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Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30722

Overview

This course is suited to people who wish to obtain a range of technical skills in horticulture and are interested in learning how to identify plants and maintain gardens. It will suit people who are passionate about the environment, like working outdoors and have an aptitude for practical work. The classes are delivered in the purpose-built 4.5 hectare horticulture facility at Bruce, and students are given the opportunity to work on a range of projects such as building gardens, growing plants in the nursery and maintaining specialised plants.

Qualification:

Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30722

Next Intake:

Semester 1 2024

Course No:

C3-BD79

Campus:

CIT Bruce 

Duration:

Standard students: 2 semesters full time (approximately 24 hours per week) or part time equivalent.
Apprenticed students: 7 hours per week

Cost Info:

Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. The total course cost may vary depending on the choice of elective subjects or if subjects are attempted more than once. Subject costs identified as Standard are partially subsidised by the ACT Government. Concessions may be available to eligible students.

Fee information for completing this course under an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement is available on the Apprenticeships and Traineeships page. The total course cost may vary if subjects are attempted more than once.

Indicative Cost:

$4,488
Apprentice/Trainee
- Subsidised fee $4,488
- Full fee $13,464

Likely Job Outcome:

Horticulturist, gardener.

Application Type:

Standard; Apprentice/Trainee
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Timetable Information

To help with the enrolment process print your timetable, or keep the window open, so that you can refer back to it for your course code, course name, and the Course Reference Numbers (CRNs) or Block Code.

Additional Information

You will be required to wear relevant work PPE during practical outdoor work at CIT.
Including:
- Protective boots
- Sun smart wear including a hat and gloves.

Entry Requirements

You must
- be able to read and write documents and understand maths concepts to an ACSF level 3
- have a suitable level of physical fitness

Skills Recognition

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your course of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this course. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level course. Please visit Foundation Skills.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Complete 17 subjects (11 Core and 6 Electives)

Core: Complete all 11

  • AHCCHM304   Transport and store chemicals
    • CIT Code: HORT644
      Cost: Standard $154.00
      Apprentice $154.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely transport, handle and store liquid and dry chemical formulations across a broad range of industry sectors. This unit does not cover operation of specialised chemical application equipment and machinery or application of chemicals. All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety and pesticide legislation and codes. All work is carried out to comply with Safety Data Sheets, chemical label directions and relevant legislative requirements. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCCHM307   Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
    • CIT Code: HORT1348
      Cost: Standard $154.00
      Apprentice $154.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely prepare and apply chemicals for the control of pests, weeds and diseases, using general application equipment. The unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They use discretion and judgement in the selection, allocation and use of available resources and for solving problems. State or territory licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply in some jurisdictions.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCIRG346   Operate pressurised irrigation systems
    • CIT Code: HORT1352
      Cost: Standard $300.00
      Apprentice $300.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to pre-start check, inspect, start up, operate, monitor and shut down pressurised irrigation systems. The unit applies to individuals who operate pressurised irrigation systems under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCMOM304   Operate machinery and equipment
    • CIT Code: HORT658
      Cost: Standard $300.00
      Apprentice $300.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain machinery and equipment. All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements manufacturer's specifications and sustainability practices. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCPCM308   Identify and select plants
    • CIT Code: HORT1403
      Cost: Standard $220.00
      Apprentice $220.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and select plants to suit plant use and work site, including identifying commonly used plants, describing plants and explaining plant cultural requirements. The unit applies to individuals who identify and select plants under broad direction, and take responsibility for their own work. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCPGD309   Perform specialist amenity pruning
    • CIT Code: HORT1397
      Cost: Standard $320.00
      Apprentice $320.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to perform specialist amenity pruning, including preparing, undertaking and completing amenity pruning work using specialist pruning techniques.The unit applies to individuals who perform specialist amenity pruning under broad direction, and take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCPMG301   Control weeds
    • CIT Code: HORT642
      Cost: Standard $300.00
      Apprentice $300.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and coordinate weed control activities. This unit applies to workers in agriculture, horticulture or land management-based enterprises who are required to carry out the control of weed infestations using cultural, biological and chemical methods to provide effective, economical control of weeds while minimising damage to the environment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCPMG302   Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
    • CIT Code: HORT665
      Cost: Standard $200.00
      Apprentice $200.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to control plant pests, diseases and disorders, taking into consideration Integrated Pest Management options. The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify a range of pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms, assess damage or threat to plants and select and apply pest and disease controls and timing of operations. It includes preparing and calibrating equipment, monitoring the effectiveness of controls and keeping records.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCSOL304   Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
    • CIT Code: HORT1361
      Cost: Standard $320.00
      Apprentice $320.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to collect and test soil samples for their physical and chemical characteristics and take corrective action to improve the soil for garden beds and turf areas. The unit applies to individuals who carry out soil improvements under general direction and take responsibility for their own work. They use discretion and judgement in the selection, allocation and use of available resources and for solving problems.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCWHS302   Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
    • CIT Code: HORT1404
      Cost: Standard $100.00
      Apprentice $100.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to workplace health and safety procedures, including applying policies and procedures, assisting in hazard identification and risk control, and observing safe practices during work operations. The unit applies to individuals who contribute to workplace health and safety processes under broad direction, and take responsibility for their own work. All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, health and safety in the workplace requirements, legislative and regulatory requirements. NOTES: 1. The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the model WHS Laws have not been implemented, registered training organisations (RTOs) are advised to contextualise this unit of competency by referring to existing WHS legislative requirements. 2. The model WHS laws include the model WHS Act, model WHS Regulations, and model WHS Codes of Practice. See Safe Work Australia for further information. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCWRK320   Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
    • CIT Code: HORT1405
      Cost: Standard $200.00
      Apprentice $200.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply environmentally sustainable work practices. The unit applies to individuals who apply environmentally sustainable work practices under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, health and safety in the workplace requirements, legislative and regulatory requirements and sustainability and biosecurity practices. No licencing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives: Complete 6 subjects

