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Certificate III In Protected Horticulture


Certificate III In Protected Horticulture

Qualification Description

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for individuals who work in the protected horticulture industry undertaking skilled work in the areas of picking, packing, crop and nursery work. Individuals with this qualification perform tasks involving a broad range of skills that are applied in a wide variety of contexts, which will involve discretion and judgement in selecting and operating equipment, coordinating resources and apply contingency measures during work.

Subsidised under SkillingSA an SA Government Initiative. Eligibility and subsidy criteria apply, please visit www.skills.sa.gov.au

Important Information


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

Full-time study for 43 weeks and a break period of 9 weeks between 4 study terms. Each study term is approx. 11 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 10 hours of self-study scheduled per study week for students.

Intake Dates – 2024


AQF Level




Mode of Delivery

Face to Face.

Location of Delivery

Ironwood Institute: Level 3, 112-118 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia 5000

Various protected horticulture enterprises in the Northern Adelaide Plants.

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 licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication

Course Type

Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package Qualification

Course Structure

  • Total Units 17
  • Core Units 6
  • Elective Units 11

Monitor the implementation of food safety and quality programs (Core)


Carry out manual handling tasks (Core)


Apply quality systems and procedures (Core)


Contribute to workplace health and safety processes (Core)


Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (Core)


Apply biosecurity measures (Core)


Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (Elective)


Implement a plant nutrition program (Elective)


Provide information on plants and their culture (Elective)


Control weeds (Elective)


Operate machinery and equipment (Elective)


Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases (Elective)


Transport and store chemicals (Elective)


Prepare growing media (Elective)


Troubleshoot irrigation systems (Elective)


Maintain nursery plants (Elective)


Identify and select plants (Elective)

For further details about each unit of competency please refer to: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/AHC33722

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include but are not limited to:


On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded AHC33722 Certificate III in Protected Horticulture. 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 Horticulture, , Certificate IV in Protected Horticulture, Certificate IV in Nursery Operations, 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, Work-based Training licence, or accreditation at the completion of this qualification).

Work-based Training

Not applicable

Work Placement

Not applicable


Fee Type   Admission (AUD) Learning
PPE (AUD) Tuition (AUD) Total (AUD) Payment Plan
Concession $0 $0 $100 $0 $100 --
Subsidised Fee $0 $0 $100 $498 $598 Initial deposit of $224.50 and the 3 payments of $124.50 every 3 months
Traineeship $0 $0 $100 $498 $598 Initial deposit of $224.50 and the 3 payments of $124.50 every 3 months
Full Fee $250 $250 $100 $9,975 $10,575 Initial deposit of $3,000 and the 3 payments of $2,525 every 3 months

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