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AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

Course Details

Course Summary

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture.

Proposed Change:

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture. CQUniversity is offering two (2) different streams choices (Nursery and Landscape) under this qualification. Both stream offers a different choice of units that are better suited to specific industries. Students will need to select one (1) stream on admission. If students are currently working in industry, before choosing a stream, it is strongly recommended they consult with their employer to determine the most suitable steam choice.


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. Distance - Mixed Mode students undertaking this course will need to participate in work placement or attend campus practical activities where available to fulfil the practical requirements of this course.

Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or high level course.


Vocational Placement and Work Integrated Learning

Students must complete a Vocational Placement and/or Work Integrated Learning as part of this qualification.

Additional information

Each unit in this course has a mandatory practical component. Students who are not already working in the industry or attending campus will be required to undertake work placement to complete their practical assessment. Co-assessment with a supervisor is required. Students will be required to complete a total of 720 hours (7 hours per week over 24 months) of Practical skills training in placement throughout the duration of the course. Students are responsible for finding their own placement.

Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees
Full Fee $6,656.00 (2022)
$6,928.00 (2023)
Subsidised Full Fee $2,032.00 (2022)
$2,944.00 (2023)
Subsidised Concession Fee $1,440.00 (2022)
$2,432.00 (2023)
Fee for service per unit $416.00 (2022)
$433.00 (2023)
Subsidised full fee per unit $127.00 (2022)
$184.00 (2023)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $90.00 (2022)
$152.00 (2023)
TAFE Priority Training Program fee per unit $67.00 (2022)
$114.00 (2023)
For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Now
Study Area
  • Science and Environment
Skill Area
  • Horticulture
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

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.

Delivery Agreement

A Co-provider Agreement has been put in place with VET Centre Qld. This has gone through VET Contract Management and has been signed off by Peter Heilbuth.

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 5 core units
  2. Complete 11 elective units

Study Mode Definitions

  • Online: Online courses provide the flexibility to study without normally requiring a student to visit a campus. Course content is studied through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers and teachers, and receiving study materials online/electronically. Work integrated learning, including placements, may be included in some courses.
  • On-campus: Students studying in on-campus mode typically are expected to attend and participate in regular, structured on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the University’s academic term. These activities may include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practice, online or other activities and normally will be timetabled at a CQUniversity campus or approved delivery site.
  • Mixed Mode: Students studying in mixed mode will participate in a combination of online learning activities in addition to site-specific learning activities, which may include residential schools, co-op placements and/or work-integrated learning as a compulsory requirement of a unit. The additional site-specific learning activities are what differentiates a mixed-mode unit from an online unit.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

Select a course structure below to view the delivery details, including the different study modes offered for each structure.

Please select a course structure from the options below:
Nursery Industry Stream

2 years full-time
  • Mixed Mode
Cluster One


AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPMG301 Control weeds More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 2
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders More Information Training.gov Details
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals More Information Training.gov Details
AHCNSY303 Install and maintain plant displays More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 3
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan More Information Training.gov Details
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 4
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture More Information Training.gov Details
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas More Information Training.gov Details
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 5
AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM304 Report on health and condition of trees More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
1 AHCWHS301 - Contribute to work health and safety processes
2 AHCPCM303 - Identify plant specimens
3 AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
4 AHCPMG302 - Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
5 AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals
6 AHCNSY303 - Install and maintain plant displays
7 AHCNSY306 - Implement a propagation plan
8 AHCNSY301 - Maintain nursery plants
9 AHCPGD301 - Implement a plant establishment program
10 AHCPCM302 - Provide information on plants and their culture
11 AHCSOL303 - Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
12 AHCCHM303 - Prepare and apply chemicals
13 AHCIRG333 - Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
14 AHCPGD303 - Perform specialist amenity pruning
15 AHCPCM301 - Implement a plant nutrition program
16 AHCPCM304 - Report on health and condition of trees


Landscape Industry Stream

2 years full-time
  • Mixed Mode
Cluster One


AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPMG301 Control weeds More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 2
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders More Information Training.gov Details
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals More Information Training.gov Details
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 3
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 4
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture More Information Training.gov Details
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas More Information Training.gov Details
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 5
AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM304 Report on health and condition of trees More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
1 AHCWHS301 - Contribute to work health and safety processes
2 AHCPCM303 - Identify plant specimens
3 AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
4 AHCPMG302 - Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
5 AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals
6 AHCTRF303 - Implement a grassed area maintenance program
7 AHCMOM304 - Operate machinery and equipment
8 AHCPGD304 - Implement a landscape maintenance program
9 AHCPGD301 - Implement a plant establishment program
10 AHCPCM302 - Provide information on plants and their culture
11 AHCSOL303 - Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
12 AHCCHM303 - Prepare and apply chemicals
13 AHCIRG333 - Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
14 AHCPGD303 - Perform specialist amenity pruning
15 AHCPCM301 - Implement a plant nutrition program
16 AHCPCM304 - Report on health and condition of trees


Course Assessment Information

RPL - Students who have previous informal and formal learning need to advise their trainer/assessor prior to enrolment. If the student wishes to apply for an RPL they need to apply to the RPL Centre.
Credit transfer - If credit for relevant formal qualifications is sought, then the process will be actioned after the student has enrolled in at least one unit of competency as directed by the relevant trainer/assessor. The Trainer/Assessor will work with the student on their credit transfer application, and provide advice and support as necessary.
Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification
RPL
Course Learning Outcomes
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Domestic 2019 Availabilities

Nursery Industry Stream

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Landscape Industry Stream

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Domestic 2020 Availabilities

Nursery Industry Stream

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Landscape Industry Stream

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Domestic 2021 Availabilities

Nursery Industry Stream

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Landscape Industry Stream

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Domestic 2022 Availabilities

Nursery Industry Stream

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Landscape Industry Stream

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Domestic 2023 Availabilities

Nursery Industry Stream

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode includes a combination of online learning activities and compulsory site-specific attendance at residential schools and/or workshops.
February: Full Time/Part Time
April: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time

Landscape Industry Stream

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode includes a combination of online learning activities and compulsory site-specific attendance at residential schools and/or workshops.
February: Full Time/Part Time
April: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
The availabilities shown above are for the current and future years. To view any historic availabilities please press "Show Historic Availabilities" below:

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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