AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction


The AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction is a nationally recognised qualification covering the skills and knowledge relating to the landscaping industry such as constructing paving, retaining walls, irrigation, plant selection and propagation, soil structure and garden bed preparation and planting.

This qualification is aimed at individuals who wish to obtain a qualification to start a career in the landscaping and property maintenance industry or who may be newly working as an employee or self employed contractor.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however it is recommended you have basic knowledge of horticultural principles.

The landscaping role is a physically demanding one and the course mirrors this so before enrolling students should ensure that they can meet this requirement. As part of the practical requirements of this course, students will be required to be able to move and push heavy objects (bricks, mowers et), use a shovel, bending, squatting and kneeling amongst others.

Students will also be required to undertake an online Literacy, Language and Numeracy indicator prior to commencement.

This ensures that students have the necessary language, literacy and numeracy skills to be able to succeed in their training and assessment. If you identify as needing additional support, or where we identify through our own testing that is required, a student support strategy will be developed and agreed upon between all parties prior to you starting the course.

We also offer all students the opportunity to obtain recognition of their existing skills and knowledge gained through their relevant job experience and obtain credit for previous studies that directly correlate to the units we deliver.

Students learn in smaller classroom sizes and activities are designed so that students can take what they have learnt and apply to it a workplace straight away.

Training Location and Course Delivery

Training is conducted in the classroom (face to face) where students will develop their theoretical knowledge as well as in the grounds of our facility located at Nerang, where students will undertake practical projects in a variety of settings. There will also be self directed learning at home.

Classroom times are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for 12 weeks. There will be additional time for you to complete your practical assessments.

Core Industry Training has a dedicated site at Groundworks Nerang which has the required work area, equipment and attachments for students to undertake a realistic practical demonstration of the required skills. Equipment at our Nerang campus includes:

  • Earthmoving equipment
  • Hand and power tools
  • Garden tools
  • Personal Protective Equipment
Who Should Do this Course?
  • Anyone wanting a new career in landscape gardening, green keeping or parks and gardens
  • Existing workers in the landscaping sector who wish to develop or enhance their knowledge and skills
Funding Options

FUNDED – Certificate 3 Guarantee

Please ring us to see if you are eligible for funding under the Department of Education, Small Business and Training – Certificate 3 Guarantee.

If you are eligible for the funding, your co-contribution fees are as follows;

  • Concession        $20 (this is $1.33 per unit)
  • Non Concession $50 (this is $3.33 per unit)
  • School Leaver 2019 Fee free

The eligibility criteria for this funding requires that you:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • be 15 years old or over
  • permanently reside in Queensland and have left school
  • not already have a certificate III level or higher qualification
  • not be currently enrolled in a certificate III level or higher course

Please be aware once you have completed this course via a government funded training place, you will no longer be eligible to access another funded place under this funding program (Certificate 3 Guarantee) at Certificate III level or higher.

You will also be required to completed a mandatory survey at the completion of your training.  Please see the link to the fact sheet about funding.

Course Fees

The fee for service charge of this course is $4,168 – please contact us for information about payment plan options.

Funded course fees are available under the Funding Options tab.


Units of Competency

The following units of competency are included in the AHC30916 Certificate III Landscape Construction. In order to be awarded this qualification, you must competently complete all of the requirements for each unit of study.

Unit Code Unit Title Core/Elective
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes Core
AHCLSC301 Set Out Site For Construction Works Core
AHCLSC302 Construct Landscape Features using Concrete Core
AHCLSC303 Construct Brick/Block Structures and Features Core
AHCLSC305 Construct Stone Structures and Features Core
AHCLSC306 Implement a Paving Project Core
AHCLSC307 Implement a Retaining Wall Project Core
AHCPCM302 Provide Information on plants and their Culture Core
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program Core
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas Core
AHCDRG301 Install drainage systems Elective
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program Elective
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems Elective
AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems Elective
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems Elective

*Elective units are subject to change.


On completion, you will be eligible to receive the qualification AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction.

Educational pathways from this qualification include:

  • AHC40416 – Certificate IV in Horticulture
  • AHC40516 – Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens
  • AHC42016 – Certificate IV Landscape

Note: This RTO may not offer all qualifications listed above in possible pathways

Employment Pathways

The following employment pathways are available to students who complete this qualification:

  • Employment as a Landscaper, either as employee or as a self-employed contractor.

The Training Package does not have any specified entry requirements or pre-requisites for this course. None of the units packaged within this qualification have any pre-requisites.