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AHC30716 – Certificate III in Horticulture

What is the course about?

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture. It is not a suitable pathway for horticultural trades. This certificate provides training for employment as a general horticultural worker who can operate in an unsupervised capacity. This certificate offers a selection of topics from a wide range of horticultural industries & is ideal for people who do not need to specialise in one industry. Job titles may include: Horticulturalist, Gardener.


What is it going to do for me?

This qualification will expand your knowledge & skills & hence your employability in this field Depending on the subject chosen, you will be able to:

  • monitor plant health
  • operate & maintain specialised & advance machinery
  • establish & maintain planted areas
  • providing information on plants, products & treatments
  • install & operate irrigation systems
  • erect horticultural structures
  • control weeds, pests & diseases


How long is it going to take?

The course length is 36 months (3 years) or equivalent term determined on a state by state basis. But this can be shortened depending on your current skills which can go towards recognition of prior learning (RPL).


How is the qualification delivered?

If you are currently employed in Horticulture, training can be delivered through a “Traineeship”. The trainers come to your workplace & use your practical work experience combined with the bookwork to help you achieve your certificate. Please contact us for further information. If you are currently not employed in Horticulture, ARO can still help you. Please contact us to discuss your options


What does the course contain?

  • 16 Subject in total including 5 core subjects


  • A minimum of eight (8) units must come from the elective group
  • A maximum of three (3) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificates II, III or IV in AHC or from any other currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Selected units must meet job outcomes relevant to horticulture
AHCWHS301 Contribute to WHS processes
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants & their culture
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases & disorders
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program
AHCPGD302 Plan and maintain plant displays
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program
AHCTRF302 Establish turf
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304 Transport, handle and store chemicals
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCLSC310 Implement a tree transplanting program


Target group are primarily engaged in a horticulture industry environment, & is likely to be involved in coordinating a wide range of activities. Target group are experienced workers in this type of organisation, but may have no qualification & or require up skilling of current knowledge & skills. They are existing new employees or can be longer existing workers.

Delivery & assessment arrangements

  • Duration: The program is delivered over a period of …36 MONTHS…
  • Organisation: The 16 units of competency in the qualification have been organised into an on-the-job training programme comprising of three ‘general work skills’ modules & four ‘applied industry skills’ modules. The programme is organised so that candidates are provided with background information on general skills such as Contribute to WHS processes, in the ‘general work skills’ modules & are given the opportunity to apply these skills in the ‘applied industry skills’ modules. For example, Contribute to WHS processes & the applied industry skill- Prepare & Apply Chemicals. It is only when the client successfully completes both modules that they deemed competent in the unit of competency AHCWHS301 Contribute to WHS processes.

The alignment between the units of competency & the training programme appears on the following page.

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