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Certificate III in Horticulture

Free TAFE Code: AHC30716

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12 months full time / 18 months part time

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February, July

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Expand your green thumb

Nurture your love of greenery with the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716 at Melbourne Polytechnic. Working within a lush and broad field, you will receive state-of-the-art hands-on training in modern horticultural skills. With over 6.54 million tonnes of horticultural products produced within Australia every year, you’ll enter a booming industry at the completion of your diploma. You’ll learn everything you need in order to develop your knowledge of the flora and fauna maintenance of which continues to be pivotal in conserving the environment for years to come.

Highly regarded experience and expertise

You’ll take part in important training from an array of experienced trade professionals in our industry replicated working environments. Melbourne Polytechnic is equipped with state of the art purpose-built horticulture workshops, run by qualified, industry-based teachers who will share industry insights and expertise throughout the course. You’ll learn the fundamentals of plant recognition and nutrition, pest, disease and weed control, critical skills in maintaining plant life. Melbourne Polytechnic’s extensive industry connections and partnership with the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria, will allow you to apply your new skills at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, granting your qualification invaluable real-world experience and a unique credibility.

Flourishing career opportunities

As a fully qualified horticulturist, you’ll have the advantage to work within a range of horticultural practices. An array of opportunities to maintain your love for greenery awaits, including landscape construction and design, contract maintenance, consultancy services, or management of botanic gardens and horticultural enterprises.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716 take me?

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.

  • Labourer
  • Community Landscape Officer
  • Nursery Plant Propagator
  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Landscaping Business Operator
  • Nursery Retail Salesperson
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Groundsperson
  • Nursery Maintenance Assistant

Study Pathways

This qualification may lead to further study - the Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416, or other streams.

The day I walked in to Melbourne Polytechnic, everything turned around. Studying here gave me confidence, and opened doors for my future and for my work career.
Steve Mclean
Arboriculture Graduate
Portrait of Steve Mclean

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Practical Work

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Full time:
Semester 1: 3 days per week, 9am - 4.30pm.
Semester 2: 3 days per week, 9am - 4.30pm twice per week and 9am - 12.30pm once per week.

Part time (Fairfield only): One night 5.30pm - 9pm and Saturday 9am - 4pm.

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

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals Elective 50
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases Elective 70
AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems Elective 50
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment Elective 40
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan Elective 90
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program Elective 60
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture Core 70
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens Elective 80
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program Elective 80
AHCPGD302 Plan and maintain plant displays Core 50
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning Elective 65
AHCPMG301 Control weeds Core 70
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders Core 80
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas Core 60
AHCTRF302 Establish turf Elective 60
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes Core 50

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $1100 $5500 $12000
Materials fee $150 $150 $150 $150
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $400 $1425 $5900 $12400
Per year $0
Per semester $0
Materials fee $150

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

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)
  • Hi-Vis vest
  • good quality secateurs
  • sunscreen
  • USB flash drive
  • one textbook and suitable writing materials

Horticulture courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416
Horticulture - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Free Tafe Horticulture - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Our Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416 is a hands-on course that will prepare you for a career in Horticulture. This pre-apprenticeship program provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the industry and provides a foundation for moving into an horticultural apprenticeship or to undertake additional studies in other Horticulture certificates.
Certificate III in Floristry - Non-Apprenticeship SFL30115
Horticulture - Full Time - Prahran, Fairfield
Horticulture - Full Time - Fairfield, Prahran
Develop trade skills and let your creativity bloom. The Certificate III in Floristry SFL30115 is a national qualification teaching skills for work as a florist in a shop or studio.
Certificate III in Landscape Construction - Non-Apprenticeship AHC30921
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
The non-apprenticeship stream of our qualification in Landscape Construction AHC30921 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.
Agricultural Chemical Skill Set AHCSS00074
Agriculture and Conservation, Horticulture - Full Time - Workplace and Industry, Fairfield
Free Tafe Agriculture and Conservation, Horticulture - Full Time - Workplace and Industry, Fairfield
The Agricultural Chemical Skill Set has been designed for people who require an understanding of farm chemicals. It is necessary to apply for the Agricultural Chemical Users Permit.
Chainsaw Operation and Safety
Horticulture - Short Course - Fairfield
Horticulture - Short Course - Fairfield
Chainsaw Operation and Safety provides participants with the basic skills to operate and maintain this potentially dangerous piece of equipment, safely. There is more to using a chainsaw than just starting it up. Get the job done safely with this one day course.


  • Direct entry - no formal entry requirements
  • Traineeship - 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

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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