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Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC30710

  • Improve your job prospects with this Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30710)
  • Upgrade your horticulture skills to meet current industry standards
  • Study online when it suits you

This course is currently in the process of being replaced in line with training package requirements to ensure that our courses are current and are relevant to industry practices.

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At a glance

Study mode

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Online

Provider

OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities
  • Gardener
  • Grounds Keeper
  • Garden Maintenance Worker
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Endorsed by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.

Prerequisites

Access to suitable landscape sites

Location

Online

Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 15 hrs a week = finish in 1 year). Complete within 18 months.
Study mode

Online


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Assignments & online tests
Start date

This course is currently in the process of being replaced. Contact OTEN about enrolling.

Provider
OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)

TAFE NSW - OTEN - Open Training and Education Network (RTO 90004) is the largest online TAFE provider in Australia.

You can study OTEN’s accredited online TAFE courses at your own pace, and start anytime.

OTEN’s flexible courses are developed in consultation with relevant industry groups – to ensure you build the skills that are valued by employers.

TAFE NSW - Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004) trading as Open Training & Education Network

Price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.

Prerequisites

  • Access to suitable landscape sites

What you'll learn

Among other things, you'll learn how to:

  • Observe and record the characteristics of plants
  • Undertake basic soil analysis tests
  • Prepare and plan work site activities
  • Recognise common causes of nutrient deficiency
  • Select pest and disease controls
  • Interpret planting plans

Course structure

16 units

Units

  1. AHCWRK311A - Conduct site inspections


    This unit covers the process of undertaking a site inspection and defines the standard required to:

    • verify details of the location, ownership, orientation and boundaries of a site
    • observe and record site information details and features
    • inspect vegetation and soil types, health, condition and location
    • carry out a site inspection
    • develop and document a site inspection report and/or a base plan
  2. AHCARB302A - Conduct tree inspections


    This unit covers the installation and consolidation of planted areas as part of a horticultural, agricultural or land management tree and shrub planting program and defines the standard required to:

    • determine plant establishment methods and requirements from plans, clients quotations or instructions
    • interpret planting plans and specifications for a planting project
    • inspect quality of supplied plants and take appropriate action
    • conduct a site hazard identification and risk control assessment
    • undertake planting work, review the work and take remedial action where required
  3. AHCOHS301A - Contribute to WHS processes


    This unit covers the process of carrying out enterprise Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) policies and procedures and defines the standard required to:

    • Work in accordance with workplace procedures in hazard identification and risk control
    • Procedures in hazard identification and risk control
    • Carry out safe practices during work operations
    • Participate in arrangements for maintaining the health and safety of all people in the workplace
  4. AHCPMG302A - Control plant pests, diseases & disorders


    This unit covers specifying plants for landscapes projects and discusses:

    • an ecological approach to planting design
    • current legislative requirements for planting design and plant selection
    • the "right plant, right place" principle for plant selection- plant suitability, sustainability and viability
    • plant selection based on site analysis and existing biophysical conditions
    • selecting and specifying plants for longevity, and with regard to physical changes during the maturation process
    • documenting plant specification, detailing plant installation and plant maintenance requirements
  5. AHCPMG301A - Control weeds


    This unit covers the process of controlling plant pests, diseases and disorders taking into consideration Integrated Pest Management (IPM) options and defines the standard required to:

    • identify a range of pests, diseases and disorders, and beneficial organisms
    • assess damage or threat to plants
    • select pest and disease controls and timing of operations
    • prepare and calibrate equipment
    • apply a range of pest and disease control methods and keep records
    • monitor the effectiveness of controls
  6. AHCWRK305A - Co-ordinate work site activities


    This unit covers the process of coordinating work site activities for small-scale projects and defines the standard required to:

    • prepare and plan worksite activities
    • identify and allocate resources required
    • schedule activities and allocate tasks and responsibilities
    • use communication and team supervision strategies
    • monitor activities and record costs and production levels
    • convey issues and suggested improvements to management
  7. AHCSOL201A - Determine basic properties of soil and/or growing media


    This unit covers the process of determining the basic properties of soil or soil-less growing media and defines the standard required to:

    • undertake basic soil/media analysis descriptive tests for soil texture, salinity and pH
    • use basic proprietary soil testing equipment for testing pH and salinity
    • determine basic soil structure with a view to using soil structure ameliorants
  8. BSBDES401A - Develop & extend design skills & practice


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and extend skills as a practising designer.

  9. AHCTRF303A - Implement a grassed area maintenance program


    This unit of competency covers the process of implementing a grassed area maintenance program and defines the standard required to:

    • determine the maintenance requirements for a turfed area
    • conduct a risk assessment for work in a turfed area
    • safely adjust and use turf maintenance machinery and equipment
    • write a report on the maintenance program activities
  10. AHCPGD304A - Implement a landscape maintenance program


    This unit covers the process of coordinating work site activities for small-scale projects and defines the standard required to:

    • prepare and plan worksite activities
    • identify and allocate resources required
    • schedule activities and allocate tasks and responsibilities
    • use communication and team supervision strategies
    • monitor activities and record costs and production levels
    • convey issues and suggested improvements to management
  11. AHCPGD301A - Implement a plant establishment program


    This unit covers the installation and consolidation of planted areas as part of a horticultural, agricultural or land management tree and shrub planting program and defines the standard required to:

    • determine plant establishment methods and requirements from plans, clients quotations or instructions
    • interpret planting plans and specifications for a planting project
    • inspect quality of supplied plants and take appropriate action
    • conduct a site hazard identification and risk control assessment
    • undertake planting work, review the work and take remedial action where required
  12. AHCPCM301A - Implement a plant nutrition program


    This unit covers the process of implementing a plant nutrition program in the horticultural or agricultural industry and defines the standard required to:

    • recognise a range of common causes of nutrient deficiency
    • prepare fertilizers and other products for application to plants
    • apply fertilizers and other products; clean up and maintain tools and equipment
    • record work activities according to enterprise guidelines
  13. AHCWRK313A - Implement & monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


    This unit covers the:

    • performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness
    • ability to access industry information, applicable legislative and Work health and Safety (WHS) guidelines
  14. AHCNAR301A - Maintain natural areas


    This unit covers the process of maintaining natural areas and defines the standard required to:

    • prepare to carry out maintenance activities
    • consult with stakeholders, including traditional owners
    • carry out agreed maintenance works
    • make good the site and remove surplus materials and waste
    • report on completion of activities
  15. AHCPCM302A - Provide information on plants & their culture


    This unit covers the process of providing information to clients and others about plants and their cultural requirements and defines the standard required to:

    • confirm client brief and request for information
    • consider the growing environment (soil, climate and aspect, pests and diseases, and weed competition)
    • develop product knowledge through in-house and online sources
    • incorporate client aims and preferences into developing options for plantings
    • determine the optimal solution for the client needs
    • provide recommendations on plants, plantings and/or plant treatments, with supporting information to the client
  16. AHCPCM201A - Recognise plants


    This unit covers the process of recognising plants that are commonly encountered in horticulture or land management situations and defines the standard required to:

    • inspect and research enterprise plants
    • observe and record the habits, characteristics and significant features of plants
    • use available processes to recognise plants
    • update a plant reference collection

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

When you study online with OTEN, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.

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