In a nutshell
The Certificate III in Horticulture, offered by Open Colleges, equips students with the fundamental skills needed for working in the horticulture and landscaping industries.
Throughout the course, you’ll learn how to: recognise plants, prepare plant specimens and plant trees and shrubs; install and maintain plant displays and nursery plants; implement soil improvements for plant and turf areas, and plant nutrition programs; conduct site inspections and operational inspections of park facilities; control weeds, plant pests, diseases and disorders; and implement a grassed area maintenance program.
This course is delivered online with a work-based project component. This means you’ll be developing your knowledge and skills partly through online learning, and partly through practical projects in a real-life workplace setting (such as a local council, golf course, park, sporting field or resort).
What you’ll need
To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian; AND
- Entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level. If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:
- Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; OR
- 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication; AND
- Physical requirements for this course include manual dexterity (use of tools and equipment), as well as the ability to lift and carry equipment, in order to meet performance criteria and achieve a competent result.
In this horticulture course, the subjects you may study include:
- AHCPCM201 - Recognise plants
AHCPCM202 - Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
AHCPGD201 - Plant trees and shrubs
AHCNSY303 - Install and maintain plant displays
AHCNSY301 - Maintain nursery plants
AHCWHS301 - Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCPCM302 - Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCSOL303 - Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCPCM301 - Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
AHCWRK309 - Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCPMG302 - Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCWRK305 - Coordinate work site activities
AHCWRK311 - Conduct site inspections
AHCPGD305 - Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
AHCTRF303 - Implement a grassed area maintenance program
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. All courses are delivered by correspondence, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.