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AHC30616 Certificate III in Production Horticulture


AHC30616 Certificate III in Production Horticulture is a nationally recognised qualification covering the skills and knowledge relating to the horticulture industry such as maintaining plants, treating pests and diseases, landscaping and drainage systems.

This qualification has been superseded and is currently in a transition to a new qualification. In line with our registering body requirements the existing qualification is still able to be enrolled in, completed and have qualifications issued. Core will be offering the new qualification within the next 6 – 12 months.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however it is recommended you have basic knowledge of horticultural principles.

Training Location and Course Delivery

Training may be conducted either online (via virtual classrooms) or self paced online study. This can be supported by face to face training to undertake the practical components of the course with your trainer. Face to Face classrooms may resume at an appropriate time.

The program should take students approximately 6 – 12 months of study but can be longer or shorter depending on individual student needs and amount of gap assessment required

Who Should Do This Course?

This course is open entry however, students enrolling into this course will be required to undertake a Literacy & Numeracy Indicator prior to commencement of the course. This allows our trainers to identify any strengths and where additional support may be required. Students will also be required to have access to a computer and an internet connection to undertake their study and assessment.

Funding Options

FUNDED – Certificate 3 Guarantee

Please ring us to see if you are eligible for funding under the Department of Education, Small Business and Training – Certificate 3 Guarantee.

If you are eligible for the funding, your co-contribution fees are as follows;

Concession        $20 (this is $1.33 per unit)
Non Concession $50 (this is $3.33 per unit)
School Leaver 2019 Fee free
The eligibility criteria for this funding requires that you:

be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident
be 15 years old or over
permanently reside in Queensland and have left school
not already have a certificate III level or higher qualification
not be currently enrolled in a certificate III level or higher course
Please be aware once you have completed this course via a government funded training place, you will no longer be eligible to access another funded place under this funding program (Certificate 3 Guarantee) at Certificate III level or higher.

You will also be required to completed a mandatory survey at the completion of your training.  Please see the link to the fact sheet about funding.

Course Fees

Fee for Service:  The fee for service charge of this course is $3,500 – please contact us for information about payment plan options.


Units of Competency

The following units of competency are included in the AHC30616 Cert III Production Horticulture. In order to be awarded this qualification, you must competently complete all of the requirements for each unit of study.

Unit Code Unit Title Core/Elective
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes Core
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment Elective
AHCPMG302 Control plants, pests, diseases and disorders Elective
AHCPMG301 Control weeds Elective
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices Elective
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation system Elective
AHCSOL305 Prepare growing media Elective
AHCWRK302 Monitor weather conditions Elective
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases Elective
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals Elective
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities Elective
AHCBIO302 Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs Elective
AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures Elective
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies Elective
AHCNSY201 Pot up plants Elective

*Elective units are subject to change.


On completion, you will be eligible for a AHC30616 Certificate III in Production Horticulture.