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 and supplemented with self-directed online learning.

Entry Requirements

Apprentices must have a registered training contract agreement with their employer. Students must be currently employed within a nursery to undertake this course. 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
AHCIRG347 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems 50 $30.00
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40 $30.00
AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles 50 $30.00
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40 $30.00
AHCNSY205 Pot up plants 20 $0.00
AHCNSY309 Receive and dispatch nursery products 40 $30.00
AHCNSY313 Implement a propagation plan 90 $30.00
AHCNSY314 Operate fertigation equipment 70 $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

Government Subsidised $4,132
Concession $466
Apprenticeship $3,568
Apprenticeship Concession $466
Self-Funded $5,166

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
2024 Ongoing Enrolment Mildura Campus International, , Full Time, Classroom, Full Year
2024 Ongoing Enrolment Mildura Campus Full Time, Full Year, Apprentice