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Certificate III in Horticulture


Certificate III in Horticulture

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Qualification Description

The AHC30722 Certificate III in Horticulture is aimed at giving you the fundamental horticulture skills you’ll need to build a successful career in the greenlife industry. It will provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge that are in demand by organisations who create and maintain gardens, nurseries, landscapes and large open spaces, including parks, sporting fields, playgrounds and other public spaces. As the course allows you to specialise in open space management, it broadens your employment opportunities to include larger organisations, like governments and local councils.

Subsidised under SkillingSA an SA Government Initiative. Eligibility and subsidy criteria apply, please visit www.skills.sa.gov.au

Why Ironwood Institute?

Ironwood Institute has been delivering quality Horticulture training since 2009. It provides state-of the-art training facilities in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD with access to practical sites at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Adelaide City Council Parks and Nurseries.

Outstanding Achievements

Ironwood students have won the prestigious South Australian Horticulture Student of the Year Award for 2022 and 2023.

Lisa Agars, the 2023 winner, is currently studying Certificate III in Horticulture at Ironwood Institute and has already progressed to the position of Propagation Manager with Lewis Horticulture, a leading horticulture company at Riverlea Park.

Zoe Hsu, the 2022 winner, graduated with the Certificate III and Diploma of Horticulture and is currently working as a senior nursery person at Poplar Grove, a leading wholesale nursery at Sellicks Beach.

Lisa Agars 2023 SA Horticulture
Student of the Year Winner
Zoe Hsu 2022 SA Horticulture
Student of the Year Winner

Important Information


The course will be delivered in 52 weeks (one year).

Full-time study for 43 weeks and a break period of 9 weeks between 4 study terms. Each study term is approx. 11 weeks long.

The scheduled contact study per week is 16 hours.

The classes are scheduled per study week for two full days (9 am to 5 pm) 

There are also additional 7.5 hours of self-study scheduled per study week for students.

Intake Dates


AQF Level




Mode of Delivery

Face to Face.

Location of Delivery

Classroom site:

  • Ironwood Institute: Level 3, 112-118 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000

Practical site:

  • Adelaide City Council Nursery:
    War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006
  • St Laurence Priory:
    134 Buxton Street, North Adelaide, SA 5006
  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens:
    Hackney Road, Adelaide, SA 5000

The Institute does not provide transportation to sites and it is student’s responsibility to get there on time on practical training days either on bus or at their own transport medium.

Entry Requirements

Ironwood has a minimum level of requirements that students need to meet to enrol in a course(s)

  1. All students need to be 18 years of age at time of commencement.  
  2. Satisfactory reading, writing, and numeracy skills.  If you wish to access subsidised training, you will need to complete the CORE Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) along with an Upfront Assessment of Needs to ascertain if you are suitable to undertake the training.

If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support please contact Ironwood Admissions  or call 08 8227 0300 before applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Material and Equipment Required

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is compulsory for this course. Following are the PPE items:

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No occupational licensing, legislative, or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Course Structure

  • Total Units 17
  • Core Units 11
  • Elective Units 6

Perform specialist amenity pruning (Core)


Operate pressurised irrigation systems (Core)


Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (Core)


Control weeds (Core)


Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (Core)


Operate machinery and equipment (Core)


Contribute to workplace health and safety processes (Core)


Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (Core)


Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases (Core)


Transport and store chemicals (Core)


Identify and select plants (Core)


Implement a plant nutrition program (Elective)


Provide information on plants and their culture (Elective)


Prepare growing media (Elective)


Apply biosecurity measures (Elective)


Troubleshoot irrigation systems (Elective)


Maintain nursery plants (Elective)

For further details about each unit of competency please refer to AHC30722 Certificate III in Horticulture.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include but are not limited to:


On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded AHC30722 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).

Qualification Pathways

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, Diploma of Horticulture.

Work-based Training

Not applicable

Employment Opportunities

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).

Work Placement

Not applicable


The cost of a course varies according to eligibility for government subsidies and the type of study. Government subsidies are available to residents of South Australia. Students who are not eligible for any subsidies will pay the full fee rate.

Fee Type   Admission (AUD) Learning
PPE (AUD) Tuition (AUD) Total (AUD) Payment Plan
Concession $0 $0 $100 $0 $100 --
Subsidised Fee $0 $0 $100 $498 $598 Initial deposit of $224.50 and the 3 payments of $124.50 every 3 months
Traineeship $0 $0 $100 $498 $598 Initial deposit of $224.50 and the 3 payments of $124.50 every 3 months
Full Fee $250 $250 $100 $9,975 $10,575 Initial deposit of $3,000 and the 3 payments of $2,525 every 3 months

Why Study Horticulture in Adelaide, South Australia

Recognised for its excellence in environmentally clean, safe, and advanced production making Adelaide a key horticulture destination. Ironwood’s horticulture program allows our students to gain the skills and knowledge to become job ready in all sorts of horticultural positions.

  • South Australia is a major producer of premium horticulture.
  • Technologically advanced and sustainable horticulture is a key focus in South Australia.
  • Number one in protected cropping in Australia, with more than 700 hectares of greenhouses with a high number of professional, vertically integrated businesses across the supply chain
  • Australia’s number one producer of onions and potatoes
  • Home to Australia’s National Almond Centre of Excellence
  • Home to the world-leading national Sterile Insect Technology facility
  • The Northern Adelaide Plains (NAP) is a key horticulture region of South Australia that lies immediately north of the Adelaide metropolitan area.  The NAP produces approximately 198,000 tonnes of fresh produce, generating around 20% of the state’s horticulture production by volume and 33% by value, with a farm gate value of $317 million.  The area is renowned for growing premium quality vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums, onions and potatoes.  The region employs almost half of SA’s vegetable industry workers including job roles involving :
    • broad-acre field vegetable cropping
    • tree orchards
    • high-technology climate controlled hydroponic systems and
    • medium and low-technology poly and shade houses.

For more information visit https://www.northernadelaideplains.com.au/about

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