AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture

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Course Description

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The skills and knowledge that you bring to your studies through previous education or employment experience may be credited towards specific units in this course, which can help to shorten your course duration. Please enquire with a course provider to find out more.

Average Course Fee


Average Duration

12 months

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Nationally Recognised Training

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
Junior Horticulturist$770 weekly pay
Landscaping Assistant$770 weekly pay
Parks and Gardens Labourer$770 weekly pay

This course can help you progress to:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Horticulture Business Manager$1,730 weekly pay
Irrigation Technician$1,250 weekly pay
Horticulture Manager$1,340 weekly pay
Head Gardener$1,250 weekly pay
Horticulture Consultant$1,250 weekly pay


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

Each state provides its own Government funding initiatives. Here is a list of funding initiatives that are available for this course.

QLD Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides funding for a range of Certificate III qualifications as well as foundation skills training.



QLD Free training for Year 12 graduates

Fee Free Training for Year 12 Graduates enables eligible Year 12 graduates to access fee-free apprenticeships, traineeships and training in high priority areas. The Queensland government provides subsidised training within the calendar year after graduating from high school.



QLD Free training for Apprenticeships

This funding scheme provides free training for students who are under 21 years of age in priority apprenticeship and traineeship programs.



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