Certificate III in Horticulture

CRICOS Code: 105563C
National Code: AHC30716


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.

Duration (incl. holidays)
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52 weeks
40 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

Course Notes

  • The Certificate III in Horticulture and Diploma of Horticulture have been superseded and are in transition to the new versions during 2023. There may be changes to the course such as fees, delivery methods, and other things. Transfer to the new versions in 2024, and any changes to delivery, is subject to approval. More details will be provided once known.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $5130
AUD $300*
Semester 2
AUD $5130
Fee Totals
AUD $10260
AUD $300*
Total Course Cost
AUD $10560

* Students will need to purchase steel cap boots, Riggers work gloves, Nitrile solvent resistant gloves, broad brimmed hat, secateurs, safety glasses, hearing muffs (Class 5), safety P1 dust mask with valve, safety P2 dust/mist/fume mask with valve, and spray suit coverall (type 4,5,6).

Note: TAFE SA course tuition and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the current year, course, tuition and other fees/costs for these years will apply once published. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to alter, amend or delete any fee, course, admission requirement, mode of delivery, duration or other arrangement without prior notice. If the study duration is extended beyond the period of the student’s visa the student will be liable for visa and related costs, eg medical examinations, OSHC and living expenses.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • 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.

    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

    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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