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The Certificate III in Horticulture at TAFE NSW will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to work as a gardener, horticulturalist or landscaper in the diverse global horticulture industry.

You will develop a broad range of horticultural skills and build your expertise in areas including aboriculture, chemical use, industry work practices, irrigation and water, plants, soils, and pest management.

Learn to create and nurture different types of green environments that are both beautiful and functional. As a TAFE NSW student, you will learn in industry-standard facilities including greenhouses and shadehouses, and have access to industry-standard machinery, tools, materials and growing media.


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Through theory and practical course work you will learn to:

  • Plan and install irrigation systems
  • Control weeds, pests and disease
  • Determine and carry out plant nutrition requirements
  • Contribute to work health and safety practices


TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your skills in horticulture, including:

  • Recognising common and rare plants species
  • Establishing and maintaining grassed and planted areas
  • Implementing a pest control solution
  • Improving soil in gardens and turfed areas
  • Specialist amenity pruning techniques


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to work in a variety of horticulture settings:

  • A passion for and knowledge of plants and the environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skill
  • Good communication skills
  • Collaboration skills and the ability to work independently


High-tech agricultural production is changing the skills needed in the horticulture production industry with vertical farming, soilless-farming (using aeroponic or hydroponic systems) and drones increasingly used in large-scale operations.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:
English Language Requirements:
TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you require may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is highly recommended that you have:

  • An interest in the horticulture 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 seed beds 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

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

In Australia, you must hold a chemical users licence (issued by the Australian Environmental Protection Agency) in order to legally purchase and use chemicals in a commercial setting. This is outlined in the Pesticides Act 1999.The Pesticides Act 1999 requires you to hold this licence to purchase and use chemicals in a commercial setting in Australia.

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 Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ryde Feb , Jul A$12,040
Wollongbar Feb A$12,040
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ryde Feb , Jul A$12,040


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of study environments to enhance your learning, such as:

  • Propagation nursery
  • Glasshouse and shadehouse
  • Gardens
  • Simulated workplaces
  • Industry specific computer rooms
  • Studios and study areas
  • Presentation areas
  • General student facilities

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Studiosity - online access to a tutor


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules Total number of units - 16
  • Core Units = 5
  • Elective Units = 11
  • Core Units
  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • 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
  • AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program
  • AHCPCM304 Report on health and condition of trees
  • AHCARB303 Perform pruning operations
  • AHCARB305 Dismantle trees
  • AHCARB306 Undertake aerial rescue
  • AHCARB307 Use advanced climbing techniques
  • AHCARB312 Use standard climbing techniques to access trees
  • AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • AHCARB308 Install cable and bracing
  • AHCARB309 Implement a tree protection program
  • AHCBER301 Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response
  • AHCBIO302 Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs
  • AHCBER303 Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises
  • AHCBER304 Carry out movement and security procedures
  • AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures
  • AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 Transport, handle and store chemicals
  • AHCIRG303 Measure irrigation delivery system performance
  • AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems
  • AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems
  • AHCIRG332 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
  • AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
  • AHCLSC301 Set out site for construction works
  • AHCLSC302 Construct landscape features using concrete
  • AHCLSC303 Construct brick and or block structures and features
  • AHCLSC304 Erect timber structures and features
  • AHCLSC305 Construct stone structures and features
  • AHCLSC306 Implement a paving project
  • AHCLSC307 Implement a retaining wall project
  • AHCLSC308 Install metal structures and features
  • AHCLSC309 Install water features
  • AHCLSC310 Implement a tree transplanting program
  • AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
  • AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants
  • AHCNSY302 Receive and dispatch nursery products
  • AHCNSY303 Install and maintain plant displays
  • AHCNSY304 Deliver and promote sales of plants
  • AHCNSY305 Prepare specialised plants
  • AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan
  • AHCNSY307 Operate fertigation equipment
  • AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
  • AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens
  • AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program
  • AHCPGD302 Plan and maintain plant displays
  • AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning
  • AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program
  • AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
  • AHCPGD306 Implement a maintenance program for an aquatic environment
  • AHCSOL301 Prepare growing media
  • AHCTRF301 Construct turf playing surfaces
  • AHCTRF302 Establish turf
  • AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program
  • AHCTRF304 Monitor turf health
  • AHCTRF305 Renovate sports turf
  • AHCWAT301 Monitor and operate water treatment processes
  • AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
  • AHCWRK311 Conduct site inspection
  • AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
  • FWPCOT3238 Operate a pole saw
  • FWPFGM3213 Fall trees manually (advanced)
  • RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management plan


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Horticulture study pathway and advance your existing knowledge with the:

  • Diploma of Horticulture

    Be Recognised

    If you already have experience, skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.