AHC31120 Certificate III in Nursery Operations

Award Course
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.

Information for International Students

SuniTAFE operates a 30 hectare commercial horticulture farm growing citrus, vines, almonds, olives, dates, avocadoes, annual vegetables and nursery plants. A range of fruit trees, garden plants and native plants are propagated in the on-farm nursery. Students undertake classes and practical components of the program at the SuniTAFE SMARTFarm at Cardross which is 7 kilometres from the main Mildura campus.

Students are recommended to purchase work boots and wear appropriate sun safe work clothes including hats for classes at the SuniTAFE Farm.

Duration  52 weeks
English Proficiency IELTS 5.5 or equivalent test score, or successful completion of Upper Intermediate ELICOS at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE.
Fees per Term (AUD) $3,500
Total Fees (AUD) $14,000
Course Start Dates 30 January, 10 July 2023.
Academic Requirements Completion of equivalent of Australian Year 11.
Study Mode Full-time, face to face, 20 hours per week. Classes are timetabled 3 days per week.

* Duration of a course includes periods for orientation and enrolment, teaching, assessment, structured learning support, study breaks and public holidays.
* Fees and details are subject to change.


Units & Assessment
Core Units
Code Unit Name Hours
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases 70
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50
AHCNSY308 Maintain nursery plants 40
AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program 60
AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture 70
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80
AHCSOL305 Prepare growing media 40
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours
AHCBIO301 Identify and report signs of unusual disease or pest 50
AHCBIO303 Apply biosecurity measures 100
AHCIRG347 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems 50
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40
AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles 50
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40
AHCNSY205 Pot up plants 20
AHCNSY309 Receive and dispatch nursery products 40
AHCNSY313 Implement a propagation plan 90
AHCNSY314 Operate fertigation equipment 70
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities 70
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.