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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Total Fees for the 12 month course
Fee Free

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and will include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.

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Full Fee

This course also has an additional cost of $45.00 for personal protective clothing.

  • 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.

    * 2021 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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