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Diploma of Horticulture

Course Code AHC50416

  • Part Time
  • 36 months
  • Full Time
  • 18 months
  • On Campus
  • Glen Waverley

This course is not available for International Students


The Diploma of Horticulture provides a tailored learning path for individuals new to the horticulture industry, emphasising practical and theoretical skill acquisition. It also caters to those seeking horticulture employment, aspiring or current horticulture business owners requiring expertise in technical, economic, and managerial problem-solving, and professionals in landscaping or parks and gardens seeking skill enhancement. <p><strong>Please note that this course is being taught out and will not be offered from July 2024 onwards.</strong>

Career Opportunities

  • senior horticulturalist
  • parks and gardens manager
  • horticulture enterprise manager

Pathway to further studies

  • Bachelor of Science (Urban Ecosystems / Forest Ecosystems)
  • Bachelor of Agriculture

Studying the Diploma of Horticulture at Holmesglen

You will be trained in a range of higher level technical skills, applicable across the breadth of the horticulture industry.<p>You will build your knowledge and abilities to design and implement special plant displays. You will develop your ability to consult on plant selection and landscape solutions for domestic and commercial situations.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 16 years of age.<p>Students need to have the physical capacity to be able to successfully work within the field where they may be required to assist with or use equipment used in the horticulture industry and work outdoors.
Prior to enrolment or when training starts, you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
Applicants are required to complete language, literacy and numeracy tests, prior to the pre-training review.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


<strong>Timetable: 3 days per week</strong>
Unit code Unit name
AHCPGD507 Manage plant cultural practices
AHCDES508 Design sustainable landscapes
AHCPCM510 Collect and classify plants
AHCARB508 Identify, select and specify trees
AHCBUS515 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
AHCPHT511 Develop a horticultural production plan
AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soils for production
AHCNSY404 Plan a propagation program
AHCIRG507 Audit irrigation systems
AHCPCM507 Diagnose plant health problems


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply

We are no longer accepting new applications for this course. Please contact the Holmesglen Connect team at 1300 639 888 if you need further information.

Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.


Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $18,240
Government subsidised $10,368
Mandatory materials Cost
Activities fee $160

Additional Course Cost

The required personal protective equipment students will need to supply is: Safety boots (steel capped, ankle height)<br>Safety pants<br>work shirt (waist length jacket, if cold) Safety glasses Ear protection<br>Hat for sun protection<br>Sunscreen (if exposed to sunlight)<br>Safety Gloves (if handling building materials) Fold out ruler Note pad Builders pencil Biro<br>The total cost of these items is between $250 - $300

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. <a href="">Read more about VET Student Loans</a>.

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