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

    CodeName
    AHCARB502AIdentify, select and specify trees
    AHCIRG503ADesign irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems
    AHCLSC502AManage landscape projects
    AHCMOM501AManage machinery and equipment
    AHCPCM501ADiagnose plant health problems
    AHCPCM502ACollect and classify plants
    AHCPGD401ADesign plant displays
    AHCPHT502ADevelop a horticultural production plan
    AHCSOL501AMonitor and manage soils for production
    AHCWRK509AProvide 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.

    Prerequisites

    • Mature age (at least 18 years of age and away from formal study for at least one year)

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    Upon successfully completing this program, 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.

    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.

    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

    Program Fees

    TypeCost
    Gov. Subsidised$6000
    Full Fee$10000

    Holmesglen tuition fees are all inclusive.

    The tuition fees shown are what you can expect to pay if you were are a typical full time student completing your study in 2015.

    These are not your fees.  Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

    You should note that fees may change in 2016.

    Which fee applies to me?

    Due to the different level of government subsidy available to you, there are three possible fee levels for program fees – concession, subsidised and full fee.

    Your eligibility for concession or subsidised program fees is determined by your individual circumstances such as how old you are, what level of education you have and what type of program you want to study.

    The Holmesglen Information staff can help you determine your eligibility and discuss options if you are ineligible.

    How do I pay my fees?

    VET Fee HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay all or part of their tuition fees for diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma programs.

    Holmesglen also offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for.

    Information Offices are situated at all campuses. Discuss your payment options with Holmesglen Information staff.

  • 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

    CodeName
    AHCARB502AIdentify, select and specify trees
    AHCIRG503ADesign irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems
    AHCLSC502AManage landscape projects
    AHCMOM501AManage machinery and equipment
    AHCPCM501ADiagnose plant health problems
    AHCPCM502ACollect and classify plants
    AHCPGD401ADesign plant displays
    AHCPHT502ADevelop a horticultural production plan
    AHCSOL501AMonitor and manage soils for production
    AHCWRK509AProvide 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