Diploma of Production Horticulture

The Diploma of Production Horticulture reflects the role of personnel working on production horticulture farms.

The qualification can be contextualised for 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 ten (10) elective units.


a minimum of two (2) units must come from elective group A

a minimum of six (6) units must come from elective groups A or B

a maximum of two (2) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificate IV or above 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.



Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPCM501A

Diagnose plant health problems

Production horticulture

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPHT502A

Develop a horticultural production plan

add topic AHCPHT503A

Manage a controlled growing environment


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCHYD501A

Develop a plan for a hydroponic system

Soils and media

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCSOL501A

Monitor and manage soils for production



Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBIO501A

Manage active operational emergency disease or plant pest sites

add topic AHCBIO502A

Manage the implementation of an emergency disease or plant pest control program


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBUS501A

Manage staff

add topic AHCBUS502A

Market products and services

add topic AHCBUS503A

Negotiate and monitor contracts

add topic AHCBUS505A

Develop a marketing plan

add topic AHCBUS506A

Develop and review a business plan

add topic AHCBUS507A

Monitor and review business performance

add topic AHCBUS508A

Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports

add topic BSBRSK501B

Manage risk

add topic TLIL5019A

Implement and monitor transport logistics

add topic TLIR4002A

Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

add topic TLIR4003A

Negotiate a contract


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCCHM501A

Develop and manage a chemical use strategy


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCDRG501A

Design drainage systems


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCHYD501A

Develop a plan for a hydroponic system


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCIRG502A

Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs

add topic AHCIRG503A

Design irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems

add topic AHCIRG504A

Develop an irrigation and drainage management plan

Machinery operation and maintenance

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCMOM501A

Manage machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM502A

Implement a machinery management system

Organic production

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCORG501A

Develop an organic management plan

add topic AHCORG502A

Prepare the enterprise for organic certification


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCWAT501A

Design water treatment systems

add topic AHCWAT502A

Manage water systems


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCWRK501A

Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program

add topic AHCWRK511A

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability


    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, Advanced Diploma of Agriculture.

    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:

    Production horticulture farm manager

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

Writing to audience needs

Interpreting the needs of internal/external customers

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements

Establishing/using networks

Sharing information

Negotiating responsively


Working as an individual and a team member

Working with diverse individuals and groups

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

Applying a range of strategies in problem solving

Using numeracy skills to solve problems

Testing assumptions and taking context into account

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Being creative in response to workplace challenges

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Generating a range of options in response to workplace matters

Translating ideas into actions

Developing a strategic, creative long-term vision

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

Participating in continuous improvement and planning processes

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

Adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies


Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

Learning in a range of settings including informal learning

Participating in ongoing learning

Learning in order to accommodate change

Contributing to the learning of others


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Using technology to organise data

Applying technology as a management tool