Certificate III in Irrigation

This Qualification allows individuals to develop skills and knowledge to become installation or operations technicians within the irrigation industry.

This Qualification applies to skilled workers who carry out installation and operations job roles in the irrigation servicing, amenity horticulture and food and fibre production industries.


Complete twelve (12) Units of Competency comprised of:

Two (2) Core Units

Ten (10) Elective Units

Core Units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCIRG308A

Monitor soils under irrigation

add topic AHCOHS301A

Contribute to OHS processes

Elective Units

Select a minimum of four (4) Units from Group A.

Select a minimum of four (4) additional Units from Group A or B.

Select a minimum of two (2) additional Units from Group A, Group B and/or this or any other endorsed Training Package or accredited course packaged at Certificate III or IV.

Selected Units must be relevant to job outcomes in the irrigation industry.

Group A

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCDRG301A

Install drainage systems

add topic AHCIRG309A

Interpret and apply instructions to install pumps

add topic AHCIRG310A

Operate and maintain irrigation pumping systems

add topic AHCIRG311A

Install low volume irrigation components

add topic AHCIRG312A

Install sprinkler irrigation components

add topic AHCIRG313A

Install moving sprinkler irrigation components

add topic AHCIRG314A

Install surface irrigation structures and equipment

add topic AHCIRG315A

Interpret irrigation plans and drawings

add topic AHCIRG316A

Implement a low volume irrigation maintenance program

add topic AHCIRG317A

Implement a sprinkler irrigation maintenance program

add topic AHCIRG318A

Implement a moving sprinkler irrigation maintenance program

add topic AHCIRG319A

Implement a surface irrigation maintenance program

add topic AHCIRG320A

Maintain and repair irrigation drainage systems

add topic AHCIRG321A

Operate low volume irrigation systems

add topic AHCIRG322A

Operate sprinkler irrigation systems

add topic AHCIRG323A

Operate moving sprinkler irrigation systems

add topic AHCIRG324A

Operate surface irrigation systems

add topic AHCIRG325A

Operate irrigation technology

add topic AHCIRG326A

Operate irrigation injection equipment

add topic AHCIRG327A

Implement an irrigation schedule

add topic AHCTEQ301A

Install and terminate extra low voltage wiring systems

add topic AHCWRK305A

Co-ordinate worksite activities

add topic AHCWRK313A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Group B

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCDRG302A

Measure drainage system performance

add topic AHCDRG303A

Troubleshoot drainage systems

add topic AHCIRG303A

Measure irrigation delivery system performance

add topic AHCIRG306A

Troubleshoot irrigation systems

add topic AHCIRG307A

Recommend irrigation products and services

add topic AHCLPW306A

Undertake sampling and testing of water

add topic CPCPIG2011A

Design domestic urban irrigation systems

add topic CPCPWT3007A

Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply *

add topic CPCPCM2003A Carry out OHS requirements

add topic NWP302A

Install meters for non-potable, non-urban water supplies

add topic NWP304A

Maintain meters for non-potable, non-urban water supplies

add topic NWP305B

Monitor and conduct minor maintenance of complex flow-control and metering devices

add topic NWP316B

Monitor and schedule water deliveries

add topic NWP362B

Monitor, operate and control reclaimed water irrigation


    Pathways into the Qualification

    This Qualification may be accessed by direct entry or by completion of AHC21112 Certificate II in Irrigation

    Pathways from the Qualification

    Further training pathways from this Qualification include, but are not limited to, AHC41112 Certificate IV in Irrigation.

    Additional Qualification advice

    This Qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this Qualification.

Licensing Information

There is no direct link between this Qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, an individual Unit of Competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Speaking clearly and directly

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Writing to audience needs

Interpreting the needs of internal/external customers

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements

Establishing/using networks.


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

Applying teamwork skills to a range of situations

Identifying and using the strengths of other team members.


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Using numeracy skills to solve problems

Testing assumptions and taking context into account.

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Generating a range of options in response to workplace matters.

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Using basic business systems for planning and organising

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role

Working within or establishing clear project goals and deliverables

Determining or applying required resources

Allocating people and other resources to tasks and workplace requirements

Managing time and priorities.


Taking responsibility for individual work practices and team outcomes

Organising time and resources for work

Reflecting on skills gaps and training required.


Listening and understanding

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements.


Using measuring equipment for soil moisture monitoring

Use of irrigation technology for operating, monitoring and troubleshooting irrigation systems.