(AHC30716) Certificate III in Horticulture

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Course Overview

This course develops skills and knowledge required to work in the Horticulture industry. You will have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as arboriculture, nursery (wholesale or retail), landscaping, turf or parks and gardens.  

AQF Code
Course Duration
44 weeks
Hobart, Launceston
Intake Dates
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus
Course Fee
$14,000 (prices include all material fees)
English Language Requirements
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
Required Prior Study

Career Opportunities

Work undertaken as Horticultural tradespersons can include:

  • Monitoring plant health
  • Operating and maintaining specialised and advanced machinery
  • Providing information on plants, products and treatments
  • Erecting horticultural structures
  • Controlling weeds, pests and diseases
  • Establishing and maintaining planted areas


Course Structure

Learning will be in a workplace or at TasTAFE facilities where appropriate, and may include:

  • Demonstrations Learning Guides – Books that contain information to help with your learning
  • DVDs and Videos – Resources that give you extra support and information
  • Classroom learning for theory
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Projects
  • Written tests.

To achieve a Certificate III in Horticulture, 16 units must be successfully completed:


5 Core Units
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
11 Elective Units


Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed. You will have the option to be assessed by:

  • Short written assessment – question and answer style test
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based
  • Assignments – research topic and provide a written response
  • Practical – you will be observed doing tasks
  • All students may be assessed in the workplace
  • If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg verbal tests instead of short written tests)
  • Testimonials from supervisor
  • Photographic and other media evidence.

Support is available to help students who may have difficulty meeting the above requirements. Some of these skills may be improved through the learning process.

If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg verbal tests instead of short written tests).


Entry Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 General Training (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.


Recognition of Prior Learning

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.

Regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of your skills and experience.  When you apply to attend TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of:

  • schooling
  • formal/informal learning
  • life experience
  • employment/work experience.

You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units/modules that you have completed previously at another training organisation.

It is also possible to apply for credit for TasTAFE subjects if you decide to study at university.



Course information displayed on this website is subject to change.

You may be required to purchase additional materials or stationery for your course.