AHC31021 - Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Duration This course is for apprentices only and is typically delivered over a three (3) year period.
Study modeMixed Mode
Total units16

Overview

This apprenticeship qualification is designed to provide skills needed to work as a gardener or horticulturist in the parks and garden industry. CQUniversity provides apprentices with the abilities required to productively work in this industry.

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for trade level roles in the parks and gardens industry including gardener, greenkeeper and groundsperson.

Individuals with this qualification perform tasks under broad supervision involving a broad range of skills that are applied in a wide variety of contexts, which will involve discretion and judgement in selecting and operating equipment, coordinating resources and applying contingency measures during work.

Work must comply with work health and safety and environmental regulations and legislation that apply to the workplace.

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    Anyssa Mason

    Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Career Opportunities

Trade level roles in the parks and gardens industry including gardener, greenkeeper and grounds person.

Structure & Availability

APPRENTICESHIP COURSE STRUCTURE

Duration:

This course is for apprentices only and is typically delivered over a three (3) year period. 


Core

Unit CodeUnit Name
AHCWHS301Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCPGD309Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCPGD310Implement a landscape maintenance program
AHCSOL304IMPLEMENT SOIL IMPROVEMENTS FOR GARDEN AND TURF AREAS
AHCTRF309IMPLEMENT A GRASSED AREA MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
AHCPMG301Control weeds
AHCPMG302Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCIRG346Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCMOM304Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPCM306PROVIDE INFORMATION ON PLANTS AND THEIR CULTURE
AHCPGD307Implement a plant establishment program

Electives

Unit CodeUnit Name
AHCWRK305Coordinate work site activities
AHCWRK309Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCPCM303Identify plant specimens
AHCCHM307Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCCHM304Transport and store chemicals
AHCECR311Implement ecosystem reconstruction works

Other Elective Choices (Specified)

Unit CodeUnit Name
AHCTRF310MONITOR TURF HEALTH
AHCTRF308ESTABLISH TURF
AHCIRG347MAINTAIN PRESSURISED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
AHCIRG338Troubleshoot irrigation systems
AHCARB314Implement a tree maintenance program
AHCPGD311Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
AHCPGD308Plan and maintain plant displays
AHCPCM307Report on health and condition of trees
AHCPCM305Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCIRG345INSTALL PRESSURISED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
AHCECR301Maintain native ecosystem areas

Other Elective Choices (Unspecified)

Unit CodeUnit Name
AHCNSY308Maintain nursery plants

Apprentices can be accepted throughout the year. Training dates are structured upon intake.

This course has no residential schools.

Requirements

This course is for Apprentices. Students must be employed as apprentice municipal gardeners. Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or high level course.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$6,896
Fee for service per unit$431
Co-Contribution Fee$2,896
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$2,400
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$181
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$150

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$7,248
Fee for service per unit$453
Co-Contribution Fee$3,072
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$2,544
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$192
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$159
RPL Fee for service per Unit$227

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

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Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

Step 1: Get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Visit usi.gov.au to create a USI or find an existing one.

Step 2: Prepare your eligibility documentation

So that we can assess your application and eligibility for Government funding options, you’ll need to upload documentation as part of your application. You will need to provide confirmation of identity with the following documentation: 

  • Queensland Residency and Date of Birth. (e.g. Queensland Driver’s License photo must be of the back and front of the license)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (e.g. Medicare Card or Birth Certificate)

For further information on eligible documentation, visit Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

To fast-track your application, make sure you provide a clear photo showing all the information and upload it with your application.

Step 3: Apply Online

Our easy-to-use online application system will guide you through the process of applying for a TAFE course. If you need help along the way, call us on 13 27 86.

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