Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Course Code AHC31016
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 990 hours

Course Overview

The AHC31016 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens provides you with the skills and knowledge to prepare, plant and maintain outdoor areas for everyone to enjoy. Our apprentices and trainees work outdoors, managing and maintaining parks, reserves, gardens and bushland. We take good care of our apprentices through teaching solid skills and supporting you to practice what you learn.

You’ll learn in our on-campus gardens about:

  • plant, pest and weed control
  • irrigation system installation
  • plant establishment and nutrition
  • soil profiles
  • tree inspection
  • equipment operation
  • machinery operation
  • chemical use.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC31016 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the parks and gardens industry.

A qualified Parks and Gardens apprentice can gain a range of jobs from an assistant to a tradesperson in a parks and gardens setting such as businesses with extensive grounds, botanic gardens, public and private parks and gardens, and local government.

This course is suitable for people who enjoy working in an outdoor setting. A reasonable level of fitness will be required, or can be developed, to ensure expected tasks can be completed.

Working in this industry may involve work carried out in a wide range of weather conditions throughout the year. It is likely workers in this area will be expected to develop competency in operating a wide range of machinery and equipment.

Further studies
After gaining this qualification, 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 the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

This program is based on classroom training, with students attending one day a week for a total of 32 weeks each year. You are must attend all face-to-face training sessions.

Apprentices are offered support through their learning. They have access to their trainers through e-mails, phone and face to face visits and access/sessions.

If an employer is not supporting the apprentice with their training, GOTAFE trainers can arrange additional workplace visits or liaise with student services for possible one-to-one tutorials. Further strategies may include recommendations on potential new employers.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Robyn Saunders
Location: William Orr campus Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice 990 $2.70 $2,673.00 $14.00 $13,860.00
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice Concession 990 $0.54 $534.60 $14.00 $13,860.00
Full Fee 990 $5.00 $4,950.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 990 $1.00 $990.00 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 entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Applicants need to be already working in the industry.

All applicants will complete a Pre-training review, Language, Literacy and Numeracy activity and must be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Applicants must be linked to an employer as an apprentice.

Units of Competency

AHC31016 – Core Units

AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCPMG302 – Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG301 – Control weeds
AHCPCM301 – Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPCM302 – Provide information on plants and their culture

AHC31016 – Elective Units

AHCPGD305 – Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
AHCLSC303 – Construct brick and block structures and features
AHCLSC302 – Construct landscape features using concrete
AHCLSC305 – Construct stone structures and features
AHCTRF302 – Establish turf
AHCPCM303 – Identify plant specimens
AHCPGD304 – Implement a landscape maintenance program
AHCLSC306 – Implement a paving project
AHCPGD301 – Implement a plant establishment program
AHCNSY306 – Implement a propagation plan
AHCLSC307 – Implement a retaining wall project
AHCSOL303 – Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCARB302 – Inspect trees for access and work
AHCDRG301 – Install drainage systems
AHCIRG331 – Install pressurised irrigation systems
FWPCOT2237 – Maintain chainsaws
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
AHCSOL301 – Prepare growing media
AHCPGD203 – Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCSOL401 – Sample soils and interpret results
AHCLSC301 – Set out site for construction works
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
FWPCOT2239 – Trim and cut felled trees
AHCIRG306 – Troubleshoot irrigation systems

Assessment Methods

Specific types of assessments will include the following:

  • Written tests
  • Short answer questions
  • Written reports/assignments
  • Simulations & role plays
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Log books
  • Herbarium collections
  • 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

There are no formal 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 www.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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