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AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture


Course Overview

This course provides students with the skills and abilities appropriate to meet the needs of the various sectors within the horticultural industry. Study can be undertaken in a number of streams such as nursery, parks and gardens or landscape construction.


  • Face-to-Face
  • Workplace
  • Blended

Course Content

  • Observe and record the characteristics of plants
  • Undertake basic soil analysis tests
  • Prepare and plan work site activities
  • Recognise common causes of nutrient deficiency
  • Select pest and disease controls
  • Interpret planting plans



Entry Requirements

  • 16 years + (parental consent required if under 18).
  • Mature age students
  • RPL if able to demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge.
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week


Students have 18 months to complete their qualification and they are able to complete their course work at their own pace using their selected delivery option.

Select 8 units from elective list below

3 units aligned to AQF levels 2, 3 or 4 may be selected from electives below or from this or any other endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course

Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in horticulture and must be chosen to ensure the integrity of the qualification outcome at AQF level 3

NOTE: Units marked with an asterisk (*) require completion of prerequisite Unit/s which is identified under the Unit

In the Certificate III in Horticulture, you will be required to complete 5 core units and 11 elective units.

Core Units                

AHCWHS301    Contribute to work health and safety processes

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


Elective Units

AHCPMG301    Control Weeds

AHCPMG302    Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

AHCSOL303     Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas

AHCARB301     Implement a tree maintenance program

AHCPCM304    Report on health and condition of trees

AHCARB303     Perform pruning operations

AHCARB305     Dismantle trees

AHCARB306     Undertake aerial rescue

AHCARB307     Use advanced climbing techniques * prerequisites apply 

AHCARB312 Use standard climbing techniques to access trees**

AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots

HLTAID003 Provide first aid

AHCBER301     Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response

AHCBIO302      Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs

AHCBER303     Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises

AHCCHM303    Prepare and apply chemicals

AHCCHM304    Transport, handle and store chemicals

AHCIRG306      Troubleshoot irrigation systems

AHCIRG331      Install pressurised irrigation systems

AHCIRG332      Operate pressurised irrigation systems

AHCIRG333      Maintain pressurised irrigation systems

AHCLSC301     Set out site for construction works

AHCLSC302     Construct landscape features using concrete

AHCLSC303     Construct brick and or block structures and features

AHCLSC304     Erect timber structures and features

AHCLSC305     Construct stone structures and features

AHCLSC306     Implement a paving project

AHCLSC307     Implement a retaining wall project

AHCLSC308     Install metal structures and features

AHCLSC309     Install water features

AHCMOM304   Operate machinery and equipment

AHCNSY301     Maintain nursery plants

AHCNSY302     Receive and dispatch nursery products

AHCNSY303     Install and maintain plant displays

AHCNSY304     Deliver and promote sales of plants

AHCNSY305     Prepare specialised plants

AHCNSY306     Implement a propagation plan

AHCPCM301    Implement a plant nutrition program

AHCPGD302    Plan and maintain plant displays

AHCPGD304    Implement a landscape maintenance program

AHCPGD305    Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

AHCSOL301     Prepare growing media

AHCTRF301     Construct turf playing surfaces

AHCTRF302     Establish turf

AHCTRF303     Implement a grassed area maintenance program

AHCTRF304     Monitor turf health

AHCWRK305    Coordinate work site activities 

AHCWRK311    Conduct site inspection

AHCWRK309    Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

FWPCOT3238 Operate a pole saw

FWPFGM3213 Fall trees manually (advanced)

RIIWHS302D    Implement traffic management plan



Students who successfully complete the course will receive the nationally recognised Certificate for AH30716 Certificate III in Horticulture. This Qualification is from the latest version of the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package and is the most up-to-date qualification in Agriculture & Horticulture.


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