National code: AHC30921

Certificate III in Landscape Construction

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Overview About this course

Gain the skills to become a landscaper with this trade-level qualification. Build experience on-site as you work with plants, soil and construction materials to build natural landscapes, structures and irrigation and drainage systems.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Construct landscape features using stone and concrete

  • Build a range of timber structures and features

  • Construct brick and block structures

  • Build retaining walls

  • Provide information about plants

  • Collect and prepare soils for testing

Course outcomes

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

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level

  • A pathway to further study in landscape design

  • A trade level qualification

  • The skills and knowledge to begin work as a landscape construction worker

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

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

  • This course is offered as an apprenticeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

  • Be employed as an apprentice in industry

  • Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application


  • This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) – you will need this before you can enter a construction site.

Entry recommendations

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

  • A reasonable level of fitness to keep up with the manual tasks of a landscape construction job

  • You must provide your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including appropriate steel capped footwear, appropriate clothing such as drill-cotton, full-length trousers and sleeved tops where required, glasses, ear protection and masks as needed.

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: landscaper and landscape gardener.


Landscapers must have a licence before they do any residential building work in NSW, including structural landscaping, valued at more than $5000 (incl GST) in labour and materials. After completing this qualification, you may lodge your application for a landscaping licence in person at a Service NSW centre. Landscapers who wish to connect irrigation to potable water supplies need to have a Plumbers Licence as outlined by NSW Fair Trading. For further information please check Structural landscaping - NSW Fair Trading.

Study pathways

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

Previous study 1 Course

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The Certificate III in Landscape Construction does not have any post-graduate courses.

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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 Landscape Construction qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 17 units of competency, including 10 core and 7 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 a retaining wall project AHCLSC319

  • Construct brick and block structures and features AHCLSC312

  • Construct stone structures and features, and install stone cladding AHCLSC313

  • Implement a plant establishment program AHCPGD307

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

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • 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

Info sessions Want to know more?

There are a total of 2 information sessions planned for this course. They'll take place at different locations across the state.

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