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AHC30722 Certificate III in Horticulture

About this course

This qualification is delivered through an Australian Traineeship.  All participants must be employed in this field with a registered employer and entered into a formal training contract through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. 

What you will learn

This qualification includes the following units of competency:

Core units:

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals

AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases

AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems

AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment

AHCPCM308 Identify and select plants

AHCPGD309 Perform specialist amenity pruning

AHCPMG301 Control weeds

AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas

AHCWHS302 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

AHCWRK320 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units*:

AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems

AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens

AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program

AHCPGD307 Implement a plant establishment program

AHCTRF308 Establish turf

AHCWRK317 Coordinate work site activities

*Elective units may be customised to suit employer requirements

Entry Requirements

All participants must:

– Attend a pre-enrolment information session;
– Complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment;
– Have basic computer and internet skills.
– Be able to read, understand and interpret written information.

Individuals with a disability are encouraged to apply.


The following employment pathways may include:

– Horticulturalist;
– Nursery Worker (retail/wholesale);
– Grounds person;
– Parks and Gardens Assistant.

Further study pathways include:

– AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture
– AHC40320 Certificate IV in Production Nursery
– AHC40620 Certificate IV in Nursery Operations

Note: This RTO may not offer all qualifications listed above as possible pathways.


An Advance trainer/assessor will visit the apprentice/trainee at the workplace at least once per month to facilitate training and assessment activities. These visits will be negotiated with the employer.

Duration: 2 years full time.

Course Fees

This training is delivered as an apprenticeship. Please refer to the website course fees –

This qualification is available under the Job Trainer initiative concession rate for eligible participants.

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Eligibility criteria apply.  Student tuition fees are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. This course is a Centrelink approved activity.

How to enrol

Please contact the Apprenticeship/Traineeship Coordinator at the Mornington campus on 5977 2976.

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