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AHC31120 Certificate III in Nursery Operations

About this course

This qualification is delivered through an Australian Apprenticeship.  All participants must be employed in this field with a registered employer and entered into a formal training contract through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. 

What you will learn

This qualification includes the following units of competency:

Core units:
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems
AHCNSY308 Maintain nursery plants
AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL305 Prepare growing media
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes

Elective units^:
AHCBIO303 Apply biosecurity measures
AHCIRG347 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
AHCNSY309 Receive and dispatch nursery products
AHCNSY313 Implement a propagation plan
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCSOL203 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing

^Elective units can be customised to suit employer requirements.

Entry Requirements

All participants must:

– Attend a pre-enrolment information session;
– Complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment;
– Have basic computer and internet skills.
– Be able to read, understand and interpret written information.

Individuals with a disability are encouraged to apply.


The following employment pathways may include:

– Production Nursery Tradesperson;
– Wholesale or Retail Nursery Tradesperson.

Further study pathways include:

– AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture
– AHC40320 Certificate IV in Production Horticulture
– AHC40620 Certificate IV in Nursery Operations

Note: This RTO may not offer all qualifications listed above as possible pathways.


An Advance trainer/assessor will visit the apprentice/trainee at the workplace at least once per month to facilitate training and assessment activities. These visits will be negotiated with the employer.

Duration: 3 years full time.

Course Fees


*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.  Eligibility criteria apply.
Student tuition fees are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

How to enrol

Please contact the Apprenticeship/Traineeship Coordinator at the Mornington campus on 5977 2976.

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