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Parks and Gardens

Certificate III Of

Non-Apprenticeship Code: AHC31016

Overview

Campus

Greensborough

Duration

1 year full time / 2 years part time

Duration

1 year full time / 2 years part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, Midyear

Next Intake

February, July

Watch your skill set flourish

Grow your love for the horticultural trade at Melbourne Polytechnic, with our Certificate III in Parks and Gardens (Non-Apprenticeship stream). You will learn advanced technical skills and expertise in the maintenance of the flora and fauna within public parks and gardens. With 20,000 jobs generated through Parks Victoria in the past year, you’ll be qualified in an ever-growing industry. Mixing traditional techniques with contemporary eco-friendly methods, your skills will allow you to maintain and nurture botanical gardens and public parks around the country and the world.

Learn industry-standard skills with credible experience

Gain invaluable expertise from experienced trade professionals in Melbourne Polytechnic’s state-of-the-art facilities, including real-world simulations. Our qualified teachers and professionals will guide you throughout your studies in sustainable and desirable skills within the maintenance of parks and gardens. You’ll receive hands-on experience visiting some of the beautiful parks and gardens around Victoria. You’ll earn unique credibility and real experience at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, thanks to Melbourne Polytechnic’s extensive industry connections and partnership with the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria.

Sustainable future endeavours

As a fully qualified horticulturist, you’ll have extensive opportunities to work with flora and fauna across Australia. Graduates might work with local council parks and gardens, landscape maintenance companies, or engage in further study to open their own business.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

As a fully qualified horticulturist, you’ll have extensive opportunities to work with flora and fauna across Australia.
  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Community Landscape Officer
  • Garden Designer
  • Groundsperson
  • Labourer

Pathways

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

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

1 day per week Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

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.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCBUS402 COST A PROJECT Core 50
AHCCHM303 PREPARE AND APPLY CHEMICALS Core 70
AHCIRG331 INSTALL PRESSURISED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS Core 70
AHCPCM301 IMPLEMENT A PLANT NUTRITION PROGRAM Core 60
AHCTRF302 ESTABLISH TURF Core 60
AHCCHM304 TRANSPORT AND STORE CHEMICALS Core 50
AHCLSC303 CONSTRUCT BRICK AND/OR BLOCK STRUCTURES AND FEATURES Core 100
AHCPCM302 PROVIDE INFORMATION ON PLANTS AND THEIR CULTURE Core 70
AHCMOM304 OPERATE MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT Core 40
AHCLSC306 IMPLEMENT A PAVING PROJECT Core 100
AHCPMG302 CONTROL PLANT PESTS, DISEASES AND DISORDERS Core 80
AHCPCM303 IDENTIFY PLANT SPECIMENS Core 80
AHCPGD301 IMPLEMENT A PLANT ESTABLISHMENT PROGRAM Core 80
AHCPGD303 PERFORM SPECIALIST AMENITY PRUNING Core 65
AHCPMG301 CONTROL WEEDS Core 70
AHCWHS301 CONTRIBUTE TO WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES Core 50

Fees & Costs

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 2019. 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.

Tuition Fees
$5850.00 - $11150.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

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
Materials Costs
$85.00
$
Estimated
Material Costs are only estimated.

Attend an Info Session 

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.

Requirements

  • Non-Apprentices - direct application. You do not need to be employed in the industry

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

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

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

Application procedure