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  • 2022
    7 January 2018 - 31 January 2025
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Quick Overview of Certificate III in Parks and Gardens:

  • Location: Online with physical practical components
  • Cost:
  • Duration: Self Paced typically 6 – 24 Months (up to 36 months if undertaking an apprenticeship)
  • Units of competency: 11 core units and 5 elective units
  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Our trainers work in the industry and have current vocational currency

Cost of Certificate III in Parks and Gardens:

Certificate III in Parks and Gardens costs $3290 per person soft copy documents e-learning and self-paced. Soft copy course costs could vary due to a student’s circumstances. This will be established with enrolment.

Soft copy online means Word documents, PDF, power points and more to be completed on your computer or printed out by you.

$3790 per person for a face-to-face full-time certificate. A minimum of 8 people is required.

Funding is available for eligible employees and students.

Certificate 3 Guarantee:

LT Training has SAS status for this type of funding.  The program supports eligible individuals to complete a certificate III qualification. The aim is to assist individuals to gain the skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development needs.  Given the benefits that accrue to individuals from training, students will be required to contribute to the costs of their training through a co-contribution fee. The fee may be paid on behalf of the student by the employer or a third party unrelated to LT Training, but cannot be paid or waived by LT Training.  The cost will be $16.00 per unit for students. A concessional student co-contribution fee is $8.00 per unit. This fee will have to be paid upon enrolment.

To be eligible participants must:

Have either finished or left secondary school
Be 15 years of age or older
Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland
Not hold or be currently undertaking a certificate III or higher-level qualification (not including qualifications undertaken while still at secondary school)
Note that employment status is NOT a factor.

Further Certificate 3 Guarantee funding information for LT Training can be found Click here

For more information, you can download the Student fact sheet DESBT

Eligible individuals must understand that the Certificate 3 Guarantee is for one Government-subsidised training place in a funded certificate III qualification only. You will not be allowed to claim another Certificate 3 Guarantee after the program.

LT Training is a Queensland Skilled Assured Supplier (SAS) for this qualification. Contact your employer if you are already employed in the industry and want to choose LT Training as your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).  Eligible apprentices meeting the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a fee per nominal hour. These fees are calculated at a regulated rate of $1.60 per nominal hour. Concession rates apply for students who hold a current Health Care Card or who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
User Choice funding information for LT Training can be found Click here
To understand level III in Horticulture traineeships better, you can visit the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training website QTIS website

Standard course:

The course is developed to be conducted online e-learning with practical activities to be signed off by your trainer/supervisor and assessor. It is anticipated this course will take up to 24 months (36 months if undertaking an apprenticeship) to complete, depending on the delivery method and student dedication.  Students can complete the course in a shorter timeframe and it depends on their own situation. Some units like the ACDC and Operate Chainsaws, are delivered during our scheduled face-to-face classes.

The course might be delivered full-time, face to face at LT Training’s facility and visiting horticulture enterprises to cover all selection criteria. Three days per week. (Minimum of 8 students required for full time). The minimum duration of this course is approximately 13 weeks of initial classroom training. Contact us for start dates and details for the full-time course.

Overview of Certificate III in Parks and Gardens:

This qualification underpins a range of work functions and job roles for this horticultural trade qualification. This may include infrastructure installation, maintenance or renovation of public space, landscape maintenance, green space establishment and recreational developments for public or private gardens.  It includes the theoretical and practical components of sixteen (16) units of competency. 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.

Over 95% of students who complete this course are employed or go on to further study.

From Myskills.gov.au – December 2017


There are no entry requirements for the certificate.  However, students should have reasonable fitness and physical ability level and have an interest in horticulture.

Units in Certificate III in Parks and Gardens:

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete a total of 16 units:

11 Core units

5 elective units

The following units are available at the moment:

Core units (11):

AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCPGD307 Implement a plant establishment program
AHCPGD309 Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCPGD310 Implement a landscape maintenance program
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCTRF309 Implement a grassed area maintenance program
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes

Elective units (5) :

AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals*
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals*
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws (Chainsaw level 1)
AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Units are part of the ACDC licence in Queensland *

Additional units could be delivered with a Statement of Attainment. We regard each client as having their own specific need in training. Elective Units above could be swapped with additional units below or other units on our scope to suit the client. (Not more than 5 electives are allowed for the full qualification)
RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities

Upon completing this course, participants will be issued an ‘AHC31021 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens’ certifying competence of the 16 units completed.

Outcomes of Certificate III in Parks and Gardens:

Course delivery:

The course is developed to be delivered in soft copy e-learning. Some units will have to block training face-to-face if elected.

For students that are already employed in the industry:

Your supervisor will play a large part in the practical tasks.  Visits by your trainer and assessor will be organised with enrolment.


If an applicant can provide sufficient evidence, RPL (recognition of prior learning) is accepted for Certificate III in Parks and Gardens. Previous experience will be acknowledged during the course. The RPL of Certificate III in Parks and Gardens costs $2500.

Payment Option:

Under RTO Standards 2015, the maximum fee to be collected in advance is $1500 on initial enrolment.  If your fees are being paid for by your employer or another organisation they may be paid in full at the time of enrolment.

To comply with the standards, you would then pay instalments so that at no time would we hold fees of $1500 or more in advance.  However, all fees must be paid as agreed and all must be paid before a qualification can be issued.

Further Information:

You will need a computer device that meets the minimum requirements of LT Training’s online system (we support and recommend a modern desktop or laptop computer running the Google Chrome web browser and the original Adobe program).

You must ensure a good stable internet connection and the ability of your device to play sound.

All training aids and safety equipment are provided for use as required with the full-time course.

After enrolment and initial interview, you will be given your login details to start doing this course online.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with our  Student Handbook which contains loads of information for our students including our policies and terms and conditions. The handbook will be shared electronically or in hard copy. If you have any questions at all, we are happy to help.


Queensland, Australia


Brisbane, Brendale

Arundel, Gold Coast

Sunshine Coast PCYC

Gold Coast, Woongoolba

Redland Bay

LT Training primarily uses PCYC venues that are non-for-profit and give back to the local community. We run ‘Working at heights‘, ‘Confined space training‘, ‘Operate and maintain chainsaws‘, ‘White card‘, and ‘ACDC chemical licensing‘ at PCYC’s.

Our certificates are run anywhere in Queensland by doing online and face to face training. These courses include CERT II IN HORTICULTURE AHC20416, CERTIFICATE III IN PARKS AND GARDENS AHC31021, CERTIFICATE III IN INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT, CERTIFICATE III IN BUSINESS BSB30115, CERTIFICATE II IN WORKPLACE SKILLS BSB20120.