  • AHCNSY308   Maintain nursery plants
    • CIT Code: HORT1409
      Cost: Standard $320.00
      Apprentice $320.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and maintain the nursery environment, determine water requirements and plant interventions that promote plant growth, and complete nursery plant maintenance work.The unit applies to individuals who maintain nursery plants under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCNSY313   Implement a propagation plan
    • CIT Code: HORT1412
      Cost: Standard $320.00
      Apprentice $320.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to implement a propagation plan, including; preparing for, implementing and completing propagation of plants.The unit applies to individuals who implement a propagation plan under broad direction, and take responsibility for their own work.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCNSY311   Promote sales of plants
    • CIT Code: HORT1442
      Cost: Standard $320.00
      Apprentice $320.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to promote plant sales, support off-site marketing, maintain stock inventory and complete documentation. The unit applies to individuals who promote sales of plants under broad direction, and take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCPCM305   Implement a plant nutrition program
    • CIT Code: HORT1393
      Cost: Standard $320.00
      Apprentice $320.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to implement a plant nutrition program, including preparing for the nutrition program, monitoring and controlling the nutritional requirements of plants, preparing fertilisers and application equipment, applying products to plants, and completing plant nutrition program activities.The unit applies to individuals who implement a plant nutrition program under broad direction, and take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCPGD307   Implement a plant establishment program
    • CIT Code: HORT1395
      Cost: Standard $320.00
      Apprentice $320.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to establish planting areas, including preparing, implementing, reviewing and completing plant establishment work, in new projects and in programs of extensive replacement and renovation works across a range of situations and environments.The unit applies to individuals who implement a plant establishment program under broad direction, and take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCNSY312   Prepare specialised plants
    • CIT Code: HORT1411
      Cost: Standard $320.00
      Apprentice $320.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare and implement plant treatments and maintain aesthetic appearance of specialised plants. The unit applies to individuals who prepare specialised plants under broad direction, and take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Diploma Horticulture AHC50416
Certificate III Parks and Gardens AHC31021
Certificate III Landscape Construction AHC30921
Certificate III Conservation and Ecosystem Management AHC31421
Certificate III Sports Turf Management AHC31319
Non-Accredited Training Introduction to Permaculture Design

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au