AHC31120 Certificate III in Nursery Operations

Award Course
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding
Cricos Code 110468D


Certificate III in Nursery Operations provides the skills and knowledge required for trade level roles carried out under broad supervision in the nursery industry.


Completion of this course will give you the necessary skills to work as a nurseryperson in the nursery production and retail nursery industry.


Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to Certificate IV in Horticulture or other Horticulture industry specific qualifications at Certificate IV level.

Course Delivery

The course units are scheduled over a 3 year period. Delivery is facilitated within the workplace.

Entry Requirements

Apprentices must have a registered training contract agreement with their employer. Each student will undertake a Pre-Training Review before enrolling to help confirm the proposed course is suitable. It will provide valuable information about an individual's existing skills and knowledge, language, literacy and numeracy skills and whether the course will help in achieving learning and/or employment goals.

Expected Time to Complete

3 Years

Units & Assessment
Core Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50 $30.00
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases 70 $30.00
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50 $30.00
AHCNSY308 Maintain nursery plants 40 $30.00
AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program 60 $30.00
AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture 70 $30.00
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80 $30.00
AHCSOL305 Prepare growing media 40 $30.00
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50 $30.00
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
AHCBIO301 Identify and report signs of unusual disease or pest 50 $30.00
AHCBIO303 Apply biosecurity measures 100 $30.00
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40 $30.00
AHCNSY309 Receive and dispatch nursery products 40 $30.00
AHCNSY313 Implement a propagation plan 90 $30.00
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70 $30.00
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities 70 $30.00
Your particular units of study will be determined from the core and elective units required for this qualification.

RPL is a formal assessment process that recognises relevant skills and knowledge you have already gained through previous training, work and life experiences. Contact the Institute today to discuss your options for RPL.

Indicative Fees

2022 2023
Government Subsidised $3,882 $4,076
Concession $1,160 $1,199
Apprenticeship $3,396 $3,542
Apprenticeship Concession $1,063 $1,092
RPL Government Subsidised $2,916 $3,062
RPL Concession $583 $612
RPL Self-funded $3,888 $4,082
Self-Funded $4,854 $5,097

Average total fees include designated materials and will vary according to your specific unit choices and other factors.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

For information on refunds in relation to withdrawals, transfers and cancellations refer to the following policies and procedures.
Refund of Course Fees Policy
Student Withdrawal and Refund of Course Fees Procedure

Please visit our Fees and Charges page for more information.
Intake Campus Course Details
2022 July Mildura Campus Full Time, Semester 2, Apprentice