AHC31016 - Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

A plant whisperer with experience? Get recognition for those roots.

If you've been working in parks and gardens to plant, care for and maintain a variety of landscape environments, you could be recognised for your experience with a Certificate III in Parks and Gardens, achieved via RPL. This is an opportune way for experienced parks and gardens tradies, horticulturalists and city gardeners to qualify their experience and enhance career opportunities in sports turf management, natural landscape restoration, constructed gardens, and plant identification.

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$3,200* $10,000 $6,800

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Total number of units = 16

  • Core Units = 5
  • Elective Units = 11

Core Units

Unit Code 

Unit Title 


Control weeds


Control plant pests, diseases and disorders


Implement a plant nutrition program


Provide information on plants and their culture


Contribute to work health and safety processes

Elective Units

  • Select 7 units from the list below
  • 4 units aligned to AQF levels 2, 3 or 4 may be selected from this list or any other endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course
    Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in parks and gardens and must be chosen to ensure the integrity of the qualification outcome at AQF level 3

Unit Code 

Unit Title 


Implement a tree maintenance program


Report on health and condition of trees


Install cable and bracing


Implement a tree protection program


Fall trees manually (advanced)


Prepare and apply chemicals


Transport and store chemicals


Install pressurised irrigation systems


Operate pressurised irrigation systems


Maintain pressurised irrigation systems


Measure irrigation delivery system performance


Troubleshoot irrigation systems


Set out site for construction works


Construct landscape features using concrete


Construct brick and or block structures and features


Erect timber structures and features


Construct stone structures and features


Implement a paving project


Implement a retaining wall project


Install metal structures and features


Install water features


Implement a tree transplanting program


Operate machinery and equipment


Maintain natural areas


Implement revegetation works


Implement a plant establishment program


Plan and maintain plant displays


Perform specialist amenity pruning


Implement a landscape maintenance program


Conduct operational inspection of park facilities


Implement a maintenance program for an aquatic environment


Identify plant specimens


Prepare growing media


Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas


Construct turf playing surfaces


Establish turf


Implement a grassed area maintenance program


Monitor turf health


Renovate sports turf


Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

This qualification does not require any licensing

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