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Part Time: 3 years


Glen Waverley

This course provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge that, when combined with workplace skills enhancement, will enable you to perform the work of a retail nursery person.

This course is run in accordance with the National Industry Competency Standards for Retail Nursery.

Throughout the course you will develop skills and knowledge in the propagation, production and maintenance of plants for sale and hire.

You will learn about the retailing of plants and associated products, and be able to provide advice on plant selection.

You will also learn about the development and promotion of plant products and services.

Course structure

To receive this qualification you must complete nine core units and six elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications. If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards





Operate machinery and equipment


Maintain nursery plants


Receive and dispatch nursery products


Install and maintain plant displays


Provide information on plants and their culture


Identify plant specimens


Control plant pests, diseases and disorders


Contribute to work health and safety processes


Coordinate visual merchandising activities


Engage the customer


Prepare specialised plants


Prepare and apply chemicals


Transport and store chemicals


Implement a plant nutrition program


Control weeds

Code Name
AHCMOM304Operate machinery and equipment
AHCNSY301Maintain nursery plants
AHCNSY302Receive and dispatch nursery products
AHCNSY303Install and maintain plant displays
AHCPCM302Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCPCM303Identify plant specimens
AHCPMG302Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCWHS301Contribute to work health and safety processes
SIRRMER003Coordinate visual merchandising activities
SIRXCEG001Engage the customer
AHCNSY305Prepare specialised plants
AHCCHM303Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304Transport and store chemicals
AHCPCM301Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPMG301Control weeds

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview.

These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

Apprenticeship: training agreement with a registered employer from a relevant industry.


You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.



After completing this course, you will receive the nationally endorsed AHC31216 Certificate III in Retail Nursery.


Graduates can further their studies with the AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture, AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture or AHC50616 Diploma of Landscape Design.


- Nursery hand
- Nursery tradesperson
- Retail sales assistant - nursery/greenlife

How to apply


A training contract must be completed by the employer and apprentice within the first two weeks of employment.

A representative from the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will visit the workplace to complete the training contract with the employer and the apprentice.

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If you have further questions about your application, please contact the department:

If you have further questions about your application, please contact the department:


03 9564 1699


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Gov. subsidised Apprenticeship




Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

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Horticulture Open Days

Visit us on Open Day for an overview of the Horticulture industry, starting at 4.30pm. You'll get to tour the horticulture department's facilities (at the Waverley campus), talk to teachers and get the information you need to study a course in horticulture, arboriculture, landscape construction and design, parks and gardens, nursery, turf or sustainability. We'll even help you apply on the night!

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Holmesglen Glen Waverley Campus, 595 Waverley Road Glen Waverley Australia

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