Certificate IV in Production Horticulture


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  • 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 however some entry requirements apply, see below for more details.

    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:

    • Farm team leader
    • Farm supervisor


    • Be working in or have relevant experience in the area of this qualification (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

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    Certificate IV in Production Horticulture requires completion of 12 units.

    The Certificate IV in Agribusiness requires the completion of 12 units of competency made up of:

    • One core unit
    • Eleven elective units
    • a minimum of three (3) units must come from elective group A
    • a minimum of five (5) units must come from elective groups A or B
    • a maximum of three (3) units may be selected from units packaged in Certificates III, IV or Diploma in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the production horticulture industry.

    Units available by training are listed below, and additional units are being developed. Availability of particular units will depend on the timing of your enrolment and progression through the course.  Students may choose any combination of units which meet their needs and conform to qualification packaging rules.

    All units in the Certificate IV in Production Horticulture listed on training.gov are available by RPL.

    Core Unit
    AHCWHS401 Maintain Work Health and Safety Processes
    Elective Units Group A
    AHCCHM401 Develop procedures to minimise risk in the use of chemicals
    AHCCHM402 Plan and implement a chemical use program
    AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results
    AHCPCM402 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program 
    AHCPHT402 Develop a crop regulation program
    Elective Units Group B
    AHCBUS404 Operate within a budget framework
    AHCSOL402 Develop a soil use map for a property
    AHCWRK403 Supervise work routines and staff performance
    Elective Units Other
    AHCPHT306 Establish horticultural crops
    AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
    AHCCHM304 Transport handle and store chemicals


  • 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:

    • Farm team leader
    • Farm supervisor

Certificate IV in Production Horticulture