Certificate III in Landscape Construction



Do you enjoy practical work outdoors and are interested in landscaping or the horticulture trade? Our Certificate III in Landscape Construction apprenticeship could be the right course for you.

Nurture your future career

The landscaping industry offers a diverse range of exciting career opportunities.

Our Certificate III in Landscape Construction is offered as an apprenticeship to those wanting to gain knowledge and skills in the industry.

You’ll learn both modern and traditional horticultural methodology, and the fundamentals of garden design constructions and garden management from our experienced and engaged teachers.

Industry connections and resources

Our Certificate III in Landscape Construction is delivered at state-of-the-art horticulture facilities, where you have the benefit of training on the extensive grounds as well as course excursions.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and many other practical work activities.

Australian apprentices undertaking this course may be eligible for the Commonwealth Government’s Trade Support Loan (TSL) program.

Employment outcomes

The landscaping industry offers a diverse range of exciting career opportunities. You could work as a landscape gardener, landscape business owner/operator or a community landscape officer.


Assessment consists of practical application of skills, oral presentations, written assignments, tests, projects, case studies and logbooks.

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.

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Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Part-time: 3 years
The Certificate III in Landscape Construction apprenticeship program is offered part-time and can be completed in three years. Training will take place one day per week

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

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

Modes of Delivery

Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom



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

A variety of assessment methods may be used to demonstrate your competence in this qualification. 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 and methods may include practical application and demonstration of skills, oral presentations, written assignments, tests and projects, work based projects, case studies, and log books


List of safety equipment and books that you will need will be distributed early in the course. All apprentices are required to attend with steel capped safety boots, safety glasses, ear muffs and an 8m measuring tape

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible to enrol as an Australian Apprentice, you must be employed in the Landscaping or Horticulture industry and have a signed Training Agreement with your employer and with Melbourne Polytechnic

Pathways to further study

These qualifications may lead to further study with the Certificate IV in Landscape Design or other streams

Career Pathways

The program prepares apprentices already employed in the landscape industry for further career pathways, including self-employment, sub-contracting or being directly employed with a landscape contractor. Once completed, apprentices 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

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July
  • October

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
AHCBUS402 Cost a project 50
AHCDRG301 Install drainage systems 50
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems 70
AHCLSC301 Set out site for construction works 50
AHCLSC302 Construct landscape features using concrete 80
AHCLSC303 Construct brick and block structures and features 100
AHCLSC304 Erect timber structures and features 50
AHCLSC305 Construct stone structures and features 50
AHCLSC306 Implement a paving project 100
AHCLSC307 Implement a retaining wall project 100
AHCLSC309 Install water features 60
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture 70
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program 80
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas 60
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.