Certificate III in Production Horticulture

National Code: AHC30616
TAFE SA Code: TP01074


If you’re interested in food production, this course will develop the technical and production skills needed to work in the production horticulture industry. Skills may include hydroponics, irrigation, plant selection, and planning, planting and harvesting crops.

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Up to 6 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 6 month course
$3,258 - $3,860
$1,295 - $1,535

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$5,103 - $6,045

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification provides a vocational outcome in production horticulture. Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include Vegetable farm worker, Orchard farm worker, Mushroom farm worker and Plantation worker.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Production Horticulture (AHC30616)
    Topics and skills covered include identifying unusual disease or plant pest signs, biosecurity, prepare and apply chemicals, irrigation systems, weed control and implementing, establishing and harvesting horticultural crops. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 1 core unit and 14 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Contribute to work health and safety processes 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50
    Carry out a crop regulation program 80
    Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80
    Control weeds 70
    Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting 70
    Coordinate work site activities 70
    Establish horticultural crops 25
    Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs 50
    Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems 60
    Implement a post-harvest program 70
    Install hydroponic systems 60
    Install pressurised irrigation systems 70
    Maintain pressurised irrigation systems 50
    Operate pressurised irrigation systems 50
    Prepare and apply chemicals 70
    Regulate crops 30
    Transport and store chemicals 50
    Troubleshoot drainage systems 30
    Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50
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