Certificate III in Landscape Construction

Course Code AHC30916
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 1090 hours

Course Overview

The AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Landscaper.

This program provides the skills and knowledge required to build a range of landscape installations. Students will learn how to estimate and prepare quotations for landscape projects; interpret landscape design plans, develop horticultural skills and construction techniques on how to lay pavers and block work, build retaining walls, plan and construct irrigation and drainage systems.

This qualification is delivered as an Apprenticeship to those already employed in the garden maintenance and/or landscape construction industry.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the garden maintenance, and landscape construction industry.

Working in this industry may involve working outdoors for long periods of time, and in differing environments and weather conditions. This type of work can also be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further studies
After gaining the AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction you might wish to undertake further study in the AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments which may need to be completed outside normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Skye Rhodes-Mitchell
Location: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice 1,090 $2.00 $2,943.00 $14.00 $15,260.00
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice Concession 1,090 TBA $588.00 $14.00 $15,260.00
Full Fee 1,090 $5.00 $5,450.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,090 $1.00 $1,090.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Be currently employed in the garden maintenance and/or landscape construction industry
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

Applicants are also preferred to have:

  • A willingness to participate in all delivery, practical and assessment activities
  • Access to a reliable computer and internet
  • AHC21616 Certificate II in Landscaping or equivalent skills and knowledge.
Units of Competency

AHC30916 – Core Units

AHCLSC303 – Construct brick and block structures and features
AHCLSC302 – Construct landscape features using concrete
AHCLSC305 – Construct stone structures and features
AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCLSC306 – Implement a paving project
AHCPGD301 – Implement a plant establishment program
AHCLSC307 – Implement a retaining wall project
AHCSOL303 – Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCDRG301 – Install drainage systems
AHCPCM302 – Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCLSC301 – Set out site for construction works

AHC30916 – Elective Units

AHCPMG302 – Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG301 – Control weeds
AHCBUS402 – Cost a project
AHCPCM303 – Identify plant specimens
AHCPCM301 – Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCIRG331 – Install pressurised irrigation systems
FWPCOT3238 – Operate a pole saw
AHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCMOM304 – Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPGD303 – Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCPGD203 – Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
FWPCOT2239 – Trim and cut felled trees
AHCIRG306 – Troubleshoot irrigation systems

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written tests
  • Short answer questions
  • Written reports/plan
  • Simulations
  • Role plays
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Log books
  • Oral presentations
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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