Certificate III in Nursery Operations
CRICOS Course Code: 105346A
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).
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 20 hours.
The classes are scheduled per study week for two full days (9 am to 5 pm) and the third half-day (either 9 am to 1 pm or 1 pm to 5 pm).
There are also additional 10 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 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.
Applicants must have completed Australian year 12 or equivalent overseas qualifications and be 18 years or older at the time of commencement.
Overseas applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 equivalent.
For complete details please refer to entry requirements.
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;
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Initial deposit – 50% of tuition for offshore students and 25% of tuition for onshore students plus administration and learning resources.
Students are encouraged to contact the Institute for current specials and to apply for scholarships.
Why Study Horticulture in Adelaide, South Australia
Recognised for its excellence in environmentally clean, safe, and advanced production making Adelaide a key horticulture destination. Ironwood’s horticulture program allows our students to gain the skills and knowledge to become job ready in all sorts of horticultural positions.
- South Australia is a major producer of premium horticulture.
- Technologically advanced and sustainable horticulture is a key focus in South Australia.
- Number one in protected cropping in Australia, with more than 700 hectares of greenhouses with a high number of professional, vertically integrated businesses across the supply chain
- Australia’s number one producer of onions and potatoes
- Home to Australia’s National Almond Centre of Excellence
- Home to the world-leading national Sterile Insect Technology facility
- The Northern Adelaide Plains (NAP) is a key horticulture region of South Australia that lies immediately north of the Adelaide metropolitan area. The NAP produces approximately 198,000 tonnes of fresh produce, generating around 20% of the state’s horticulture production by volume and 33% by value, with a farm gate value of $317 million. The area is renowned for growing premium quality vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums, onions and potatoes. The region employs almost half of SA’s vegetable industry workers including job roles involving :
- broad-acre field vegetable cropping
- tree orchards
- high-technology climate controlled hydroponic systems and
- medium and low-technology poly and shade houses.
For more information visit https://www.northernadelaideplains.com.au/about
Adelaide is Australia’s 1st National Park City and the 2nd globally after London.
Hear from Ironwood Students
Diploma of Horticulture
Adelaide Plant Growers
Adelaide Plant Growers
Hear from Horticulture Employers
Owner of Adelaide Plant Grows
Hear from Industry Peak Bodies
Executive Officer of the NGISA
Primary Industries Skills Council of SA
Joy de Leo
Nursery & Garden Association SA
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