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Certificate III in Parks and Gardens


Certificate III in Parks and Gardens – AHC31016

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Course Overview

The Certificate III in Parks and Gardens provides you with the skills to prepare, plant, and maintain outdoor areas for everyone to enjoy.

Working in our on-campus gardens, you'll learn about plant establishment and nutrition, pest and weed control, tree inspection, and soil profiles.

You'll also gain important skills in machinery and equipment operations, irrigation system installation, and chemical use.

This course is delivered on campus.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Parks and Gardens industry. You may find work in the following contexts:

  • Businesses with extensive grounds
  • Botanic gardens
  • Public parks
  • Private parks
  • Local government

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the Certificate IV in Horticulture.

Course Dates & Times

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials

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 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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.

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:

  • Already be working in the industry.
  • 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 me for the course
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.
Core Units
Implement a plant nutrition program
Provide information on plants and their culture
Control weeds
Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
Contribute to work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Inspect trees for access and work
Prepare and apply chemicals
Transport and store chemicals
Install drainage systems
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
Operate machinery and equipment
Implement a propagation plan
Identify plant specimens
Prune shrubs and small trees
Implement a plant establishment program
Perform specialist amenity pruning
Implement a landscape maintenance program
Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
Prepare growing media
Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
Sample soils and interpret results
Establish turf
Maintain chainsaws
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
  • 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.
  • Work is carried out in a wide range of weather conditions throughout the year.
  • Workers in this area will be expected to develop competency in operating a wide range of machinery and equipment.
  • All equipment/clothing will be provided by GOTAFE or the Employer.

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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.

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 click Enquire Now.

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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