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Contribute to the beautiful surrounds

This qualification reflects the role of Parks and Gardens tradespeople who plant and maintain lawns, trees, shrubs and flowerbeds in gardens and parks. Duties include installing plant displays, cultivating turf, installing irrigation and controlling pests and diseases. A perfect qualification for those who love fresh air, working with their hands and appreciate the natural environment. Course details

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Bundamba, Toowoomba

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Workplace/TAFE: up to 3 years

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1300 914 754

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Key dates

Bundamba Any time Workplace/TAFE
Toowoomba Any time Workplace/TAFE

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland South West is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).


Cnr Mary and Byrne Streets
Bundamba QLD 4304

100 Bridge Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Resources required

You will require personal stationary (pens and paper), a valid email address, and the following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • cotton drill long pants and shirt
  • steel capped boots
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • water bottle

 You will also require access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland locations.


As an apprenticeship this qualification is delivered full-time over a duration of up to 3 years (36 months), or over a duration of up to 6 years (72 months) for school based/part-time apprentices.

As a full-time apprentice you will undertake training both on-site at TAFE and in your workplace. For workplace training, a teacher will be assigned to attend your workplace to deliver training and assess your skills and knowledge. Delivery at TAFE consists of face-to-face classes after being released from the workplace by your employer. A simulated work environment is provided for the application of skills before returning to work. The duration of your attendance will vary depending on the stage and the units of competency specified in your individual training plan.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 16 units in total, including 5 core units and 11 elective units. The elective units on your training plan will be selected in consultation with TAFE Queensland South West, your employer, yourself and, where appropriate, your school.

AHCPMG301 Control weeds Core
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders Core
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program Core
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture Core
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes Core
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas Elective
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices Elective
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning Elective
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program Elective
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals Elective
AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities Elective
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals Elective
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems Elective
AHCIRG303 Measure irrigation delivery system performance Elective
AHCIRG306 Troubleshoot irrigation systems Elective
AHCTRF302 Establish turf Elective
AHCPGD302 Plan and maintain plant displays Elective
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program Elective
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program Elective
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment Elective


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

Eligible apprentices who meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course, please visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training plan and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers and apprentices. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

Students are encouraged to view the TAFE Queensland Student Fees Policy prior to enrolment.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, please give us a call.


AHC31016  Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Job prospects

  • Parks and Gardens Tradesperson
  • Greenkeeper
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Gardener (General)

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland South West to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO), then contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract.

If you aren't employed yet, contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 914 754 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a student, check out the student handbook and refund policy

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace and/or previous learning means less study time for you and getting qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 12 June 2017

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