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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:
- Horticulture assistant
- Horticultural manager
- Landscaping assistant
- Landscape gardener
- Landscape contractor supervisor
- Landscape designer
- 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 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
- Production and/or Retail nursey assistant
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 TAFE NSW horticulture course can lead to a range of job opportunities, from maintaining lush, green gardens to managing public parks and spaces.
TAFE NSW horticulture qualifications can lead to a job in roles such as:
- Nursery Worker
- Horticultural Manager
- Irrigation Technician
- Landscape Designer
- Plantation, Parks, or Garden Worker
- Landscape Gardener
- Greenskeeper or Sports Turf Manager
Taught by industry experts, TAFE NSW horticulture courses will provide you with practical training and theoretical skills in:
- Landscape Construction
- Tree Protection and Maintenance
- Parks And Gardens
- Retail Nursery
- Production Horticulture
- Production Nursery
- Rural Operations.
Further training pathways, with work placements and apprenticeships, are also available, depending on the specific horticulture course.
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 offer a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.