Certificate III in Retail Nursery



What kinds of gardens would you create? Learn the skills you need to work in a retail nursery environment. You might like to own and operate your own nursery.

Grow your future

Learn how to give advice on plant selections or problems, assist the public with information about plant placement and care, and consult on any plants that may become an environmental risk.

Industry connections and resources

Within supportive and friendly learning environments, you will benefit from our qualified and industry-experienced teachers. You will have access to our specialised propagation facilities, purpose-built greenhouses, expansive potting sheds, plant tissue laboratory and a well resourced library.

Hands-on industry experience

The NGIV РNursery and Garden Industry Victoria Рis the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. You will have an opportunity to work with the NGIV through events such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and at the monthly occurrence of Trade Days.

We also have at your disposal a small retail nursery that will provide you with first-hand experience.

Employment outcomes

As a graduate of this course, you 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.


Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies and methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Local Students






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Part-time: available
Apprenticeship - part-time only
1 day per week

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

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies and methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports


A list of safety equipment and books that need to be purchased will be distributed to you at the commencement of the course.

Entrance Requirements

  • you may enrol in this course without having completed lower level studies in Horticulture
  • Apprentices will be eligible for this course if they are employed in the Parks and Gardens industry and have a signed Training Agreement with the employer and Melbourne Polytechnic

Pathways to further study

This qualification may lead to further study such as AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture, or onto Diploma level studies

Career Pathways

Career pathways for the retail nursery industry include:
  • nursery assistant
  • customer services in horticulture
  • private gardener
  • owner operator

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February
  • July

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.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50
AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants 40
AHCNSY302 Receive and dispatch nursery products 40
AHCNSY303 Install and maintain plant displays 60
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program 60
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture 70
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens 80
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program 80
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays 35
SIRXCEG001 Engage the customer 30

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.