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1 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of two (2) semesters full-time, or up to six (6) semesters part-time. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.



Not available to international students.

Course code



AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture provides you with the intermediate skills and knowledge which boost your employability in varied horticulture industry areas.

In this course, you will advance your skills and knowledge in work health and safety as it applies to the Horticulture industry. You will also learn how to identify local plants, develop planting and maintenance schedules, hard landscaping skills as well as the advanced care of nursery plants. Furthermore, you will increase your skills and knowledge of soils, plant nutrition, maintenance and installation of irrigation systems, and how to control weeds, plant pests and diseases.

This qualification underpins a range of work functions and job roles that are welcome in local horticulture industry sectors.

Career opportunities

Possible occupations relevant to this qualification include:
>Hard and soft landscaper
>Landscape maintenance
>Nursery worker
>Irrigation service technician
>Horticulture consultant
>Sustainable horticulture promotional office
>Interior plantscaper

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Pathways into the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture.


2023 course fee for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place range from $3,412.50 - $4,305.00, and for students who are not eligible range from $14,625.00 - $18,450.00 dependent on the units chosen.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

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What will I study?

To achieve AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture, a total of sixteen (16) units of competency must be completed comprising five (5) Core and eleven (11) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 975 - 1180. The total nominal hours for this qualification will vary depending on the elective units selected.

CodeModule/Unit of Competency


AHCPCM302Provide information on plants and their culture70
AHCPMG301Control weeds70
AHCPMG302Control plant pests, diseases and disorders80
AHCSOL303Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas60
AHCWHS301Contribute to work health and safety processes50
 Total nominal hours for core units330
Select min. 8 and max. 11 units
AHCCHM303Prepare and apply chemicals70
AHCCHM304Transport and store chemicals50
AHCLSC301Set out site for construction works50
AHCLSC302Construct landscape features using concrete80
AHCLSC306Implement a paving project100
AHCNSY306Implement a propagation plan90
AHCPCM301Implement a plant nutrition program60
AHCPCM303Identify plant specimens80
AHCPGD301Implement a plant establishment program80
AHCPGD304Implement a landscape maintenance program100
AHCWRK305Coordinate work site activities70
Unnamed elective units (select  max. 3 units
AHCPCM204Recognise plants40
AHCPGD203Prune shrubs and small trees35
AHCIRG345Install pressurized irrigation systems70
AHCINF303Plan and construct conventional fencing60
AHCMOM213Operate and maintain chainsaws40
AHCPMG201Treat weeds40
AHCPCM202Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens30
AHCNAR304Undertake direct seeding80
FWPCOT3259Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads40
FWPFGM3215Perform complex 4x4 operations80
AHCECR305Collect native seed40
AHCMOM304Operate machinery and equipment40
AHCLPW306Undertake sampling and testing of water70
 Total nominal hours for elective units645 - 900
 Total nominal hours for the qualification975 - 1230

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LL&N) evaluation helps identify any areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture is available for direct entry, however it is recommended that candidates have:

  • Successful completion of AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture or related qualification; or
  • Minimum 1 year previous/current employment within the Horticulture industry.
  • Trainees must have an existing work contract.

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Course details


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

VET for secondary schools

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

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Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus, workplace assessment

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Gardener (General)
Area of study
Horticulture, Science, Environmental Science and Management

Contact details Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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