Certificate III in Nursery Operations
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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).
Subsidised under SkillingSA an SA Government Initiative. Eligibility and subsidy criteria apply, please visit www.skills.sa.gov.au
Why Ironwood Institute?
Ironwood students have won the prestigious South Australian Horticulture Student of the Year Award for 2022 and 2023.
Lisa Agars, the 2023 winner, is currently studying Certificate III in Horticulture at Ironwood Institute and has already progressed to the position of Propagation Manager with Lewis Horticulture, a leading horticulture company at Riverlea Park.
Zoe Hsu, the 2022 winner, graduated with the Certificate III and Diploma of Horticulture and is currently working as a senior nursery person at Poplar Grove, a leading wholesale nursery at Sellicks Beach.
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.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face.
Location of Delivery
- Ironwood Institute: Level 3, 112-118 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
- Adelaide Botanic Gardens: Hackney Road, Adelaide, SA 5000
- 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.
Ironwood has a minimum level of requirements that students need to meet to enrol in a course(s)
- All students need to be 18 years of age at time of commencement.
- 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.
No occupational licensing, legislative, or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
- Total Units 16
- Core Units 9
- Elective Units 7
Contribute to work health and safety processes (Core)
Provide information on plants and their culture (Core)
Control weeds (Elective)
Control plant pests, diseases, and disorders (Core)
Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (Elective)
Apply biosecurity measures (Elective)
Prepare growing media (Core)
Transport and store chemicals (Core)
Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases (Core)
Troubleshoot irrigation systems (Core)
Maintain nursery plants (Core)
Perform specialist amenity pruning (Elective)
Implement a propagation plan (Elective)
Implement a plant nutrition program (Core)
Prepare specialised plants (Elective)
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 include but are not limited to:
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).
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.
(Ironwood Institute does not guarantee an employment outcome, licence, or accreditation at the completion of this qualification).
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||Admission (AUD)||
|PPE (AUD)||Tuition (AUD)||Total (AUD)||Payment Plan|
|Traineeship||$0||$0||$0||$498||$498||Initial deposit of $124.50 and then 3 payments of $124.50 every 3 months|
|Full Fee||$250||$350||$373||$9,973||$10,946||Initial deposit of $3,466.25 then 3 payments of $2,493.25 every 3 months|
Students are encouraged to contact the Institute for current specials and to apply for scholarships.
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