AHC31016 Certificate III in Parks and


This qualification provides a vocational outcome in parks and gardens. The parks and gardens industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens.

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include: Municipal/city gardener or Horticulturist.

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 15 years of age or older and;
  • Have at least a year 8 level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills.


This qualification is delivered through a variety of methods including, face to face delivery or online presentation and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

The RPL process involves providing The assessor with information about an applicant’s work history, experience, previous formal/ informal learning and current work functions/ skill to determine their entitlement to the qualification.

Upon enrolment applicants will be provided with a RPL kit for them to complete in their own time. This will provide information on the types of evidence required to obtain RPL.

Once the RPL kit has been completed and submitted to the Dantek, an interview with the assessor will be arranged. This may occur at a place of the applicants choosing or at our head office. This will allow the applicant to explain their evidence for RPL and the assessor to question the applicant on their knowledge skill and experience

Cert 3 Parks and Gardens

After the interview the assessor may conduct some site visits to confirm the applicant’s level of knowledge and skill.

If gaps in knowledge, skill or experience are identified, further training can be provided for the applicant to obtain the qualification.

Delivery of gap training is dependent on each applicant providing sufficient evidence of their demonstrated knowledge, skill and experience. Gap training may range from an hour for a highly experienced applicant whereas it may take several day sessions for persons not holding any experience in a nominated unit of competency.

Units of Competency

The qualification consists of sixteen (16) units made up of five (6) core units and eleven (11) elective units.

Core Units

  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
  • AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes


The student has an opportunity to then choose fields from the list below to support the elective selection

  • Arboriculture, Chemicals, Irrigation, Landscape
  • Machinery operation and maintenance, Natural area restoration,
  • Parks and gardens, Plants, Turf

For a full list of electives please access this link: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/AHC31010

Assessment Requirements

Participants will be required to successfully complete a series of assessment tasks which may include a written exam, practical demonstration / observation, case studies and group activities.