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Horticulture courses offer students a chance to further their passion for plant life and learn how to apply their landscaping expertise professionally.

Courses in this sector are formulated to equip you with the practical skills and background knowledge you need to boost, protect and cultivate flora as part of any environmental organisation.

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Diploma of Horticulture

Course code: AHC50416

The Diploma of Horticulture reflects the role of those who manage amenity horticultural enterprises where a range of skills and knowledge across the breadth of the industry is required or personnel working in horticulture at a level requiring higher technical skills. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate II in Horticulture

Course code: AHC20416

This qualification underpins a range of work functions and job roles that can lead to a horticultural trade qualification. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate IV in Horticulture

Course code: AHC40416

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge across a broad coverage of the industry prior to undertaking higher level roles in the industry. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Horticulture

Course code: AHC30716

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture. It is NOT a suitable pathway for horticultural trades. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Production Horticulture

Course code: AHC30616

This qualification provides a vocational outcome in production horticulture. The qualification enables individuals to select a tree cropping, vegetable or berry production, grape growing or mushroom production context as a job focus, or a mixture in the case of mixed enterprises. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate IV in Production Horticulture

Course code: AHC40316

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the production horticulture industry. It is designed to meet the needs of supervisors or team leaders in the production horticulture industry. The qualification enables individuals to select a tree cropping, vegetable, berry or flower production, grape growing or mushroom production context as a job focus, or a mixture in the case of mixed enterprises. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Statement of Attainment in Pest Management

Course code: 160-17346V01

This course describes skills and knowledge required to plan and coordinate weed control activities. to control plant pests, diseases and disorders, taking into consideration Integrated Pest Management options. It also describes the skills and knowledge required to identify a range of pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms, assess damage or threat to plants and select and apply pest and disease controls and timing of operations. The course also describes the skills and knowledge to prepare, monitor and maintain biological control agents for weed control prior to release in an experimental or field situation.

Statement of Attainment in Plant Propagation

Course code: 160-17347V01

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to implement a propagation plan for a range of plants using a range of different propagation methods and describes the skills and knowledge required to bud and graft trees, shrubs, vines and other plant types in nurseries or in-field situations.

Statement of Attainment in Crop Husbandry

Course code: 160-17345V01

This course provides the skills and knowledge required to establish horticultural crops by seed, seedlings or other vegetative means, regulate crops by thinning and pruning flower, fruit or vegetable crops to control yield and quality, coordinate crop harvesting activities and to implement a post-harvest program for horticultural crops.

Statement of Attainment in Soil Management

Course code: 160-17348V

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with the sampling and testing of soil or growing media sampling and testing, monitor and control the nutritional requirements of and applications to plants across a range of situations and environments and prepare and mix raw materials into a suitable feedstock mixture for commercial-scale composting and compost feedstock mixtures to manufacture compost products.

Certificate II in Landscaping

Course code: AHC21616

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in landscaping. The landscaping industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Diploma of Landscape Design

Course code: AHC50616

This is a specialist qualification for landscape designers. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Diploma of Viticulture

Course code: AHC51516

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of managers in the viticulture industry. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate II in Production Nursery

Course code: AHC20716

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in production nursery industry. The nursery industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. Job roles and titles covered by this qualification may include: - production nursery assistant No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate IV in Permaculture

Course code: AHC42116

This qualification relates to individuals who work as project supervisors and designers for private clients or organisations. They require high level permaculture design skills, and knowledge in a broad range of areas in keeping with permacultures multi-disciplinary nature. They may be involved in supervising individuals and teams of people on urban and rural work sites and in community projects. The qualification is suited to learners who wish to work at the supervisory level within permaculture design projects, and may involve the supervision of others and working with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Landscape Construction

Course code: AHC30916

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in landscape construction. The landscaping industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

Course code: AHC31316

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in greenkeeping. The sports turf industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management

Course code: AHC40816

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the turf industry. The sports turf industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing)

Course code: AHC30816

This qualification provides occupation outcomes with a range of specialised knowledge and skills to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning required for arborists in the arboriculture industry. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include the general title Arborist, and the specialisation titles: - Climbing Arborist The qualification covers both ground-based workers and those working at heights.This qualification does not require a person to work at heights, however, units that include the skills and knowledge required to work at heights, both from an elevated work platform (EWP) and by climbing trees, are included as elective streams. The testamur issued for this qualification is to be titled AHC30815 Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing) This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship. Occupational Licensing, legislative or certification requirements may apply to this qualification in some jurisdictions. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory.

Certificate II in Rural Operations

Course code: AHC21216

This qualification provides an occupational outcome for industries and agencies in rural and regional Australia. Depending on the units selected individuals can be employed not only in rural industries but also other rural and regional sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, community services, information technology and metals. Industry expects individuals with this qualification to carry out routine tasks under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Production Nursery

Course code: AHC31116

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome for a nurseryperson working in a production nursery. The nursery industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Diploma of Permaculture

Course code: AHC52116

This qualification provides occupation outcomes for individuals to work in a leadership capacity for organisations, groups or enterprises. They require a whole system approach to planning, designing, managing and implementing integrated permaculture projects and programs, permaculture community programs, and the operation of permaculture enterprises. The qualification is suited to learners who wish to work within organisations and enterprises where skills in strategic planning and project management, natural system and land use planning, and specialist permaculture design are required. Work is likely to involve working with teams of people at the strategic level as well as working with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Retail Nursery

Course code: AHC31216

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome for a retail nursery or garden centre sales assistant. The nursery industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Statement of Attainment in Application of Chemicals

