AHC31116 Certificate III in Production Nursery


AHC31116 Certificate III in Production Nursery

Course Enquiries: Department of Horticulture
Phone: (03) 9639 3525
Email: info@techinstitute.vic.edu.au
Course Code: AHC31116
CRICOS Course Code: 092549A
Terms: January, April, July and October
Location: Melbourne, Keysborough
Study Mode: Full time
Total Course length: 52 weeks inclusive of breaks/holiday

Entry Requirement

International Students entering this course at TIV must meet the following entry requirements:

Age Requirement

All international students must be at least 18 years old at the time of course application.

English Language Requirement

IELTS band score of 5.5 (Academic or general version) or equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with DIBP regulations; or
IELTS band score of 5.0 (Academic or general version) then satisfactory completion of ELICOS or ESL up to 20 weeks at upper intermediate level; or
Completed secondary studies equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification from an English speaking country; or
Completed secondary studies equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification from level 1 countries as identified by DIBP.

Academic Requirement:

All international students must have completed an equivalent of Australian Year 12, VCE or its equivalent overseas qualification.


TIV will also administer Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Evaluation test to all students to ensure that they have the ability to complete the course. This test will occur prior to course commencement and will be assessed by an authorised TIV Delegate or qualified Trainer/Assessor.

Learner Need Analysis

Learner’s need and suitability will be identified through the enrolment form completed by the learner and a Pre-training Interview conducted prior to the enrolment into the course or the commencement of study. The interview will:

confirm the learners’ previous experience, if any
obtain copies of the learner’s resume and any qualifications or previous study associated with hospitality industry
identify any learning needs, adjustments or any support required (see reasonable adjustments)

This course provides students with the practical skills and abilities that are appropriate to meet the needs of the various sectors within the nursery industry. The core units make up the substantive course content and will develop the essential skills required to produce quality horticultural crops comprising a range of seedlings of vegetables, flowers, shrubs, trees and herbal plants. The essential units are designed to develop generic workplace skills which include collecting, analysing and organising information, working in teams, solving problems and using technology.

This course is suitable for those seeking to advance their career in wholesale/production nursery with an emphasis on production, maintenance and selling of plants or who wish to gain professional expertise and enter the horticulture industry as entrepreneurs.

Qualification & Recognition

On successful completion of this course students will be eligible to achieve Certificate III in Production Nursery.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)

International students may be eligible for credit for previous studies they have undertaken. Recognition of Prior Learning is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through past work experience, life experience and/or credit transfer from previous formal training. TIV will recognise AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by another registered training organisations.

Students are encouraged to apply for RPL/CT prior to or immediately after formal enrolment but prior to the facilitated delivery of units to ensure that they do not miss any class/workshop opportunities offered should they be unsuccessful in the RPL process. Contact the department to discuss on RPL and Credit Transfer.

How to Apply

Complete the International Student Application Form available from the Institute Reception or download from our website http://techinstitute.vic.edu.au/index.php/student-life/forms
Ensure to complete all sections of the form including the declaration
Lodge your completed Application Form together with all the certified copies of your supporting documents through one of the following:
Personally submit or send via post to Level 1, 252 Lygon Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053
Send an email to info@techinstitute.vic.edu.au
Thereafter, an Authorised Delegate will contact you to inform you on the next process.
More details can be found on http://techinstitute.vic.edu.au/index.php/pre-enrolment-information/how-to-apply/international-students

Course Structure

Students must complete all units mentioned below and will be progressively recognised for the level of qualification completed.

Please note :

The 1200 total hours above excludes holidays, study and term breaks.

The 340 hours Unsupervised Studies mentioned above for the course includes self study, practices and research.

Assessment and Evidence-gathering techniques

A combination of assignments, reports, written tests, practical demonstrations and questions are some of the evidence collection methods that will be used to assess competence of the students in the program. Evidence gathering techniques are consistent with the critical aspects of evidence and context of assessment specified for individual unit of competency specifications.

Career and further study opportunities

Career Opportunities:Successful completion of this course allow the participants to work at the trade level in production/wholesale nursery as a nursery worker and they are expected to identify and correct soil deficiencies, identify and treat pests and diseases, use chemicals, operate irrigation systems, supervise the daily activities of other people and service equipment such as tools, seed liner and heavy machinery etc. Some possible job outcomes are given below.

· Production Nursery Trades person
· Horticulture trades person

Opportunities for Further Study: After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake Certificate IV in Horticulture and/or into the Diploma of Horticulture leading to an Advanced Diploma or Bachelor of Horticulture that defines higher-level job functions.

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Duration 52 weeks
ELIGIBILITY: 18 years or above
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