AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture

Award Course
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding
Cricos Code 092538D


The Certificate III in Horticulture provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to start your career in horticulture. The program is primarily delivered at the fully equipped SuniTAFE Training Farm and students are given hands on opportunities to experience and learn in a real farm environment. For trainees and workplace based students this course is designed to be delivered flexibly with predominantly workplace based projects to suit the needs of individuals and their work schedules in the horticultural industry. The SuniTAFE farm provides exposure to some of the latest technology in horticulture and is a good adjunct to the workplace for practical experience.


This qualification could lead to employment as a horticulturalist in farming, gardening, nursery or any one of a number of varied roles within the industry.


This qualification can lead to further study in a Certificate IV level in Horticulture or other Horticulture industry specific qualification at Certificate IV level.

Course Delivery

Full time classroom delivery (3-4 days per week) over 1 year. Trainee delivery - workplace and classroom based over 2 years. Workplace based delivery - delivered over 24 months.

Entry Requirements

Each student will undertake a Pre-Training Review before enrolling to help confirm the proposed course is suitable. This will provide valuable information about an individual's existing skills and knowledge, language, literacy and numeracy skills and whether the course will help in achieving learning and/or employment goals.

Expected Time to Complete

12 Months

Units & Assessment
Core Units
Code Unit Name Hours
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture 70
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas 60
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision 30
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50
AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems 70
AHCIRG332 Operate pressurised irrigation systems 50
AHCIRG437 Schedule irrigations 50
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40
AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles 50
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40
AHCMOM315 Operate chemical application machinery and equipment 90
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants 40
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan 90
AHCNSY307 Operate fertigation equipment 70
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program 60
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens 80
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program 80
AHCPHT305 Regulate crops 30
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds 40
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results 60
AHCSOL406 Sample soils and interpret results 60
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities 70
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding 20
TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck 40
Your particular units of study will be determined from the core and elective units required for this qualification.

RPL is a formal assessment process that recognises relevant skills and knowledge you have already gained through previous training, work and life experiences. Contact the Institute today to discuss your options for RPL.

Indicative Fees

Government Subsidised $3,737
Concession $1,135
Traineeship $3,272
Traineeship Concession $1,042
RPL Government Subsidised $2,787
RPL Concession $557
RPL Self-funded $3,716
Self-Funded $4,666

Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that covers your tuition fees to study in selected courses at TAFE, if you’re eligible. Eligibility criteria apply. Free TAFE on selected courses only. Other fees and charges may apply. See www.freetafe.vic.gov.au.

Average total fees include designated materials and will vary according to your specific unit choices and other factors.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

For information on refunds in relation to withdrawals, transfers and cancellations refer to the following policies and procedures.
Refund of Course Fees Policy
Student Withdrawal and Refund of Course Fees Procedure

Please visit our Fees and Charges page for more information.
Intake Campus Course Details
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