Certificate III In Horticulture

Certificate III In Horticulture

Course Code
Food & Fibre
Study Area(s)
JobTrainer, Horticulture, Free TAFE
Course Length
Full-time(6 months)

Start Date(s): February 2021
End Date(s): July 2021
Days and Time: 4 days a week: Monday

Course Overview

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, interactive learning (using a mix of live demonstrations and the ability to connect with your classmates and teachers for support) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements – where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course.

Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports. You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills on which to build a successful career in the horticulture, landscape or parks and gardens sector. Training focuses on practical skills required including: landscape construction methods, plant selection, soils and nutrition, as well as safety with chemicals.

This course may also have a mid-year intake.

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture. It is designed for those wanting to work in the Horticulture industry (school leavers and mature-age career-changes) and those working in industry who want a qualification.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, an individual UOC may specify relevant licensing, legislative and /or regulatory requirements.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government's FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you're aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the course tuition fee through JobTrainer. JobTrainer is available until June 2021. It's important to know you may incur fees that you will need to cover yourself, such as student service fees or materials fees. Skills First (eligible) students are usually entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver, however under JobTrainer you may be eligible for a second Free TAFE course. You may also be able to get an exemption if you don't meet the upskilling requirement. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AHCPCM302Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)70
AHCPMG301Control weeds (AHCPMG301)70
AHCPMG302Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)80
AHCSOL303Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)60
AHCWHS301Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)50


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AHCTRF302AEstablish turf (AHCTRF302A)0
AHCBUS402Cost a project (AHCBUS402)50
AHCCHM303Prepare and apply chemicals (AHCCHM303)70
AHCCHM304Transport and store chemicals (AHCCHM304)50
AHCCHM307Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases (AHCCHM307)70
AHCDRG301Install drainage systems (AHCDRG301)50
AHCFAU201Recognise fauna (AHCFAU201)40
AHCINF203Maintain properties and structures (AHCINF203)30
AHCINF303Plan and construct conventional fencing (AHCINF303)60
AHCIRG215Assist with low volume irrigation operations (AHCIRG215)40
AHCIRG217Assist with pressurised irrigation operations (AHCIRG217)40
AHCIRG332Operate pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG332)50
AHCLSC301Set out site for construction works (AHCLSC301)50
AHCLSC302Construct landscape features using concrete (AHCLSC302)80
AHCLSC303Construct brick and block structures and features (AHCLSC303)100
AHCLSC305Construct stone structures and features (AHCLSC305)50
AHCLSC306Implement a paving project (AHCLSC306)100
AHCLSC307Implement a retaining wall project (AHCLSC307)100
AHCMOM304Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)40
AHCNAR303Implement revegetation works (AHCNAR303)80
AHCNSY203Undertake propagation activities (AHCNSY203)30
AHCNSY306Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)90
AHCPCM301Implement a plant nutrition program (AHCPCM301)60
AHCPCM303Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)80
AHCPCM304Report on health and condition of trees (AHCPCM304)80
AHCPGD203Prune shrubs and small trees (AHCPGD203)35
AHCPGD301Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)80
AHCPGD303Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)65
AHCPGD304Implement a landscape maintenance program (AHCPGD304)100
AHCPGD305Conduct operational inspection of park facilities (AHCPGD305)70
AHCPHT201Plant horticultural crops (AHCPHT201)25
AHCPHT306Establish horticultural crops (AHCPHT306)25
AHCPMG305Survey pests (AHCPMG305)70
AHCTRF302Establish turf (AHCTRF302)60
AHCTRF303Implement a grassed area maintenance program (AHCTRF303)60
AHCTRF304Monitor turf health (AHCTRF304)60
AHCWRK208Provide information on products and services (AHCWRK208)60
AHCWRK305Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)70
AHCWRK309Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (AHCWRK309)50
AHCWRK310Provide on-job training support (AHCWRK310)60
AHCWRK311Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)80
CPCCOHS1001AWork safely in the construction industry (CPCCOHS1001A)6
CPCCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (CPCCWHS1001)6
CUAACD303Produce technical drawings (CUAACD303)50

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course.

Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. T

here is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information.

What will I study?

To achieve the Certificate III in Horticulture you much demonstrate competency in 16 units of competency:

  • 5 core units
  • 11 elective units

You will learn about:

  • Pruning 
  • Propagation
  • Weed and Pest Management 
  • Plant identification 
  • Soil nutrition
  • Machinery maintenance
  • Irrigation and draining installation

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses.

The fees listed below relate to 2021 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2021 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2021: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1035 1035 $3.27 $0.65 $11.17

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2021. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Governments FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees (for example, reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials) and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. 

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisites for this course. However it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. (Mature age is anyone over the age of 18 who has been out of full-time education for more than 12 months.)


You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course and the satisfactory completion of the work requirements (eligibility to transfer).

You must be at least 15 years old at the time of application. Satisfactory literacy and numeracy skills apply.

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Broadmeadows campus.

This course is delivered via a blended model of learning. All theory classes will be facilitated online with your trainer.

You will be expected to interact with their trainer and the rest of the class. In addition, you are expected to attend campus on practical days to complete the course.


What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment as a:

  • Parks and Gardens Officer
  • Vegetable Farm Worker
  • Orchard Farm Worker
  • Mushroom Farm Worker
  • Plantation Worker
  • Landscape Gardener

What qualifications will I receive?

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716).

As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. Applications from mature aged students are encouraged.

The Certificate III in Horticulture leads to vocational and further study pathways.  

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

The Certificate III in Horticulture leads to vocational and further study pathways:

  • If you want to continue your studies after you graduate, you can go on to complete the Diploma of Horticulture (AHC50416).


How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must complete an online application by clicking the 'apply here' tab above. If you require assistance with your application, call our Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. This course has a mid-year intake.

As part of the application process, you will need to:

  • attend a Pre-Training Review (interview)  prior to enrolment to determine course suitability
  • complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment (students with identified LLN needs will be offered Learning Support as required).
  • access to a computer and the internet in order to access digital delivery platforms and the myLearning portal (computer and dongles may be offered to students upon request)

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants will be interviewed by our teachers to assess their suitability for the course.