Certificate IV in Production Horticulture

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the production horticulture industry. It is designed to meet the needs of supervisors or team leaders in the production horticulture industry.

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


Packaging Rules

Completion of twelve (12) units made up of one (1) core unit and eleven (11) elective units.


a minimum of three (3) units must come from elective group A

a minimum of five (5) units must come from elective groups A or B

a maximum of three (3) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificates III, IV or Diploma 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 AHCOHS401A Maintain Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes



add topic AHCPCM401A Recommend plants and cultural practices

add topic AHCPCM402A Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program

Production horticulture

add topic AHCPHT401A Assess olive oil for style and quality

add topic AHCPHT402A Develop a crop regulation program

add topic AHCPHT403A Develop harvesting and processing specifications to produce an olive oil

add topic AHCPHT404A Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program

add topic AHCPHT405A Manage mushroom substrate preparation

add topic AHCPHT406A Control Phase II mushroom substrate process

add topic AHCPHT407A Manage mushroom crop development


add topic AHCNSY401A Plan a growing-on program

add topic AHCNSY402A Plan a propagation program


Soils and media

add topic AHCSOL401A Sample soils and interpret results

add topic AHCSOL402A Develop a soil use map for a property


add topic AHCBUS404A Operate within a budget framework

add topic AHCBUS405A Participate in an e-business supply chain


add topic AHCCHM401A Minimise risks in the use of chemicals

add topic AHCCHM402A Plan and implement a chemical use program


FDFOPTHCP3AParticipate in a HACCP team

FDFCORQFS3AMonitor the implementation of quality and food safety program


add topic AHCIRG402A Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system

add topic AHCIRG403A Determine seasonal irrigation scheduling tasks

add topic AHCIRG404A Implement an irrigation-related environmental protection program

add topic AHCIRG405A Plan and coordinate gravity fed irrigation systems

Organic production

add topic AHCORG401A Manage biodynamic production

add topic AHCORG403A Manage organic soil improvement


add topic AHCWRK401A Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures

add topic AHCWRK402A Provide information on issues and policies

add topic AHCWRK403A Supervise work routines and staff performance


    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, AHC50310 Diploma of 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:

    Farm team leader

    Farm supervisor.

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:


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


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Applying a range of strategies in problem solving

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

Using basic business systems for planning and organising

Being appropriately resourceful

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role

Determining or applying required resources

Managing time and priorities


Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

Learning new skills and techniques

Contributing to the learning of others


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology