Certificate III in Production Horticulture

This qualification provides a vocational outcome in production horticulture. The qualification enables individuals to select a tree cropping, vegetable or berry production or mushroom production context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed enterprises, both.


Packaging Rules

Completion of fifteen (15) units made up of one (1) core unit and fourteen (14) elective units.


a minimum of four (4) units must come from elective group A

a minimum of seven (7) units must come from elective groups A or B

a maximum of three (3) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificates II, III IV in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the production horticulture industry.


Occupational health and safety

add topic AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS processes



add topic AHCBIO302A Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs

add topic AHCBIO305A Monitor and review biosecurity measures


add topic AHCCHM303A Prepare and apply chemicals

add topic AHCCHM304A Transport, handle and store chemicals


add topic AHCIRG305A Operate pressurised irrigation systems

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM304A Operate machinery and equipment

Pest management

add topic AHCPMG301A Control weeds

add topic AHCPMG302A Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

Production horticulture

add topic AHCPHT302A Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting

add topic AHCPHT303A Implement a post-harvest program

add topic AHCPHT304A Harvest horticultural crops mechanically

add topic AHCPHT306A Establish horticultural crops


add topic AHCWRK313A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices



add topic AHCBIO301A Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response

add topic AHCBIO303A Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises

add topic AHCBIO304A Carry out movement and security procedures


add topic AHCCHM301A Conduct fumigation in enclosed spaces

add topic AHCCHM302A Fumigate soil using chemicals


add topic AHCDRG301A Install drainage systems

add topic AHCDRG302A Measure drainage system performance

add topic AHCDRG303A Troubleshoot drainage systems


add topic AHCHYD301A Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems

add topic AHCHYD302A Install hydroponic systems


add topic AHCIRG301A Implement a maintenance program for an irrigation system

add topic AHCIRG302A Install irrigation systems

add topic AHCIRG303A Measure irrigation delivery system performance

add topic AHCIRG306A Troubleshoot irrigation systems

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM301A Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair

add topic AHCMOM302A Perform machinery maintenance

add topic AHCMOM305A Operate specialised machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM315A Operate chemical application machinery and equipment

add topic FDFWGG3008A Operate a mechanical grape harvester

add topic FDFWGG3013A Operate spreading and seeding equipment

Pest management

add topic AHCPMG303A Maintain biological cultures

add topic AHCPMG304A Release biological agents

Production horticulture

add topic AHCPHT301A Carry out a crop regulation program

add topic AHCPHT305A Regulate crops

add topic AHCPHT307A Prepare raw materials and compost the feedstocks

add topic AHCPHT308A Prepare value added compost-based products

add topic AHCPHT309A Supervise mushroom substrate preparation


add topic AHCWRK302A Monitor weather conditions

add topic AHCWRK303A Respond to emergencies

add topic AHCWRK305A Coordinate work site activities

add topic AHCWRK306A Comply with industry quality assurance requirements

add topic AHCWRK308A Handle bulk materials in storage area


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Certificate IV in Production Horticulture.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Job roles

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    Vegetable farm worker

    Orchard farm worker

    Mushroom farm worker

    Plantation worker

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Speaking clearly and directly

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements


Working as an individual and a team member

Working with diverse individuals and groups

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Being creative in response to workplace challenges

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Being appropriately resourceful


Monitoring and evaluating own performance

Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

Learning in a range of settings including informal learning


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology