Certificate III in Production Nursery

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome for a nurseryperson working in a production nursery. The nursery industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.


Packaging Rules

Completion of sixteen (16) units made up of thirteen (13) core units and three (3) elective units.


a minimum of two (2) units must come from the elective unit list.

a maximum of one (1) unit may be selected from units aligned to Certificates II, III or IV in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the nursery industry.


Occupational Health and Safety

add topic AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS processes


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


add topic AHCCHM303A Prepare and apply chemicals

add topic AHCCHM304A Transport, handle and store chemicals


add topic AHCIRG306A Troubleshoot irrigation systems

Pest management

add topic AHCPMG301A Control weeds

add topic AHCPMG302A Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

Soils and media

add topic AHCSOL301A Prepare growing media

add topic AHCSOL401A Sample soils and interpret results


add topic AHCPCM301A Implement a plant nutrition program

add topic AHCPCM302A Provide information on plants and their culture


add topic AHCNSY301A Maintain nursery plants

add topic AHCNSY302A Receive and dispatch nursery products



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

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 AHCBIO305A Monitor and review biosecurity measures


add topic AHCBUS404A Operate within a budget framework


add topic AHCCHM302A Fumigate soil using chemicals


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 AHCIRG305A Operate pressurised irrigation systems

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM304A Operate machinery and equipment

Merchandising and sales

add topic AHCMER301A Process customer complaints

add topic AHCMER303A Sell products and services

add topic SIRXINV002A Maintain and order stock

add topic SIRXMER001A Merchandise products

add topic SIRXMER005A Create a display

add topic SIRXSLS002A Advise on products and services


add topic AHCNSY303A Install and maintain plant displays

add topic AHCNSY304A Deliver and promote sales of plants

add topic AHCNSY305A Prepare specialised plants

add topic AHCNSY306A Implement a propagation plan

add topic AHCNSY307A Operate fertigation equipment


add topic AHCWAT301A Monitor and operate water treatment processes


add topic AHCWRK303A Respond to emergencies

add topic AHCWRK305A Coordinate work site activities

add topic AHCWRK313A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Subject lists

Certificate III in Production Nursery 23722


    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 Nursery or Certificate IV in Retail Nursery.

    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:

    Nursery 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

Interpreting the needs of internal/external customers

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

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role

Managing time and priorities


Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Participating in ongoing learning

Learning new skills and techniques


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology