Certificate III in Parks and Gardens



Become a qualified Horticulturalist with our Certificate III in Parks and Gardens - Non-apprentice stream. This course is suitable for those who want to begin or change careers and for students already working in the Horticulture industry.

Practical Learning

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 non-apprentice stream of this program provides the hands on practical skills required to work in our industry.

You 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. 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

You will graduate as a qualified Horticulturalist after successfully completing the 16 units associated with the course. 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.

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.

Local Students






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 1 year
4 days per week

Part-time: 2 years
1 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

Field work, Industry based, 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

  • Non-Apprentices - direct application. You do not need to be employed in the industry
  • contact the course coordinator (through an ECA) for further information on your application

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
AHCBUS402 Cost a project 50
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems 70
AHCLSC303 Construct brick and block structures and features 100
AHCLSC306 Implement a paving project 100
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40
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
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80
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.