AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

Know how to grow green? Use it to get recognised.

If you're a horticulture worker with experience growing and managing plants, gardens, pests, diseases, and propagation, then you can use your knowledge to earn important formal qualifications. If you envision a career in horticulture, setting out sites, maintaining a nursery, installing plant displays, ensuring proper plant nutrition, and inspecting park facilities, then this Certificate III in Horticulture is the perfect pathway for you.

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Total number of units = 16

  • Core Units = 5
  • Elective Units = 11

Core Units

Unit Code 

Unit Title 

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

Elective Units

  • Select 8 units from elective list below
  • 3 units aligned to AQF levels 2, 3 or 4 may be selected from electives below or from this or any other endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course
    Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in horticulture and must be chosen to ensure the integrity of the qualification outcome at AQF level 3

Unit Code 

Unit Title 

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

Monitor and review 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

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

This qualification does not require any licensing

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