Certificate III in Horticulture

Course Code AHC30716
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 1020 hours

Course Overview

The AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Horticulturist, Irrigation Service Technician, Horticulture Consultant, Sustainable Horticulture Promotional Officer and/or Interior Plantscaper.

Play your part in a more sustainable environment while you dig into all things horticulture. GOTAFE’s Certificate III will inspire you to build your career. Learn in our on-campus gardens all you need to know about:

  • Plant classification, selection and identification
  • Weed, pest and disease control
  • Farm chemicals
  • Soils
  • Plant nutrition
  • Landscape design and construction
  • Propagation
  • Revegetation, seed collection
  • Pruning principals and techniques

This course is delivered on campus. There is also an option for this course to be delivered as a Traineeship. Please contact the Course Coordinator for further information in regards to Traineeships.

Students may have the opportunity to undertake and receive a dual qualification in both AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture and AHC31416 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Please note: this course is available as part of the 2019 Free TAFE Courses for eligible students.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Irrigation, Horticulture and/or Landscaping industries.

Working in this industry may involve practical hands on and physical work in a range of weather conditions. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further studies
After gaining the AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture, you might wish to undertake further study in the AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture or AHC40516 Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens.

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.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in all practical tasks.

Course Co-ordinator

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

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 1,020 $2.56 $2,611.20 $7.00 $7,140.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 1,020 $0.52 $530.40 $7.00 $7,140.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 1,020 $2.56 $2,611.20 $7.00 $7,140.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 1,020 $0.52 $530.40 $7.00 $7,140.00
Full Fee 1,020 $3.49 $3,559.80 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,020 $0.50 $510.00 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
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • 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
Units of Competency

AHC30716 – Core Units

AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCPMG302 – Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG301 – Control weeds
AHCSOL303 – Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCPCM302 – Provide information on plants and their culture

AHC30716 – Elective Units

AHCWRK309 – Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCNAR305 – Collect native seed
AHCPCM202 – Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
AHCLSC303 – Construct brick and block structures and features
AHCLSC302 – Construct landscape features using concrete
AHCLSC305 – Construct stone structures and features
AHCWRK305 – Coordinate work site activities
AHCBUS402 – Cost a project
AHCPGD401 – Design plant displays
AHCPCM303 – Identify plant specimens
AHCLSC306 – Implement a paving project
AHCPGD301 – Implement a plant establishment program
AHCPCM301 – Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCNSY306 – Implement a propagation plan
AHCLSC307 – Implement a retaining wall project
AHCNAR303 – Implement revegetation works
AHCDRG301 – Install drainage systems
AHCIRG331 – Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCNAR301 – Maintain natural areas
FWPCOT3238 – Operate a pole saw
AHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCMOM304 – Operate machinery and equipment
AHCMOM305 – Operate specialised machinery and equipment
AHCMOM302 – Perform machinery maintenance
AHCPGD303 – Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCPGD201 – Plant trees and shrubs
AHCNSY201 – Pot up plants
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCSOL301 – Prepare growing media
AHCPGD203 – Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCLSC301 – Set out site for construction works
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
FWPCOT2239 – Trim and cut felled trees
AHCIRG306 – Troubleshoot irrigation systems

Assessment Methods
  • 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

For further information regarding information sessions 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 general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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 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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