Offering Info

Certificate III in Production Horticulture

  • National Course Code: AHC30616
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC30616-01V02-20CHE-078

Location – Coffs Harbour Education CHEC

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

24.6 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The horticulture services industry is growing as more households and businesses outsource their garden and vegetation management. Nurture your career as a qualified Horticulturalist with the nationally recognised Certificate III in Production Horticulture. Learn safe work practices in tree cropping, mushroom, vegetable and berry production, grape growing and more.


Through theory and practical course work you will learn how to:

  • Install hydroponics and irrigation systems and measure their performance
  • Manage crop establishment, nutrition and harvesting programs
  • Use chemicals, control plant pests, diseases and weeds
  • Operate machinery


Develop the skills that will help you get ahead in this career, including:

  • Attention to detail using your creative eye
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Great communication skills


Complete this course and gain:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate III qualification
  • A chemical users licence - depending on the electives you choose

Career opportunities include:

  • Gardener
  • Orchard Farm Hand Grower
  • Vegetable Grower
  • Horticulturist


Broaden your skills base with another Certificate III level course:

  • Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
  • Certificate III in Production Nursery

Train your way to more senior roles with:

  • Certificate IV in Production Horticulture
  • Diploma of Production Horticulture
  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Horticulture


Population growth, rising household incomes and the increasing number of households across the state is driving growth in the horticulture industry. Identified as a skills shortage area, this course is on the NSW Skills List with many job opportunities for qualified horticulturists.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Production Horticulture as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can cultivate the career you want.


There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol in this course now.


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the horticulture industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • An interest in the production horticulture industry or to be currently employed in the industry
  • Be fit at an intermediate level to manage the physical demands of the role
  • Have some experience in handling tools and equipment
  • Good communication skills and able to work as part of a team
  • A keen eye for detail

You will also need literacy, language and numeracy (LLN) skills at Certificate II level for success in this course. Contact your TAFE NSW campus if you have any questions about your suitability. You will be offered additional learning support through the course if you are having trouble meeting the language literacy and numeracy levels needed to be successful.

You will be offered additional learning support through the course if you are having trouble meeting the language literacy and numeracy levels needed to be successful.

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


Two units from this course meet licensing requirements to use agricultural chemicals. Once you complete these units you will be eligible to apply for chemical users licence through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Pesticides Act 1999 requires you to hold this licence to purchase and use chemicals.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To attend additional days; Friday 21/2/2019 to complete the core WHS unit, two additional Fridays to complete the Agricultural Chemical units - dates to be advised. You will need to maintain regular attendance for the duration fo the course, turn on time for class, stay for the duration of each class, be enthusiastic and engage in all aspects of the class both practical and theory, complete your assessments on time.

Work placement is encouraged but is not a requirement for successful completion.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a full time face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 24.6 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 36 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study and research using videos, library guides and horticulture specific readings.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are wanting to gain qualifications to work autonomously in the production horticulure industry


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • TAFENSW Support Services are available to all students.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday and Wednesday from 8.30am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Students have the option to pay $77.00 for their Ag Chem Users Card before completing these units.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCIRG332 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCIRG303 Measure irrigation delivery system performance
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPHT305 Regulate crops
AHCPHT306 Establish horticultural crops
AHCPHT307 Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock
AHCPHT310 Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvement
AHCPHT303 Implement a post-harvest program

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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Course Location

Coffs Harbour Education CHEC
363 Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour
Phone 131 601

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