Diploma of Retail Nursery Management

The Diploma of Retail Nursery Management reflects the role of those who manage garden centres, retail nurseries and plant sales outlets.


Packaging Rules

Completion of ten (10) elective units.


a minimum of four (4) units must come from elective group A

a minimum of four (4) 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 nursery industry.



Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPCM501A

Diagnose plant health problems

add topic AHCPCM502A

Collect and classify plants

Merchandising and sales

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBCUS501C

Manage quality customer service


Manage store facilities

add topic SIRXINV005A

Control inventory


Manage sales and service delivery



Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBSMB405B

Monitor and manage small business operations


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCCHM501A

Develop and manage a chemical use strategy


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCIRG502A

Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs

Merchandising and sales

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCMER501A

Develop a sales strategy for rural products

add topic SIRXMPR001A

Profile a retail market

add topic SIRXMER004A

Manage merchandise and store presentation

add topic SIRXPRO007A

Improve supply and distribution chains


Control store security

Occupational health and safety

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCOHS501A

Manage Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes

Pest management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPMG503A

Develop a strategy for the management of target pests

Production horticulture

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPHT503A

Manage a controlled growing environment

Soils and media

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCSOL501A

Monitor and manage soils for production


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCWAT502A

Manage water systems


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCWRK501A

Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program

add topic AHCWRK502A

Collect and manage data

add topic AHCWRK503A

Prepare reports

add topic AHCWRK505A

Manage trial and/or research material

add topic AHCWRK509A

Provide specialist advice to clients


    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 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:

    Retail nursery manager

    Garden centre 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:


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

Sharing information

Negotiating responsively


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

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


Defining own learning needs

Carrying out independent learning to improve capability


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using technology to organise data