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AHC30716 | 092541J

Certificate III in Horticulture

Further advance / or enhance your career options in horticulture with this course that will qualify you to work in nurseries and parks and gardens.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Darling Downs and South West Wide Bay Burnett Far North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY On campus Apprenticeships and traineeships International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
JobTrainer
$0
Concession
$340 - $660
Subsidised
$340 - $660
Full Fee
$6,515
International
$6,800
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Course overview

Get a head start on your career in horticulture with this qualification. You will gain horticulture skills in plant identification and plant care, landscape management, propagating, pruning and fertilising to maintain gardens and nurseries.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working in gardens and nurseries grew over the past five years and is expected to continue to see stable growth in the future. Employers are looking for qualified candidates who are hardworking, reliable, and have a positive attitude. 

This course will also give you a broad range of knowledge in improving soil conditions, implementing plant nutrition program's, operating machinery and equipment, and maintaining nursery plants. Our highly-experienced staff are still strongly embedded in the industry and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you for employment as a horticulturist, and/or to work in a nursery, or parks and gardens.

What can I do?

  • Nursery Worker
  • Parks and Gardens Worker
  • Horticulturalist

Course outcome:

AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture

Strong industry connections

At TAFE Queensland we pride ourselves on the strong industry connections. Our courses are designed so you get hands on, practical industry experience while studying. 

JobTrainer funded course

This course is eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning it could be free for eligible school-leavers, young people and job seekers looking to develop new skills. Training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government. Learn more >

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 5 core and 11 elective units from the list below. Elective units will be specified for the students depending on the location they are studying.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCPCM302
    Provide information on plants and their culture
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCPCM302
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide information to clients and others about plants and their cultural requirements.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide information on plants and their culture

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCPMG301
    Control weeds
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCPMG301
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and coordinate weed control activities using appropriate strategies to provide effective, economic control while minimising environmental damage.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Control weeds

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCPMG302
    Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCPMG302
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and assess the effect to plants of plant pests, diseases and disorders and plan and coordinate control measures.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCSOL303
    Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCSOL303
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide information about and determine its suitability for garden beds or turf areas and determine ameliorants or additives to improve it.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCWHS301
    Contribute to work health and safety processes
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCWHS301
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out enterprise work health and safety policies and procedures.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes

CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time up to 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Grovely
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time up to 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Grovely
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Part time 2 nights including 1 part day per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Ipswich
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Ipswich
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ashmore
Anytime
18 months
Part time 1 night per week - for existing workers
Wednesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Ashmore
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Tuesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
04 Oct 2022
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Toowoomba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Toowoomba
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bundaberg
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Hervey Bay
22 Jan 2024
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time: Up to 4 days - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday classroom and Thursday study day
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Cairns
10 Jul 2023
6 months
Full time: Up to 4 days - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday classroom and Thursday study day
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Ipswich
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Toowoomba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,800
Cairns
10 Jul 2023
6 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,800
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time up to 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Grovely
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time up to 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Grovely
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Part time 2 nights including 1 part day per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Ipswich
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Ipswich
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ashmore
Anytime
18 months
Part time 1 night per week - for existing workers
Wednesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Ashmore
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Tuesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
04 Oct 2022
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Toowoomba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Toowoomba
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bundaberg
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Hervey Bay
22 Jan 2024
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time: Up to 4 days - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday classroom and Thursday study day
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Cairns
10 Jul 2023
6 months
Full time: Up to 4 days - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday classroom and Thursday study day
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Ipswich
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Toowoomba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,800
Cairns
10 Jul 2023
6 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,800
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time up to 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Grovely
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time up to 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Grovely
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Part time 2 nights including 1 part day per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Ipswich
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Ipswich
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ashmore
Anytime
18 months
Part time 1 night per week - for existing workers
Wednesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
Ashmore
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Tuesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
04 Oct 2022
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Toowoomba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Toowoomba
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Bundaberg
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Hervey Bay
22 Jan 2024
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time: Up to 4 days - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday classroom and Thursday study day
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
Cairns
10 Jul 2023
6 months
Full time: Up to 4 days - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday classroom and Thursday study day
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $340
  • Subsidised: $340
  • Full fee: $6,515
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Ipswich
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Toowoomba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,800
Cairns
10 Jul 2023
6 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $6,800
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic students
There are no selection criteria requirements for Domestic students.

International students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to enter into this course; 
  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International; and
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.


Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will also be required to have access to and bring to class a light long sleeved shirt, steel capped boots, safety glasses, ear muffs or plugs, a sun safe hat, sunscreen, secateurs, rubber dishwashing gloves, and gardening gloves. You may also be required to have access to an 8m retractable tape measure and calculator for select units.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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