Offering Info

Diploma of Horticulture

  • National Course Code: AHC50416
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC50416-01V02-21RYD-176

Location – Ryde

Study Type

PT Evening

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

8 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Horticulture will arm you with superior skills to take on senior management roles in an industry that is devoted to making the world greener. This course is ripe for you if your ambition is to create plans for horticultural development, as well as deepen your knowledge of how to grow healthy plants and take care of the soil they thrive in.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn how to:

  • 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


Develop the attributes to get ahead in this industry:

  • 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


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A Diploma-level qualification

Career opportunities:

  • Horticulturist/horticultural manager
  • Landscape contractor supervisor
  • Parks and gardens manager
  • Nursery manager
  • Horticultural advisory consultant


Take your career further with:

  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)


Moderate to strong growth is expected in horticulture 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.

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.


To be eligible for this course, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • That you have completed Year 12 of high school and can provide your Higher School Certificate
  • That you have 3 years of appropriate work experience as evidenced by a letter from an employer, an industry association or a volunteer group
  • That you hold a Certificate III in Horticulture or its equivalent


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

  • Are already working in the Horticulture industry, in a residential or commercial landscape company or for local/state government bodies
  • Are wishing to extend your skillset to encompass management abilities or the skills needed to run your own horticultural consultancy

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:

  • A local (Ryde Campus) prerequisite requirement means all applicants must have completed minimum of Certificate III in Horticulture to be accepted into the Diploma of Horticulture.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To be successful in this course you will need to reference previous horticultural skills and knowledge. A total of 10 units need to be passed at a satisfactory level in order to complete the course.

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!


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, 20 January 2021 6.00pm to 7.00pm Join Information Session Here


This is a Part Time Evening Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 8 hours of class, over 1 night a week, for 72 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including unstructured/unsupervised learning activities including private study, assignments, research, reflection and Studespace online assessments.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • This course targets students who have completed the Certificate III in Horticulture and are looking to build on their qualifications and employability. The cohort generally comprises of those already in the horticulture industry in some capacity. They may be working in or seeking employment in residential horticulture, commercial landscape companies and local and state government bodies. Graduates of the Diploma of Horticulture may also start a sole trader business focussing on horticultural consultation.


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 Monday from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. 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.

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


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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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.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Incidental Cost
  • Student Association - $20.00

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Elective Units
Number Title
AHCDES503 Assess landscape sites
AHCPCM502 Collect and classify plants
AHCPGD502 Plan the restoration of parks and gardens
AHCPHT502 Develop a horticultural production plan
AHCBUS508 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
AHCARB502 Identify, select and specify trees
AHCPGD501 Manage plant cultural practices
AHCWRK503 Prepare reports
AHCWRK509 Provide specialist advice to clients
AHCPCM504 Design specialised landscape

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

Horticulture Manager

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

250 Blaxland Road, Ryde
Phone 131 601

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