What can you do with a Certificate III in Horticulture?

18th November 2020

A Certificate III in Horticulture is a great way to get started in a career growing plants. Whether you’re interested in working in a plant nursery, being part of a landscaping team or tending to private gardens, this qualification will give you the knowledge and practical skills you need to succeed. This course is an ideal choice for anyone who is passionate about gardens. You might propagate new plants, design and install major landscaping projects or look after already established gardens. If you have a green thumb, this is an excellent qualification for you.

The Certificate III in Horticulture covers a range of topics to get you prepared for a horticultural career. You’ll learn how to identify plants and care for a range of different species. You’ll explore propagating and pruning techniques and discover how to control weeds, pests, diseases and disorders. This course will explain how to maintain landscapes and gardens and manage plant nutrition and soil health. You’ll also learn how to operate horticultural machinery and equipment.

Working in horticulture is a great choice for anyone who likes being outdoors. If you enjoy working with your hands and getting close to nature, this could be a great career path for you. Landscaping, gardening and working in a nursery can be extremely rewarding. You’ll need to be physically fit and comfortable working in all sorts of weather conditions. You’ll usually be working as part of a team so you’ll need to be good at communicating and able to follow directions.

A Certificate III in Horticulture is an ideal course of study for the following careers:

Nurseryperson
A Nurseryperson works in a plant nursery propagating and selling plants and garden products. They might grow new stock and care for plants at various stages of development. A Nurseryperson may also interact with customers, providing advice on gardening needs and conducting sales transactions. They may tend to plants for sale and design attractive displays of available stock.

Garden Labourer
A Garden Labourer works to maintain a garden in a public or private setting. They may install new plants or care for an already established garden. Their daily tasks will vary but may involve pruning, fertilising or irrigating. A Garden Labourer needs to maintain the health of the garden so they may address concerns with soil conditions or plant nutrition. They may take measures to control weeds, pests or plant diseases. They might propagate new plants to use in the garden or cut back older plants to encourage new growth.

Landscape Labourer
Landscape Labourers work on larger horticultural projects like council parks or large private gardens. They may have to install a whole new project using a landscape design or make additions to an existing garden area. Landscape Labourers may have to build garden beds, fill gardens with soil, create edging and install new plants or turf. They may have to maintain landscaped areas with irrigation systems, fertilising or mulching.

Higher education pathways

A Certificate III in Horticulture is an excellent way to begin your career in gardening, landscaping or nursery work. You might decide to specialise your studies in an area that suits your career plans, such as a Certificate III in Landscape Construction, a Certificate III in Parks and Gardens or a Certificate III in Production Nursery. You could also further your studies with a Diploma of Horticulture or an Advanced Diploma of Horticulture.

If you decide to further your career in horticulture you could enrol in a university degree such as a Bachelor of Horticulture or a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. A university degree can deepen your knowledge of horticultural topics and broaden your career opportunities. Your improved skill set may also allow you to take on a position with more responsibility. You may be able to use a Certificate III in Horticulture as a pathway to these courses.

Getting started

If you’re thinking about enrolling in a Certificate III in Horticulture, start by collecting information from a range of course providers. There is usually some variation in how providers deliver their courses so it’s important you compare information to find the right course for you. Request information on the duration of the course, costs, any prerequisites and the content the course will cover. The Certificate III in Horticulture may be offered online or on campus and the duration will depend on your chosen course provider.

Written by Jodie Magrath
Jodie Magrath
Jodie is a freelance writer with a background in communication and journalism. She’s spent almost 20 years working in roles such as Special Projects Writer and Publications Officer.

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