Offering Info

Certificate IV in Horticulture

  • National Course Code: AHC40416
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC40416-01V03-21TAM-018

Location – Tamworth

Study Type

PT Evening

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

3.9 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Horticulture will deepen your connection to the natural world and the industry that surrounds it. You will plan and supervise operations across a range of green ventures including parks and gardens, forestry, nurseries and natural landscapes.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Plant propagation
  • Soil health and plant nutrition programs
  • Irrigation scheduling
  • Plant establishment
  • Pest management programs


Develop the personal attributes to get ahead in this industry:

  • A passion for plants and the natural environment
  • An interest in monitoring, recording, and reporting on project progress
  • An interest In supervising teams and enabling collaboration
  • An interest in the greening of spaces
  • A desire to work primarily outdoors
  • Great communication skills


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited Certificate IV level qualification

Career opportunities:

Our graduates go on to roles such as:

  • Horticulture supervisor
  • Landscape contractor supervisor
  • Parks and gardens supervisor
  • Sports turf supervisor
  • Nursery supervisor


This qualification will enable you to study the Diploma of Horticulture, if you wish to learn more about planning for horticultural development and give yourself a boost into management roles.


Employment in this sector is expected to be moderate to strong according to Industry forecast to 2026. Annual revenue growth is expected to be 0.4 to 2.3%, and employment is expected to rise by 0.7% to 1.6% annually. There is a growing trend in the creation of large public green spaces, as well as rooftop gardens, vertical plant walls and home gardens.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate IV of Horticulture as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can?create the career you want.

There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol in this course now.

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in either the Horticulture, or Conservation and Land Management industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed?traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.


This qualification allows individuals who may be job seekers or existing workers to develop post-trade skills and knowledge across a broad coverage of the industry. You may be working in the Horticulture (or related) industry in some capacity and will have some experience and knowledge with the opportunity to gain further skills at the workplace.

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

  • A passion for contributing to a sustainable greener world
  • Well-established technical skills and knowledge associated with horticulture processes
  • An interest in horticulture-related projects
  • Computer skills to conduct research and utilise databases
  • A computer with internet access and software able to edit word documents
  • A reasonable level of fitness for outdoor activities

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have previously undertaken a Certificate III in Horticulture/Parks and Gardens and hold the current knowledge that is required to undertake a Certificate IV in Horticulture.

To successfully complete this course you will need to wear appropriate industry protective clothing eg. cotton drill pants/long shorts, long/short sleeved sun smart shirt and provide your own safety footwear and stationery including books, pens, pencils, rulers etc.

You are encouraged to provide your own PPCE (eg. gardening gloves, hearing and eye protection) however the section has some that can be borrowed.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part time evening face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 3.9 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 2 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 4.2 hours of additonal study each week outsode of class hours, including 2 hours per week contact with teacher if desired, assessment preparation and required research.


This course offering is designed for people who are a new trainee or existing worker looking to study whilst working in industry with a view to moving into a higher level pathway. All units in the qualification are applicable but are workplace dependent and should be chosen in consultation with the student and employer or supervisor where applicable.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday 5.30pm to 8.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

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Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCNSY402 Plan a propagation program
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens
AHCPCM401 Recommend plants and cultural practices
AHCPCM402 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
AHCPGD401 Design plant displays
AHCPGD402 Plan a plant establishment program
AHCPMG412 Develop a pest management plan
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results
BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice
CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

13 Janison Street, Tamworth
Phone 131 601

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