Diploma of Horticulture

Program code AHC50410
Start date(s) February/July
Program length Full time: 1.5 years
Part time: Variable
Campus Waverley
Study mode Full time; Part time; Mixed delivery
International program Yes
  • Program Overview

    This course teaches you the skills and knowledge required to manage horticulture businesses. You will learn to run and maintain public and private parks, reserves, gardens, natural bushland and community recreation areas. You will also learn how to design and implement special plant displays, give advice on plant selection and deliver domestic and commercial landscape solutions.

    This course is suitable if you are currently working in the industry or are interested in entering the field and need to acquire practical and theoretical skills. It is also suitable if you are involved in the business or entrepreneurial aspects of the horticulture industry and need to acquire skills in assessing technical, economic and supervisor problems.

    While studying this course, you have the opportunity to complete four additional specialist sustainability units. On successful completion of these online units, you are eligible to receive the award of Diploma of Sustainability. 

  • Program Structure

    You must complete all units and will be progressively recognised for the level of qualification completed.

    Assessment

    Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.

    Core Subjects

    • AHCARB502A Identify, select and specify trees
    • AHCIRG503A Design irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems
    • AHCLSC502A Manage landscape projects
    • AHCMOM501A Manage machinery and equipment
    • AHCPCM501A Diagnose plant health problems
    • AHCPCM502A Collect and classify plants
    • AHCPGD401A Design plant displays
    • AHCPHT502A Develop a horticultural production plan
    • AHCSOL501A Monitor and manage soils for production
    • AHCWRK509A Provide specialist advice to clients
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQTF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to receive the nationally endorsed Diploma of Horticulture. If you successfully complete the online units, you will also be eligible to receive the Diploma of Sustainability.

    Pathways

    Graduates of this course can undertake further studies progressing in other streams of the Diploma of Horticulture.

    Career Opportunities

    • Senior horticulturalist
    • Parks and gardens manager
    • Horticulture enterprise manager
  • How to Apply

    Direct

    Apply directly to Holmesglen if you are a:

    • Part time student
    • Full time student commencing studies outside of the February intake
    • Non year 12 applicant and only applying to Holmesglen.

    More information about the Direct Application process.

    VTAC

    Apply through VTAC for the program's February intake (full time study).
    The VTAC code for this program is 6100461394

    Applicants must also submit a VTAC Personal Statement via the VTAC website.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Horticulture & Floristry Department

    03 9564 6391

    horticulture@holmesglen.edu.au

  • Fees

    This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible students.

    Fees are calculated according to the level of course being studied, and the number of hours being undertaken, up to Government established maximums. Eligible students are able to access a Government Subsidised Place and certain categories of Full Fee Paying students may be able to access an Eligibility Exemption. Assistance is available in the form of VET FEE HELP or a Holmesglen Payment Plan for students who are unable to afford fee payment up front.

    For further information please visit the Fees and Charges page or contact the department via phone, email or through the Enquire Now form on this page.

  • Program Overview

    This course is designed for:

    • Individuals who are new to the horticulture industry, and need to acquire practical and theoretical skills
    • Individuals seeking employment within the horticulture industry
    • Individuals who are involved in the entrepreneurial aspects of the horticulture industry
    • New or intending owners of horticulture businesses who need to acquire skills in assessing technical, economic and managerial problems
    • Those currently in landscape, updating and enhancing existing skills

      The course is particularly suitable for individuals who are involved in the entrepreneurial aspects of the horticulture industry.

  • Program Structure

    Assessment

    Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.

    Core Subjects

    • AHCARB502A Identify, select and specify trees
    • AHCIRG503A Design irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems
    • AHCLSC502A Manage landscape projects
    • AHCMOM501A Manage machinery and equipment
    • AHCPCM501A Diagnose plant health problems
    • AHCPCM502A Collect and classify plants
    • AHCPGD401A Design plant displays
    • AHCPHT502A Develop a horticultural production plan
    • AHCSOL501A Monitor and manage soils for production
    • AHCWRK509A Provide specialist advice to clients
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    Students may be able to shorten the length of their chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQTF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. RPL Booklet

    Prerequisites

    Good passes at Year 11 level or the overseas equivalent;

    English language proficiency level of IELTS 5.5 (Academic), ISLPR 2+, TOEFL 197 (CB) or 46 (iBT), PTE Academic Score of 42 (no communicative skill score less than 42), Cambridge English: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) of 47 or equivalent.

     

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    Upon successful completion of this level of training, students will be eligible to receive the national horticulture qualification, Diploma of Horticulture). This course is recognised by the Horticulture Industry as meeting the requirements of workers in that industry.

    Career Opportunities

    This program confirms to the prescribed Australian Qualification Training Framework requirements for course structure.
    Graduates of Diploma level courses have a high level of employment and ongoing education opportunities.
    The Horticulture industry is characterised by a range of enterprises engaged in one or more of the following activities:

     

    • Management and maintenance of public and private parks, reserves and gardens
    • Management and maintenance of natural bushland and community recreation areas
    • Design and implementation of special plant displays
    • Provision of advice on plant selection and use for domestic and commercial situations
    • Contract administration and management.

      Graduates of this Diploma in Horticulture can undertake further studies progressing through streams of Advanced Diploma in Horticulture and other streams of the Diploma in Horticulture.
  • How to Apply

    Other

    International students must apply through the International Centre at Holmesglen. Please download an application form and forward it to international.admissions@holmesglen.edu.au together with certified copies of your academic transcripts and the A$500 Application Fee. Students may also apply through one of Holmesglen's accredited agents overseas. Please refer to the separate listing www.holmesglen.edu.au/international . Students with citizenship of countries classified by DIAC as Assessment Level 3 or 4 www.immi.gov.au/students/student-visa-assessment-levels.htm MUST apply through one of Holmesglen's accredited agents.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    +61 3 9564 1703
    intl@holmesglen.edu.au
     

     

  • Fees

    For 2014: $12,500 per year. Fees quoted include required equipment, uniforms and/or material costs

Horticulture Open Days

  • 19Nov
    Horticulture
    Waverley
    OD782

    Whether you're after a career in landscaping or sustainability, or want to work with turf, or in parks, gardens or nurseries, our courses are specially designed to give you an edge with government and private employers.

    Studying at Holmesglen means you get to sharpen your skills through community projects, national competitions and practical work. You will learn to design and construct gardens, grow plants, manage and conserve land, create flower displays and establish and maintain sports turf - whatever your passion! Our on site grounds let you get hands on throughout the four seasons of the year.

    Visit us on Open Days to take part in a personalised tour of the department's facilities at the Waverley campus, talk to teachers and get the information you need.

    - , Wed 19 Nov - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Waverley Campus, 595 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley, Vic Australia