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AHC31016 - Certificate III in Parks and Gardens


At a glance

This qualification provides a vocational outcome in parks and gardens. The parks and gardens industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. Skills needed to work as a gardener or horticulturist in the parks and gardens industry. Tasks covered include: providing information on plants, controlling weeds, pests and diseases, fertilising and maintaining plants carrying out specialised pruning, planning and setting up plant displays, operating irrigation systems, and maintaining natural and revegetated areas.

Study Mode On-campus
Units/Credits 16 units
Availability On-campus
DurationSee Availabilities
Intake Dates See Availabilities
Full course cost $5,536.00 (2019)
Subsidised course cost $1,680.00 (2019)
Subsidised Concession course cost $1,184.00 (2019)

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.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

  1. Students will receive a Result of Assessment within 21 days of completion of each unit/module or within 21 days of the ‘close of study’ date.
  2. Students who successfully complete all required units/modules will receive their qualification and an Academic Statement itemising all units/modules successfully completed.
  3. Following receipt of written advice from the student (or teacher) that the student does not intend to complete the full course, the student will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units/modules successfully completed.

Possible employment options include Municipal/city gardener, Horticulturist.

Entry Requirements

This course is for apprentices only. Students must be employed as apprentice landscapers or gardeners.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Structure and assessment


Standard Course Structure

Core units

  • Contribute to work health and safety processes(AHCWHS301)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture(AHCPCM302)
  • Implement a plant nutrition program(AHCPCM301)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders(AHCPMG302)
  • Control weeds(AHCPMG301)

Elective units

  • Report on health and condition of trees(AHCPCM304)
  • Conduct operational inspection of park facilities(AHCPGD305)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas(AHCSOL303)
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices(AHCWRK309)
  • Prepare and apply chemicals(AHCCHM303)
  • Transport handle and store chemicals(AHCCHM304)
  • Maintain pressurised irrigation systems(AHCIRG333)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems(AHCIRG331)
  • Operate machinery and equipment(AHCMOM304)
  • Implement a plant establishment program(AHCPGD301)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning(AHCPGD303)
  • Implement a landscape maintenance program(AHCPGD304)
  • Monitor turf health(AHCTRF304)
  • Implement a grassed area maintenance program (AHCTRF303)
  • Implement a tree maintenance program(AHCARB301)
  • Establish turf(AHCTRF302)
  • Troubleshoot irrigation systems(AHCIRG306)
  • Maintain natural areas(AHCNAR301)
  • Implement revegetation works(AHCNAR303)

Study Sequence

To view more information about these units, as well as the suggested study plan, please visit the handbook.


Please register your interest through the link below and we will contact you with further details.

Fees and scholarships


Full course cost: $5536.00 (2019)

Subsidised course cost: $1680.00 (2019)

Subsidised Concession course cost: $1184.00 (2019)

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.

The Queensland Government determines the schedule set by CQUniversity. Additional fees may be charged for printed materials, protective clothing and tools etc. A full copy of all regulations associated with VET fees can be accessed from the Queensland Government Legislation website.

All fees must be paid to finalise enrolment or a payment arrangement entered into. You will be liable for all payments, even if you discontinue enrolment, subject to the Refund Policy. Debt recovery action will be taken to recover outstanding fees. Please select from the following:

  • VET Student Loans
    VET Student Loans will commence from 1 January 2017 and is an interest free Australian Government income contingency loan that assists eligible full fee paying students to pay their Tuition Fees.
  • VET Government funded programs
    The cost of these programs is based on a student contribution fee. A concession may be available in some situations. Additional resource/material costs will vary from program to program.
  • VET fee-for-service programs (full fee paying)
    These are competitively priced full-fee paying programs which do not attract concessions.

Price lists


Please refer to the scholarship pages for more information.

How to Apply

How do I secure an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Traineeships and apprenticeships need to be secured with an employer before you can start your study. Your employer will then work with CQUniversity to pull together the training program that is right for you. If you would like to become an apprentice or trainee, visit the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships website and follow the steps to become an apprentice.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

Register your interest

Key dates

16 JAN
Online Chat Session
07 FEB
Online Chat Session