About this course
The Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30710) is a foundational TAFE course that will help you develop a deeper understanding of horticulture basics.
Offered by The Gordon in East Geelong and at the Werribee Learning Centre, the course covers plant-related basics such as plant identification, pest and disease, weeds, propagation, soils and plant nutrition; trains students in related skills like WHS processes, chemical handling and customer service;, and even delves into construction-related topics such as turf and plant establishment, drainage and irrigation, retaining walls and paving.
Available as either a part-time or full-time course on campus in Victoria, the course offers the flexibility for you to fit it around your lifestyle.
Upon completion of this course you will be well-placed to apply for hands-on work in a nursery, with landscaping companies, or to continue your education.
Assessment will take the form of:
- Hands-on projects
- Written assignments
- Team projects
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To be eligible to apply for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Have language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills to at least Year 10 level, or enrol in additional subjects to build these skills
- Attend an information session where your skills may be evaluated
Applicants should note that should applications exceed course vacancies, then further selection criteria may apply.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be available for skills and knowledge obtained through previous study or other relevant experience.
In this horticulture course, the units of competency you may study include: Core units
- AHCOHS301A – Contribute to OHS processes
- AHCPMG302A – Control plant pests diseases and disorders
- AHCPMG301A – Control Weeds
- AHCTRF302A – Establish turf
- AHCPCM303A – Identify plant specimens
- AHCLSC306A – Implement a paving project
- AHCPGD301A – Implement a plant establishment program
- AHCPCM301A – Implement a plant nutrition program
- AHCNSY306A – Implement a propagation plan
- AHCLSC307A – Implement a retaining wall project
- AHCWRK313A – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work
- AHCIRG302A – Install irrigation systems
- AHCPGD303A – Perform specialist amenity pruning
- AHCCHM303A – Prepare and apply chemicals
- AHCPCM302A – Provide information on plants and their culture
- AHCCHM304A – Transport handle and store chemicals
- AHCNSY304A – Deliver and promote sales of plants
- AHCLSC309A – Install water features
- AHCNSY301A – Maintain nursery plants
- AHCNSY305A – Prepare specialised plants
- AHCNSY302A – Receive and dispatch nursery products
- MSAPMOPS212A – Use enterprise computers or data systems
Why The Gordon?
The Gordon is an award-winning TAFE that has been providing high-quality education and training for over 125 years. As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, it services more than 19,000 students each year. Thanks to three purpose-built campuses – in Geelong City, East Geelong, and in Werribee – students are provided with a hands-on learning experience in settings modelled on real-world industry environments. The Gordon also boasts one of the most comprehensive and diverse course ranges in all of Western Victoria, with over 230 accredited qualifications to choose from. Students receive the added benefit of access to The Gordon’s pathway program, which provides articulation and credit transfer opportunities at Deakin University.
East Geelong – 2 Fenwick St, Geelong VIC 3220
Geelong City – Boundary Rd, East Geelong VIC 3219
Werribee Learning Centre – 9 Bridge St, Werribee VIC 3030
The Gordon offers its students access to an array of support services, including academic resources and on-site facilities to help make your time on campus happy, healthy and supportive.
The Gordon Library and study support team is on hand to provide personalised assistance with everything from essay writing to note-taking, and also includes an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for non-native English speakers. Tailored services are also available via the Aboriginal Education Unit and Disability Support Services offices. Career guidance can be sought from the Careers team at any time, and for anyone struggling with personal hardship, a free and confidential counselling service is available at both the Geelong City campus and East campus.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: