This Diploma of Horticulture is the ideal course for people working and managing plant nurseries, parks, private or communal gardens and reserves.
Career opportunities, include:
- senior horticulturalist
- parks and gardens manager
- horticulture enterprise manager
Pathways to further study:
- 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.
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.
Timetable:: 3 days per week, Monday – Wednesday: 9am to 4pm
||Manage plant cultural practices
||Design sustainable landscapes
||Collect and classify plants
||Identify, select and specify trees
||Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
||Develop a horticultural production plan
||Monitor and manage soils for production
||Plan a propagation program
||Audit irrigation systems
||Diagnose plant health problems
| Code || 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.
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.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements
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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.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, you will receive Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416.
Connections with industry
This course is designed for:
- people who are new to the horticulture industry and need to acquire practical and theoretical skills
- people seeking employment within the horticulture industry
- people who are new or intending owners of horticulture businesses who need to acquire skills in assessing technical, economic and managerial problems
- people currently in landscaping or parks and gardens, who are looking to update and enhance existing skills.
How to apply
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
*Mandatory Materials and Activities fees are still payable by all students including students who may be eligible for Government subsidised fees. Materials and Activities fees are not covered by VET Student Loans.
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
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. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession
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