Certificate III in Horticulture by Open Colleges

Certificate III in Horticulture by Open Colleges

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Self paced
Maximum of 24 months
Delivery method
Online with workplace projects
Flexible payment options available
(25% off)

Certificate III in Horticulture by Open Colleges

Learn how the nationally recognised Certificate III in Horticulture course will give you the specialist skills you need to boost your career.
Self paced
Maximum of 24 months
Delivery method
Online with workplace projects
Flexible payment options available
(25% off)
Self paced
Maximum of 24 months
Delivery method
Online with workplace projects
Flexible payment options available
(25% off)
Download course guide
Enquire now

Course Description

The AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture is delivered by industry experts and will give you the fundamental horticulture skills you’ll need to succeed in the industry, as well as teach you the specialist skills that are in demand by organisations who create and maintain large open spaces, including parks, sporting fields, playgrounds and other public spaces.

The AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture  will teach you:

  • How to recognise plants, prepare plant specimens and plant trees and shrubs.
  • The fundamentals of installing and maintaining plant displays and nursery plants.
  • The implementation of soil improvements for plant and turf areas, and plant nutrition programs.
  • How to conduct site inspections and operational inspections of park facilities.
  • Methods to control weeds, plant pests, diseases and disorders.
  • How to implement a grassed area maintenance program.

This is an online course with work-based projects. This means that you will complete your knowledge and basic skills development through online learning. You will need to complete workbased projects in a workplace setting in order to successfully complete your assessments (e.g. a local council, golf course, park, sporting field or resort).

Why study this course?

  • As the course allows you to specialise in open space management, it broadens your employment opportunities to include larger organisations, like governments and local councils.
  • The course will give you access to Trade Hub as part of your studies. Trade Hub is a literacy and numeracy support tool, which explains key concepts that you will need to understand to work in agriculture (area, volume, instructions, and safety documents).
  • You will be sent via post an agricultural kit consisting of a Combination Meter – Moisture, Light & pH Tester and a TDS EC Meter, which will assist you to complete specific soil tests.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note – limitations do apply.

Potential career outcomes

  • Community Facilities Landscape Assistant
  • Landscaping Assistant
  • Open Space Landscape Assistant
  • Parks and Gardens Team Member
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There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

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.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, 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

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to you by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Workplace projects

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. The workplace supervisor verifies the activity and you as the student, but does not assess your competence. The projects and presentations are evaluated by an Open Colleges assessor, who will judge competency based on the written and visual evidence you submit online.

Equipment and tools

You will need to have access to specific tools and equipment for this course. Click here to view the complete list of materials, equipment and tools required for this course.

Physical requirements

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.

Video assessments

As part of the assessment for some units, you will be required to produce a video of yourself performing certain tasks. Some of these videos may involve another person.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.



Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you’ll be given access to the next Module.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

AHCPCM204 Recognise plants

  • Prepare for plant recognition
  • Recognise specified plants
  • Identify Plants

Module 2

AHCPCM202 Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens

  • Collect plant specimens
  • Preserve plant specimens
  • Record and catalogue specimen

Module 3

AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs

  • Prepare for planting operations
  • Prepare trees and shrubs for planting
  • Inspect plants and report problems
  • Install trees, shrubs and/or other plants
  • Complete work

Module 4

AHCNSY303 Install and maintain plant displays

  • Assess requirements for plantscaping
  • Install containerised and direct planted specimens
  • Maintain plants

Module 5

AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants

  • Prepare to work
  • Monitor and maintain the nursery environment
  • Determine daily water requirements
  • Promote plant growth by intervention
  • Complete work

Module 6

AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes

  • Apply work health and safety policies and procedures
  • Assist in workplace hazard identification and risk control
  • Observe safe practices during work operations
  • Participate in arrangements for maintaining the health and safety of all people in the workplace

Module 7

AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture

  • Identify the issue
  • Decide on preferred solution
  • Provide the preferred solution

Module 8

AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas

  • Prepare and collect soil samples for testing
  • Determine physical characteristics of sample
  • Determine chemical characteristics of sample
  • Prepare soils for planting or replanting

Module 9

AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program

  • Prepare for implementation of the plant nutrition program
  • Monitor soil pH
  • Determine nutritional problems in plants
  • Prepare to use fertilisers
  • Prepare application equipment
  • Apply specific products at appropriate rates

Module 10

AHCPMG301 Control weeds

  • Assess weed infestation
  • Plan control measures
  • Implement weed control
  • Monitor control measures

Module 11

AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

  • Identify current practices in relation to resource usage and sustainability
  • Contribute to the review of workplace environmental sustainability practices
  • Apply improvement strategies
  • Record and report on work practices

Module 12

AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

  • Assess pests and disease infestation
  • Plan the implementation of management measures
  • Implement management measures
  • Monitor management methods

Module 13

AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities

  • Prepare for work site activities
  • Organise resources
  • Coordinate and report on activities

Module 14

AHCWRK311 Conduct site inspections

  • Collect information
  • Prepare for a site visit
  • Conduct site inspection
  • Document information

Module 15

AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

  • Prepare for operational inspection
  • Undertake operational inspection
  • Finalise the park inspection

Module 16

AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program

  • Prepare for grassed area maintenance work
  • Maintain and repair grassed areas
  • Coordinate and report on grassed area maintenance activities

Payment Options

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Zip Money Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising Zip Money to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to Zip Money over an agreed period of time. Zip Money provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.


With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from – whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

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Amy Wood

Amy is a qualified Horticulturalist certified by the Australian Institute of Horticulture. Amy holds her Chemical Application licence as well as the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. She is fascinated with all the industry has to offer and is consistently expanding on her skills, knowledge & experience. Amy joined the Horticultural team in 2020 and has experience in the Nursery retail sector, along with experience in a wholesale production nursery.