Job Trainer 2022 AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture - Job Trainer 2022




The 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.

You can register your interest in participating in our AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture by clicking on the Register your Interest button.

The JobTrainer Fund is a jointly-funded initiative of the Australian and Tasmanian Governments.  It provides grants to Skills Tasmania endorsed registered training organisations (RTOs) (such as GlobalNet Academy) to provide fee-free nationally recognised training for job seekers, school leavers, and young people aged 17 to 24 to support them into employment as Tasmanian emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that this expression of interest is not a guarantee of placement.  

This course is for those who want to work in the horticulture industry.  It is not suitable for those who have a passing interest in horticulture or who just want to improve their horticulture knowledge.
Who is eligible?

You are eligible for job trainer funding (i.e. this course) if you meet one of the following:

  • You are a job seeker.  These are, for the purposes of the JobTrainer Fund, are:
    • individuals out of work
    • individuals who are in receipt of income support payments
    • individuals who are underemployed, which is defined as employed people who would prefer, and are available for, more hours of work than they currently have, including part-time workers.
  • You are a school leaver or a young people aged 17 to 24, regardless of your employment status.

You do not need any prior qualifications in order to qualify for a training place.   You can undertake more than one JobTrainer qualification, course or skill set funded training place.

Who is not eligible?
  • A full time worker
  • A person who does not want and/or is not able to undertake more work
  • An individual currently enrolled at a Tasmanian school, as defined by the Education Act 2016, is not eligible.

This course will be delivered face to face at least 1 day per week.  You will also need to undertake work-placements during your training.

If you are already working in the horticulture industry and meet the eligibility criteria, you may be able to use some or all of the work experience you have to help you achieve competencies in the course.

We do not have a firm start date as yet because we are seeking your expression of interest.  However, we would anticipate to commence training as soon as practicable which is likely to mean in the Autumn, probably towards the end of April, early May 2022.

How much notice will you get of when the course is starting?

We will provide at least 1 to 2 months notice of training dates (for those that need to or want to attend training) so they can plan their calendars, roster employees and advise clients.

You will need to commit to at least 1 day per week to attending classes, undertaking practical activities and attending excursions.

In addition, you will need to dedicate additional time to:

  • Do additional study
  • Complete short answer questions
  • Practice what you are learning in class

We expect that you should look to set aside 10 to 20 hours a week to additional study.

If you are already working in the horticulture industry, you may be able to use some or all of the time you spend at work as part of your out of class additional time.

The course will go for a maximum of 2 years. 

We have been funded to run courses in three locations:

  • Huonville
  • Launceston
  • Smithton

If you live in one of these areas, or are willing to travel to one of these locations, you are welcome to apply for the course in that location.

We will let successful applicants know well before classes start where classes will be held.

The course is FREE.  There are no course tuition fees to eligible participants. 

What do I have to supply or buy?

You will be required to provide your own

  • Steel capped boots
  • Long sleeved shirt suitable for working in the garden
  • Gardening gloves
  • Mask(s)
Will you need a computer?

We highly recommend that you have access to a computer and/or smart phone, although you do not need to bring a computer to class in order to successful participate and complete the course. If you do not have access to a computer, you can still successfully complete the course.


We will not cover the cost of your travel to attend class or a work-placement.  We will provide travel support for excursions.

There are no entry requirements to the course, except to qualify as detailed in our What you need to do to qualify for this course section.

In order to complete this qualification, you MUST complete 16 units of competence.  This consists of 5 Core units (everyone must do these) and 11 elective units.

The five (5) core units (everyone must do these) for the AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture are:

  1. AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  2. AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
  3. AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  4. AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases, and disorders
  5. AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas

In addition to the five core units, you must complete 11 elective units.  For this course, we have clustered 4 units together in topic areas.  This helps focus the course on topic areas (clusters) so that participants can complete assessments, do practical activities and projects that relate to these topic areas all in one go.

At the moment, there is no guarantee that we will deliver all of these clusters.   We may, at our discretion, change one or more units or clusters to better fit with the needs of employers or regions. We have identified possible clusters / topic areas below.


  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes (Core)
  • AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
  • AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture (Core)
  • AHCNSY305 Implement a propagation plan
  • AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds (Core)
  • AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases, and disorders (Core)
  • AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 Transport, handle and store chemicals
  • AHCLSC306 – Implement a paving project (Launceston)
  • AHCLSC303 Construct brick and or block structures and features (Smithton and Huon) 
  • AHCPGD302 Plan and maintain plant displays
  • AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning
  • AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (Core)
  • AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program
  • AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems (Smithon and Huon) / AHCIRG332 – Operate pressurised irrigation systems (Launceston)
  • AHCNSY301 Maintain Nursery plants

Yes.  Each of the units in the workshops will include at least two or more of the following types of assessments:

  • Short written answers to questions – question and answer style testing (can be completed online in your own time).
  • 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 each cluster.

Wherever possible, we will conduct assessments during class time.  You may also be required to complete theory / short answer questions in your own time.  We will provide access to resources in order for you to be able to do this.

You will be required to practice what you have learned in either your workplace (if you are working in the horticulture industry), during work-placements and at home (if possible and practicable.) 

At a Glance

If you would like to register for the course, please click on the button below.  You will be taken to a registration page on the NDS website.


  • AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture


  • Face to face classes
  • Work-placements
  • At home study and practice


  • Free, except you will need to provide your own
    • Steel capped boots
    • Gardening gloves
    • Long-sleeve shirt
    • Mask(s)
    • Travel

Intended for

  • Those who are unemployed or under-employed wanting a career in horticulture
  • Those already working in a horticulture related industry who want more work


  • You will be issued a full qualification certificate if you successfully complete the course.

Complete our Expression of Interest Form