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Certificate III in Landscape Construction


Code: AHC30916

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2 years part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, February, July

Next Intake

February, July

This is the non-apprenticeship version of the course. For the apprenticeship, please go here.

Take your career to the great outdoors

Learn the skills and knowledge to embark on your dream of creating outdoor spaces. At Melbourne Polytechnic, our non-apprenticeship stream of the Certificate III in Landscape Construction AHC30916 combines traditional learning with hands-on, outdoor training to nurture your talents. Landscape construction involves putting a landscape design into reality, from paper to the environment, and requires skills from irrigation to concreting. This qualification will prepare you for a career outdoors in the fast-growing garden design and construction industry.

Practical learning and hands-on experience

Hone your skills in landscaping and horticulture by joining our community, where you’ll benefit from industry-experienced teachers and get your hands dirty in our state-of-the-art horticulture facilities. You’ll learn modern and traditional horticultural methodology and the fundamentals of garden design construction and garden management. Melbourne Polytechnic students have the opportunity to connect with industry figures through course excursions and the opportunity to participate in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

Play a role in shaping our environment

Landscapers play an essential role in designing and renewing our cities and parks. You might help manage some of the 28 million hectares of Australian parkland, create greener inclusive urban spaces for city councils or run your own landscaping business.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

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
  • Community Landscape Officer
  • Groundsperson
  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Landscaping Business Operator
  • Garden Designer
  • Landscaping Business Owner

Study Pathways

These qualifications may lead to further study with the 22331VIC Certificate IV in Landscape Design or other streams
The career development and practical physical skill development that I’ve had through my studies has helped sculpt the person I've become.
Karl Russell
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Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Off-campus
  • Practical Work
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

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

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

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
AHCLSC303 Construct brick and block structures and features Core 100
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture Core 70
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas Core 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
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1050 $5250 $15300
Materials fee $55 $55 $55
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1280 $5555 $15605
Per year $
Per semester $

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 1 November 2021. 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 fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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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.

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

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There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Next Steps

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

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It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

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Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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