AHC31120

Certificate III in Nursery Operations

Courses

Certificate III in Nursery Operations

Qualification Description

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture. Certificate III in Nursery Operations includes classroom and practical training and assessment to develop skills and knowledge in crop/plant selection, cultivation, management of soil, irrigation, fertilizers, weeds, control of pests and diseases, handling of chemicals, and work health and safety procedures (WHS).

Important Information

Duration

The course will be delivered in 52 weeks (one year).

Full-time study for 40 weeks and a break period of 12 weeks between 4 study terms. Each study term is approx. 10 weeks long.

The scheduled contact study per week is 16 hours.

The classes are scheduled per study week for two full days (9 am to 5 pm) 

There are also additional 14 hours of self-study scheduled per study week for students.

Intake Dates

19/09/2022, 7/10/2022, 13/01/2023, 7/04/2023, 30/06/2023, 22/09/2023

AQF Level

3

Pre-requisites

Nil

Mode of Delivery

Face to Face.

Location of Delivery

Classroom site:

  • Ironwood Institute: Level 3, 112-118 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens: Hackney Road, Adelaide, SA 5000

Practical site:

  • Adelaide City Council Nursery: War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006
  • Adelaide Plant Growers: 594 States Road, Onkaparinga Hills SA 5163
  • St Laurences Priory: 134 Buxton Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

The Institute does not provide transportation to sites and it is student’s responsibility to get there on time on practical training days either on bus or at their own transport medium.

Entry Requirements

Ironwood has a minimum level of requirements that students need to meet to enrol in a course(s)

  1. All students need to be 18 years of age at time of commencement.  
  2. Satisfactory reading, writing, and numeracy skills.  If you wish to access subsidised training, you will need to complete the CORE Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) along with an Upfront Assessment of Needs to ascertain if you are suitable to undertake the training.

If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support please contact Ironwood Admissions  or call 08 8227 0300 before applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Material and Equipment Required

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is compulsory for this course. Following are the PPE items:

Students can purchase through Ironwood Institute at the cost of AUD 373.00 or can make the items available at their own cost before course commencement.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No occupational licensing, legislative, or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Course Structure

  • Total Units 16
  • Core Units 9
  • Elective Units 7
AHCWHS301

Contribute to work health and safety processes (Core)

AHCPCM306

Provide information on plants and their culture (Core)

AHCPMG301

Control weeds (Elective)

AHCPMG302

Control plant pests, diseases, and disorders (Core)

AHCSOL304

Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (Elective)

AHCBIO303

Apply biosecurity measures (Elective)

AHCSOL305

Prepare growing media (Core)

AHCCHM304

Transport and store chemicals (Core)

AHCCHM307

Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases (Core)

AHCIRG338

Troubleshoot irrigation systems (Core)

AHCNSY308

Maintain nursery plants (Core)

AHCPGD303

Perform specialist amenity pruning (Elective)

AHCNSY313

Implement a propagation plan (Elective)

AHCPCM305

Implement a plant nutrition program (Core)

AHCNSY312

Prepare specialised plants (Elective)

AHCWRK309

Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (Elective)

For further details about each unit of competency please refer to AHC31120 Certificate III in Nursery Operations.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include but are not limited to:

Qualification

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded AHC31120 Certificate III in Nursery Operations. Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency within this Qualification will receive a Statement of Attainment. (By enrolling in this course, Ironwood Institute does not guarantee a learner will successfully complete and receive the qualification).

Qualification Pathways

Certificate III in Landscape Construction, Certificate III in Arboriculture, Certificate IV in Horticulture, Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management, Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens, Certificate IV in Production Nursery, Diploma of Horticulture.

Employment Opportunities

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. For those with appropriate work experience, knowledge, and skills gained from this Certificate III can help the candidate to take on the following roles which include but not limited to:

(Ironwood Institute does not guarantee an employment outcome, licence, or accreditation at the completion of this qualification).

Work-based Training

Not applicable

Work Placement

Not applicable

Fees

Ironwood Institute will charge the learner for the enrolment application, tuition, material fees, and training product as per the nominated fee schedules as outlined below;

Fee Type Administration (AUD) Learning Resources (AUD) PPE (AUD) Tuition (AUD) Total (AUD) Payment Plan
Traineeship $250 $350 $373 $2,000 $2,973 Initial deposit of $373 and then 5 payments of $520 over 12 months
Full Fee $250 $350 $373 $9,973 $10,946 Initial deposit of $973 then 10 payments of $1,000 over 12 months

Students are encouraged to contact the Institute for current specials and to apply for scholarships.

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