AHC30616 – Certificate III in production horticulture
What is the course about?
This Horticulture qualification provides a vocational outcome in production horticulture. The qualification enables individuals to select a tree cropping, vegetable or berry production or mushroom production context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed enterprises, both.
Job titles may include: Vegetable farm worker, Orchard farm worker, Mushroom farm worker
What is it going to do for me?
It provides students with the skills & knowledge needed to work under supervision as a skilled operator or assistant to a tradesperson in the horticulture industry. Students complete a range of general horticulture modules & may choose electives from a range of industry specific modules.
Depending on the subject chosen, you will be able to:
- Operate tractors, equipment & machinery
- Harvest & treating plants
- Harvest horticultural crops mechanically
- Establish horticultural crops
- Apply chemicals safely
- Treat weeds, pests & diseases
- Operate pressurised irrigation systems
How long is it going to take?
The course length is 36 months. But this can be shortened depending on your current skills which can go towards recognised prior learning (RPL).
How is the qualification delivered?
If you are currently employed in Horticulture, training can be delivered through a “Traineeship”. The trainers come to your workplace & use your practical work experience combined with the bookwork to help you achieve your certificate.
If you are currently not employed in Horticulture, ARO can still help you. Please contact us to discuss your options.
What does the course contain?
- Completion of fifteen (15) units made up of one
- (1) core unit & fourteen (14) elective units.
- A minimum of four (4) units must come from elective group A
- A minimum of seven (7) units must come from elective groups A or B
- A maximum of three (3) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificates II, III IV 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.
|AHCWHS301||Contribute to work health and safety processes|
|AHCPHT301||Carry out crop regulation programme|
|AHCPHT302||Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting|
|AHCPHT303||Implement a post-harvest programme|
|AHCPHT304||Harvest horticultural crops mechanically|
|AHCPHT306||Establish horticultural crops|
|AHCPHT307||Prepare raw materials & compost the feed stocks|
|AHCPHT308||Prepare value added compost-based products|
|AHCPHT309||Supervise mushroom substrate preparation|
|AHCCHM303||Prepare & apply chemicals|
|AHCBIO301||Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response|
|AHCBIO302||Identify & report unusual disease or plant pest signs|
|AHCBIO303||Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises|
|AHCBIO304||Carry out movement & security procedures|
|AHCBIO305||Monitor & review biosecurity measures|
|AHCCHM301||Conduct fumigation in enclosed spaces|
|AHCCHM302||Fumigate soils using chemicals|
|AHCCHM304||Transport store & handle chemicals|
|AHCIRG301||Implement a maintenance program for an irrigation system|
|AHCIRG302||Install irrigation systems|
|AHCIRG303||Measure irrigation delivery system performance|
|AHCIRG305||Operate pressurised irrigation systems|
|AHCIRG306||Troubleshoot irrigation systems|
|AHCDRG301||Install drainage systems|
|AHCDRG302||Measure draining system performance|
|AHCDRG303||Trouble shoot draining systems|
|AHCHYD301||Implement a maintenance programme for hydroponic systems|
|AHCHYD302||Install hydroponic systems|
|AHCMOM301||Coordinate machinery & equipment maintenance & repair|
|AHCMOM302||Perform machinery maintenance|
|AHCMOM304||Operate machinery & equipment|
|AHCMOM305||Operate specialised machinery & equipment|
|AHCMOM315||Operate chemical application machinery & equipment|
|AHCPMG302||Control plant pests, diseases & disorders|
|AHCPMG303||Maintain biological cultures|
|AHCPMG304||Release biological agents|
|AHCWRK302||Monitor weather conditions|
|AHCWRK303||Respond to emergencies|
|AHCWRK305||Coordinate work site activities|
|AHCWRK306||Comply with industry quality assurance requirements|
|AHCWRK308||Handle bulk materials in storage|
|AHCWRK313||Implement & monitor environmentally sustainable work practices|
ARO Educational Services
Code & title of qualification: Certificate III in Production Horticulture
|AHCWHS301||Contribute to work health and safety processes||Core|
|AHCPHT301||Carry out crop regulation programme||Core|
|AHCPHT302||Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting||elective|
|AHCPHT303||Implement a post-harvest programme||elective|
|AHCPHT304||Harvest horticultural crops mechanically||elective|
|AHCCHM303||Prepare & apply chemicals||elective|
|AHCBIO301||Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response||elective|
|AHCBIO302||Identify & report unusual disease or plant pest signs||elective|
|AHCWRK308||Handle bulk materials in storage||elective|
|AHCWRK313||Implement & monitor environmentally sustainable work practices||elective|
|AHCMOM315||Operate chemical application machinery & equipment||elective|
|AHCPMG302||Control plant pests, diseases & disorders||elective|
|AHCMOM304||Operate machinery & equipment||elective|
|AHCMOM305||Operate specialised machinery & equipment||elective|
Client(s): Target group are primarily engaged in a horticulture industry environment, & is likely to be involved in coordinating a wide range of activities. Target group are experienced workers in this type of organisation, but may have no qualification & or require up skilling of current knowledge & skills. They are existing new employees or can be longer existing workers.
Equipment / Facilities: All equipment/facilities used for training purposes are supplied by the employer at the training location & or by the trainer (where applicable). Applicable OHS compliance & instruction apply at all times of training & assessment.
Delivery & assessment arrangements
Duration: The program is delivered over a period of …36 MONTHS….
Organisation: The 16 units of competency in the qualification have been organised into an on-the-job training programme comprising of three ‘general work skills’ modules & four ‘applied industry skills’ modules.
The programme is organised so that candidates are provided with background information on general skills such as Contribute to OHS processes, in the ‘general work skills’ modules & are given the opportunity to apply these skills in the ‘applied industry skills’ modules.
For example, Contribute to OHS processes & the applied industry skill- Prepare & Apply Chemicals.
It is only when the client successfully completes both modules that they deemed competent in the unit of competency AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS processes.
The alignment between the units of competency & the training programme appears on the following page.
Horticultural , Arboriculture & Business
ARO is a registered training organisation #40056.
I have used ARO Educational Services for the last 3 years and from a small business owner I can only say how professional, helpful and patient they have been is assisting with training our staff over this time.Andrew Frazer, Frazer Gardens and Landscapes
Over 11 years experience with ARO from apprenticeship to Advanced Diploma. They gave all possible guidance & help. Their trainers were always readily accessible and the course was made to fit around my work. My study with ARO has been invaluable to my career.Barri Thomas, Hillside Herbs