Certificate III in Horticulture

National Code: AHC30716
TAFE SA Code: TP01069


Gain the skills and knowledge you need to work as a horticulturist or gardener with this comprehensive horticulture qualification. Learn all about plants and their culture, plant pests and diseases, how to control weeds, and how to improve gardens and turf areas. Develop your knowledge even further in your areas of interest with our comprehensive range of electives including site inspections, hydroponic systems, landscape maintenance, plant nutrition, operating machinery and equipment, and the safe use of chemicals. Get your hands in the dirt and grow your career with TAFE SA.

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to buy and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety boots and appropriate workwear (eg sun protection (hat), long pants, long sleeve shirt) (approx.

  • $200) Incidental items
    • $45.00 for other personal protective equipment (eg gloves, safety glasses and spray suit)

  • Average cost per semester
    Total Fees for the 12 month course
    You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
    Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
    Full Fee

    Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Upfront Payment

      Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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      Payment Plan

      If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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    • Employment Outcomes

      Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include Horticulturist and Gardener.

      Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

      Qualifications & Skills Covered

      Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716)
      This certificate develops skills and knowledge in carrying out WHS procedures, providing information on plants, controlling weeds, pests and diseases, chemical use, installing and operating irrigation systems, plant nutrition, plant establishment, landscape construction and maintenance, sports turf construction and maintenance, specialist pruning, propagation and maintenance of nursery plants, machinery and equipment operation and maintenance. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 5 core units and 11 elective units.

      Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

      of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
      of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

      * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
    • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

      Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


      Name Nominal Hours
      Contribute to work health and safety processes 50
      Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80
      Control weeds 70
      Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas 60
      Provide information on plants and their culture 70


      Name Nominal Hours
      Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50
      Collect native seed 40
      Conduct site inspections 80
      Coordinate work site activities 70
      Establish turf 60
      Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs 50
      Identify plant specimens 80
      Implement a grassed area maintenance program 60
      Implement a landscape maintenance program 100
      Implement a plant establishment program 80
      Implement a plant nutrition program 60
      Implement a propagation plan 90
      Install pressurised irrigation systems 70
      Maintain nursery plants 40
      Maintain pressurised irrigation systems 50
      Operate machinery and equipment 40
      Operate pressurised irrigation systems 50
      Perform specialist amenity pruning 65
      Plan and maintain plant displays 50
      Sample soils and interpret results 60
      Transport and store chemicals 50
      Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50
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