AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture Byron Community College

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AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG331)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Collect native seed (AHCNAR305)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL301)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Maintain nursery plants (AHCNSY301)
AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

<p><div align="center">{image name:“NRT Logo”}</div></p><p>Do you enjoy working outdoors and have a keen interest in plants? Grow your passion and kick-start your career in this nationally recognised


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Do you enjoy working outdoors and have a keen interest in plants? Grow your passion and kick-start your career in this nationally recognised entry level course that will qualify you to work in nurseries, parks and gardens.

In this hands-on course you will gain real-world skills and knowledge of working across the horticulture industry. You will learn about irrigation, pest and disease control, plant identification, plant nutrition, pruning, machinery use, how to grow food, work in nurseries or secure landscaping jobs and more. This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their green-fingered passion.

The course will combine time in the classroom and out onsite at our purpose designed 1-acre permaculture site located at Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG) for hands-on experience.

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

Admission Requirements

  • Entry into the course is by application. Applicants will be required to complete a Learner Profile to determine their literacy language and numeracy skills. The required level of foundation skilled in reading, numeracy, writing and oral communication are at ACSF level 2.
  • The outcome of the completed Learner Profile is used to determine the learner’s ACSF level and whether they meet the minimum admission requirements.
  • Learners deemed to meet the admission level requirements, will be contacted by a Student Support Officer (SSO) who will conduct a pre-enrolment questionnaire. The endorsement of the required ACSF level and outcome of the pre-enrolment will trigger an approval for enrolment.
  • If it is deemed that a learner is not suitable for the course the College will work with the learner to find an alternative pathway.

Desirable Requirements

  • It is strongly recommended that learners are able to work physically in a range of outdoor conditions (sun, rain, wind) for extended periods of time. It is also strongly recommended that learners are able to squat, kneel, bend, lift and carry loads, dig, shovel and weed.
  • Learners unable to physically complete assessments to a satisfactory standard due to any limitations on their ability to meet the inherent requirements of the course may only receive a Statement of Attendance for their participation.
  • It is desirable (but not essential) that learners have access to a computer, phone and internet while studying with the College.

Course Duration & Hours

  • 27 week duration
  • Two days of classroom and onsite learning 9:00am – 3:30pm per week
  • One day (equivalent) of home study per week
  • Delivery location: Mullumbimby Campus and MCG
  • There will be no classes during NSW School holidays
  • Full time workload would be 20 hours per week for 27 weeks

Course Fees

  • Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship – $0
  • Smart and Skilled Concession fee – $240
  • Smart and Skilled Fee (No Prior Qualification) – $2,190
  • Smart and Skilled Fee (2nd Qualification) - $2,620
  • Full fee: $3,950
  • Concession: $3,750
  • Early Bird: $3,550 (deposit to be received by Friday 17th January 2020)
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW government

This course is Austudy Approved.

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.