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AHC50316 – Diploma of Production Horticulture

What is the course about?

This qualification is for people who want to develop an understanding of the management of a horticultural enterprises or business requiring higher technical skills.

Undertaking this course will develop skills & knowledge in managing crop plant health, managing horticultural trials, collecting & managing data, preparing reports, monitoring & managing soils, managing plant cultural practices for production horticulture, developing strategies for the management of target pests.

Job titles may include: Production horticulture farm manager


What is it going to do for me?

This qualification will expand your knowledge & skills & hence your employability in this field
Depending on the subject chosen, you will be able to:

  • Manage horticultural business activities
  • Administer the business
  • Develop planting programs
  • Prepare & monitoring budgets & financial reports
  • Negotiate and monitor contracts
  • Manage growing environments
  • Production planning
  • Implement sustainable horticultural practices
  • Develop an irrigation and drainage management plan


How long is it going to take?

The course length is 48 months (4 years). But this can be shortened depending on your current skills which can go towards recognition of prior learning (RPL).


How is the qualification delivered?

The trainers come to you at your work place & are very willing to make multiple visits to you if necessary. They are able to tailor your training, to meet the required standards of competency.

What does the course contain?

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



AHCPCM501 Diagnose plant health problems
AHCPHT502 Develop a horticultural production plan
AHCPHT503 Manage a controlled growing environment
AHCHYD501 Develop a plan for a hydroponic system
AHCSOL501 Monitor and manage soils for production


AHCBUS501 Manage staff
AHCBUS502 Market products and services
AHCBUS503 Negotiate and monitor contracts
AHCBUS505 Develop a marketing plan
AHCBUS506 Develop and review a business plan
AHCBUS507 Monitor and review business performance
AHCBUS508 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
TLIR4003 Negotiate a contract
BSBRSK501 Manage risk
TLIL5019 Implement and monitor transport logistics
TLIR4002 Source goods/services and evaluate contractors
AHCCHM501 Develop and manage a chemical use strategy
AHCDRG501 Design drainage systems
AHCHYD501 Develop a plan for a hydroponic system
AHCIRG502 Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs
AHCIRG503 Design irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems
AHCIRG504 Develop an irrigation and drainage management plan
AHCMOM501 Manage machinery and equipment
AHCMOM502 Implement a machinery management system
AHCORG501 Develop an organic management plan
AHCORG502 Prepare the enterprise for organic certification
AHCWAT501 Design water treatment systems
AHCWAT502 Manage water systems
AHCWRK501 Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program
AHCWRK511 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

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We're more than happy to help you select a course you're interested in, or to answer any enquiries you may have.

For general enquiries, please direct your emails to or phone 08 8339 1066

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