Certificate III in Horticulture

National Code: AHC30716
TAFE SA Code: TP01069


Build on your horticultural knowledge and skills and learn to apply plant nutrition, control weeds, pests and diseases, use chemicals safely, install and operate irrigation systems, propagate and maintain nursery plants, operate and maintain machinery and equipment, and undertake specialist pruning.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Locations & Applications

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Information Session:

Monday 13 December 2021 10:00am & 6:00pm and
Wednesday 12 January 2022 10:00am & 6:00pm at Barossa Valley Campus - To register your interest please call 8562 0500

Information Session:

Monday 13 December 2021 10:00am & 6:00pm and
Wednesday 12 January 2022 10:00am & 6:00pm at Barossa Valley Campus - To register your interest please call 8562 0500

Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,773 - $2,675
$3,545 - $5,351
$1,161 - $1,753
$2,323 - $3,506

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

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

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.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • 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 find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 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 operational inspection of park facilities 70
    Conduct site inspections 80
    Construct landscape features using concrete 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 maintenance program for hydroponic systems 60
    Implement a plant establishment program 80
    Implement a plant nutrition program 60
    Implement a propagation plan 90
    Implement revegetation works 80
    Install hydroponic systems 60
    Install pressurised irrigation systems 70
    Maintain nursery plants 40
    Maintain pressurised irrigation systems 50
    Manage organic soil improvement 100
    Monitor turf health 60
    Operate machinery and equipment 40
    Operate pressurised irrigation systems 50
    Perform specialist amenity pruning 65
    Plan and maintain plant displays 50
    Plant horticultural crops 25
    Prepare and apply chemicals 70
    Prepare growing media 40
    Renovate sports turf 60
    Sample soils and interpret results 60
    Set out site for construction works 50
    Transport and store chemicals 50
    Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50
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