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AHC31021 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens~


Next intake Ongoing 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
Apprenticeship Part-time: 3 Years

Course description

If you are looking to start a career in parks and gardens and want to learn on the job, then this course is for you. Delivered as an apprenticeship, you will work hands-on with your employer, gaining the skills and knowledge to develop your career. You will also spend time at The Gordon to enhance your workplace training.

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Possible career outcomes

  • Parks and gardens worker
  • Horticultural tradesperson

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

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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2024 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship: Part-time: 3 Years    


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 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • 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 Units Code Hours
Contribute to work health and safety processes AHCWHS301 50
Control plant pests diseases and disorders AHCPMG302 80
Control weeds AHCPMG301 70
Implement a grassed area maintenance program AHCTRF309 60
Implement a landscape maintenance program AHCPGD310 100
Implement a plant establishment program AHCPGD307 80
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
Provide information on plants and their culture AHCPCM306 70
Elective Units Code Hours
Identify plant specimens AHCPCM303 80
Implement a plant nutrition program AHCPCM305 60
Implement a propagation plan AHCNSY313 90
Plan and maintain plant displays AHCPGD308 60
Troubleshoot irrigation systems AHCIRG338 50


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:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Team 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 $0.80 per hour 1065 AUD $852.00 AUD $15,298.00
Standard Tuition AUD $4.00 per hour 1065 AUD $4,260.00 AUD $15,298.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $19.57 per hour 1065 AUD $20,842.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $560.00
Excursions AUD $240.00
Education Levy AUD $159.75


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.

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: 22/05/2024 4:00:47 PM