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Production of potted plants is a significant Queensland industry, providing potted plants for use in landscapes and for sale in retail nurseries and florists. This qualification will see you learn about the propagation and growing of potted plants, management of irrigation, plant nutrition and health, to produce high quality plants for despatch from the production nursery. A rewarding career resulting in beautiful outcomes. Course details

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Bundamba, Toowoomba

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Workplace/TAFE: up to 3 years

Course details

1300 914 754

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Key dates

Bundamba Any time Workplace/TAFE
Toowoomba Any time Workplace/TAFE

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland South West is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).


Cnr Mary and Byrne Streets
Bundamba QLD 4304

100 Bridge Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Resources required

Personal stationary (pens and paper) as well as the following Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Steel capped boots
  • Cotton drill long pants
  • Cotton drill long shirt
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterbottle

You will also require access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland locations.


As an apprenticeship, this program has a nominal duration of 3 years (36 months) or school based/part-time up to 6 years (72 months).
A unique timetable will be developed for each student according to workplace activities and units offered at the time at TAFE from the level 3 program.

As a full-time apprentice you will undertake training both on-site at TAFE and in your workplace. For workplace training, a teacher will be assigned to attend your workplace to deliver training and assess your skills and knowledge. Delivery at TAFE consists of face-to-face classes after being released from the workplace by employers. A simulated work environment is provided for the application of skills before returning to work. The duration of your attendance will vary depending on the stage and the units of competency specified in your individual training plan.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 16 units in total, including 11 core units and 5 elective units from the list below. Electives may differ between TAFE Queensland locations and regions.

AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes Core
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture Core
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program Core
AHCPMG301 Control weeds Core
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas Elective
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders Core
AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures Core
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants Core
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals Core
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals Core
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems Elective
AHCIRG303 Measure irrigation delivery system performance Elective
AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems Core
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing Elective
AHCNSY305 Prepare specialised plants Elective
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan Core


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

Eligible apprentices and trainees who meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training plan and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

Students are encouraged to view the TAFE Queensland Student Fees Policy prior to enrolment.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, please give us a call.


AHC31116 - Certificate III in Production Nursery

Job prospects

  • Nursery Person
  • Nursery hand
  • Vegetable Grower

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland South West to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO), then contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract.

If you aren't employed yet, contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 914 754 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a student, check out the student handbook and refund policy


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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 2 June 2017

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