Certificate III in Horticulture

Do you love having the sun on your back and getting your hands dirty? Let us help you to forge a career in horticulture - one of Australia's fastest growing industries.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Ballarat - Gillies St
Location
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Gillies St
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
-
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Length
1 year on campus student or a 2 year traineeship
Qualification Code
AHC30716

Free TAFE

This course is in the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list. Find out about the initiative and your eligibility

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture through the delivery of a broad range of skills and knowledge relating horticulture, irrigation, and landscaping.  Intended occupations for the training include Landscape Gardener, Gardener (General), Arborist and Greenkeeper (among others).

  • Gardener
  • Horticulturist

On completion, you will be qualified to work within the horticultural industry performing a wide range of gardening and horticulture tasks.

The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.

CONTRIBUTE TO WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES
AHCWHS301
IMPLEMENT SOIL IMPROVEMENTS FOR GARDEN AND TURF AREAS
AHCSOL303
CONTROL PLANT PESTS, DISEASES AND DISORDERS
AHCPMG302
CONTROL WEEDS
AHCPMG301
PROVIDE INFORMATION ON PLANTS AND THEIR CULTURE
AHCPCM302
APPLY ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES
AHCWRK309
PERFORM SPECIALIST AMENITY PRUNING
AHCPGD303
PLAN AND MAINTAIN PLANT DISPLAYS
AHCPGD302
IMPLEMENT A PLANT ESTABLISHMENT PROGRAM
AHCPGD301
IDENTIFY PLANT SPECIMENS
AHCPCM303
IMPLEMENT A PLANT NUTRITION PROGRAM
AHCPCM301
IMPLEMENT A PROPAGATION PLAN
AHCNSY306
MAINTAIN NURSERY PLANTS
AHCNSY301
OPERATE MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT
AHCMOM304
OPERATE AND MAINTAIN CHAINSAWS
AHCMOM213
IMPLEMENT A PAVING PROJECT
AHCLSC306
CONSTRUCT STONE STRUCTURES AND FEATURES
AHCLSC305
ERECT TIMBER STRUCTURES AND FEATURES
AHCLSC304
CONSTRUCT LANDSCAPE FEATURES USING CONCRETE
AHCLSC302
PREPARE AND APPLY CHEMICALS TO CONTROL PEST, WEEDS AND DISEASES
AHCCHM307
TRANSPORT AND STORE CHEMICALS
AHCCHM304
COST A PROJECT
AHCBUS402
IDENTIFY TREES
AHCARB323
IDENTIFY TREES
AHCARB313
RECOGNISE TREES
AHCARB214
On-campus students attend 3 days a week from 9am-3pm.

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Apprentices will need to be employed with a signed agreement. There are no formal entry requirements for non-apprenticeship students.

For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.

Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: LLP

National course code: AHC30716

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees you will pay depends on your eligibility for a Victorian Government subsidised place under the Skills First Program.

Find out more about eligibility here.

2023 total estimated tuition fees for Certificate III in Horticulture
Concession
Government Subsidised Place
Standard
Government Subsidised Place
Full Fee Place
(Not eligible for government subsidy)
$716$3,581$11,718

*Fees displayed are estimates for the total program and may change depending on individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are subject to change annually.

Visit our TAFE enrolment fees page for more information.

Material Fees

Material fees cover the cost of items which are purchased by the university and provided to the student, such as tools, materials, uniforms, textbooks, excursions and other incidentals associated with the program.

The estimated material fees for this program are $155

Eligibility Exemptions

You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University through the Skills First eligibility exemptions initiative.

If you have been deemed ineligible for a government-subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level, you may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised place with an eligibility exemption.

Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2023.

Important Information

Direct Debit Payment Plans are available for eligible students to help manage the payment of tuition and material fees throughout the enrolment year (excluding Diploma/Advanced Diploma tuition fees).

Students accessing government-subsidised training under the Skills First Program need to be aware that enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.

Free TAFE: Under the Victorian Government Free TAFE initiative, some programs have free tuition for eligible students, however material fees (if applicable) will be payable by the student.  Free TAFE is subject to availability and eligibility requirements.

Visit the TAFE fees website. for further information on fees, payments and refunds.

If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.

As part of the National Horticulture Training Package, this course may be used as credit towards further studies in Horticulture.

Please note that this course is currently in a transition period (superseded due to Government-mandated updates), with updates due for release in the coming years. Rest assured, completion of this course version before 23 January 2024 will still provide you with a valid and quality outcome. If you have any questions, please submit an enquiry.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Centre for Science, Technology

Course coordinator

Christopher Noonan