Melbourne Polytechnic's non-apprenticeship stream of the Certificate III in Landscape Construction will help you build and grow your future. Take your career to the great outdoors by creating serene spaces of gardening bliss, and build your skills in the landscaping or horticulture industry.
Industry opportunities for a lifetime
The landscaping and horticulture industries offer a diverse range of career opportunities for those wanting to work in the garden design trade.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Landscape Construction is offered as a non-apprenticeship course to those wanting to enhance their knowledge and skills in the industry.
Possible career paths for the landscape industry are:
- landscape gardener
- landscape business owner/operator
- community landscape officer
Learn landscaping fundamentals with industry professionals
Melbourne Polytechnic’s industry-qualified and experienced teachers will guide you through your studies in landscape construction.
As well as modern and traditional horticultural methodology, you will learn the fundamentals of garden design constructions and garden management.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Landscape Construction is delivered at state-of-the-art horticulture facilities, where students have the benefit of training on the extensive grounds as well as course excursions.
Students will also participate in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, as well as many other practical work activities.
The Certificate III in Landscape Construction is also offered as an apprenticeship program, where a formal training agreement must be entered between your employer and Melbourne Polytechnic.
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
(Year 1) Monday and Wednesday nights 5.30pm-9pm, (Year 2) Tuesday and Thursday nights 5.30pm-9pm. Please note: there is the requirement to attend training during the year on the occasional Saturday and some full weekdays. Students are able to enrol into individual units at any stage during the year if preferable.
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsThere are no entry requirements for people wishing to enter this course as their chosen career. If you already have an existing qualification in horticulture and/or have experience working in the industry, you may not need to undertake the full program. Recognition can be given for the qualifications/experience that you have gained that is contained in the current Amenity Horticulture Training Package.
Assessment MethodsA variety of assessment methods may be used to demonstrate students competence. At the commencement of each unit you will be given an outline of what is to be covered, and how the unit will be assessed. Assessment methods may include practical application and demonstration of skills, oral presentations, written assignments, tests and projects, work based projects, case studies, and log books.
MaterialsList of safety equipment and books needing to be purchased will be distributed to students early in the course. All students are required to attend with steel capped safety boots, safety glasses, ear muffs and an 8m measuring tape.
Pathways to further studyThese qualifications may lead to further study with the Certificate IV in Landscape Design or other streams, or into the Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science or other streams.
Career PathwaysThe program prepares the successful graduate for entry into the landscape industry as being either self-employed, sub-contracting or directly employed with a landscape contractor. Once completed, graduates have the potential to develop career pathways into small business operations as well as opening new opportunities for further studies and creating contacts in the Landscaping industry or Horticulture sector.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCARB205A||OPERATE AND MAINTAIN CHAINSAWS||40|
|AHCBUS402A||COST A PROJECT||50|
|AHCBUS504A||PREPARE ESTIMATES, QUOTES AND TENDERS||120|
|AHCDES502A||PREPARE LANDSCAPE PROJECT DESIGN||240|
|AHCDES503A||ASSESS LANDSCAPE SITES||110|
|AHCDRG301A||INSTALL DRAINAGE SYSTEMS||50|
|AHCLSC301A||SET OUT SITE FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK||50|
|AHCLSC302A||CONSTRUCT LANDSCAPE FEATURES USING CONCRETE||80|
|AHCLSC303A||CONSTRUCT BRICK AND/OR BLOCK STRUCTURES AND FEATURES||100|
|AHCLSC304A||ERECT TIMBER STRUCTURES AND FEATURES||60|
|AHCLSC305A||CONSTRUCT STONE STRUCTURES AND FEATURES||50|
|AHCLSC306A||IMPLEMENT A PAVING PROJECT||100|
|AHCLSC307A||IMPLEMENT A RETAINING WALL PROJECT||100|
|AHCLSC309A||INSTALL WATER FEATURES||60|
|AHCOHS301A||CONTRIBUTE TO O.H.S. PROCESSES||50|
|AHCPCM302A||PROVIDE INFORMATION ON PLANTS AND THEIR CULTURE||70|
|AHCPCM401A||RECOMMEND PLANTS AND CULTURAL PRACTICES||80|
|AHCPCM501A||DIAGNOSE PLANT HEALTH PROBLEMS||120|
|AHCPCM502A||COLLECT AND CLASSIFY PLANTS||120|
|AHCPGD301A||IMPLEMENT A PLANT ESTABLISHMENT PROGRAM||80|
|AHCPGD304A||IMPLEMENT A LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM||100|
|AHCPGD501A||MANAGE PLANT CULTURAL PRACTICES||200|
|AHCPGD502A||PLAN RESTORATION OF PARKS AND GARDENS||120|
|AHCSOL302A||CONSTRUCT A SOIL PROFILE||80|
|AHCSOL501A||MONITOR AND MANAGE SOILS FOR PRODUCTION||120|
|AHCWRK509A||PROVIDE SPECIALIST ADVICE TO CLIENTS||100|
|CUVACD302A||PRODUCE COMPUTER AIDED DRAWINGS||50|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.