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.
This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.
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
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A strong pathway to continue your study 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
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
3 years of appropriate work experience as evidenced by a letter from an employer, an industry association or a landcare group OR
Successful completion of the Certificate III in Horticulture as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate
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.
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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Diploma of Horticulture does not have any post-graduate courses.
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.
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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