Designed in consultation with leading industry partners, our Certificate III in Production Nursery - Apprenticeship will give you the skills to kick start your career in this thriving, energetic trade. Be responsible for the cultivation, preparation and nutritional requirements of plants in a wholesale environment.
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 – there is enormous variety in this rewarding industry.
Industry connections and resources
The NGIV – Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria – is the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. You will have an opportunity to work with the organisation through events such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and at the monthly occurrence of Trade Days.
Benefit from 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, 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
This course is only available through an apprenticeship on a part time basis, one (1) day per week over three (3) years
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor
Modes of Delivery
Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom
Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsAssessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies. 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.
- you will be required to attend an interview
- to be eligible as an apprentice in these courses, you must be employed in the nursery industry and have a signed Training Agreement with the employer and Melbourne Polytechnic - ask the course coordinator for more information
Pathways to further studyThese qualifications can lead you to further study at Certificate IV level and/or into our AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture
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.
|AHCBIO305||Apply biosecurity measures||100|
|AHCCHM303||Prepare and apply chemicals||70|
|AHCCHM304||Transport and store chemicals||50|
|AHCIRG306||Troubleshoot irrigation systems||50|
|AHCMOM304||Operate machinery and equipment||40|
|AHCNSY301||Maintain nursery plants||40|
|AHCNSY302||Receive and dispatch nursery products||40|
|AHCNSY306||Implement a propagation plan||90|
|AHCPCM301||Implement a plant nutrition program||60|
|AHCPCM302||Provide information on plants and their culture||70|
|AHCPCM303||Identify plant specimens||80|
|AHCPMG302||Control plant pests, diseases and disorders||80|
|AHCSOL301||Prepare growing media||40|
|AHCSOL401||Sample soils and interpret results||60|
|AHCWHS301||Contribute to work health and safety processes||50|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.