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AHC31016 – Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

What is the course about?

This qualification/course is part of the Horticulture Training Package, Parks and Gardens stream, and provides training for employment as a parks and gardens tradesperson. Often these people are involved in planting of private and public gardens, parks and streetscapes. Maintaining health of parks and gardens, pruning and shaping plants, construction of garden beds and planted areas.


What is it going to do for me?

This qualification will expand your knowledge and skills and hence your employability in this field. You will be able to:

  • monitoring plant health
  • operating and maintaining specialised and advance machinery
  • establishing and maintaining planted areas
  • providing information on plants, products and treatments
  • installing and operating irrigation systems
  • erecting horticultural structures
  • controlling weeds, pests and disease


How long is it going to take?

The course length is 36 months (3years). 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.
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?

  • Completion of sixteen (16) units made up of ten (10) core units and six (6) elective units.


  • A minimum of three (3) units must come from the elective unit list
  • A maximum of three (3) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificates II, III or IV in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the parks and gardens industry.


AHCARB302 Conduct tree inspections
AHCOHS301  Contribute to OHS processes
AHCPGD305  Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
AHCPMG301  Control weeds
AHCPMG302  Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL301  Prepare growing media
AHCSOL302  Construct a soil profile
AHCPCM301  Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCTRF302  Establish turf
AHCWRK313  Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


AHCCHM303  Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304  Transport, handle and store chemicals
AHCIRG302  Install irrigation systems
AHCIRG305  Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG306  Troubleshoot irrigation systems
AHCMOM304  Operate machinery and equipment

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We're more than happy to help you select a course you're interested in, or to answer any enquiries you may have.

For general enquiries, please direct your emails to or phone 08 8339 1066

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ARO is a registered training organisation #40056.


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