AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture

Award Course
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 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.

Information for International Students

Students must be at least 18 years old when they commence studies. SuniTAFE operates a 30 hectare commercial horticulture farm at Cardross which is 7 kilometres away from the Mildura campus. Students will undertake training and practical classes at the farm. The Institute has a minibus so students can get to the farm for classes. Students are recommended to purchase work boots for classes on the farm.

Duration 52 Weeks
English Proficiency IELTS 5.5 or equivalent test score, or successful completion of Upper Intermediate ELICOS at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
Fees per Semester (AUD) $7,000
Total Fees (AUD) $14,000
Course Start Dates February, July
Academic Requirements Successful completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 11 high school studies.

* Duration of a course includes periods for orientation and enrolment, teaching, assessment, structured learning support, study breaks and public holidays.
* Fees are subject to change.

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
AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems 50
AHCIRG339 Monitor soils under irrigation 70
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40
AHCMOM311 Operate precision control technology 90
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
AHCPHT301 Carry out a crop regulation program 80
AHCPHT303 Implement a post-harvest program 70
AHCPHT305 Regulate crops 30
AHCPHT310 Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting 70
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds 40
AHCSOL301 Prepare growing media 40
AHCSOL401 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

Course Assessment

  • Observation and oral questioning
  • Project
  • Practical task
  • Written task
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.