This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for trade level roles carried out under broad supervision in the nursery production and retail nursery industry. It is assumed that participants undertaking this qualification as a direct entry qualification would have nursery or horticulture industry experience prior to undertaking this qualification.

Individuals with this qualification perform tasks autonomously involving a broad range of skills that are applied in a wide variety of contexts, which will involve discretion and judgement in planning tasks, selecting and operating equipment, coordinating resources and applying contingency measures during work.

Work must comply with work health and safety and environmental regulations and legislation that apply to the workplace.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

CRICOS Course Code:

104911G (VIC/QLD)

Course Duration:

52 Weeks

Study Mode:

National Students:

Classroom face to face

Online – Moodle – for persons employed in the industry

Distance – for persons employed in the industry


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International Students:

Classroom face to face only (20 hours per week).

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of sixteen (16) selected units below.

Unit Assessment
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders and

Assessment 1: Written questions – Assess pest, disease and disorders

Assessment 2: Worksite base report – Plan the implementation of plant pests, diseases and disorder control measures

Assessment 3: Practical activity / Simulated workplace exercise

Assessment  4: Quiz / Examination

AHCPMG301 Control Weeds

Assessment 1 : Practical Activity Weed Identification & Infestation assessment

  • Weed Identification & Infestation assessment

Assessment 2 : Weed control measures (Plan, Implement and Control)

Assessment 3 : Online Quiz

AHCWRK320 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices Assessment 1 : Identify resources and sustainable practices on at ACAH Demonstration
Assessment 2 : Case  study

Assessment 3 : Checklist/Survey. Workplace environmental survey

Online quiz : 45 questions

AHCMOM304  Operate machinery and equipment Assessment 1 : Short answer questions

The following key areas will be covered during this assessment.

  • Prepare machinery and equipment for use
  • Complete machinery and equipment operation

Assessment 2 : Practical activity – demonstrate the on-site item of one of the following equipment/machineries under

AHCNSY313 Implement a propagation plan Assessment 1 : Written Short and Extended Answer Questions- growing media components, Propagation techniques, OH&S hazards, propagation material selection and Australian Standards for potting mixes

Assessment 2 : Practical/ Stimulated or demonstrated activities – propagation techniques

AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program Assessment 1 : Interpreting site plans and specifications, Material, equipment, tools and plant nutrition program, safety checks on equipment & machinery, site hazard management, PPE selection maintenance & storage and keeping work site safe

Assessment 2 : Short answers questions & calculations covering follow key areas

  • Identify and assess soil or growing media characteristics
  • Prepare to use fertilisers
  • Prepare application equipment
  • Apply specific products at appropriate rates
  • Complete plant nutrition program activities

Assessment 3 : Practical activity (Visual inspection checklist ) : Determine nutritional problems in plants

 AHCSOL305 Prepare growing media Assessment 1 : Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions, Terminology, growing media components, Water Theory, Extended Answer Questions on Soil and water relationships.

Assessment 2 : Written Extended Questions – Prepare and store media

Assessment 3 : Practical activities

  • Physical and chemical properties of potting mixes test
  • Toxicity tests
AHCWRK317 Coordinate work site activities

Assessment 1 : Written questions covering below key criteria

  • Prepare for work site activities
  • Organise resources
  • Coordinate and report on activities

Assessment 2 : Practical Activity (daily workplace activities) Task reporting, rostering, document control and pre start checks.

Assessment 3 : Online Quiz (competency grade 70%)

AHCWRK315 Respond to emergencies

Assignment 1 : Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions and Terminology

Assignment 2 :  First Aid Case Scenarios – Emergency situation exercises.

Practical Activities : Workplace hazard identification, assessment of risk, risk rating, hierarchy of control, procedures for hazards identification, assessing and controlling risks

AHCNSY314 Operate fertigation equipment Assessment 1 : Short answer questions covering the following key areas

  • Understanding process of fertigation
  •  Determine physical characteristics of sample
  • Determine chemical characteristics of sample
  • Prepare soils for planting or replanting

Assessment 2 : Practical activities

  • Testing chemical properties of water for irrigation
  • Operation of fertigation system at ACAH demonstration farm
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems Assessment 1 :  written questions covering the following key areas

  • Locate and identify faulty components and blockages
  • apply shutdown sequence and isolation procedures
  • Replace faulty components and clear blockages
  • Return system to normal operating status

Assessment 2 : Practical activities – Irrigation system description questionnaire for all the different types of irrigation systems

Assessment 3 : Examination – knowledge skills and terminology, assessing Trouble irrigation systems

AHCNSY308 Maintain nursery plants Assessment 1:Part A: Short answers questions

Part B: Extended answers questions

Assessment 2: Practical activities/Practical Demonstration covering the following key areas

  • Monitor and maintain the nursery environment
  • Determine and apply daily water requirements
  • Promote plant growth by intervention
  • Complete work
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes Assessment 1: Written questions – WHS legislations, code of practices, national standards, enterprise WHS policies and procedures 

Assessment 2 : Written questions and practical assessment – WHS legislations, code of practices, national standards, enterprise WHS policies and procedures

 Assessment 3: Written questions – PPE, Incident, Accident reporting

 Assessment 4: Online quiz

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals/AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases Assessment 1 : 40 Questions

Assessment 2 : Calibration activity (100% required)

  • calibrate handheld and/or powered application equipment relevant to the industry sector
  • interpret and apply chemical label requirements in the preparation of an application/spray plan
  • record activities and maintain records
  • measure weather (monitor weather)
  • Complete a spray record sheet
  • Identify nozzle size, type, spray system pressure and check pH where applicable.

Assessment 3 : Exam (label & SDS reading) (100% required)

  • Record keeping & Calculations

Assessment 4 : Demonstration Practical activity (100% required)

  • Linkage sprayer, knapsack and ATV/SXS, calibration.

AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture Assessment 1 : Written Questions & Case Studies – Identifying Horticulture Issues, questioning techniques, information gathering, relevant issues & providing expert advice

Assessment 2 : Extended Answers Questions – Plant Identification techniques, Plant selection, Plant Physiology, Plant habit and growth characteristics.

Assessment 3 : Developing plants profile

Assessment 4 : Weekly Quiz

Assessment 5 : Examination


ANZSCO 362411 Nurseryperson

Entry requirements

Age:  16 plus
English Proficiency Requirement: all students must complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.
Academic Requirement:  Completion of equivalent to certificate II or higher or Year 10 equivalent completed or an interest in horticultural studies or currently employed in the Horticulture Industry, with at least 12 months equivalent employment or a genuine interest in commencing a career in horticulture.

Tuition Costs

Please see fee schedule from relevant National or International Student page