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1.5 Years


The Diploma of Landscape Design at TAFE NSW will equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge you need to take your career as a landscape designer to the next level.

In this course you will refine your practical skills and creative vision as you design and develop landscapes that contribute to greater biodiversity and climate change resilience, liveable cities, and better resource management.

You will be challenged to find innovative ways to execute your designs, meet client needs and enhance environmental amenities. You will also learn essential business skills so you can thrive in this exciting global industry.


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Design sustainable landscapes
  • Prepare landscape designs
  • Assess landscape sites
  • Design specialised landscapes
  • Implement design solutions


TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your skills in landscape design, including:

  • Designing and implementing environmentally sympathetic and innovative landscape designs
  • Designing for the construction of landscape features
  • Identifying, selecting, and specifying plants for landscapes
  • Preparing estimates, quotes, tenders and reports


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to work with clients and colleagues in a range of landscape design settings:

  • Great communication skills
  • The ability to interpret and realise client briefs
  • Creativity, and innovative thinking
  • Time management
  • Leadership skills
  • Attention to detail


As the horticultural industry matures, businesses are starting to specialise in products and services as a way of differentiating themselves from the competition, for example, water and soil experts offering specialised advice on landscaping can now provide a key point of difference for a business.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, residential landscape design is likely to increase the focus on health and wellness aspects of design. There is also expected to be a shift from aesthetic design to functional design where medicinal gardens, herbal and vegetable gardens will be in greater demand.

With the increase in urbanisation and industrialisation across Asia, many of the region’s top firms are now conceiving striking landscape designs for residential properties in addition to public and the hospitality sectors.


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.

Academic Requirements:
English Language Requirements:
TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you require 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 you have:

  • At least 5 years industry experience
  • A working knowledge of natural and environmental processes
  • The ability to think creatively and conceptualise ideas
  • Some experience with computer-aided design software
  • Access to a computer

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

In Australia, you must hold a chemical users licence (issued by the Australian Environmental Protection Agency) in order to legally purchase and use chemicals in a commercial setting. This is outlined in the Pesticides Act 1999. The Pesticides Act 1999 requires you to hold this licence to purchase and use chemicals in a commercial setting in Australia.


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 , Jul (Full) A$24,720
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ryde Feb , Jul A$24,720


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:
  • 12 units of competency: 4 core units plus 8 elective units.
  • Core Units
  • AHCDES501 Design sustainable landscapes
  • AHCDES502 Prepare a landscape design
  • AHCDES503 Assess landscape sites
  • AHCDES504 Design for construction of landscape features
  • AHCARB508 Identify, select and specify trees
  • AHCBUS514 Negotiate and monitor contracts
  • AHCBUS515 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
  • AHCLSC501 Survey and establish site levels
  • AHCLSC502 Manage landscape projects
  • AHCPCM503 Specify plants for landscapes
  • AHCPCM504 Design specialised landscape
  • AHCPER401 Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices
  • AHCPER403 Design an urban permaculture system
  • AHCPER404 Plan and implement permaculture works
  • AHCPER505 Plan and supervise the implementation of permaculture project works
  • AHCWRK503 Prepare reports
  • AHCWRK507 Implement professional practice
  • AHCWRK508 Interpret legislation
  • AHCWRK509 Provide specialist advice to clients
  • AHCWRK510 Audit site operations
  • BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
  • BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Whatever your career ambitions, we will help you get there with a range of courses to develop your skills, build your knowledge and prepare you for work.

TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and provide quality, personalised services to make sure you achieve your goals.

Explore your study options across a range of disciplines and talk to your TAFE NSW Education Agent or contact us.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.