Certificate IV in Horticulture


  • Course Information
  • Units
  • Cost
  • Delivery
  • Benefits
  • Pathways
  • Tone up your skills and gain a Nationally recognised qualification at the same time - without leaving the farm / local district.


    Our Certificate IV course is designed for people  who would like to improve their farm skills. There are no prerequisites.

    You have up to one and a half years to complete this course in a self paced online format.  Your learning time includes not only the time you spend working on the course materials, but also your time for reflection and thinking about what you have learned as you go about your normal activities.  We estimate the total learning time may be up to 20 hours per week for some students.  Of course, this will vary according to your existing skills and knowledge.

    RuralBiz Training (RTO Code 90782) is responsible for ensuring compliance of all training and assessment.

    View Student Handbook

    Possible job titles relevant to this qualification:

    • Senior horticulturist
    • Horticulture team leader


    • Be actively engaged in farming/horticulture, or have ready access to, and knowledge of, a farm/horticulture business for completion of assessment exercises (contact us to discuss)

    • Have access to a computer with at least Windows XP, Word 97, Excel 97, Adobe Reader and satellite broadband internet connection or similar
    • Basic computer skills e.g. use of internet, email, basic word processing skills
    • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent or be able to demonstrate similar literacy and numeracy levels


    RPL is a process which recognises the experience and skills you have gained through previous work experiences, or prior study. This means you may gain recognition without additional training.

    If you have done previous accredited training we may be able to offer you direct credit transfer for units in this course. Contact RuralBiz Training if you think this applies to you.


    • Greg Murtha
    • Kathy Sims
    • David Worsley

    Click here for more about the RuralBiz Training trainers.


    Certificate IV in Horticulture requires the completion of 12 units made up of:

    • 1 core unit
    • Minimum of 7 units from the electives below
    • Maximum of 4 units aligned to Cert III, Cert IV or Diploma in AHC or other endorsed training package or accredited course - units must be relevant to job outcomes in production horticulture.

    Core Unit
    AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
    AHCBUS402 Cost a project
    AHCBUS404 Operate within a budget framework
    AHCCHM401 Develop procedures to minimise the risks in the use of chemicals*
    AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results
    AHCWRK403  Supervise work routines and staff performance 
    AHCORG402 Manage organic livestock production
    AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvement
    Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
     Other Units
    AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
    AHCCHM304 Transport, handle and store chemicals
    AHCPMG301 Control Weeds
    Diagnose plant health problems
    AHCPCM502 Collect and classify plants
    Develop a horticultural production plan
    AHCSOL501 Monitor and manage soils for production projects

    * the units AHCCHM401 requires completion of AHCCHM303 & AHCCHM304 as prerequisite.

  • COST

    Your fee for this course will depend on the the availability of a subsidy from your State and your eligibility.  To view a summary of all current course fees and subsidies please click here or contact our office for more information.

    Payment options

    Payment plan

    Want to make smaller, regular payments throughout your course?  

    The payment plan option consists of establishing a direct debit facility for payments deducted weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly from your nominated bank account or credit card, across the duration of your enrolment (up to 2 years). There is a $10 establishment fee and a 4% administration charge on all payment plans.   The establishment fee is paid in your first instalment and the administration fee becomes part of your scheduled deduction. 

    Payment plans are administered by DebitSuccess (www.debitsuccess.com.au)

    Up front payment

    You can make an upfront payment (of no more than $1,500)  for your student fee while enrolling with any residual processed through the payment plan.


    Please contact our office (admin@ruralbiztraining.com.au) for more information.




    Key Benefits

    • Flexible - self paced online or online group delivery, fit study in with your life.
    • Everyone with an internet connection has equal access to training
    • Training is delivered to you - wherever you have internet access
    • No travel time or travel costs
    • Access to online materials 24/7
    • Access to the best trainers who are farmers themselves, not just trainers who can visit your district
    • Your very own Guardian Angel for support
    • Work in groups from a wide geographic area
    • Training can continue even if you are travelling or cut off by floods or other natural disasters
    • Assessments are submitted online - fast turnaround times
    • Student Card - purchase some items at discounted prices


    Further Education or Training:

    Further training pathways from this Qualification include, but are not limited to:


    Employment pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to:

    • Senior horticulturist
    • Horticulture team leader

Certificate IV in Horticulture