In a nutshell
The AHC30716 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).
PLEASE NOTE – Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrollment with Open Colleges.
What you’ll need
There are no formal educational requirements for this course.
- 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.
- Entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level; or
- 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.
- You will need access to a reliable computer and an internet connections, as well as basic computer skills.
- You will need to have access to a workplace, or workplaces, in which you can complete your projects and presentations (video demonstrations). Your workplace must be approved by Open Colleges as a suitable and safe environment.
Equipment and tools:
- You may need to have access to specific tools and equipment for this course. Please enquire for details.
In this horticulture course, the subjects you may study include:
- AHCPCM204 - 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 has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and they're now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, they've helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.
The common misconception is that studying online means that you’re studying alone, but at Open Colleges, they take great pride in the superior support provided to their students. They make it easy for you to get support when you need it with their student support team available Monday to Friday via email, phone and Live Chat and on the weekends, via Live Chat (when available). They’re here, in tandem with trainers and assessors, to make sure you’re supported the whole way through your course, from the time you enrol right through to your graduation.