Course Type:
Accredited Course; Traineeship
18 months - 2 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
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Course Overview

Turn your love of nature into a successful career by studying a Certificate III in Production Horticulture (Traineeship).

This course will help improve your skills and knowledge in all aspects of the horticulture industry, including maintaining plants, treating and preventing pests and diseases, landscaping and creating drainage systems.

Designed for people already working in the sector who want a formal qualification, this flexible course is taught in the workplace - guided or supervised. Your time will be scheduled when you have access to a trainer (does not include employer supervision) and some units may be delivered on-campus if they cannot be completed in the workplace. This means you’ll be gaining hands-on experience in the industry right from the start!

When you complete this nationally recognised qualification, there are a number of job opportunities open to you. You may find yourself seeking work as a technician and trades worker, a farm labourer or in vegetable production.

And if you want to take your studies further, you can! Complete a Certificate IV in Horticulture Production and increase your skills and employment opportunities. This course will help you to specialise in more areas of the production system and teach you a deeper understanding of what’s involved.

We will be on hand to walk you through all your options when you’re ready!

Get started today in an exciting and hands-on industry with a Certificate III in Production Horticulture (Traineeship) and take your career as far as your dreams will take you.

Please note, to enter this course individuals must be employed on a production farm.


Workplace delivery - guided or supervised; Time scheduled when student has access to trainer ( does not include employer supervision) Some units maybe delivered on campus if they cannot be completed in the workplace

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Production Horticulture (Traineeship).

Career Opportunities

Technicians and Trades Workers, Farm labour

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

  • To enter this course individuals must be employed on a production farm.
  • Applicants wishing to undertake the qualification are required to complete a full Language, Literacy & Numeracy assessment, as well as a Pre training Review.

Limitations to entry

  • Students should be a minimum of 16 years of age to undertake this course


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Course units
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCWRK302 Monitor weather conditions
AHCPHT306 Establish horticultural crops
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCPMG301 Control Weeds
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies
AHCWRK206 Observe enterprise quality assurance procedures
AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures
AHCIRG337 Measure irrigation delivery system performance


Observation-demonstration and short answer/multiple choice quizzes