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AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture

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Why choose this course?

Embark on your career in horticulture with this qualification. This course will further enhance your knowledge of plant identification and displays, plant propagation, pruning, installing and maintaining turf, and weed, pest and disease management.

You will also learn to install irrigation, how to safely prepare, store and apply chemicals, operate machinery and how to work in and maintain a safe and healthy workplace.

When you complete this course, you will have the knowledge and ability to undertake a variety of horticultural tasks with confidence and to industry standard.

You can improve your career prospects, by enrolling into AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture for a further 6 months.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Career opportunities

  • Horticulturist

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 6.0 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 10.

Please refer to the Non-Tuition Fees section of your Letter of Offer for any additional requirements where a cost may be incurred.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2025

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2025
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $694
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however students have access to a fully simulated workplace environment such as a plant nursery and parklands located on campus.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 16 units. These 16 are comprised of 5 core units and 11 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems
  • AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems
  • AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants
  • AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan
  • AHCPCM204 Recognise plants
  • AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
  • AHCPGD207 Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCPGD209 Prune shrubs and small trees
  • AHCSOL301 Prepare growing media
  • AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written questions and assessments and practical demonstration of skills in the simulated environment including practical work skills and tasks to demonstrate performance requirements. These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, workbooks, worksheets, handouts and PowerPoint presentations.

Facilities and equipment may include use of a simulated nursery facility with greenhouse and shade house facilities, hard stand with a retail facility attached, access to tools, machinery and equipment such as irrigation systems, pest control chemicals and plants and plant media.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

For information about pathways from TAFE to university, view our Pathways to university page.

How to apply

Apply to study at TAFE in six steps:

  1. find a course;
  2. check entry requirements;
  3. submit an application;
  4. accept your offer and pay;
  5. apply for your student visa; and
  6. receive your visa and come to Australia for your studies.

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Student Ivan in garden at TAFE campus

I study horticulture at TAFE and there is good infrastructure here. We have a nice greenhouse and retail section. You see a lot of plants and that obviously helps because seeing a plant in real life is not the same as studying about it in a book. There's a lot of practical activities and the lecturers are very passionate as they've been in the industry for many years. This is different from the professors I had at university.

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TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, for the delivery of training to international students, enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. This nationally recognised course is delivered by a Western Australian TAFE college on TIWA's behalf. TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documentation to students.

Last updated on June 14, 2024