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Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716)

Course summary

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture. It is not a suitable pathway for horticultural trades.The course supplies a large range of skills and knowledge to further education and/or job skills.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Science and Environment
Skill Area
  • - Horticulture
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, however it is highly recommended that students have attained a Sound Achievement (SA) result in Year 10 numeracy and literacy subjects or equivalent prior to enrolling in this course.

Online students undertaking this course will need to participate in volunteer or paid work duties to fufill the practical requirements of this course.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Possible Career Opportunities could lead to employment as a Horticulture worker, a Horticulture assistant, a Horticulturist or a Gardener.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

To successfully complete this course, students must complete a total of 16 units, consisting of:
5 core units and 11 elective 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 handle and store chemicals
AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants
AHCNSY303 Install and maintain plant displays
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPCM304 Report on health and condition of trees
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program
AHCTRF302 Establish turf
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
Study Sequence
Enrol into AHCWHS301 only. Remaining study sequence to be discussed with teaching staff.

Rockhampton – enrol into AHCWHS301 only. Remaining study sequence to be discussed with teaching staff.

Gladstone – enrol as per the following order:
  1. AHCWHS301 and AHCPCM302
  2. ACHCHM303, AHCCHM304 and AHCPMG301
  3. AHCPMG302
  4. AHCPCM304
  5. AHCPGD303
  6. AHCSOL303 and AHCPCM301
  7. AHCWRK309
  9. AHCMOM304
  10. AHCIRG333
  11. AHCTRF303

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification

Course Intakes


There are eleven course intakes for 2018, available monthly from February to December.

Duration and dates
2 years full-time, 3 years part-time


This course is available to study online and students will require strong self-motivation, and sound literacy and numeracy skills.  It is recommended students have 10 hours per week for self-paced study, 12 hours per week of practical skills training and 2 hours per week of assessment preparation. Students must have access to a computer and the internet. Support for online students is available through email, phone and video-conferencing.  

Students studying online will be required to organise and undertake work experience with a suitable host employer if they’re not currently working in the industry. 

Tutoring workshops may be held from 8 am – 3 pm one Friday per month at either Mackay City or Emerald CQUniversity campuses and will provide support for a range of horticulture qualifications.  Workshop dates and locations will be confirmed by the teacher on enrolment. 


There are eleven course intakes for 2018, available monthly from February to December.

Duration and dates
2 years full-time


This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations:

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina
Classes are held weekly on Wednesday or Thursday 8 am - 3 pm in building 601, room 1.10 (601/1.10).  

CQUniversity Rockhampton City 
Classes are held weekly on Wednesday 8 am to 3 pm in building B, room 1.75 (B/1.75).  

Students require strong self-motivation and must attend all theory and practical classes. It is recommended students have 6 hours per week for self-paced study, 6 hours per week on campus training, 4 hours per week of practical skills training and 4 hours per week of assessment preparation.  

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

No related course found.

Work Experience requirements

Students studying online who are not currently working in the Horticulture industry will be required to seek and complete work experience whilst studying, to meet practical competency requirements. 

Within the work experience environment, there must be a supervisor available who has at least 2 years’ experience in the Horticulture industry, or must hold a relevant Certificate (more information will be provided by the teacher during the initial meeting). The supervisor will be responsible for signing off on third party reports which are required for practical observations for each unit of competency. Teaching staff will provide third party reports to students as part of unit assessment requirements. 

It is not mandatory for students who are studying on-campus to complete work experience as practical requirements will be satisfied by in class activities. 

Resource Requirements

Students are required to purchase and supply their own personal protective equipment. Items include:

  • Protective Boots
  • Safety Glasses
  • Garden gloves
  • Wide-brim hat for outdoor work
  • Appropriate clothing  long sleeve cotton shirt and cotton drill shorts or trousers for outdoor work