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AHC30722 Course Outline

Course CRICOS Code: 113692E
Duration: 52 weeks (40 weeks study plus 12 weeks break)


Face to face 2 days a week


This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for general vocational job roles in the amenity horticulture industry.

This qualification is not intended to be used as a substitute for AHC Training Package trade qualifications.

Individuals with this qualification perform tasks under broad supervision involving a broad range of skills that are applied in a wide variety of contexts, which will involve discretion and judgement in selecting and operating equipment, coordinating resources and applying contingency measures during work.

Work must comply with work health and safety and environmental regulations and legislation that apply to the workplace.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


Certificate III in Horticulture consists of 17 units of competency; 11 Core Units and 6 Elective Units.

Unit 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

AHCARB316    Perform pruning operations
AHCPCM303    Identify plant specimens
AHCNSY313    Implement a propagation plan
AHCLSC316    Implement a paving project
AHCSOL305    Prepare growing media
AHCTRF309    Implement a grassed area maintenance program


There are no training package entry requirements associated with this qualification however the following entry requirements apply.

  • Students must be 18 years of age at the time of enrolment

  • IELTS score 5.5 overall (with no band less than 5.0) or equivalent Pearson Test of English (PTE)

  • Year 12 or equivalent of Australian HSC.


After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake an AQF level 4 qualification within the AHC Package, or other Training Packages.


Alternatively, students will be able to access appropriate employment.

When successfully completed students can apply for jobs within the business industry which may include and of the following high level, specialised qualification can lead to in-demand roles such as:

  • Horticulturist 

  • Irrigation Service Technician

  • Horticulture Consultant

  • Interior Plant Scraper


This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

 Students that complete some but not all of the units of competency as stated in the Course Structure may be issued with a Statement of Attainment. It will identify only those units of competence that have been completed as part of the qualification and recognised nationally under the AQF.



Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for what you already know. If you believe you have related skills or have relevant units/qualifications obtained in previous successful studies, please indicate on your application form that you wish to apply for RPL/Credit.

Australian Health and Horticulture Institute Pty Ltd recognises qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework by a Registered Training Organisation. 


2023 Fees:

  • Onshore

Tuition Fees  :  9,700 $

Material Fee :  1,500 $

  • Offshore

Tuition Fees  :  12,800 $

Material Fee :   1,500 $

Non-Tuition Fees*

Enrollment Fee: 300 $

* These are the mandatory fees related to Certificate III in Horticulture studies. There may be other additional fees related to student administration - these are clearly outlined on page 5 of the Letter of Offer and Student Acceptance agreement. 


For further information regarding studying with AHHI, please refer to our Student Handbook which outlines all additional terms, conditions, and information related to student life in Australia. 

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