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Certificate III in Horticulture


Certificate III in Horticulture – AHC30716

Course Overview

Play your part in creating a more sustainable environment with the Certificate III in Horticulture.

Working in our on-campus gardens, you'll learn about plant classification, selection, and identification, as well as weed, pest, and disease control.

You'll gain skills in propagation, pruning, and revegetation, and gain a solid understanding of the roles farm chemicals, soils, and plant nutrition play in landscaping.

This course can be delivered on campus or as a Traineeship. Please contact the Course Coordinator for further information in regards to Traineeships.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Irrigation, Horticulture, or Landscaping industries.

Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Horticulturalist
  • Irrigation Service Technician
  • Horticulture Consultant
  • Sustainable Horticulture Promotional Officer
  • Interior Plantscaper

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture or AHC40516 Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

On Campus, Starts 13th July, 3 days per week, 9am to 4pm / 2020

Traineeship - Open from 16th February - 2021

On campus - Open from 16/02/2021 - 9am to 4pm / 2021

On campus - Open from 12/07/2021 - 9am to 4pm / 2021

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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
Core Units
Provide information on plants and their culture
Control weeds
Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
Contribute to work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Prepare and apply chemicals
Transport and store chemicals
Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
Troubleshoot irrigation systems
Install pressurised irrigation systems
Set out site for construction works
Construct landscape features using concrete
Construct brick and block structures and features
Construct stone structures and features
Implement a paving project
Implement a retaining wall project
Operate and maintain chainsaws
Perform machinery maintenance
Operate machinery and equipment
Operate specialised machinery and equipment
Maintain natural areas
Implement revegetation works
Collect native seed
Pot up plants
Implement a propagation plan
Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
Implement a plant nutrition program
Identify plant specimens
Prune shrubs and small trees
Implement a plant establishment program
Perform specialist amenity pruning
Prepare growing media
Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
Trim and cut felled trees
Operate a pole saw

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written tests
  • Short answer questions
  • Written reports/assignments
  • Simulations
  • Role plays
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Log books
  • Herbarium collections
  • Oral presentations

For practical activities, students are required to provide their own Personal Protective Equipment which includes:

  • Work boots
  • Long Sleeved shirts
  • Broad rim hat

Trainees and apprentices - Students are visited and assessed in the workplace by trainers. This program may take 3-4 years to complete, which trainees and apprentices undertaking and completing all assessment tasks in the workplace. There is no requirement for students to attend a GOTAFE campus, with the exception of specialist, high-risk training like farm chemicals and chainsaw units.

Skye Rhodes-Mitchell

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.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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