Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Course Code
Food and Fibre
Study Area(s)
Horticulture, Agriculture
Course Length
Full-time(3 years)
Part-time day(4 years)
Flexible(2 years)

Start Date(s): Rolling enrolments. Enrol at any time.
End Date(s): Rolling enrolments.
Days and Time: Please contact the department to find out the timetable for this course.

Course Overview

This course provides the necessary skills and knowledge to maintain open space areas in parks and gardens. The course has been designed for apprentices and horticulture practioner and can be delivered and asssessed in the workplace as well. Particpants will learn the practical skills of plant selection and nutrition, pest and disease identification and control, weed control and occupational health and safety in a horticultural environment.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AHCPCM301Implement a plant nutrition program60
AHCPCM302Provide information on plants and their culture70
AHCPMG301Control weeds70
AHCPMG302Control plant pests, diseases and disorders80
AHCWHS301Contribute to work health and safety processes50


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AHCCHM303Prepare and apply chemicals70
AHCCHM304Transport and store chemicals50
AHCIRG217Assist with pressurised irrigation operations40
AHCMOM304Operate machinery and equipment40
AHCPCM304Report on health and condition of trees80
AHCPGD301Implement a plant establishment program80
AHCPGD303Perform specialist amenity pruning65
AHCPGD304Implement a landscape maintenance program100
AHCPGD305Conduct operational inspection of park facilities70
AHCSOL303Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas60
AHCTRF302Establish turf60

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

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!

The fees listed below relate to 2019 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#
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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. 

2019 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 2019: $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
1050 1050 $3.10 $0.62 $11.90

^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 2019. 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.

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What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

You must be at least 15 years old at the time of application and have satisfactory literacy and numeracy skills (Level 3 for Literacy & Numeracy). You must be physically fit and be prepared to work in an outdoor environment. Apprentices must have an appropriately signed apprentice agreement (Contract of Training) and be employed in this trade.Profesionals with 5 years industryexperience can apply directly.  

Where and how can I study?

Candidates can attend on  campus delivery as well as workplace delivery.

What employment opportunities will I have?

There is a continuous demand for apprentices and tradespeople in this industry and graduates of this course will have a wide range of employment opportunities.

This course may lead to employment as a:

  •  Gardener/ Parks & Gardens
  •  Horticulturalist
  •  Park Ranger
  •  Landscape gardener




What skills will I have when I complete this course?

General horticulture skills will be acquired as part of othis course. Graduates will have a sound understanding of:

  • Plant identification
  • Plant pest and disease control techniques
  • Use of agricultural chemicals
  • Control weeds methods
  • Plant pruning,
  • Plant establishment and maintenance practices

Irrigation and machinery topics will be covered as part iof thsi course.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate III in Parks and Gardens (AHC31016). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Graduates of this course can access pathways to a variety of other Certificate III and IV qualifications, as well as the Diploma of Horticulture (AHC50416) or Diploma of Landscape Design (AHC50616).

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must fill in a direct application form which can be obtained from the institute by calling the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. This course may also have a mid-year intake.

How will I be selected for this course?

Applicants will be interviewed by Kangan Institute qualified assessors.