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Diploma of Horticulture

National Course Code: AHC50416


The nationally recognised Diploma of Horticulture will equip you to take on senior roles in an industry set on making the world greener. Gaining high-level skills to identify, plan and manage certain garden or park sites ecosystems.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Assess sites for horticulture development
  • Develop horticultural production plans
  • Manage plant cultural practices
  • Collect and classify plants
  • Prepare reports, estimates, quotes, tenders and budgets
  • Manage work routines and staff performance
  • Diagnose plant health problems
  • Identify and select trees
  • Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A passion for plants and the natural environment
  • An interest in the greening of spaces
  • An aptitude to work primarily outdoors
  • Effective communication skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm for teamwork and collaboration
  • An ease with working in solitary and remote conditions as well as in teams


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level
  • 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

Career opportunities:

  • Horticulturist/horticultural manager
  • Landscape contractor supervisor
  • Parks and gardens manager
  • Nursery manager
  • Horticultural advisory consultant


Take your career further with the:

  • Bachelor of Environmental Science

This course is replaced. 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.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry are:

  • Passionate about plants and the natural environment
  • Interested in the greening of spaces
  • Happy to work primarily outdoors
  • Effective with their communication
  • Able to work independently
  • Enthusiastic about team work and collaboration
  • Comfortable to work in solitary and remote conditions as well as in teams

Assessments will occur across the duration of the course, and will consist of a mixture of assignments, projects, practical demonstrations, written tasks and presentations.

The Certificate II in Horticulture is the best place to start if you want to dig into the world of plants and trees and dont have any prior experience.

The Certificate III is a better option for you if you are looking to develop your skills and knowledge in preparing materials, and growing and planting vegetation.

If you are detail-oriented and wish to focus on supervisory roles in the industry, consider the Certificate IV, which focuses on reporting, recording, supervising and monitoring of the preparation, growing and planting of vegetation.

This Diploma is for students who want to plan and manage horticultural projects and to write reports, provide quotes, and respond to tenders.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Assessing sites for horticulture development
  • Designing and developing horticulture management plans associated with domestic, commercial or industrial open spaces
  • Soil amelioration techniques
  • Techniques for optimal plant health

At TAFE NSW, we want you to walk into the Horticulture industry with confidence. We understand the importance of practicing your skills in authentic workplace scenarios. Projects will include:

  • Conducting site inspections and developing appropriate plans for the purpose of horticulture development
  • Preparation of reports, quotes and tenders for real-world situations
  • Identifying, selecting and specifying trees
  • Develop a restoration plan for a public or private garden

You will practice your hands-on skills on a real site approved by your teacher. The location must meet requirements to be able to successfully complete all tasks.

Be supported

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We want you to have the best experience possible, so well help you with anything you need, whether it is a friendly career counsellor or an online tutor.

Reach out, were here to help.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

Jobs in this field focus on the development and implementation of domestic, commercial and industrial green spaces. There is increasing demand in planning, designing, construction and maintenance of vertical green walls and rooftop gardens, as well as substantial plans by the NSW government in investment and expansion of public green spaces.

Horticulture skills and knowledge will always be required so that the world can continue to produce food, fibre, and green living environments, so there will always be employment opportunities. This qualification also underpins the knowledge and skills around environmental adaptation and the changing conditions that plants will be subject to in the future, also supporting biodiversity conservation.

  • Nationally Recognised Training

This course is replaced

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