Certificate III In Horticulture Byron Community College

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Certificate III In Horticulture

Certificate III In Horticulture
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Collect native seed (AHCNAR305)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (AHCWRK309)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL301)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG331)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Grow your passion into a career with our nationally-recognised certificate in Horticulture.

Learn to grow your own food, work in nursery or secure landscaping jobs. This hands-on qualification gives you real-world knowledge of working across the industry and is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their green-fingered passion.

You’ll learn about irrigation, pest and disease control, plant nutrition, machinery use and how to effectively identify plants.

You Will Learn

  • Technical skills and theory
  • Safety, communication and workplace skills
  • Plant care
  • Landscape management
  • Propagation
  • Nursery skills
  • Costing and estimating
  • Soils and plant nutrition
  • Plant identification
  • Bush regeneration

Career and Employment Opportunities Include:

  • Landscaping
  • Gardening
  • Nursery work
  • Park and garden work
  • Turf management (i.e. golf courses/ bowling greens)

Entry Requirements

  • No previous experience or knowledge is required

Course Duration & Hours

  • Two days of classroom and onsite learning 9:00am – 4.00pm per week
  • Home study is required (approx. 1 day (equivalent) per week)
  • Held at the Mullumbimby Campus and Mullumbimby Community Gardens
  • Students are also encouraged to seek out their own work experience whilst undertaking their studies. They will be covered under College insurance

Course Fees

  • Smart & Skilled Scholarship: $0
  • Smart & Skilled Concession: $240
  • Smart & Skilled Full Fee: $2,190
  • Standard Concession fee: $3,700
  • Standard Full fee: $3,950
  • Early Bird Fee: $3,550 (Available until the 16th January 2019)

This course is Austudy Approved. Full time workload would be 20 hours per week for 27 weeks.

Smart and Skilled funded places may be available for these qualifications
Please call the college for more information on 02 6684 3374

Subsidised Training under Smart and Skilled

This course is being offered as a subsidised course to eligible students under the NSW Government Smart and Skilled program. Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. Many of our full qualifications have full or part fee subsidies available for eligible students.

To apply for a Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship place you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent residency or humanitarian visa status
  • Live or work in New South Wales
  • Be aged between 15-30 years of age
  • Provide evidence of your concession-eligibility

To apply for a Smart and Skilled Concession (S&S Concession) place you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent residency or humanitarian visa status
  • Live or work in New South Wales
  • Provide evidence of your concession-eligibility

To apply for a Smart and Skilled Full Fee (S&S Full Fee) place you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent residency or humanitarian visa status
  • Live or work in New South Wales

Applications for these subsidised* places are limited so a funded place cannot be guaranteed.

Payment Plan
Course fees are paid in instalments scheduled throughout the duration of the course. Fee schedules for individual courses are outlined on the enrolment paperwork available through the college administration team.

Student Policies and Procedures

See Student Handbook


From the 1st of January 2015, any student enrolling in an Accredited Training course will be required to obtain a USI. The USI helps to keep your training records and results together in an online account which is controlled by you. You can logon to the USI website and follow the simple instructions online to create your USI. This then needs to be provided to the College at the time of enrolment.

Important Information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you. Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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Student Story – Shiva Smyth

My name is Shiva Smyth and 2017 was a big year of change for me, I was a qualified automotive vehicle painter at the start of the year and by the end of it I was a certified horticulturist on a completely different career path. Today I’m running my own property maintenance and landscaping business with great success and the future is looking bright.

When approaching the college in regards to course information and enrolment criteria I was greeted by warm and inspired staff. They were so supportive of my bold move to change career which gave me a real confidence boost about re-engaging in study as a mature age student.

Managing time was definitely the hardest aspect but with the all the support from the college and other students I soon found my rhythm. The structure of the course was well balanced with a good mix of practical and theory. Being able to spend time in the field and make connections with locals in the industry was extremely beneficial. Before the course had even finished I had two clients through the college’s connections and word of mouth soon got a few more. I believe this was an integral part of getting my business off the ground so fast.

I’m also working as an environmental education consultant for Brisbane city council conducting education programs for all ages at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, a position that I feel really gives something back to the broader community. Also being able provide work to subcontractors, one of whom was a fellow student at Byron College. It’s nice to see the benefits spread throughout the local economy and community.