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  • AHC31016

Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

At a glance

At a glance

Apprentices and trainees complete a qualification, learning skills at work and under the guidance of a training provider. We will work with you and your employer throughout your apprenticeship or traineeship to develop a training plan, deliver training, assess your achievement of skills and issue your qualification upon successful completion.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Parks and Gardens Tradesperson
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Greenkeeper
COURSE OUTCOME

AHC31016 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

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Course overview

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. The industry is growing, with up to 50,000 new jobs estimated to open in the next five years.

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.

Units

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 information
AHCWRK313A
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCWHS301
Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCPMG302
Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG301
Control weeds
AHCPCM302
Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCPCM301
Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCOHS301A
Contribute to OHS processes
AHCARB302A
Conduct tree inspections

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME Unit information
AHCWRK309
Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCTRF305
Renovate sports turf
AHCTRF303
Implement a grassed area maintenance program
AHCTRF302
Establish turf
AHCSOL401
Sample soils and interpret results
AHCSOL303
Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCSOL301
Prepare growing media
AHCPGD305
Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
AHCPGD304
Implement a landscape maintenance program
AHCPGD303
Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCPGD302
Plan and maintain plant displays
AHCPGD301
Implement a plant establishment program
AHCNAR301
Maintain Natural Areas
AHCMOM304
Operate machinery and equipment
AHCIRG331
Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG306
Troubleshoot irrigation systems
AHCIRG303
Measure irrigation delivery system performance
AHCCHM304
Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM303
Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCARB301A
Implement a tree maintenance program

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).  The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.  For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service.

Selection criteria

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

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.

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 enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland