Designed in consultation with leading industry partners, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Production Nursery will give you the skills to start your career in this thriving, energetic trade. Be responsible for the cultivation, preparation and nutritional requirements of plants in a wholesale environment. Expert wholesale nursery staff read the market and set the trends, while speciality growers keep varieties from disappearing and develop new ones.
Bountiful career options ready for picking
Learn about Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) requirements associated with plant propagation. Be a leader in the active development of new and improved ways to cultivate plants by the many propagation techniques you will learn. You can choose to work in large production nurseries where numbers count, or smaller specialty operations where rare and new varieties are valued. Contract growing for large projects or supplying the retail trade, there is enormous variety in this rewarding industry.
Industry connections and resources
The Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) is the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. Students have an opportunity to work with the organisation through events such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show and at the monthly occurance of Trade Days.
You will have the benefit of training in specialist propagation facilities including exceptional greenhouses, expansive potting sheds, plant tissue culture laboratory, and a well-resourced library.
At our Fairfield campus we also have a small retail nursery that will enable you to have first hand experience in the trade.
Graduates of this apprenticeship may gain employment in the wholesale nursery trade in the following roles:
- propagation, production and maintenance
- Sales wholesale and retail, and hire (plants)
- Plant breeding
- Provision of advice on plant selection and marketing, and promotion of plant products and services(to retailers)
- Promotion of new lines
Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports.
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
Apprenticeship: This course is only available via apprenticeship on a part time basis, 1 day per week over 3 years.
Class Schedule: *
Tue - AM and PM
**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsPotential students are required to attend an interview. To be eligible as an apprentice in these courses, participants must be employed in the nursery industry and have a signed Training Agreement with the employer and Melbourne Polytechnic. The course coordinator can provide advice on this.
Assessment MethodsAssessment is based on the student's abilities to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports.
MaterialsA list of equipment and reference material that you will need to provide will be distributed at the start of the course. Reference material is also available for loan from the Melbourne Polytechnic library.
Pathways to further studyThese qualifications can lead you to further study at Certificate IV level, and/or into the Diploma of Horticulture Science or other streams.
Career PathwaysGraduates of the apprenticeship may gain employment in the propagation, production and maintenance of plants or hire and sales, wholesaling and retailing of plants and associated products, provision of advice on plant selection and marketing and promotion of plant products and services.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCBIO301A||WORK EFFECTIVELY IN EMERGENCY DISEASE OR PEST RESPONSE||50|
|AHCCHM303A||PREPARE AND APPLY CHEMICALS||70|
|AHCCHM304A||TRANSPORT, HANDLE AND STORE CHEMICALS||50|
|AHCHYD301A||MAINTAIN A MAINTENANCE PROGRAM FOR HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS||90|
|AHCNSY301A||MAINTAIN NURSERY PLANTS||40|
|AHCNSY302A||RECEIVE AND DISPATCH NURSERY PRODUCTS||40|
|AHCNSY303A||INSTALL AND MAINTAIN PLANT DISPLAYS||60|
|AHCNSY305A||PREPARE SPECIALISED PLANTS||50|
|AHCNSY306A||IMPLEMENT A PROPAGATION PLAN||90|
|AHCOHS301A||CONTRIBUTE TO O.H.S. PROCESSES||50|
|AHCPCM301A||IMPLEMENT A PLANT NUTRITION PROGRAM||60|
|AHCPCM302A||PROVIDE INFORMATION ON PLANTS AND THEIR CULTURE||70|
|AHCPMG302A||CONTROL PLANT PESTS, DISEASES AND DISORDERS||80|
|AHCSOL301A||PREPARE GROWING MEDIA||40|
|AHCSOL401A||SAMPLE SOILS AND IMPLEMENT RESULTS||60|
|AHCWRK313A||IMPLEMENT AND MONITOR ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES||50|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.