Parks and Gardens – Certificate III

This course is for people who want to work in the parks and gardens sector of the horticulture industry as a horticulturist, municipal gardener or similar. You will learn about pest management, plant nutrition, soils, turf establishment, and environmental work practices. As well as skills in arboriculture, chemicals use, irrigation, landscaping, parks and gardens, and machinery operation.

HSC credit ATAR pathway
3 No

This course is for those interested in becoming qualified gardeners and who want to work as a horticulturist, municipal gardener or similar. Apprentices will acquire practical and technical skills in planting and cultivating trees, shrubs, ornamental and flowering plants and establish turf; operating basic machinery, maintaining irrigation and drainage systems; installing water features and inspecting park facilities.

Outcome on completion of your HSC

  • Certificate III in Parks and Gardens AHC31016 from AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.
  • A career path into the Horticulture Industry.

Course delivery

  • Will be delivered both on the job and off the job.
  • Two years part time during school, followed by three years full time post-school in both on and off the job training.

Commitment required

  • Undertake a minimum of 144 days in paid employment plus the formal training to complete the qualification.
  • Undertake Certificate III in Parks and Gardens as part of your HSC.
  • The employment and training can be undertaken during school time, after school and during school holidays.

How will you be assessed?

  • Both on the job and off the job through written tests, project work and practical exercises.
Course ATAR eligibility HSC unit credit

Parks & Gardens


3 units over two years towards your HSC for the formal training component (VET course).

Industry-based Learning course



This optional course recognises the significant work component involved in the school based apprenticeship.

The course offers an additional 4 units credit towards your HSC.

This HSC VET course does not contribute towards the calculation of the ATAR.

For further information about how to sign up to this school based apprenticeship please speak with your Careers Adviser.

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