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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
Work Based, Traineeship
18 months-2years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments

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Course Overview

Are you a hands-on learner? This entry-level qualification is an exciting and interactive way to gain new skills in horticulture. You’ll learn about identifying plants, looking after plants, managing landscapes, propagating, pruning and more for gardens and nurseries. Practice operating machinery and equipment under the guidance of industry professionals.

This is a real ‘doing’ course where you will test your knowledge and abilities in horticulture. Once you’ve completed your qualification, it will be easier for you to find work as a horticulturist, in a nursery, a garden or in parks.


Workplace based traineeship based on 7 workplace visits per year and 11 minimum phone contacts with students per year

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Horticulture (Traineeship).

Career Opportunities

Horticulture industry is very diverse and provides individuals with opportunities from soil rectification to production and retail/wholesale employment.

The Horticulture industry in Gippsland has significant important assets that positions the region to further develop its horticulture and food production opportunities

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • To enter this course individuals must be employed on within the horticulture industry.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Applicants wishing to undertake the qualification are required to complete a full Language, Literacy & Numeracy assessment, as well as a Pre training Review.

Limitations to entry

  • Students should be a minimum of 16 years of age to undertake this course


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Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG301 Control Weeds
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan
AHCPGD302 Plan and maintain plant displays
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
AHCPHT306 Establish horticultural crops
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCIRG303 Measure irrigation delivery system performance
AHCTRF302 Establish Turf
AHCCHM303 Prepare And Apply Chemicals


Assessment tasks typically include multiple choice, short answer, projects, tasks, role play and learner activities. Practical assessment are also completed in class or in the workplace, with the trainer.