AHC31021 – Certificate III in Parks and Gardens


Parks and Gardens Course

Grow a career in green spaces

  • Are you a fan of working outdoors?
  • Know you want to get a Trade apprenticeship, but you’re not sure where to start?
  • Is the environment important to you?

Parks and gardens are at the centre of the community and support infrastructure within a green environment. The AHC31016 Certificate III in Horticulture Parks and Gardens will give you the skills and knowledge to start your career in maintaining and creating public green spaces using environmentally sustainable work practices.

In this course, you’ll gain skills in tree inspections, soil analysis, controlling weeds and plant pests and how to inspect park facilities. Each of the units are designed to stretch your knowledge with practical skills, whether that involves you learning how to run a landscape maintenance program, being hands-on in a plant establishment program or understanding the chemicals to be used on public garden and turf areas. You will be mentored throughout the course to help you along the way.

This course can give you multiple pathway options across the horticulture industry.

Why Bother?

  • Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Trade-qualified Trainers who know their stuff
  • Hands-on experience in a practical environment

Job Prospects

Municipal/city gardener
Parks and gardens tradesperson
Resorts or retirement complex grounds person

Study Mode

Flexible Delivery With Workbook

Next Intake

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Discover what it’s like to study a Parks and Gardens course.


I enrolled in the course to gain some practical experience in the construction industry. I enjoyed everything about it!”

Student Q&A: Jesse Krueger
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Course Flyer

For an in-depth look at how you can learn more about the opportunities that await those who successfully complete the Certificate III, download your copy.

Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This course is aimed at anyone looking to kick start their career in parks, gardens or landscaping. Throughout this course, you will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to work in the management and maintenance of public and private parks, reserves and gardens, natural bushland and community recreation areas.

Ways to study

Onsite Training

Get digging into the important stuff! Learn onsite, while you work. This means less time off the tools and more time focused on practical skills.

Pre-employment program

Open the door for full-time Apprenticeship opportunities with FTA’s pre-employment programs. These courses are specifically designed to build your capability and knowledge with job-ready skills for your chosen trade.


Sometimes we like to get back to basics with the way we teach! If you’re better on the tools working on irrigation systems or creating breath-taking plant displays than trying to find your way around a computer – we’ve got your back! At FTA, we’re determined to ensure you learn how you learn best.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 5 core units and 11 elective units from the options below.

Core Units (5)

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

Suggested Elective Units (11)

  • AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
  • AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • AHCTRF308 Establish turf
  • AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
  • RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
  • AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees
  • AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
  • AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program
  • AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
  • AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws
  • AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

The possible job titles and career opportunities after studying this course include:

  • Local government gardener
  • Horticultural technician
  • Parks and gardens tradesperson

The course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): 3-6 months- this term may be extended by Funding Criteria, amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required  – eligibility criteria apply.
  • Fee for Service: 3-12 months subject to the amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required

Your skills will be assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. Which is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt and how you do it.

Theory may be assessed Online or via Workbook. Practical Assessment will be conducted at your place of work or worksite with fit-for-purpose facilities and equipment which are to be made available to your FTA trainer & Assessor for training and assessment purposes.

Let’s talk about the money

Ready to take the leap towards your nationally recognised Certificate III in Parks and Gardens? Our aim is to offer you flexibility with your student tuition fees so this course is accessible to you no matter where you are located in Queensland. View the range of course fees and funding options available to assist both students and employers in gaining valuable training.

Fee For Service

Fee For Service

Our flexible Fee For Service model accommodates individuals ready to start their qualification today while making ongoing, manageable payments.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training place in a certificate III level qualification.

User Choice

User Choice

User Choice aims to provide funding for apprentices, trainees and their employers aligned to the skill needs of industry and changing government priorities.

Do you have the right green fingers to enrol?

You must be currently employed in industry to gain entry to this course. 

Eligible students must be over the age of 18 unless they have written permission from a parent or guardian who must co-sign the enrollment documentation.

If you are a local or non-English speaking international student who thinks you may be challenged by theory or bookwork when you’re more a hands-on type of person, you won’t be out of your comfort zone. FTA understands this and will conduct an assessment to make sure you have the language, literacy and numeracy skills required before starting your course so you are fully equipped for the challenge.

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Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands-on experience, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your Certificate III Parks and Garden course.

Unlimited Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways. That’s why we deliver training how you learn best. Plus, you get your own Learning Engagement Officer to support your progress through the course.

Recognised Qualifications

This Parks and Gardens course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.

Industry experts nurturing your growth

We help you take your love of green spaces and parklands and turn it into a career. As an Australian-owned and operated Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID: 31972), we have access to some of the most respected trainers in their field to help you gain the sought-after skills that the gardens industry expects from a graduate of an FTA Certificate III in Parks and Gardens.

Once you sign your training contract with FTA, you’ll be mentored by your instructors to help you get the best from your course. We will also work with you and your employer to ensure you have access to the right equipment and worksite access relevant to your course.