This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the production nursery industry. The nursery industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

The nursery supervisor is responsible for a number of workers and nursery activities. Responsibilities include:

• supervising and training staff

• overseeing nursery sales

• coordinating nursery production

• implementing propagation plans

• recommending plants, products and treatments

• setting up promotional programs • managing a budget

CRICOS Course Code:

116155F (VIC/QLD)

Victoria only

Course Duration:

53 weeks

Study Mode:

National Students:

Classroom face to face,

Online (Moodle)


International Students:

Classroom face to face only (20 hours per week)

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of fourteen (14) selected units as below.

Unit Assessment
AHCIRG437 Schedule irrigations

Assessment 1 – Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions, Terminology, Water Theory, Extended Answer Questions on Soil and water relationship.

Assessment 2 – Written Extended Questions: Irrigation Scheduling, Health and Safety, Water Pressure, Calculations Exercises: Uniformity / Irrigation Scheduling Calculations, as detailed in the exercises

Assessment 3 – Practical exercise: Irrigation System Uniformity Test

Assessment 4 – Online examination

AHCPCM406 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program/AHCSOL405 – Provide information on fertilisers and soil ameliorants

Assignment 1 Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions, Terminology, Preparing for soil surveying & sampling activities, soil physical and chemical characteristics & parameters for specific plants, RAW, soil ameliorant and improvement techniques

Assignment 2 Short Answer Questions & Risk Assessment (Practical Exercise)- Soil depth and colour ( Munsell chart), Soil texture test ( Ribbon test), Soil pH, Soil structure stability in water, Soil microbes test, Moisture analysis test

Assignment 3 Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definition, PH adjustment, Soil
ameliorant and improvement techniques, Important of organic matter.

AHCNSY403 Plan a growing-on program/ AHCNSY404 Plan a propagation program

Assessment 1 : Written questions covering follow key areas

  • Identify issues affecting the growing-on program
  • Develop the growing-on plan

Assessment 2 : Project report on plan a grow-on program in a nursery or field production

Assessment 3 :  

  • Oral presentation on the project report
  • Online quiz
BSBHRM415 Coordinate recruitment and onboarding / BSBLDR414 Lead team effectiveness

Assignment 1 – Written questions: Legislation, preparation of employment contract and the selection process.

Assignment  2 – Prepare candidate outcomes and induct employees during on-boarding.

Assessment 3 – Prepare candidate outcomes and induct employees during on-boarding. (Candidate number 2 for the second job)

AHCWHS402 Maintain work health and safety processes

Assignment 1 – Written questions on WHS legislations, code of practices, national standards, enterprise WHS policies
and procedures.

Assignment 2  – Workplace hazard identification, assessment of risk, hierarchy of control, procedures for hazards identification, assessing and controlling risks & safety training.

Assignment 3 –  PPE, basic safety checks, hazardous substances, noise hazards, manual handling risks, monitoring and report workplace safety issues, raising WHS issues.

Assessment 4 – Participation in consultation, procedures for emergency event, WH&S training and maintaining occupational health & safety records and response to emergencies.

Assessment 5 – Online Examination

AHCMOM402 Supervise maintenance of property machinery and equipment

Assessment item 1: Written report on Developing, Implementing and Monitoring Maintenance Plan

Assessment item 2 : Practical Report based on the practical activities performed at demonstration farm.

AHCWRK404 – Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures

Assessment  1 

Task 1: Definition Questions
Task 2: Quality specification scenario

Assessment 2 – Case study : Risk Assessment in a Quality Assurance Process

Assessment 3 – Short answer questions and case study covering follow key areas

  • Identify hazards and critical control points in the production of quality product
  • Assist in planning of quality assurance procedures

Assessment 4– Written questions/scenario covering follow key area

  • Assist in planning of quality assurance procedures

Assessment 5 – Case study about Responsibility Allocation Matrix and trained staff

Assessment 6 – Practical activities to determine product quality include colour, pH, firmness, and sugar content

Assessment 7 – Freshcare online quiz ( Competency grade : 80%)

Assignment 8 – Online examination

AHCPCM404 Recommend plants and cultural practices

Assessment 1 Online Wiki web-based information about group of plants

Assessment 2 

  • Part A: : Written short and extended answer questions, definitions, terminologies,
    classifications of plants.
  • Part B: plant observation sheets & class/laboratory activities- Flower Structures & morphological features, Describing Leaves

Assessment 3 Recorded Power point (12-15 slides) – Provide a specialist advice

Assessment 4 Report -Plant Resources Package (180 PLANTS)

Assessment 5 Weekly plant ID test

Assessment 6 Final Online Examination and plants observation test

AHCWRK409 Supervise work routines and staff performance

Assessment 1 Written questions and case study covering follow key areas

  • Communicate work roles
  • Coordinate activities

Assessment 2 Extended written questions and case studies covering follow key areas

  • Maintain effective working relations
  • Provide feedback

Assessment 3 Online examination

AHCBIO401 Plan and implement a biosecurity program

Assignment 1 

Part A : Biosecurity online training course

Part B : Animal health disease online course

Assignment 2

Part A : Plan and implement a biosecurity program

Part B : farm biosecurity risk checklist

Assessment  3 – Recorded PowerPoint : Present a biosecurity plan training plan

AHCPCM405 Implement an integrated pest management program

Assignment 1 : Wiki Assignment – Online based assignment about Principals of pest management

Assignment 2:

  • Part A: Practical Exercise/ Observation for IPM program
  • Part B: Plan appropriate integrated treatments for weeds, pests and diseases and document an IPM plan

Assessment  3 :

  • Part A: Implement weed, pest and disease control measures
  • Part B: Recorded PowerPoint based on findings in Part A


ANZSCO 362411 Nursery person

Entry requirements

Age:  16 plus
English Proficiency Requirement: Completion of Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment, assessed by Language Studies Department
Academic Requirement: Completion of equivalent to Certificate III or higher, Year 10 equivalent completed, or currently employed in the Horticulture Industry, with at least 12 months equivalent employment.

Applications, enquiries & tuition fees

More information about applications for this course and intake dates should be directed to info@acah.edu.au or by phone on 03 9654 8822.