed enterprises.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


1 core unit plus 14 electives.


  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • Coordinate canopy management activities
  • Operate a mechanical harvester
  • Monitor and maintain nursery plants
  • Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises
  • Operate chemical application machinery and equipment
  • Operate spreading and seeding equipment
  • Monitor weather conditions
  • Troubleshoot irrigation systems
  • Prepare and apply chemicals
  • Transport and store chemicals
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems
  • Operate machinery and equipment
  • Operate specialised machinery and equipment
  • Supervise mushroom substrate preparation
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Comply with industry quality assurance requirements
  • Coordinate work site activities
  • Install drainage systems
  • Coordinate nursery activities
  • Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting
  • Perform field nursery activities
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • Control weeds
  • Establish horticultural crops
  • Use application equipment to apply fumigant in confined spaces
  • Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems
  • Implement a post-harvest program
  • Coordinate hand pruning activities
  • Measure drainage system performance
  • Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response
  • Install hydroponic systems
  • Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock
  • Operate pressurised irrigation systems
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Perform machinery maintenance
  • Troubleshoot drainage systems
  • Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs
  • Measure irrigation delivery system performance
  • Regulate crops
  • Fumigate soil
  • Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair
  • Carry out movement and security procedures
  • Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
  • Perform shed nursery activities
  • Harvest horticultural crops mechanically
  • Handle bulk materials in storage area
  • Apply biosecurity measures
  • Prepare, monitor and maintain biological agents
  • Prepare value added compost-based products

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Mildura Domestic: $5,290
International: $5,290
  • Part-time or day release : 3 years
  • Full-time : 3 years
Swan Hill Domestic: $5,290
International: $5,290
  • Part-time or day release : 3 years
  • Full-time : 3 years

Further information

Students wishing to access WorkReady funding will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills as part of course counselling before enrolling.

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