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The Diploma of Horticulture will arm you with superior skills to take on senior supervisory roles in an industry that is devoted to making the world greener. This course is ripe for you if your ambition is to manage a large amenity or to assess sites and create plans for horticultural development.

You will graduate with high level technical skills across a broad range of in-demand specialisations, such parks and gardens, pest management and industry work practices.

In many countries around the world, community or public green spaces are enjoyed by people with an increasing focus on health, wellness and exercise. The Diploma of Horticulture will empower you to grow into a career where you can play a pivotal role in making these spaces thrive.


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Through theory and practical course work, you will:

  • 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


TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your practical skills in Horticultural project planning and management, including:

  • 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


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to work in senior Horticultural positions:

  • Interest in the ‘greening’ of spaces
  • Happy to work primarily outdoors
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ablility to work independently
  • Passion for plants and the natural environment


The United Nations has declared 2020-2030 to be the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, reflecting a worldwide focus on combatting climate change through taking care of natural landscapes.

A key area is horticulture for therpaeutic purposes such as gardens for mental health support and aged care facilities, whilst public green spaces are important to communities with a growing aspiration of health and wellness.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


English Language Requirements:

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Are wishing to extend your skillset to encompass management abilities or the skills needed to run your own horticultural consultancy

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ryde Feb A$17,000
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ryde Feb , Jul A$17,000


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated work places, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

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


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules To achieve this qualification competency must be demonstrated in: Total number of units = 10
  • Core Units = 0 Elective Units = 10
  • This qualification has no core units
  • You will study a combination of elective units, which may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit
  • You will find the list of these units under additional units.
  • AHCBUS501 - Manage staffAHCBUS502 - Market products and services
  • AHCBUS503 - Negotiate and monitor contracts
  • AHCBUS504 - Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
  • AHCBUS508 - Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
  • AHCCHM501 - Develop and manage a chemical use strategy
  • AHCDES501 - Design sustainable landscapes
  • AHCDES502 - Prepare a landscape design
  • AHCDES503 - Assess landscape sites
  • AHCHYD501 - Develop a plan for a hydroponic system
  • AHCIRG501 - Audit irrigation systems
  • AHCIRG502 - Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs
  • AHCIRG503 - Design irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems
  • AHCIRG504 - Develop an irrigation and drainage management plan
  • AHCIRG505 - Establish and maintain an irrigation-related environmental protection program
  • AHCLPW501 - Develop a management plan for a designated area
  • AHCLSC501 - Survey and establish site levels
  • AHCLSC502 - Manage landscape projects
  • AHCLSC503 - Manage a tree transplanting program
  • AHCMOM501 - Manage machinery and equipment
  • AHCMOM502 - Implement a machinery management system
  • AHCPCM501 - Diagnose plant health problems
  • AHCPCM502 - Collect and classify plants
  • AHCPCM505 - Conduct environment and food safety risk assessment of plant nutrition and soil fertility programs
  • AHCPGD501 - Manage plant cultural practices
  • AHCPGD502 - Plan the restoration of parks and gardens
  • AHCPGD503 - Manage parks and reserves
  • AHCPGD504 - Develop and implement a streetscape management plan
  • AHCPGD505 - Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities
  • AHCPHT502 - Develop a horticultural production plan
  • AHCPHT503 - Manage a controlled growing environment
  • AHCPMG413 - Define the pest problem
  • AHCPMG507 - Develop a regional pest management plan
  • AHCPMG508 - Develop a system to monitor and evaluate the pest management plan
  • AHCPMG510 - Develop a pest survey strategy
  • AHCSOL501 - Monitor and manage soils for production projects
  • AHCTRF501 - Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces
  • AHCWAT501 - Design water treatment systems
  • AHCWAT502 - Manage water systems
  • AHCWHS501 - Manage work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK501 - Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program
  • AHCWRK502 - Collect and manage data
  • AHCWRK503 - Prepare reports
  • AHCWRK504 - Assess new industry developments
  • AHCWRK505 - Manage trial and research material
  • AHCWRK507 - Implement professional practice
  • AHCWRK508 - Interpret legislation
  • AHCWRK509 - Provide specialist advice to clients
  • AHCWRK510 - Audit site operations
  • AHCWRK511 - Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
  • BSBFIM501 - Manage budgets and financial plans
  • BSBHRM506 - Manage recruitment selection and induction processes
  • BSBPMG522 - Undertake project work
  • BSBRES401 - Analyse and present research information
  • CPPWMT5043A - Develop and implement an environmental management strategy
  • CPPWMT5045A - Develop site safety plans
  • TLIL5019 - Implement and monitor transport logistics
  • TLIR4002 - Source goods/services and evaluate contractors
  • TLIR4003 - Negotiate a contract


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TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.