AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture

Award Course
Cricos Code 092538D


The Certificate III in Horticulture equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to start your career in horticulture. The 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 gardener, landscape designer, garden designer, horticulturalist, skilled farm worker or any one of a number of varied roles within the industry.


This qualification can lead to further study at 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 growing citrus, vines, almonds, olives, dates, avocadoes, annual vegetables and nursery plants. A range of fruit trees, garden plants and native plants are propagated in the on-farm nursery. Students undertake classes and practical components of the program at the SuniTAFE SMARTFarm at Cardross which is 7 kilometres from the main Mildura campus.

Students are recommended to purchase work boots and wear appropriate sun safe work clothes including hats for classes at the SuniTAFE Farm.


Duration 52 weeks
English Proficiency IELTS 6.0 or equivalent test score, or successful completion of Upper Intermediate ELICOS at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE.
Fees per Semester (AUD) $3,500
Total Fees (AUD) $14,000
Course Start Dates 29 January, 15 July, 
Academic Requirements Completion of year 11 or Australian Year 11 equivalent.  
Study Mode Full-time, face to face learning. Classes are timetabled 4 days per week, and placements are full-time.

* Duration of a course includes periods for orientation and enrolment, teaching, assessment, structured learning support, study breaks and public holidays.
* Fees and details are subject to change.
* This course is currently in transition and the course codes, name, units of study or content may change. Students will be updated regarding any changes impacting their offer or enrolment.


Units & Assessment
Core Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture 70 $30.00
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70 $30.00
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80 $30.00
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas 60 $30.00
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50 $30.00
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision 30 $30.00
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70 $30.00
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50 $30.00
AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50 $30.00
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems 70 $30.00
AHCIRG332 Operate pressurised irrigation systems 50 $30.00
AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems 50 $30.00
AHCIRG437 Schedule irrigations 50 $30.00
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40 $30.00
AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles 50 $30.00
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40 $30.00
AHCMOM315 Operate chemical application machinery and equipment 90 $30.00
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants 40 $30.00
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan 90 $30.00
AHCNSY307 Operate fertigation equipment 70 $30.00
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program 60 $30.00
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens 80 $30.00
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program 80 $30.00
AHCPHT312 Implement a crop regulation program 80 $30.00
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds 40 $30.00
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results 60 $30.00
AHCSOL406 Sample soils and interpret results 60 $30.00
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities 70 $30.00
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50 $30.00
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding 20 $26.00
TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck 40 $52.00
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.