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Certificate III in Parks and Gardens


Code: AHC31016

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3 years full time

Next Intake

Ongoing, February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Build a strong skill set

Invest in hands-on experience with the Certificate III in Parks and Gardens AHC31016 (Apprenticeship stream). Melbourne Polytechnic offers a course focused on strong technical skills and industry insight, as part of a three-year apprenticeship that will teach you the necessary skills to deliver advanced work practices within parks and gardens across Australia. Public parks and gardens are thriving, with over 6 million visitors to parks around Victoria a year. Learn the skills to maintain parks and gardens, while developing important environmental measures to ensure a healthy future.

Grow your knowledge and techniques

At Melbourne Polytechnic, you’ll learn from an array of experienced horticultural trade professionals in purpose-built facilities that simulate a real working environment. Our qualified teachers will share industry-based expertise in the maintenance of public parks, as well as residential and commercial properties. Learn outdoors, on engaging excursions to some of the beautiful parks and gardens around Victoria. Melbourne Polytechnic’s extensive industry connections and partnership with the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria, offers the unique experience to apply your new skills at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, granting your qualification immersive experience and a unique credibility.

Harvest a rewarding future

As a fully qualified horticulturist, you’ll have the opportunity for a wide range of work within the lush field of horticulture, including local council parks and gardens and landscape maintenance companies. You will also have the skills to be your own boss, and run your own horticultural and garden maintenance business.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

As a fully qualified horticulturist, you’ll have the opportunity for a wide range of work within the lush field of horticulture, including local council parks and gardens and landscape maintenance companies.
  • Garden Designer
  • Groundsperson
  • Labourer
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Community Landscape Officer


The Certificate III in Parks and Gardens AHC31016 can lead you to further study at Certificate IV level, and/or into the Diploma of Horticulture or the Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science
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
Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50516
Portrait of Steve Mclean

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Off-campus
  • Practical Work
  • Classroom

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

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 Elective 70
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems Elective 50
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment Elective 40
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works Elective 80
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program Core 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
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning Elective 65
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program Elective 100
AHCPMG301 Control weeds Core 70
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders Core 80
AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for gardens and turf areas Elective 60
AHCTRF308 Establish turf Elective 60
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes Core 50

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Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1270 $6350 $12100
Materials fee $85 $85 $85
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1530 $6685 $12435
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.

Materials fees differ for first and second year apprentices. Please ask the department when you enrol.

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), Hi Vis vest, sunscreen, as well as good quality secateurs, a USB flash drive, and writing materials.

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Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50516
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Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
Our Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50516 will facilitate a fascinating and unique career as an arborist. Be part of a well-respected sector of the horticultural industry called upon to assess and repair damage to our trees.
Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416
Horticulture - Full Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Full Time - Fairfield
Nurture your interest in all things green by a gaining a well sought after qualification with our Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416. Be the one dispensing advice on plant suitability, health and design, and become the expert this ever changing and dynamic industry needs – a rewarding career awaits.
Certificate III in Landscape Construction - Non-Apprenticeship AHC30916
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Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
The non-apprenticeship stream of our qualification in Landscape Construction AHC30916 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.
Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416
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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 Horticulture AHC30716
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Nurture your interest in all things green with a Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716. A flourishing and rewarding career is bound to follow.


  • 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

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract with EPSILON and you will be allocated an EPSILON number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.

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Nationally Recognised Training

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