Certificate III in Seed Testing

This Qualification provides a vocational outcome in seed testing and analysis.


Complete eighteen (18) Units of Competency comprised of nine (9) core Units and nine (9) elective Units.

Core Units of Competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCOHS301A

Contribute to OHS processes

add topic AHCSDT301A

Prepare a working sample

add topic AHCSDT302A

Identify seeds

add topic AHCSDT304A

Perform a seed purity analysis

add topic AHCSDT305A

Perform a seed moisture test

add topic AHCSDT306A

Perform a seed germination test

add topic AHCSDT307A

Perform a "Determination of Other Seeds by Number" test

add topic AHCWRK306A

Comply with industry quality assurance requirements

add topic AHCWRK313A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units of Competency

Select five (5) Units from the Elective list below.

Select four (4) Units from the list below and/or this or any other endorsed Training Package or accredited course at Certificate II, III or IV level.

Selected Units must be relevant to job outcomes in a seed testing laboratory.

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCSDT303A

Perform a fluorescence test on seeds

add topic AHCSDT405A

Handle & store quarantinable seeds

add topic AHCWRK303A

Respond to emergencies

add topic AHCWRK305A

Coordinate work site activities

add topic MSL922001A

Record and present data

add topic MSL933001A

Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose

add topic MSL933004A

Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance

add topic MSL934003A

Maintain and control stocks

add topic MSL973007A

Perform microscopic examination

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction


    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, AHC41512 Certificate IV in Seed Testing.

    Additional Qualification advice

    This Qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this Qualification, however applicants should be working under supervision in a seed testing laboratory.

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:


Confirm relevant industry and workplace requirements

Understand personal and team requirements of relevant industry and workplace standards, regulations and policies

Complete standard documentation

Use communication technologies efficiently

Provide relevant work-related information to others

Ensure records are accurate and legible

Establish effective working relationships with colleagues

Undertake interactive workplace communication

Support team communication practices


Explain and implement work team reporting requirements

Provide support to team members

Monitor work team tasks in accordance with regulatory and workplace requirements

Demonstrate and encourage others in working cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

Undertake appropriate and effective communication with team members


Identify risks and implement risk control measures for machinery and equipment

Identify and address problems and faults

Provide problem solving support to team members

Evaluate skill requirements of work tasks

Use problem solving techniques to determine work requirements

Assess processes and outcomes against quality criteria

Initiative and enterprise

Contribute to and promote continuous improvement processes

Seek and provide feedback on procedures and processes

Collect and assess data and information on work processes

Identify non-conformances to standards and take appropriate action

Rectify problems promptly and appropriately

Monitor and adjust activity in response to operational variations

Identify, assess and act on existing and potential risks

Planning and organising

Determine work requirements in order to meet output targets

Identify priorities and variables that impact on work planning

Plan work tasks for self and others as required

Allocate tasks to operators and monitor outcomes

Implement contingency plan promptly when incidents occur

Ensure work tools are ready and available for operations


Manage own work to meet performance criteria

Monitor information in work area

Conduct regular housekeeping activities during shift to keep work area clean and tidy at all times

Maintain currency of relevant work-related information

Monitor own work against quality standards and identify areas for improvement

Understand own work activities and responsibilities

Identify and apply safety procedures, including the use of protective equipment

Manage work load priorities and timelines


Recognise limits of own expertise and seek skill development if required

Assess competencies in meeting job requirements

Ask questions to expand own knowledge

Maintain skill and knowledge currency

Participate in meetings to inform work practices


Use work machines and equipment in correct operational mode

Monitor machine operation

Perform minor maintenance on machinery

Work with technology safely and according to workplace standards