Certificate III in Horticulture

Course Code: AHC30716
Study Area:
Agriculture, Horticulture and Land Management


Start date /Day & Time: Castlemaine - 7 October / Thursday & Friday 9am - 4pm


Start date: Bendigo - 4 February 2020


End date: Bendigo - 26 June 2020


Duration: Castlemaine - 10 months


If you’re passionate about working outdoors to create beautiful landscaped gardens for all to enjoy, then our Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716) will provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge to succeed in this fast-growing industry.


You’ll have the opportunity to learn from our passionate, innovative and industry-connected horticulture teachers to gain practical hands-on skills that are in demand. This includes:

• Plant selection and identification • Propagation and best-practice soil management • Garden bed construction methods • Machinery operation and maintenance • Irrigation and drainage installation • Safe use of chemicals

Our course is delivered via a combination of online learning modules as well as practical class room based projects that will also see you put your learning to practical use, in a simulated work-place setting to get you job ready.

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. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

  • Castlemaine Campus
  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Blended - 8 - Month/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Job prospects for graduates of this course include: - Parks and gardens officer - Landscape gardener - Councils, farming and horticultural industries

  • You will need to attend an interview and complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment.

Course overview

This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills on which to build a successful career in the landscape or parks and gardens sector. Training focuses on practical in areas such as: landscape design, costing and construction, plant and soil selection and nutrition, as well as safety with chemicals and first aid.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Individual interview and 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 – mixture of face to face classroom and online delivery.

Key study areas
You will learn about: - Pruning - Garden bed construction - Plant identification - Soil nutrition - Machinery maintenance - Irrigation and draining installation

Further study opportunities
  • If you want to continue your studies after you graduate, you can go on to complete the Diploma of Horticulture (AHC50416).


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
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*$791.34
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*$791.34
Full fee - average total course fee*$13,515.70
B.   Materials average fee**$0.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
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.

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