AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

Course Details

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
Fees
Full Fee $5248 (2018)
$5568 (2019)
Subsidised Full Fee $1584 (2018)
$1680 (2019)
Subsidised Concession Fee $1104 (2018)
$1184 (2019)
Fee for service per unit $348 (2019)
Subsidised full fee per unit $105 (2019)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $74 (2019)
For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Online
Study Area
  • Science and Environment
Skill Area
  • Horticulture
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Admission Codes

International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

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

1. Students will receive a Result of Assessment within 21 days of completion of each unit/module or within 21 days of the ‘close of study’ date.
2. Students who successfully complete all required units/modules will receive their qualification and an Academic Statement itemising all units/modules successfully completed.
3. Following receipt of written advice from the student (or teacher) that the student does not intend to complete the full course, the student will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units/modules successfully completed.

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

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 5 core units
  2. Complete 11 elective units
Please select a course structure from the options below:
Online

2 years full-time

  • RPL/RCC/Credit
  • Mixed Mode
  • Online
Core
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture More Information
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas More Information
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders More Information
AHCPMG301 Control weeds More Information
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes More Information
Elective

Study Sequence Online Enrol into AHCWHS301 only. Remaining study sequence to be discussed with teaching staff.

Addition of Unit AHCARB301 Requires SME form and the wording A qualified and experienced SME (Subject Matter Expert) is required to observe, verify and sign off all practical components. The SME must only be persons who have:

• Arboriculture vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed

• Current Arboriculture industry skills directly relevant to the unit of competency being assessed

AS per Training .Gov

AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan More Information
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program More Information
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems More Information
AHCNAR301 Maintain natural areas More Information
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works More Information
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices More Information
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program More Information
AHCTRF302 Establish turf More Information
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program More Information
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning More Information
AHCPCM304 Report on health and condition of trees More Information
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program More Information
AHCNSY303 Install and maintain plant displays More Information
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants More Information
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment More Information
AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems More Information
AHCCHM304 Transport handle and store chemicals More Information
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals More Information
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program More Information

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

The following units have no specific enrolment order and you should discuss the order of enrolment for these with your teacher.
Unit Code Unit Name
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program
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
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPCM304 Report on health and condition of trees
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCTRF302 Establish turf
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works
AHCNAR301 Maintain natural areas
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program

On-campus Rockhampton

2 years full-time
  • RPL/RCC/Credit
  • Mixed Mode
  • On-campus
Core
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture More Information
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas More Information
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders More Information
AHCPMG301 Control weeds More Information
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes More Information
Elective

 Addition of Unit AHCARB301 Requires SME form and the wording A qualified and experienced SME (Subject Matter Expert) is required to observe, verify and sign off all practical components. The SME must only be persons who have:

• Arboriculture vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed

• Current Arboriculture industry skills directly relevant to the unit of competency being assessed

AS per Training .Gov

AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems More Information
AHCNAR301 Maintain natural areas More Information
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works More Information
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices More Information
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program More Information
AHCTRF302 Establish turf More Information
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning More Information
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program More Information
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program More Information
AHCPCM304 Report on health and condition of trees More Information
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program More Information
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan More Information
AHCNSY303 Install and maintain plant displays More Information
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants More Information
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment More Information
AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems More Information
AHCCHM304 Transport handle and store chemicals More Information
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals More Information
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program More Information

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

The following units have no specific enrolment order and you should discuss the order of enrolment for these with your teacher.
Unit Code Unit Name
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program
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
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCTRF302 Establish turf
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works
AHCNAR301 Maintain natural areas
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program

On-campus Gladstone

2 years full-time
  • RPL/RCC/Credit
  • Mixed Mode
  • On-campus
Core
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes More Information
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture More Information
AHCPMG301 Control weeds More Information
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders More Information
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas More Information
Elective
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals More Information
AHCCHM304 Transport handle and store chemicals More Information
AHCPCM304 Report on health and condition of trees More Information
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning More Information
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program More Information
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices More Information
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program More Information
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program More Information
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment More Information
AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems More Information
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program More Information

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
1 AHCPCM302 - Provide information on plants and their culture
2 AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
2 AHCCHM303 - Prepare and apply chemicals
2 AHCCHM304 - Transport handle and store chemicals
3 AHCPMG302 - Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
4 AHCPCM304 - Report on health and condition of trees
5 AHCPGD303 - Perform specialist amenity pruning
6 AHCSOL303 - Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
6 AHCPCM301 - Implement a plant nutrition program
7 AHCWRK309 - Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
8 AHCPGD304 - Implement a landscape maintenance program
8 AHCPGD301 - Implement a plant establishment program
9 AHCMOM304 - Operate machinery and equipment
10 AHCIRG333 - Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
11 AHCTRF303 - Implement a grassed area maintenance program


Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification
RPL
Course Learning Outcomes
Where and when can I start?
The availabilities listed here are for 2019 and beyond.
Please view the more details information for any additional information related to the intakes

Domestic 2019 Availabilities

Online

Online
February: Full Time/Part Time
March: Full Time/Part Time
April: Full Time/Part Time
May: Full Time/Part Time
June: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
August: Full Time/Part Time
September: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time
November: Full Time/Part Time

On-campus Gladstone

On-campus

Gladstone

February: Full Time
March: Full Time
April: Full Time
May: Full Time
June: Full Time
July: Full Time
August: Full Time
September: Full Time
October: Full Time
November: Full Time

On-campus Rockhampton

On-campus

Rockhampton City

February: Full Time/Part Time
March: Full Time/Part Time
April: Full Time/Part Time
May: Full Time/Part Time
June: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
August: Full Time/Part Time
September: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time
November: Full Time/Part Time
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
2018 Intakes
The availabilities listed here are for 2018.

Online

There are ten course intakes for 2018, available monthly from February to November.
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. 

On-campus

There are eleven course intakes for 2018, available monthly from February to December.
2 years full-time
This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations:

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina
Classes are held weekly on Tuesday 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
More Details

More Details

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