Become a qualified Horticulturalist in one year with our Certificate III in Parks and Gardens. This course is offered in two streams - Apprentices already learning and working in Horticulture and also for those who want to begin or change career.
The Certificate III in Parks and Gardens is suitable for anyone wishing to learn about public park maintenance, community gardens and commercial and residential properties. Parks and Gardens staff are responsible for maintaining our public areas, and ensuring that they are cultivated and managed to a high standard.
The course involves hands-on practical work and classroom theory and covers studies such as soil and plant nutrition, plant growth and identification, specialist pruning, pest, disease and weed control, tree assessment and operational inspection of park facilities, irrigration, chemical safety and turf establishment.
The Non-Apprenticeship stream of the Certificate III in Parks and Gardens provides a thorough grounding in horticulture, allowing you to develop skills in the planning, design and development of public parks for the general community, in organisations such as local councils, large private parks and public landscapes.
As an apprentice, you will be taught the technical skills and knowledge necessary for employment in grounds maintenance at public parks, residential and commercial properties. Parks and Gardens staff are responsible for providing grounds maintenance at a high standard.
The three year apprenticeship course involves hands-on practical work and classroom theory and covers studies such as soil and plant nutrition, plant growth and identification, specialist pruning, pest, disease and weed control, tree assessment and operational inspection of park facilities, irrigation, chemical safety and turf establishment. All training is related to the apprentice workplace duties and adjusted to employer requirements.
Apprentices and Non-Apprentices will acquire the essential skills and knowledge for the gardens maintenance trade with a focus on environmental and sustainable work practices.
Industry connections and resources
Experienced teachers will work with you throughout your apprenticeship as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for maintaining parks and gardens to a high standard. Those not undertaking an apprenticeship will gain the skills and knowledge to lead in the parks and garden industry. Apprentices and non-apprentices will also benefit from excursions to some of Victoria’s most popular botanical gardens and state parks.
The Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) is the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. You will have an opportunity to work with Melbourne Polytechnic through events such as the Melbourne International flower and Garden show.
Graduates can apply for employment as a qualified Horticulturalist in areas such as local council parks and gardens, landscape maintenance companies, or even start your own business!
Apprentices graduate as qualified Horticulturalists through your approved apprenticeships.
Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports. For apprentices there is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competence.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
For any additional information on the Certificate III in Parks and Gardens, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
Monday to Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm over 12 months
Tuesday and Thursday evenings or one full day a week. Apprenticeship:
One day per week over 3 years
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryField work, Industry based, Classroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsStudents may enrol in this course without having completed lower level studies in Horticulture. Appentices will be eligible for this course if they are employed in the Parks and Gardens industry and have a signed Training Agreement with the employer and Melbourne Polytechnic. Your course coordinator can provide further information on this.
Assessment MethodsAssessment is based on the student's abilities to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports.
MaterialsA list of equipment and reference material that you will need to provide will be distributed at the start of the course. Reference material is also available for loan from the Melbourne Polytechnic library. You will need to provide your own personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety boots (steel capped), gloves, sun hat, Hi Vis vest, sunscreen, as well as good quality secateurs, a USB flash drive, and writing materials
Pathways to further studyThese qualifications can lead you to further study at Certificate IV level, and/or into the Diploma of Horticulture or the Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science. Elective landscape construction units of study are available to full-time, non-apprenticeship students.
Career PathwaysPossible career outcomes for Parks and Gardens graduates, are:
- private residence gardener
- community parks and gardens horticulturalist
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.
|AHCARB302A||CONDUCT TREE INSPECTIONS||80|
|AHCCHM303A||PREPARE AND APPLY CHEMICALS||70|
|AHCCHM304A||TRANSPORT, HANDLE AND STORE CHEMICALS||50|
|AHCIRG302A||INSTALL IRRIGATION SYSTEMS||70|
|AHCIRG306A||TROUBLESHOOT IRRIGATION SYSTEMS||50|
|AHCLSC304A||ERECT TIMBER STRUCTURES AND FEATURES||60|
|AHCLSC306A||IMPLEMENT A PAVING PROJECT||100|
|AHCMOM304A||OPERATE MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT||40|
|AHCNAR303A||IMPLEMENT A REVEGETATION WORKS||80|
|AHCOHS301A||CONTRIBUTE TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES||50|
|AHCPCM301A||IMPLEMENT A PLANT NUTRITION PROGRAM||60|
|AHCPCM302A||PROVIDE INFORMATION ON PLANTS AND THEIR CULTURE||70|
|AHCPGD301A||IMPLEMENT A PLANT ESTABLISHMENT PROGRAM||80|
|AHCPGD303A||PERFORM SPECIALIST AMENITY PRUNING||30|
|AHCPGD304A||IMPLEMENT A LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM||100|
|AHCPGD305A||CONDUCT OPERATIONAL INSPECTION OF PARK FACILITIES||70|
|AHCPMG302A||CONTROL PLANT PESTS, DISEASES AND DISORDERS||80|
|AHCSOL301A||PREPARE GROWING MEDIA||40|
|AHCSOL302A||CONSTRUCT A SOIL PROFILE||80|
|AHCWRK313A||IMPLEMENT AND MONITOR ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES||50|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.