The Diploma of Production Nursery Management reflects the role of those who manage commercial production nursery enterprises. The nursery manager is likely to have significant responsibilities in managing a nursery operation.

These responsibilities could include:

• administering the business

• developing a production plan

• developing plant sales programs

• monitoring budgets and financial reports

• preparing estimates, quotes and tenders

• providing specialist advice on plants, products and treatments

• designing irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems

CRICOS Course Code:

104843C (VIC/QLD)

Course Duration:

52 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 ten (10) selected units as below.

Unit Assessment
AHCWHS502 Manage work health and safety processes

Assessment 1 – Short Answer Questions on on legislation, codes of practices, guidelines and writing policies

Assessment 2 – Role play (Demonstration exercise) or alternate assessment.

Assessment 3 – Audit report and checklist

Assessment 4 – Examination(Closed Book)

Overall Assessment of Legislation and application of WHS Processes in Industry

AHCCHM501 Develop and manage a chemical use strategy

Assessment 1 –  Multiple written and research based tasks covering follow key criteria

  • Identify and evaluate need for chemical use
  • Develop a chemical use risk management strategy.
  • Develop and implement procedures for chemical management and use.
  • Identify training and supervision needs and solutions for chemical use in the workplace.
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of a chemical use strategy.

Assessment 2 – Oral Presentation (Recorded PPT) and Flyer
Assessment 3 – Label and SDS Reading Examination ( Competency grade : 100 %)
Written examination – 3 hour closed book examination ( Compentency grade: 70 %)

AHCPCM508 – Develop an integrated pest management program

Assessment 1: Practical activity – pest, disease and weed identification

Assessment 2: Design a control program

Assessment 3 : Develop a monitoring program

Online examination

BSBESB406 Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures 

Activity / Learning Guide – (this includes practical assessments) or Moodle based Assessment Guide.

AHCBUS511 – Manage enterprise staff requirements 

Assignment 1 – Prerequisite Requirement/ Online Certificates: Fairwork online training

Assignment  2 – Written questions, case studies and recorded PowerPoint on Understanding Work Roles and Functions

Assignment  3 –Written questions, case studies on Understanding business functions

Assignment  4 – Written questions on Training and the workplace

Assignment  5 –Written questions on Fair Work

Assignment  6 – Written questions WHS and staff management

Assessment 7 – Written questions on Staff performance, procedures for administration of records and industrial relations

Assessment 8 – Written examination covering all aspect of training
conducted during the previous weeks

AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soils for production

 Assignment 1 – Understand soils

Assignment 2 – Practical – Test soils (pH, EC, moisture content, etc).

Assignment 3 – Soil Ameliorants – Short Answer Questions

Assignment 4 – Interpret and calculate soil test results, soil management plan and soil health management

Assessment 5 –Written Exam (Closed Book) 3 hours

BSBPMG430 Undertake project work 

Activity / Learning Guide – (this includes practical assessments) or Moodle based Assessment Guide.

AHCWRK513 Write and present reports 

Activity / Learning Guide – (this includes practical assessments) or Moodle based Assessment Guide.

AHCPCM507 Diagnose plant health problems 

Assessment 1: Factors influencing plant health and diagnosing plant health problems (Report)

Assessment 2: Recorded PowerPoint presentation based on the major plant pest and disease, disorder and weed for your selected crop

Assessment 3: Practical activity on implementation of an IPM program

Assessment 4: Online quiz on plant health problem.

Assessment 5 : Observation examination at ACAH demonstration farm

AHCWAT503 Manage water systems 

Assessment 1 – Short answer questions on assessing soil and resources for crop and plant type

Assessment 2: 

Part A: Written question on irrigation system selection and design

Part B : Practical Installation of an irrigation system or measurement of an irrigation install

Assessment 3: 

Part A- Extended written questions covering follow key criteria

  • Assess the need for water inputs
  • Monitor irrigation system and plant response

Part B – Moisture analysis ( practical activity)

Assessment 4 –Write a practical report on the evaluation of an irrigation system

Assessment 5 – Written examination


ANZSCO 362411 Nursery person

Entry requirements

Age:  16 plus
English Proficiency Requirements:  all candidates must complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.
Academic Requirement:  Completion of equivalent to Diploma or higher, Year 12 equivalent completed, or currently employed in the Horticulture Industry, with at least 36 months equivalent employment.

Tuition Costs

Please see fee schedule from relevant National or International Student page