Course code: 168-03255V01

Successful completion of the two units in this hands on course satisfy the legislative requirements in NSW for participants to handle, prepare, apply, transport and store registered pesticides without supervision as required under Pesticide Legislation in NSW. Accreditation lasts for 5 years. This course will run over two days at Yallah Campus. Your learning outcomes will be: Determine the need for chemical use. Identify the appropriate chemical. Prepare for chemical use according to label and SDS. Identify conditions for safely applying chemicals. List procedures for cleaning up following chemical application. Record application details. Determine how to transport and handle chemicals. Identify how to store chemical safely. Record storage details. Read and interpret label and SDS directions for safe transport, handling and storage Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing, including sturdy covered shoes, hat, long pants and covered shoulders. Minimum Numbers Policy: Courses are run subject to minimum enrolments. If TAFE NSW cancels a course due to low student enrolments, you will be notified and you will receive a full refund of fees or the option to transfer to another course if one is available.

Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management

Course code: AHC60316

This qualification reflects the roles of individuals working in a range of agribusinesses. The units covered in this qualification are uniquely contextualised for the agribusiness sector and reflect the need for agribusiness specific management expertise in planning and analysis, financial and human resource management together with an emphasis on sustainability. This qualification is also suited to the needs of individuals who possess significant theoretical agribusiness skills and knowledge that they would like to further develop in order to create further educational or employment opportunities. Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include: - Rural and regional agribusiness manager (including lending managers, insurance brokers, machinery dealers, chemical resellers, stock agents, grain marketers, real estate agents) - Agriculture enterprise business manager - Production horticulture enterprise business manager No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Statement of Attainment in Chemical Application (Refresher)

Course code: 164-10102V03

This course will allow you to safely and correctly apply chemicals to control weeds in agricultural, horticultural or land management based enterprises. You will learn to handle, transport, store, prepare and apply chemicals in an effective and responsible manner and select appropriate weed control measures. On successful completion of this course, you will meet the training requirements determined by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for the purchase of some restricted chemicals and the NSW Pesticides Regulation 2009 for the unsupervised application of pesticides.

Statement of Attainment in Chemical Application

Course code: 164-10102V02

This course will allow you to safely and correctly apply chemicals to control weeds in agricultural, horticultural or land management based enterprises. You will learn to handle, transport, store, prepare and apply chemicals in an effective and responsible manner and select appropriate weed control measures. On successful completion of this course, you will meet the training requirements determined by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for the purchase of some restricted chemicals and the NSW Pesticides Regulation 2009 for the unsupervised application of pesticides.

Certificate III in Rural Operations

Course code: AHC32816

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in agriculture, horticulture and conservation land management and at least one and up to four other related industries. Depending on the units selected individuals will be able to seek employment not only in rural industries but also other industry sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, information technology and metals. Industry expects individuals with this qualification to perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Statement of Attainment in Agricultural Chemical Skill Set

Course code: AHCSS00027

These units provide credit towards the following Certificates: AHC20116 Cert II in Agriculture; AHC20316 Cert II in Production Horticulture; AHC20416 Cert II in Horticulture; AHC20516 Cert II in Arboriculture; AHC20616 Cert II in Parks and Gardens; AHC20716 Cert II in Production Nursery; AHC20916 Cert II in Sports Turf Management; AHC21016 Cert II in Conservation and Land Management; AHC21116 Cert II in Irrigation; AHC21216 Cert II in Rural Operations; AHC21616 Cert II in Landscaping; AHC30116 Cert III in Agriculture; AHC30216 Cert III in Agriculture (Dairy Production); AHC30316 Cert III in Horse Breeding; AHC30416 Cert III in Pork Production; AHC30516 Cert III in Poultry Production; AHC30616 Cert III in Production Horticulture; AHC30716 Cert III in Horticulture; AHC30816 Cert III in Arboriculture; AHC30916 Cert III in Landscape Construction; AHC31016 Cert III in Parks and Gardens; AHC31116 Cert III in Production Nursery; AHC31216 Cert III in Retail Nursery; AHC31316 Cert III Turf Management; AHC31416 Cert III in Conservation and Land Management; AHC31516 Cert III in Indigenous Land Management; AHC31616 Cert III in Lands, Parks and Wildlife; AHC31716 Cert III in Natural Area Restoration; AHC31816 Cert III in Vertebrate Pest Management; AHC31916 Cert III in Weed Management; AHC32016 Cert III in Beekeeping; AHC32216 Cert III in Commercial Composting; AHC32316 Cert in Conservation Earthworks; AHC32416 Cert III in Irrigation; AHC32616 Cert III in Rural Machinery Operations; AHC32716 Cert III in Rural Merchandising; AHC32816 Cert III in Rural Operations; AHC40116 Cert IV in Agriculture; AHC40316 Cert IV in Production Horticulture; AHC40416 Cert IV in Horticulture; AHC40516 Cert IV in Parks and Gardens; AHC40616 Cert IV in Production Nursery; AHC40716 Cert IV in Retail Nursery; AHC40816 Cert IV in Sports Turf Management; AHC40916 Cert IV in Conservation and Land Management; AHC41016 Cert IV in Agribusiness; AHC41116 Cert IV in Irrigation

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What job opportunities could a horticulture or landscaping course lead to?

A horticulture course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from maintaining lush, green gardens to managing public parks and spaces. Qualifications in horticulture can lead to a job as a nursery worker, landscape gardener, greenkeeper or floriculturist. The average weekly salary for a nursery worker is $1,000.

Whether you're just starting out in your horticulture career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you. TAFE courses in the area include Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape Construction, Parks and Gardens, Retail Nursery, Production Horticulture, Production Nursery and Rural Operations.