Certificate III in Parks and Gardens



Become a qualified Horticulturalist in with our Certificate III in Parks and Gardens - Apprenticeship stream. This course is for Apprentices already learning and working in the Horticulture industry.


As an apprentice, the Certificate III in Parks and Gardens will teach you 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. All training is related to apprentice workplace duties and adjusted to employer requirements.

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 training as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for maintaining parks and gardens to a high standard. Apprentices and non-apprentices will also benefit from excursions to some of Victoria’s most popular botanical gardens and state parks.

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 Melbourne Polytechnic through events such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

Employment outcomes

As an Apprentice, you will graduate as a qualified Horticulturalist through your approved apprenticeship.

You will already be working in the field through your apprenticeship, but this qualification means you 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!


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 also 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.

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Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 3 years
One day per week

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 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

Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. Methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports


A 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

Entrance Requirements

  • Apprentices 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
  • contact the course coordinator (through an ECA) for further information on apprenticeship applications

Pathways to further study

The Certificate III in Parks and Gardens can lead you to further study at Certificate IV level, and/or into the Diploma of Horticulture or the Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science

Career Pathways

Possible career outcomes for Parks and Gardens graduates, are:
  • groundskeeper
  • private residence gardener
  • community parks and gardens horticulturalist

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
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

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.