Certificate III in Production Nursery

Course Code AHC31116
Locations Workplace training
Study Mode Full-time, Apprenticeship
Length 3 years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable Workplace based with block release
Course Overview
Introduction

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome for a nursery person working in a production nursery. The nursery industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

The Learners are apprentices who currently work in a nursery environment. These learners will be apprentices who are currently employed or mature aged workers seeking to enhance employment opportunities. Apprenticeships for this course are delivered on the job. Apprentices will often have a position or will aspire to a role as a team leader, supervisor or manager, within a nursery business in Victoria. 

What will I Learn?

You will learn a variety of skills including weed control, pest and disease control, plant identification and  the safe use of chemicals

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Wholesale or retail nursery worker
  • Nursery supervisor, manager or owner

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You need to be employed in this field before commencing this course. If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field before commencing this course. If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 16 units; 11 core units and 5 electives.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures 100 $0.00
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70 $60.00
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50 $0.00
AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50 $0.00
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants 40 $0.00
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan 90 $0.00
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program 60 $0.00
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture 70 $0.00
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70 $0.00
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80 $0.00
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCIRG303 Measure irrigation delivery system performance 70 $0.00
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40 $0.00
AHCNSY302 Receive and dispatch nursery products 40 $0.00
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program 80 $0.00
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 25 $0.00
AHCSOL301 Prepare growing media 40 $0.00
Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.

Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Fees
Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $2,930.00
Concession rate $590.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $17,325.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $75.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay. Final costs will be determined at enrolment.  

Which fee applies to me?

Skills First Exemptions
Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills First funding gives you greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

The good news is, that there are now a reduced number of criteria for you to meet in order to be eligible for a Government subsidy. If you don’t meet those criteria you will be a full fee paying student.

Government Subsidised Fee
You meet all Skills First eligibility criteria but DO NOT hold a current healthcare or pension card, OR you are eligible for a Skills First exemption.

Concession Fee
You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to

note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee
Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

Check your fees eligibility here.

How do I pay my fees?

Unless an alternative fee payment method is approved, your course fees are required to be paid upfront and in full at the time of enrolment.  If your personal circumstances mean that payment in full is not possible, then you may be able to pay your fees by

  • Payment Plan
  • Centre Pay
  • VET Student Loan (Diploma & Advanced Diploma only)

SWTAFE offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with enrolment fees.

Next Steps
Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.