Certificate III in Horticulture (Traineeship)

Free TAFE course
Course Code AHC30716
Locations Sherwood Park (Warrnambool), Workplace training
Study Mode Full-time, Traineeship
Length 2 years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable Workplace training. Four workplace visits from the trainer per year.
Course Overview
Introduction

Finesse your flair for horticulture by taking your skills to the next level and learning how to create your own outdoor transformations.

During this traineeship, you will expand your plant identification, propagation, pest, disease and weed control skills and knowledge.

You will develop the skills to create a garden while developing proficiency in pruning, soil and plant nutrition, plant displays, paving, retaining walls and grass maintenance. You will also train across a variety of facilities including our industrial hothouse and trial grounds for practical activities.

What will I Learn?

During this course, you will gain skills in knowledge in areas including implementing plant establishment, nutrition programs, pruning shrubs and small trees, installing irrigation systems and controlling plant pests and diseases.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this course, you could gain employment as a:

  • horticulturist in the parks, nursery, production, gardening, turf and landscape sectors
  • gardener

Pathways

This course provides a pathway to the Diploma of Horticulture.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You need to be employed in this field before commencing this course. If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field before commencing this course. If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Course requirements

To be eligible to be awarded this qualification you must successfully complete 16 units, 4 core and 11 electives.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture 70 $0.00
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70 $0.00
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80 $0.00
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas 60 $0.00
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCARB302 Inspect trees for access and work 80 $0.00
AHCBUS402 Cost a project 50 $0.00
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70 $60.00
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50 $0.00
AHCLSC307 Implement a retaining wall project 100 $0.00
AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan 90 $0.00
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program 60 $0.00
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens 80 $0.00
AHCPER212 Use and maintain garden hand tools and equipment 25 $0.00
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program 80 $0.00
AHCPGD302 Plan and maintain plant displays 50 $0.00
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning 65 $0.00
AHCTRF302 Establish turf 60 $0.00
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program 60 $0.00
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50 $0.00
Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.

Employer Incentives

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides a number of incentives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice, particularly where the Australian Apprenticeship is in a trade experiencing a skills shortage. More information can be obtained from your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

Fees
Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $3,270.00
Concession rate $655.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $9,900.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $75.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The maximum consumables/materials fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay.

Final costs will be determined at enrolment and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligble for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 

Find out more about fees and eligibility

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.