The Building our futures program is an initiative with ABIS Community Housing Gardens Project and IPS Institute to assist participants gain qualifications and real work experience with high employability outcomes.

At IPS Institute we provide you with the right practical skills for this ACH31016 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens course to kick start your career in becoming a council gardener, grounds keeper or self-employed gardener.

The Parks and Gardens sector covers workers in local government parks and gardens, botanic gardens, schools and other public places as well as self-employed gardeners. Workers are involved in pruning and maintaining trees and shrubs. Park managers are responsible for staff and park operations as well as managing contracts for outsourced services.

You will develop the knowledge and skills required to:

Green Tick  Control weeds            Green Tick  Control plant pests, diseases and disorders.

Green Tick  Implement a plant nutrition program       Green Tick  Provide information on plants and their culture

Green Tick  Contribute to work health and safety processes

Our highly knowledgeable trainers are industry experienced and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed.

To obtain the ACH31016 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens you must achieve competency in 16 units of competency, which is made up of five (5) core units as well as eleven (11) elective units. This program has been tailored to give participants a broad range of cross sector experiences.


  • 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


  • AHCARB301 - Implement a tree maintenance program
  • AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals
  • AHCLSC301 - Set out site for construction works
  • AHCLSC302 - Construct landscape features using concrete
  • AHCLSC303 - Construct brick and or block structures and features
  • AHCLSC304 - Erect timber structures and features
  • AHCLSC305 - Construct stone structures and features
  • AHCLSC306 - Implement a paving project
  • AHCLSC307 - Implement a retaining wall project
  • AHCLSC308 - Install metal structures and features
  • AHCLSC309 - Install water features
  • AHCMOM304 - Operate machinery and equipment
  • AHCPGD301 - Implement a plant establishment program
  • AHCPGD305 - Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
  • AHCPGD306 - Implement a maintenance program for an aquatic environment

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However the learner must be employed full time or part time and have access to a workplace to gain sufficient experience to successfully complete the Unit of Competency requirements. Please refer to the relevant IPS Policies and the Student Handbook for full details.

Based on prior learning and work experience in a related field IPS Institute will conduct a RPL giving you the ability to fast track this qualification. Previously completed units of competencies or qualifications in a related field may provide you eligibility to CT the units you have already completed.

This course may be eligible for subsidies:

• Be aged 15 years or above and no longer enrolled at school
• Permanently reside in Queensland
• Satisfy one of the following:
• Australian citizen
• New Zealand citizen
• Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants)
• Temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
• Not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate III or higher-level qualification. Note that this does not include qualifications completed at school or foundation skills training.

Contribution Fees (Certificate III Funding):
$32 concessional (Average per unit cost $10)
$64 non-concessional (Average per unit cost $20)

The Contribution Fee may be paid on the student’s behalf by a third party such as an employer or community group.

Fee For Service options available.


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Our specialised training means that our students truly internalise what they learn. The teachings provide an understanding ready for the job site.


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No matter what your schedule looks like, IPS has your back! We encourage our students to explore our flexible learning options to optimise their experience.


IPS is a nationally recognized qualification provider, allowing you to gain high-level skills and training, preparing you for the real world.


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