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AHC30722 Certificate III in Horticulture

Free TAFE Horticulture

Next intake July 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months
Part-time: 2.5 years (industry experience)

Course description

If you enjoy being outdoors, have an interest in plants and gardens, and are looking for a hands-on career, then horticulture could be for you. 

This generalist course will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to enter the industry. You will learn about plant identification, pest and disease, weeds, propagation, soils and plant nutrition, customer service, turf establishment, plant establishment, drainage and irrigation, retaining walls and paving and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) matters. 

Night Time Group

This comprehensive course is designed to enhance your existing skills gained in the workplace. It covers a range of topics, including plant identification, pest and disease control, weed management, propagation, soils and plant nutrition, customer service, turf establishment, plant establishment, drainage and irrigation, retaining walls and paving, and occupational health and safety (OHS) matters.

To enrol in the night time delivery, you are required to be actively employed in the industry or possess at least 2 years relevant experience in Horticulture, Landscape, or a related trade. Further information can be found in the Entrance Requirements 

Possible career outcomes

  • Horticulturalist 
  • Nursery worker - retail/wholesale 
  • Landscaper 
  • Grounds person 
  • Parks and gardens assistant 

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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IntakeApplicationsAttendanceClassesDuration 
2024 July
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 19 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 17 Jul 2024
Wed to Fri 9 am to 4.30 pm
 
Full-time: 12 months    
2024 July
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 30 Nov 2024 
Class NightStart: 17 Jul 2024
Wednesday Night 5 pm to 9 pm
 
Part-time: 2.5 years (industry experience)  Apply  
2025 February
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 1 Feb 2025 
Class DayMon,Tues & Wed 8.30 to 4.00pm
 
Full-time: 12 months    
2025 February
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 1 Feb 2025 
Class NightTuesday Night 5pm to 9 pm
 
Part-time: 2.5 years (industry experience)    
2025 February
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 1 Feb 2025 
Class NightWednesday Night 5pm to 9 pm
 
Part-time: 2.5 years (industry experience)    

 

Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3 and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.

  • Night time delivery requirement: To enrol in the night time delivery, you are required to be actively employed in the industry or possess at least 2 years relevant experience in Horticulture, Landscape, or a related trade. This experience should encompass various horticultural aspects and demonstrate proficiency in certain fundamental areas such as: 
    • Plant nomenclature 
    • Soils and nutrition understanding 
    • Pruning principles 
    • Pest, disease, and weed management 
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Code Hours
Apply environmentally sustainable work practices AHCWRK320 60
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes AHCWHS302 50
Control plant pests diseases and disorders AHCPMG302 80
Control weeds AHCPMG301 70
Identify and select plants AHCPCM308 90
Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas AHCSOL304 60
Operate machinery and equipment AHCMOM304 40
Operate pressurised irrigation systems AHCIRG346 50
Perform specialist amenity pruning AHCPGD309 65
Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest weeds and diseases AHCCHM307 70
Transport and store chemicals AHCCHM304 50
Profile Elective Units Code Hours
Implement a plant establishment program AHCPGD307 80
Implement a plant nutrition program AHCPCM305 60
Implement a propagation plan AHCNSY313 90
Maintain indoor plants AHCNSY208 20
Provide information on plants and their culture AHCPCM306 70
Receive and dispatch nursery products AHCNSY309 40
PT Night Electives Code Hours
Implement a plant establishment program AHCPGD307 80
Implement a plant nutrition program AHCPCM305 60
Implement a propagation plan AHCNSY313 90
Maintain indoor plants AHCNSY208 20
Provide information on plants and their culture AHCPCM306 70
Receive and dispatch nursery products AHCNSY309 40

 

Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Written assignments
  • Team Projects
  • Hands-on projects

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $1.69 per hour 1045 AUD $1,766.00 AUD $8,138.00
Standard Tuition AUD $8.47 per hour 1045 AUD $8,851.00 AUD $8,138.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $9.74 per hour 1045 AUD $10,178.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $680.00
Education Levy AUD $156.75
Resource AUD $60.00 Once
Excursion AUD $120.00 Once

 

All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

  • Certificate IV in Horticulture
  • Diploma of Horticulture
  • Advanced Diploma of Horticulture

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 22/07/2024 8:01:26 AM
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