Certificate III in Horticulture


From January 2019, this course will be offered free of tuition fees for eligible students under the Victorian government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers. If you're eligible, the State Government will cover the full cost of your tuition fees for this course, saving you thousands of dollars. Other fees, such as materials and amenities, may still apply. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.

Nurture your interest in all things green with a Certificate III in Horticulture. A flourishing and rewarding career is bound to follow.

Certificate III in Horticulture

Students will learn modern and traditional horticultural trade skills, such as plant recognition and nutrition, pest, disease and weed control, irrigation operation and turf management.

Horticulture is playing an increasingly vital role in conserving our environment and maintaining flora for future generations.

The program is varied and facilitates entry into a range of industry sectors including, landscape, parks and gardens, and employment in areas such as local government, contract maintenance businesses, botanic gardens and general horticultural enterprises.

Learn in lush surrounds

The Certificate III in Horticulture is delivered at Fairfield campus, in our modern horticulture areas.

You will benefit from hands-on training in our lush and extensive grounds and purpose built horticulture workshops and will also benefit from course excursions and participation in industry events.

Industry connections and resources

The NGIV – Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria – is the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. You will have an opportunity to work with the organisation through events such as the Melbourne International flower and Garden show.


The course offers competency assessment based on your abilities to achieve unit outcomes. There will also be workplace delivery and assessment of competencies and demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports.

Employment outcomes

Successful completion of this qualification will see you more accomplished in your job and broaden your opportunities in the Horticultural field.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Local Students






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 12 months

Part-time: 2 years
Monday and Thursday 6-9pm part time evening over 3 years.
Trainee one day per week over 3 years.
Full time 4 days per week.

Class Schedule: *

Full time - Monday-Thursday 8am-4.30pm
Monday evening, Thursday evening, part time evening

**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Practical Work, Blended online, Classroom


From January 2019, this course is offered at $0 tuition for eligible students under the Victorian State Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program. Note you may still have to pay other fees, such as materials and amenities. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.


Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Competency assessment based on your abilities to achieve unit outcomes. There will also be workplace delivery and assessment of competencies and demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports


A list of equipment and reference material (which you will need to provide) will be distributed at the start of the course. Reference material is also available for loan in our libraries.
Necessary items may include your own:
  • safety boots (steel capped)
  • gloves
  • sun hat
  • Hi-Vis vest
  • good quality secateurs
  • sunscreen
  • USB flash drive
  • one textbook and suitable writing materials

Entrance Requirements

  • Direct entry - no requirements
  • as a Trainee, you will be eligible for this course if you are employed in the horticultural industry and have a signed Training Agreement with your employer and Melbourne Polytechnic

Pathways to further study

This qualification may lead to further study - the Certificate IV in Horticulture, or other streams, and/or into the Diploma of Horticulture

Career Pathways

Successful completion of this traineeship will see you more accomplished in your job and may make you eligible for other opportunities in the Horticultural field

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February
  • July

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.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50
AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems 50
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works 80
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program 60
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture 70
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens 80
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program 80
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning 65
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program 100
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas 60
AHCTRF302 Establish turf 60
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.