AHC30716Certificate III in Horticulture

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  • Awarded by

    TAFE NSW North Coast (RTO 90010)

  • Qualification

    Certificate III

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Maximum 24 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Horticulturalist | Community Facilities Landscape Assistant | Landscaping Assistant | Open Space Horticulturalist | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Last modified: 08 Jun 2018

In a Nutshell

The Certificate III in Horticulture, offered by Open Colleges, equips students with the fundamental skills needed for working in the horticulture and landscaping industries.

Throughout the course, you'll learn how to: recognise plants, prepare plant specimens and plant trees and shrubs; install and maintain plant displays and nursery plants; implement soil improvements for plant and turf areas, and plant nutrition programs; conduct site inspections and operational inspections of park facilities; control weeds, plant pests, diseases and disorders; and implement a grassed area maintenance program.

This course is delivered online with a work-based project component. This means you'll be developing your knowledge and skills partly through online learning, and partly through practical projects in a real-life workplace setting (such as a local council, golf course, park, sporting field or resort).

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian; AND
    • Entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level. If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:
      • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; OR
      • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication; AND
    • Physical requirements for this course include manual dexterity (use of tools and equipment), as well as the ability to lift and carry equipment, in order to meet performance criteria and achieve a competent result.
  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this horticulture course, the subjects you may study include:

    • AHCPCM201 - Recognise plants
      AHCPCM202 - Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
      AHCPGD201 - Plant trees and shrubs
      AHCNSY303 - Install and maintain plant displays
      AHCNSY301 - Maintain nursery plants
      AHCWHS301 - Contribute to work health and safety processes
      AHCPCM302 - Provide information on plants and their culture
      AHCSOL303 - Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
      AHCPCM301 - Implement a plant nutrition program
      AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
      AHCWRK309 - Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
      AHCPMG302 - Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
      AHCWRK305 - Coordinate work site activities
      AHCWRK311 - Conduct site inspections
      AHCPGD305 - Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
      AHCTRF303 - Implement a grassed area maintenance program
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  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.

    As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.


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Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate III in Horticulture from Open Colleges.

Graduates are prepared to seek positions as horticulturalists and landscaping assistants in a variety of settings. Graduates may also pursue roles in organisations who create and maintain large open spaces, including parks, sporting fields, playgrounds and other public spaces.

Wondering where a career in horticulture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

Let's Talk Price

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $65.47 per week
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees

  • $3432 upfront payment
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