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AHC31016

Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Get a head start on your career in horticulture with this entry-level course designed for apprentices working in the industry.

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NEXT INTAKE Apprenticeship: Ipswich Starts anytime
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Darling Downs and South West Wide Bay Burnett Far North Queensland North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY Apprenticeships and traineeships

Course overview

Get qualified while you work with this entry-level course in horticulture. This qualification is designed for apprentices already employed in the industry. It will give you the core skills required to work in a diverse range of settings in gardens or public parks.

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 give you the practical skills to control plant pests and diseases, implement tree maintenance programs, and operate pressurised irrigation systems. Our highly-experienced team of industry experts will give you the guidance you need to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work in your chosen place of employment as a landscape gardener, or greenkeeper.

What can I do?

  • Parks and Gardens Tradesperson
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Greenkeeper

Course outcome:

AHC31016 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Work and study

We put theory into practice, which is why we believe in on-the-job training. Our strong industry partnerships mean you'll graduate with confidence, knowing you have all the skills you need to get right to work.

Recognition of experience

Your years of industry experience count for something. With our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), we can help you fill in your gaps in knowledge to upgrade your qualifications faster.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 11 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCPCM301
    Implement a plant nutrition program
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCPCM301
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and control the nutritional requirements of and applications to plants across a range of situations and environments.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Implement a plant nutrition program

  • 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
  • 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 APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Grovely
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
Ipswich
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Ashmore
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Toowoomba
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Hervey Bay
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Cairns
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Townsville (Trade Training Centre Bohle)
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
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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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.

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.

Need to know

Replacement qualification
This qualification has been replaced by AHC31021 - Certificate III in Parks and Gardens, as of 14 February 2022. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 13 February 2023. 

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. 

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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