Certificate IV 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 AHCSDT402A

Prepare and maintain a seed reference collection

add topic AHCSDT404A

Develop and implement laboratory policy and procedures

add topic AHCSDT406A

Undertake internal audits in a seed laboratory

add topic AHCSDT409A

Perform a tetrazolium seed viability test

add topic AHCSDT410A

Perform seed vigour test

add topic AHCSDT411A

Perform a 1000 seed weight test

add topic AHCOHS401A

Maintain Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes

add topic AHCWRK401A

Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures

add topic AHCWRK403A

Supervise work routines and staff performance

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 AHCSDT401A

Maintain a quarantine approved laboratory

add topic AHCSDT403A

Perform an Anguina test on annual ryegrass seed

add topic AHCSDT405A

Handle & store quarantinable materials

add topic AHCSDT407A

Perform an endophytic seed test

add topic AHCSDT408A

Perform an electrophoresis test on a seed sample

add topic MSL904001A

Perform standard calibrations

add topic MSL924001A

Process and interpret data

add topic MSL924002A

Use laboratory application software

add topic MSL934002A

Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

add topic MSL934003A

Maintain and control stocks


    Pathways into the Qualification

    The preferred pathway for entry to this Qualification is AHC33512 Certificate III in Seed Testing.

    Pathways from the Qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, MSL50109 Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

    Additional Qualification advice

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Entrants into AHC41512 Certificate IV in Seed Testing are required to hold the following Units of Competency:

AHCSDT301A Prepare a working sample

AHCSDT302A Identify seeds

AHCSDT304A Perform a seed purity analysis

AHCSDT305A Perform a seed moisture test

AHCSDT306A Perform a seed germination test

AHCSDT307A Perform determination of other seeds by number

AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS processes

AHCWRK306A Comply with industry quality assurance requirements

AHCWRK313A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

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:


Complete workplace documentation and records

Use a range of communication technologies to support work operations

Develop work instructions, specifications and procedures

Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with people

Communicate with all team members in a professional manner

Demonstrate effective and appropriate documentation, communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with internal and external clients

Use most appropriate communication method given priority, cost and audience needs

Access, interpret and apply technical information

Analyse data and information to determine implications for work operations


Work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

Liaise with and provide support to other team members

Demonstrate leadership skills

Identify and manage performance required to meet internal and external customer needs in own work and team work

Manage organisational processes and provide problem solving support to others


Investigate problem causes

Identify, rectify or report potential and actual problems associated with work operations

Identify factors which may affect the product or service to be provided

Use material and process knowledge to solve problems

Identify hazards and suggest control measures

Monitor food safety practices

Initiative and enterprise

Gather and analyse feedback on products, processes and procedures

Assess quality and other indicators of products

Support achievement of efficient production processes

Determine and act on situations requiring further information or problem solving

Assist in the implementation of continuous improvement processes

Provide leadership in the workplace

Planning and organising

Identify hazards and implement appropriate hazard control measures

Demonstrate time management skills

Source and prepare materials and resources and ensure availability to support work operations

Schedule and sequence work to maximise safety and productivity

Optimise work processes


Interpret and apply relevant acts and regulations

Keep the work area clean and tidy at all times

Monitor own work and work of team and identify and act on any quality issues

Manage own time to meet deadlines

Implement and monitor workplace procedures and instructions


Implement learning activities as appropriate to ensure achievement of specified work requirements

Be supportive, assertive and use interpersonal skills to encourage workplace learning

Identify own training needs and seek skill development if required

Gather feedback to own work to assess effectiveness in meeting objectives and integrate information into own practice

Assess work data and information to identify areas for improved performance


Work with technology safely and according to workplace standards

Help others use technology efficiently and safely

Ensure readiness and operational efficiency of workplace technology