Certificate III in Landscape Construction



The non-apprenticeship stream of our Certificate III in Landscape Construction will help 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.

This Certificate III in Landscape Construction is offered as a non-apprenticeship stream 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

Our 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 you will have the benefit of training on the extensive grounds as well as course excursions.

You 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.

Local Students






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Part-time: 2 years
Note: there is the requirement to attend training during the year on the occasional Saturday and some full weekdays. You can enrol into individual units at any stage during the year if preferable

Class Schedule: *

Mon - Evening
Tue - Evening
Wed - Evening
Thu - Evening

*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 needing to be purchased will be distributed early in the course. You are required to attend with steel capped safety boots, safety glasses, ear muffs and an 8m measuring tape

Entrance Requirements

  • there are no entry requirements for people wishing to enter this course as their chosen career
  • if you 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

Pathways to further study

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

Career Pathways

This program prepares you for entry into the landscape industry as being either self-employed, sub-contracting or directly employed with a landscape contractor. You will also 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

  • 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
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.