National code: AHC30716

Certificate III in Horticulture

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Overview About this course

Grow your career as a sought-after horticulturalist in an evolving industry. Create and nurture green environments that are both beautiful and functional. Be industry ready for a fulfilling career as a horticulturist, landscaper or gardener.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Recognise common and rare plants

  • Apply specialist amenity pruning techniques

  • Plan and install irrigation systems

  • Plan and implement programs such as pest control and disease, plant nutrition and soil improvement

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Specialist amenity pruning techniques

  • Experience in implementing a pest control solution and a plant nutrition program

  • Confidence to recognise common and rare plant species

  • Eligibility to apply for a chemical user's licence through the Environmental Protection Agency

  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career options

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Depending on where you choose to study, there may be additional campus specific entry requirements for this qualification. You must meet these entry requirements before you enrol.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in the horticulture industry and/or currently employed in the industry

  • Physical fitness to lift heavy materials, work on your feet for long periods, climb ladders to prune trees, and dig holes in preparation for seedbeds and planting trees

  • A keen eye for detail

  • Good communication skills

  • The ability to work in a team

  • Intermediate computer skills

  • The ability to research and investigate different topics using public digital databases

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: gardener , horticulturist and landscaper.

Licensing

Two elective units from this course meet licensing requirements to use agricultural chemicals. Once you complete these units you will be eligible to apply for chemical users licence through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Pesticides Act 1999 requires you to hold this licence to purchase and use chemicals in a commercial setting.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Horticulture does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Horticulture qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 5 core and 11 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas AHCSOL303

  • Provide information on plants and their culture AHCPCM302

  • Control weeds AHCPMG301

  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders AHCPMG302

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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