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Offering Info

Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

  • National Course Code: AHC31016
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC31016-01V02-21OUR-996

Location – Ourimbah (Apprenticeship)

Attendance

Part Time

Delivery

On campus

Course Start Date

Anytime

Study Commitment

7.5 Hours per week

Duration

3 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Parks and Gardens equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in a growing industry. Learn from horticulture experts, hone your skills in specialist training facilities, and turn your passion for nature into a fulfilling career today.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Implement a plant nutrition program
  • Improve soil quality
  • Control weeds, plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • Participate in work health and safety processes
  • Use hand tools and machinery to create a park or garden
  • Perform specialist pruning

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A willingness to learn and develop skills using hand tools and machinery to create a park or garden
  • A desire to work primarily outdoors
  • An interest in plants and the construction of gardens
  • A willingness to get their hands dirty
  • Resilience and the capacity to attend classes and complete all assessments while working in the industry

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course provides you with:

  • A trade qualification
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business

Career opportunities:

  • Gardener
  • Parks and gardens worker

GROW YOUR CAREER

Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Horticulture
  • Diploma of Landscape Design
  • Diploma of Arboriculture

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Parks and Gardens as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.

Apprenticeship
To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the parks and gardens industry evidenced by a letter from your employer
  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

Non-apprenticeship
Enquire today and one of our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements.

WORK PLACEMENT

There is no work placement requirement for this qualification. As an apprentice, you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

If you are enrolling as a non-apprentice, you need to be in relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments in order to meet the course completion requirements.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

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

  • An understanding of the natural environment
  • Some knowledge of biological processes
  • A willingness to work outdoors and in different environments
  • A reasonable level of fitness to use wheelbarrows, do repetitive lifting and be on your feet for long periods
  • Literacy, numeracy and computer literacy at Year 10 level

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • You must be a current registered Parks and Gardens apprentice, or an existing mature-age worker currently in the industry, to undertake this course.
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a part time, face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 7.5 hours of class, 1 day a week for 88 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study and research, assignment preparation.


IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are current registered Parks and Gardens apprentice, or an existing mature-age worker currently in the industry, to undertake this course

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 8.00am to 4.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
Secateurs
Foldable pruning saw
8m metric tape
Work boots
Broad-brim hat (minimum 80mm brim width)
Earmuffs to AS1269
Approved safety glasses
Work gloves
Basic calculator
Kent 62M or Linex 433 scale rule
0.5mm clutch pencil, HB pencil
Squares: 45 & 30/60
Circle template
A4 folder with paper, pens, USB memory stick or similar

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/apprenticeships_traineeships/index.html

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
AHCTRF308 Establish turf
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program
AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCIRG345 Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCPGD302 Plan and maintain plant displays
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Parks and Gardens Tradesperson

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Ourimbah
Brush Road, Ourimbah
Phone 131 601

Fees information

We understand that many students are confused by different fees for similar courses, and want to reassure you that studying with TAFE NSW won't damage your hip pocket.

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