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Whether you are studying specific skills in a shorter course or looking to become a qualified arborist or a consultant level-5 arborist, TAFE NSW courses offer the hands-on skills and theory you need.

Horticulture courses are taught in in employer-linked facilities with the help of teachers who are horticultural experts. From courses that give you specific skills to foundation certificates to professional-level courses, TAFE NSW will give your horticulture career what it needs to grow.

Landscaping careers combine the creativity of design with the practicalities or everything from earthmoving to drainage to horticulture. When you study with TAFE NSW, your landscaping career will be created by combining hands-on and theory in real-world training environments. Work-placements and apprenticeships may be available.

Careers in plant propagation and horticultural nurseries combine plant science, touch on customer service. When you study at TAFE NSW you will study employer- and industry-led courses in a horticultural nursery. Your teachers will be nursery experts.

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Build a sports turf management career by studying at TAFE NSW facilities that include bowling greens, tennis courts, cricket pitches, football fields and golf courses. Apprenticeships may be available on your way to an in-demand career.

Viticulture and wine-making are both Australian iconic careers and global businesses. When you study horticulture-wine courses with TAFE NSW, you will tend the vines, and grow and harvest grapes. You'll study in a vineyard setting to give your career whatever it needs. Whether you are starting or fine-tuning your viticulture career, TAFE NSW courses are linked to industry and employer needs.

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Have you ever wondered if the grass is greener on the other side? You don’t have to when you study horticulture. Indulge your green thumb as you learn what horticulture is all about and use your new skills to grow beautiful, functional and sustainable greenery in your community.

You’ll spend your days working outdoors, getting your hands dirty and watching your horticulture visions come to life as you maintain and nurture new plant life for clients and community projects.

TAFE NSW will be with you every step of the way as you bloom into a vibrant horticulture professional.

We offer a comprehensive range of horticulture courses from a Certificate II through to the Diploma. If you’re looking for something more, you can dig a little deeper and specialise in arboriculture, landscape construction, landscape design, nursery operations, parks and gardens, or sports turf management.

Horticulture is the agriculture of plants - mainly for food, materials, comfort and beauty - for decoration. Horticulturists use their knowledge, skills, and technologies to grow intensively produced plants for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs.

As a horticulturalist, your work will involve plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving plant growth, yields, quality, nutritional value and resistance to insects, diseases and environmental stresses. You’ll work as a gardener, grower, designer, or technical advisor in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture.

Like your garden, the possibilities for growth are endless. There are many exciting career opportunities across the horticulture industry, including:

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  • Horticulture assistant
  • Horticulturist
  • Horticultural manager

Landscape Construction

  • Landscaping assistant
  • Landscape gardener
  • Landscape contractor supervisor
  • Landscape designer

Arborist

  • Ground based tree worker
  • Arborist (climbing &/or elevated work platform)
  • Head arborist
  • Consulting arborist

Parks and Gardens

  • Park and gardens assistant
  • Parks and gardens tradesperson
  • Head gardener
  • Parks and Gardens manager

Sports Turf

  • Sports Turf person
  • Tradesperson including green keeper
  • Sports turf manager, including golf course superintendent, grounds manager, golf course curator, head bowling greenkeeper, race track manager
  • Sports turf management consultant

Nursery Operations

  • Production and/or Retail nursey assistant
  • Tradesperson
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

Plant the seeds of your career with a Certificate II in Horticulture, nurture your skills with a Certificate III, cultivate your technique with a Certificate IV and watch your career come to life with a Diploma.

They say, to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. People are building their dream homes, and part of that dream increasingly involves having a beautiful garden to enjoy on a perfect sunny afternoon. Commercially, the NSW government has a similar vision and have released plans to increase public access to beautifully designed gardens and parks.

This is driving demand for professional horticulturalists and landscape designers across the state, proving that there is no better time to invest in yourself, and grow your career with a TAFE horticulture qualification.

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

The average weekly salary for a nursery worker is $1,000 and a horticulture course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from maintaining lush, green gardens to managing public parks and spaces.

TAFE NSW qualifications in horticulture can lead to a job in roles such as:

  • nursery worker
  • arborist
  • horticultural manager
  • irrigation technician
  • landscape designer
  • plantation, parks, or garden worker
  • landscape gardener
  • greenskeeper or sports turf manager
  • floriculturist

TAFE NSW courses in this area include landscaping, horticulture, landscape construction, parks and gardens, retail nursery, production horticulture, production nursery and rural operations.

So, 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.