Certificate III in Horticulture

Course Description

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture.

CRICOS Course Code 108770E

Course Duration

Duration: 52 weeks, including 40 teaching weeks and 12 weeks of holidays.

Term Dates: Refer to the Institute’s Academic Calendar.

Study Mode:

Classroom based – face to face


Level 1, 93 Edward Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000

Entry Requirements

Aventia Institute has the following entry requirements:

International students must:

  • Be 15 years and above.
  • Have completed Year 10 or equivalent.
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.
  • Have an IELTS Overall score of 6.0 or equivalent English proficiency as determined by Aventia Institute (Test results must be no more than 2 years old). OR
  • (IELTS) Overall band score 5.5 or equivalent, if packaged with at least 10 weeks’ ELICOS; OR
  • (IELTS) Overall band score of 5.0 or equivalent, if packaged with at least 20 weeks’ ELICOS
  • English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:
      • the student was educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country.
      • the student has successfully completed a foundation course in Australia
      • the student has successfully completed the College English Placement Test.
      • An applicant, who, in the 2 years before applying for the course as holder of a student visa, has successfully completed a substantial component (More than 50%) of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV level or higher that was conducted in Australia and in English, while the applicant was holding a student visa OR
      • Where a student cannot provide evidence of English language proficiency as above, they will be required to complete the Versant Placement Test. The Versant Placement Test includes a score mapping to the CEFR which in turn maps back to IELTS. Therefore, the student’s results from this test will be mapped back to the IELTS entry requirements indicated above to check they have met requirements.

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted.  Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed they are equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

Qualification Requirements

Students must complete a total of 16 units (5 core unit and 11 elective units).


  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
  • AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture


  • AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
  • FWPFGM3217 Fell trees manually (advanced)
  • AHCARB306 Undertake aerial rescue
  • AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
  • AHCARB309 Implement a tree protection program
  • AHCARB305 Dismantle trees
  • FWPCOT3301 Trim trees using a pole saw
  • AHCBIO303 Apply biosecurity measures
  • AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • AHCARB314 Implement a tree maintenance program
  • AHCNSY308 Maintain nursery plants


Study Pathway

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into the AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture or other Certificate IV qualifications in the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

Employment Pathways

Potential employment options are:

  • Gardener
  • Plant Nurseryperson
  • Horticultural Technical Officer

RTO No. 41418 | CRICOS CODE 03473J

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