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.
A parks and gardens tradesperson – also known as a horticulturist – is a multi-skilled worker in the parks and gardens industry.
Work undertaken as a horticulturist could include:
• installing and maintaining plant displays
• cultivating turf
• installing irrigation and drainage
• controlling weeds, pests and diseases
• performing operational maintenance of machinery
• providing information on plants, products and
• maintaining natural and re-vegetated areas
There is a number of ways to get work as a horticulturist. Most of them have either progressed from working as parks and gardens trades assistants or have completed a Level 3 Traineeship in Parks and Gardens which involves formal learning while working on-the-job. The national qualification for a horticulturist is the Certificate III in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens).
Priority skills areas for working as a horticulturist include worksite supervision, installing plant displays, cultivating turf, irrigation and drainage installation, machinery maintenance and controlling pests and diseases

CRICOS Code: 109047B

Campus : Melbourne/Cairns

Mode : Full-time

Course Duration: 53 weeks

Study Mode:

National Students – Classroom (Face-to-Face), Apprenticeship, VET in Schools, Online – moodle  and Distance (for employed persons in the industry).

International Students – Classroom face to face Only ( 20 hours per week).

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of sixteen (16) selected units as below.

Unit Assessment
AHCWRK320 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices Assessment 1- Identify resources and sustainable practices on at ACAH Demonstration


Assessment 2 – Case  study

Assessment 3 – Checklist/Survey. Workplace environmental survey

Online quiz – 45 questions

AHCPMG301 Control weeds / AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

AHCPMG301 Control weeds

Assessment 1 – Practical Activity Weed Identification & Infestation assessment

  • Weed Identification & Infestation assessment

Assessment 2 – Weed control measures (Plan, Implement and Control)

Assessment 3 – Online Quiz


Assessment 1 – Written Question. Identify pests, diseases and disorders.

Assessment 2 – Work site-based activity

Assessment 3 – Practical Activity – Collect and name 4 insects/pest and 4 diseases and disorders 2 Plants Deficiencies and 2 beneficial organisms

Assessment 4 – Practical examination – Weed Identification.

AHCTRF309 Implement a grassed area maintenance program Activity / Learning Guide (this includes practical assessments).
AHCPGD310 Implement a landscape maintenance program Activity / Learning Guide (this includes practical assessments).
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment  Assessment 1 – Short answer questionsThe following key areas will be covered during this assessment.


  • Prepare machinery and equipment for use
  • Complete machinery and equipment operation

Assessment 2 – Practical activity – demonstrate the on-site item of one of the following equipment/machineries under

AHCSOL305 Prepare growing media

Assessment 1 – Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions, Terminology, growing
media components, Water Theory, Extended Answer Questions on Soil and water relationship

Assessment 2 Written Extended Questions – Prepare and store media

Assessment 3 : Practical activities

  • Physical and chemical properties of potting mixes test
  • Toxicity tests
AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas Assessment 1 : Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions, Terminology, growing media components, Water Theory, Extended Answer Questions on Soil and water relationship


Assignment 2   :  Practical exercise (Soil testing Ph, EC, Texture and Structure)

Assignment 3 :  Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definition, pH adjustment, Soil
ameliorant and improvement techniques, Important of organic matter, Calculation of fertilizers

Online Examination

AHCPGD309 Perform specialist amenity pruning

Activity 1: Workplace Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment

Activity 2: PPE Selection & Maintenance

Activity 3: Identifying tools for pruning situation

Activity 4: Pruning techniques

Activity 5 : Short answer questions

AHCPGD307 Implement a plant establishment program

Assessment  1- Interpreting site plans and specifications, Material, equipment, tools and machinery for plant establishment, safety checks on equipment & machinery, site hazard
management, PPE selection maintenance & storage and keeping work site safe.

Assessment  2 – locating services on site, earthwork, selection and requirement of soil additives, positioning plants on site, disposal of debris and pollutant, plant inspection for health
and vigour, identifying minor and major defects, post-planting care and pruning

Assessment  3 –Inspecting planting site, plants selection criteria, preparing planting site, inspecting plant material, planting plants, reviewing establishment work and recording
establishment program

AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems

Assessment 1: Short answer questions

Assessment 2: Written questions & Practical exercise – Operation of irrigation system

AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program

Assessment 1 – Interpreting site plans and specifications, Material, equipment, tools and a plant nutrition program, safety checks on equipment & machinery, site hazard management, PPE selection maintenance & storage and keeping work site safe

Assessment 2 – Short answers questions & calculations covering follow key areas

  • Identify and assess soil or growing media characteristics
  • Prepare to use fertilisers
  • Prepare application equipment
  • Apply specific products at appropriate rates
  • Complete plant nutrition program activities

Assessment 3 – Practical activity (Visual inspection checklist ) : Determine nutritional problems in plants

AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes

Assessment 1 : Written questions – WHS legislations, code of practices, national standards, enterprise WHS policies and procedures

Assessment 2 : Written questions & Practical assessment – Workplace hazard identification, assessment of risk, hierarchy of control & safety training

Assessment 3 : Written questions – PPE, Incident, Accident reporting

Assessment 4 : Online quiz

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals /AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and disease Assessment 1 – 40 Questions


Assessment 2 – Calibration activity (100% required)

  • calibrate handheld and/or powered application equipment relevant to the industry sector
  • interpret and apply chemical label requirements in the preparation of an application/spray plan
  • record activities and maintain records
  • measure weather (monitor weather)
  • Complete a spray record sheet
  • Identify nozzle size, type, spray system pressure and check pH where applicable.

Assessment 3 – Exam (label & SDS reading) (100% required)

  • Record keeping & Calculations

Assessment 4 – Demonstration Practical activity (100% required)

  • Linkage sprayer, knapsack and ATV/SXS, calibration.
AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture Assessment 1 – Identifying Horticulture Issues, questioning techniques, information gathering,
relevant issues & providing expert advice


Assessment 2 – Plant Identification techniques, Plant selection, Plant Physiology, Plant habit
and growth characteristics

Assessment 3 –Developing Plant Profile

Assessment 4 – Examination



ANZSCO 362211 Gardener (General)

Entry requirements

Age:  16 plus
English Proficiency Requirements:  all candidates must complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.
Academic Requirement:
  Completion of Certificate II in Horticulture or related field or equivalent to Australian Year 10 general schooling or 2 years’ work experience in horticultural related field or interested in commencing a career in horticulture.

Tuition Costs

Please see fee schedule from relevant National or International Student page