The course will be delivered in 52 weeks (one year).
Full time study for 40 weeks and a break period of 12 weeks between 4 study terms. Each study term is approx. 10 weeks long.
The scheduled contact study per week are 20 hours.
The classes are scheduled per study week for two full days (09 am to 05 pm) and third half day (either 09 am to 01 pm or 01 pm to 5 pm). There are also additional 10 hours of self-study scheduled per study week for students.
Applicants must have completed Australian year 12 or equivalent overseas qualifications and be 18 years or older at the time of commencement. Overseas applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 equivalent. For complete details please refer to entry requirements.
The detailed fee and refunds information is available at https://ict.edu.au/international-student-course-fees/
This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture. Certificate III in Horticulture includes classroom and practical training and assessment to develop skills and knowledge in crop/plant selection, cultivation, management of soil, irrigation, fertilizers, weeds, control of pests and diseases, handling of chemicals and work health and safety procedures (WHS).
No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package Qualification
Total number of units = 16
Core Units = 5 Elective Units = 11
- AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes (Core)
- AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture (Core)
- AHCPMG301 Control weeds (Core)
- AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (Core)
- AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (Core)
- AHCBER301 Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response (Elective)
- AHCSOL301 Prepare growing media (Elective)
- AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals (Elective)
- AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals (Elective)
- AHCIRG332 Operate pressurised irrigation systems (Elective)
- AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems (Elective)
- AHCNSY301 Maintain nursery plants (Elective)
- AHCNSY302 Receive and dispatch nursery products (Elective)
- AHCNSY306 Implement a propagation plan (Elective)
- AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program (Elective)
- AHCNSY305 Prepare specialised plants (Elective)
For further details about each unit of competency please refer to AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture.
Mode of Delivery
Face to face
Location of Delivery
Ironwood Institute: Level 3, 68 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Practical site: Adelaide Plant Growers is located on 594 States Road, Onkaparinga Hills South Australia 5163. This site is approx. 30 Km from Ironwood’s Grenfell St campus and is well connected by public transport (buses). The institute does not provide transportation to this site and it is student’s responsibility to get there on time on practical training days either on bus or at their own transport medium.
Assessment methods include but are not limited to: Role plays; Observation/demonstration of practical skills; Case studies; Written reports; Presentations; Interview/oral questions; Written tests.
On successful completion of this course you will be awarded with AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture. Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency within this Qualification will receive a Statement of Attainment. (By enrolling in this course, Ironwood Institute does not guarantee a learner will successfully complete and receive the qualification).
Certificate III in Landscape Construction, Certificate III in Arboriculture, Certificate IV in Horticulture, Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management, Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens, Certificate IV in Production Nursery, Certificate IV in Retail Nursery, Diploma of Horticulture.
Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. For those with appropriate work experience, knowledge and skills gained from this Certificate III can help the candidate to take on the following roles which include but not limited to:
(Ironwood Institute does not guarantee an employment outcome, licence, or accreditation at the completion of this qualification).
Material and Equipment Required
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is compulsory for this course. Following are the PPE items
- Safety boots $100
- Broad brimmed hat $10
- Garden gloves $5
- High visibility jacket $100
- High visibility cotton drill shirt $22
- Cotton drill cargo trousers $25
- Water proof trousers $46
- Budding and grafting knife $20
- 60x plant identification microscope for camera $30
- Moisture meter $ 15
Students can purchase through Ironwood Institute at the cost of AUD 373.00 or can make the items available at their own level before course commencement
There will be monthly intake for on-shore students and a quarterly intake for overseas students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmed dates.
Obligations and Rights of Learners
Institute Policies and Procedures
The ESOS legislation provides consumer protection to the enrolled students at Ironwood Institute. The written agreement, and the right to make complaints and seek appeals of decisions and action under various processes, does not affect the rights of the student to take action under the Australian Consumer Law if the Australian Consumer Law applies.
Overseas Students Health Cover
It is a condition of student visas that international students and accompanying dependents must hold valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of their study in Australia. The OSHC rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. OSHC is a private health care arrangement, equivalent to Australia’s Medicare system, which helps cover the costs of medical treatments in and out of hospital, should you get sick or have an accident.
Ironwood Institute recommends OSHC provider Australian Health Management (AHM). However, this recommendation does not restrict you from obtaining OSHC from a provider of your choice. A list of approved providers can be found on the Department of Health and Aging website