Certificate III in Horticulture


Course Length

Full time:

10 Months

Part time:

1 Year (Trainee)

Contact Hours

Full time:

3 Days a week

Part time:

1 day a week (Trainee)


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Shepparton - William Orr

Delivery Mode

On Campus


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.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, 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

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 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

Traineeship - Open from 16th February - 2021

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

On Campus - Open from 15th February - Mon, Tues, Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Traineeship - Open from 15th February / 2022

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $2,805.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $561.00

3. Subsidised Trainee: $2,805.00

4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $561.00

5. Full Fee: $4,590.00

Course Materials: $806.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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

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

Course Study Units

Core Units
AHCPCM302 - Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
AHCPMG302 - Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL303 - Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCWHS301 - Contribute to work health and safety processes
Elective Units
AHCCHM303 - Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 - Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCIRG306 - Troubleshoot irrigation systems
AHCIRG331 - Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCLSC301 - Set out site for construction works
AHCLSC302 - Construct landscape features using concrete
AHCLSC303 - Construct brick and block structures and features
AHCLSC305 - Construct stone structures and features
AHCLSC306 - Implement a paving project
AHCLSC307 - Implement a retaining wall project
AHCMOM202 - Operate tractors
AHCMOM213 - Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCMOM217 - Operate quad bikes
AHCMOM302 - Perform machinery maintenance
AHCMOM304 - Operate machinery and equipment
AHCMOM305 - Operate specialised machinery and equipment
AHCNSY306 - Implement a propagation plan
AHCPCM301 - Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPCM303 - Identify plant specimens
AHCPGD203 - Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCPGD301 - Implement a plant establishment program
AHCPGD303 - Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCSOL301 - Prepare growing media
AHCWRK309 - Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Course Co-ordinator

Rob Hall

Attendance & 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.

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

  • Workboots
  • 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.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

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

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.