National course code: AHC50416

Diploma of Horticulture

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Overview About this course

Cultivate life and embark on a rewarding career making the world greener as a horticulturalist. Gain high-level skills across a broad range of in-demand specialisations, such as parks and gardens, plant nutrition and pest management.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Assess sites for horticulture development

  • Develop horticultural production plans

  • Prepare reports, estimates, quotes, tenders and budgets

  • Manage work routines and staff performance

  • Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Develop appropriate plans for horticulture development

  • Prepare reports, quotes and tenders for real-world situations

  • Identify, select and specify trees

  • Develop a restoration plan for a public or private garden

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

  • Industry skills that open career opportunities internationally

  • The ability to apply as a registered Horticulturist with the Australian Institute of Horticulture

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

  • You'll need to provide a transcript of your Year 12 of high school school certificate AND

  • Have 3 years of appropriate work experience as evidenced by a letter from an employer, an industry association or a landcare group OR

  • You must provide a transcript of your Certificate III in Horticulture

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Employment in the Horticulture industry, in a residential or commercial landscape company or for local/state government bodies

  • An eagerness to learn the skills needed to work in management or run your own horticulturist consultancy

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Horticulturist/horticultural manager, Landscape contractor supervisor, Parks and gardens manager, Nursery manager and Horticultural advisory consultant


Upon competition of this course, you will be eligible to apply to be a Registered Horticulturist at the Australian Institute of Horticulture. For more information, please visit The Australian Institute of Horticulture website.

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The Diploma of Horticulture does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Horticulture qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 10 Units of competency, including 10 core and 0 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

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