Certificate III In Horticulture

Course Code: AHC30716
Study Area:

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, interactive learning (using a mix of live demonstrations and the ability to connect with your classmates and teachers for support) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements - where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer. You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

Bendigo: Feb 2021 to July 2021, full-time (Mon-Thurs)

Castlemaine - Feb 2021 to Dec 2021, part-time (Tue & Weds)

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Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government's FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you're aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the course tuition fee through JobTrainer. JobTrainer is available until June 2021. It's important to know you may incur fees that you will need to cover yourself, such as student service fees or materials fees. Skills First (eligible) students are usually entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver, however under JobTrainer

  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
  • Castlemaine Campus
Course Structure
  • Bendigo Campus (Charleston Road): Full-Time for 6 months - 4 days a week (Mon-Thurs) 
  • Castlemaine Campus: Part-Time for 11 months - 2 days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • On campus practical sessions coordinated with the your teacher
  • Practical session dates are subject to change 



This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Parks and Gardens Officer
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Beekeeper
  • Horticulturalist
  • Crop worker
  • Nursery worker 


You will need to:

  • attend a Pre-Training Review (interview)  prior to enrolment to determine course suitability
  • complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment (students with identified LLN needs will be offered Learning Support as required).
  • access to a computer and the internet in order to access digital delivery platforms and the myLearning portal (computer and dongles may be offered to students upon request)

Course overview

To achieve the Certificate III in Horticulture you much demonstrate competency in 16 units of competency:

  • 5 core units
  • 11 elective units

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture. It is designed for those wanting to work in the Horticulture industry (school leavers and mature-age career-changes) and those working in industry who want a qualification.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. Applications from mature aged students are encouraged. However, an individual UOC may specify relevant licensing, legislative and /or regulatory requirements.


How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment
  • Interview (Pre-Training Review)

Selection process

There are no entry requirements for this qualification; however, you will need to complete an individual interview (Pre-Training Review) and complete a basic literacy and numeracy skills test

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Observation
  • Project
  • Written Test 
  • Written Assignment

Learning options
  • Blended Learning (including facilitated Online learning and Face to Face practical sessions)

Key study areas

You will learn about:

  • Pruning 
  • Propagation
  • Weed and Pest Management 
  • Plant identification 
  • Soil nutrition
  • Machinery maintenance
  • Irrigation and draining installation

Further study opportunities
  • The Certificate III in Horticulture leads to vocational and further study pathways. 
  • If you want to continue your studies after you graduate, you can go on to complete the Diploma of Horticulture (AHC50416).
  • If you are interested in a trade in Landscape Construction or Parks and Gardens we advise you to contact us. 


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,956.70
Concession - average total course fee*$786.50
Full fee - average total course fee*$13,515.70
B.   Materials average fee**$314.60
C.   Consumables average fee**$375.10
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,956.70
Concession - average total course fee*$786.50
Full fee - average total course fee*$13,515.70
B.   Materials average fee**$314.60
C.   Consumables average fee**$375.10
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 3/03/2021 6:45 PM

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