Certificate III in Horticulture

Free TAFE course
Course Code AHC30716
Locations Sherwood Park (Warrnambool)
Study Mode Part-time, On Campus
Length 2 years
Commencement February 2020
Timetable 1 day a week during school terms
Course Overview
Introduction

The Certificate III in Horticulture will provide you with a wide range of general horticultural skills that can be taken to the workplace. The course will cover areas such as identifying plants, propagation, plant nutrition, specialist amenity pruning, implementing soil improvements and landscape plans, paving and controlling weeds plus plant pests and diseases.

This on-campus course is very hands-on with a focus on the practical skills to be confident to work in the industry. The course is based around developing a strong knowledge of plants then planning and completing a project on campus.  This start to finish approach will instil great confidence and improved opportunities for employment.

A course requirement will be to undertake 210 hours of practical gardening outside of class over the 2 years and keeping a journal of the activities undertaken.  So access to your own garden, someone else's or a community garden or paid employment in this field is required.   If you have no previous commercial experience up to 15 days of work in a commercial horticultural enterprise will be recommended.

What will I Learn?

This course will give you the confidence to identify plants and provide information on plants and their growing needs.  You will acquire skills to use and maintain gardening tools and perform specialist amenity pruning.  You will complete the AgVet Chemical Users course which provides you with the confidence to handle, store and apply chemicals safely. 

You will also develop a landscape plan and cost out a project to create a garden space from scratch. This includes developing a plan based on a budget and basic outline, installing garden beds, irrigation, paving and turf,  improving soils and propagating many of the plants creating strong ownership and pride of the final result. 

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion, you will be equipped to gain work as a horticulturist in parks, nurseries, production, gardening, turf and landscape sectors.

Pathways

This qualification can provide a pathway to further study in the horticulture field including:

Placement

Students are expected to complete 200 hrs of work placement (may be volunteer work) as part of this course.

Additionally, if you have not worked in the industry before you will be required to undertake 30 days of work experience in a horticultural related industry. The need for this requirement will be assessed during enrolment / first weeks and can be undertaken at any time during the course (single or block).   We will assist in directing you as to how to find a voluntary or paid position.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 16 units: 5 core and 11 elective.

A course requirement will be to undertake 210 hours of practical gardening outside of class over the 2 years and keeping a journal of the activities undertaken.  So access to your own garden, someone else's or a community garden or paid employment in this field is required. 

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
AHCBUS402 Cost a project 50 $0.00
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70 $60.00
AHCCHM304A Transport, Handle And Store Chemicals 50 $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
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
AHCWRK311 Conduct site inspections 80 $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.

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.
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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.