AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture

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Course Overview

If you love all things flora, the Certificate III in Horticulture is an entry path into gardening, landscaping, and nursery work. You’ll quickly learn to tell the real plants from the weeds, then how to install and maintain plant displays and nursery plants. This nationally recognised qualification also covers weed control, soil improvement, pressurised irrigation systems, amenity pruning, and the environmental application of chemicals. Enquire now for the unit list and entry requirements.


Nationally recognised training

Average duration

12 months

Suitable For

This course is ideal for people who have the following knowledge, skills or abilities:

Critical Thinking

Evaluating the benefits and costs of different solutions for a problem.

Customer and Personal Service

Such as understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

Deductive Reasoning

Use rules to solve problems.


Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.


This course can help you get a job as:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Garden Labourer$960 weekly pay
Landscape Labourer$960 weekly pay
Nursery Hand$960 weekly pay
Nurseryperson$960 weekly pay

This course can help you progress to:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Head Gardener$1,350 weekly pay
Park Manager$1,250 weekly pay
Regional Coordinator$1,050 weekly pay
Organic Farmer$1,440 weekly pay
Sustainable Farmer$1,440 weekly pay

Please note that weekly pay figures are estimates only of what you could possibly earn.


You will be required to complete a number of units of competencey for this qualifiation. Example units have been provided below but may vary for each provider.

Provide information on plants and their culture

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide information to clients and others about plants and their cultural requirements.

Control weeds

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.

Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

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.

Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas

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.

Contribute to work health and safety processes

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out enterprise work health and safety policies and procedures. This unit is applicable to individuals. They typically work within clear reporting lines and procedures.

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Government Funding

The Australian government provides funding to help students who are completing the AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture. The type of funding you receive depends on the state that you live in. There are eligibility requirements for each type of funding.

Enquire with a course provider to check your eligibility.

Benefits of Nationally Recognised Training

This is a nationally recognised course delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). RTOs are strictly regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This guarantees you will be studying a quality-assured and nationally recognised qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning
RTOs are also able to offer Recognition of Prior Learning for work experience or formal qualifications you may have undertaken to shorten the time you have to study. Ask a course provider for more details during the enrolment process.

Payment Options

Course providers may offer flexible payment options for those who do not wish (or are unable) to pay their tuition fees outright. There is usually a discount for those who pay their tuition fees upfront.

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These course providers offer the AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture:

Ironwood Institute
On Campus
Access Skills Training
On Campus
Kangan Institute
On Campus
Bendigo TAFE
Online / On Campus