AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC30716 Certificate III
in Horticulture -Job Trainer

About the AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture

Our AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture is the industry standard course for those that want to be horticulturists.  The course will enhance your knowledge of plants, landscaping and botany. In this accredited training course, you will embark upon an in-depth plant study, from learning about topics such as plant identification, morphology and physiology, plant nutrition, soils and growing mediums, and specialist amenity pruning, to indoor plant management, container and nursery production, turf management, weeds, disease, pests and beyond.

If you are fit into one of the following categories:

  1. Someone is employed but would prefer, and are available for, more hours of work than you currently have, including part-time workers.
  2. Someone who it out of work
  3. Someone who are gets an income support payment from the Government
  4. School leavers and young people aged 17 to 24, regardless of their employment status.


Are looking to work (or work more) in the horticulture industry as either a:

  • Professional horticulturist,
  • Landscaper
  • Nursery owner
  • Grounds person
  • Parks and gardens worker
  • Greenhouse owner; or
  • General horticulturist

our Job Trainer funded AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture is for you.

If you are currently enrolled at high school or college, you are NOT eligible.

The course will start the Tuesday the 27th of July 2021.  This is the second Tuesday after school holidays.

It will run one (1) day a week for approximately 38 weeks (excluding school holidays and public holidays)

Classes will start at 9:00 am and finish at 2:45 pm.

Do we run classes on public holidays?

We do not run classes on public holidays. In rare exceptions, we may run catch up classes on public holidays if the need arises, but this does not happen very often at all.

Do we run classes during school holidays?

We generally do not run classes during school holidays. The only exception to this may be where we need to make up classes because too many public holidays have fallen on class days.

The course will be run out of the South East Trade Training in Sorell.  From time to time, we may also use other locations and horticultural businesses where these can provide additional training and knowledge for you.

South East trade training centre

The course is FREE to qualifying participants and is supported by funding under the State and Commonwealth Governments’ Job Trainer scheme.

There are 15 places available for this qualification.  GlobalNet Academy reserves the right to refuse entry to any person.  As this course is fully funded, places ARE LIMITED and the focus is on those that qualify for the job trainer eligibility, would like to work in the horticulture industry and have some prior experience with horticulture.

There are no entry requirements to the course, except to qualify as a Job Trainer applicant. However, we strongly recommend that you have completed either a Certificate II in Horticulture, parts of a Certificate II in Horticulture, a higher qualification in a horticulture related field of study AND/OR be working in the horticulture industry.

There are some physical requirements in order to successfully complete this course.  You must be able to work outdoors to do this course, including being able to undertake activities such as weeding, spraying, collecting soils.  You must also be able to use handheld tools such as secateurs and pruning saws where required.

This course will cover topics such as:

  • Advanced plant identification
  • Botany; plant morphology and physiology
  • Advanced propagation practices
  • Chemicals training
  • Plant nutrition
  • Growing media and potting mixes
  • Specialist amenity pruning
  • Advanced pest and disease management
  • Indoor plant management
  • Container and nursery production
  • Landscape and garden management
  • Turf management
  1. AHCPCM306 – Provide information on plants and their culture (Core)
  2. AHCPMG301 – Control weeds (Core)
  3. AHCPMG302 – Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (Core)
  4. AHCSOL304 – Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (Core)
  5. AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processes (Core)
  6. AHCCHM307 – Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  7. AHCIRG346 – Operate pressurised irrigation systems
  8. AHCNSY308 – Maintain nursery plants
  9. AHCNSY310 – Install and maintain plant displays
  10. AHCNSY313 – Implement a propagation plan
  11. AHCPCM305 – Implement a plant nutrition program
  12. AHCPCM303 – Identify plant specimens
  13. AHCPGD301 – Implement a plant establishment program
  14. AHCSOL305 – Prepare growing media
  15. AHCLSC306 – Implement a paving project
  16. AHCPCM307 – Report on health and condition of trees

If we believe that we will be unable to deliver one or more of these units, GlobalNet reserves the right to change the list of units included in the qualification without notice in order to be able to deliver the qualification to you.

Each of the 16 units in our Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716) includes a range of assessments including:

  • Short written answers to questions – question and answer style test (can be taken home)
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based
  • Assignments – research topic and provide a written response
  • Demonstration – you will be observed doing tasks
  • If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg verbal tests instead of short written tests)
  • Testimonials from work placement supervisor
  • Photographic and other media evidence.

We will provide you with the information about the assessment at the commencement of the course and at the beginning of each unit.

You will be expected to undertake study at home and to complete at least two work placements during your qualification.  You should expect to dedicate at least 10 to 20 hours per week to your own additional study.  Study could include practical activities such as pruning, gardening, planting, potting up and other activities related to horticulture, as well as some undertaking some knowledge-based research.

Once the course has commenced, you will need to bring the following to classes:

  • broad brimmed sun hat
  • secateurs (discuss with teacher)
  • gardening gloves
  • safety boots
  • suitable work clothes
  • hearing protection
  • eye protection.

You will only need to bring a pen and paper to the first class.  After the first class, your trainers will tell you what you need to bring for the next class.

At a Glance


AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture


Face to face delivery onsite at the South East Trade Training Centre and surrounding locations.


FREE to qualifying participants

Intended for

Job Trainer eligible participants


  • If you successfully complete ALL the units in the course you will receive a testamur stating that you have achieved the AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture.
  • You will be issued a Statement of Attainment if you complete one or more units of competence but not all the units of competence.
  • Workplace assignments must be submitted within 3 months of course completion.
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