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Diploma of Landscape Design

Develop your career in landscaping with this high-level course that will give you the advanced skills and knowledge to become a landscape designer.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Grovely Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 1 year
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
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Course overview

Establish your landscaping career with this high-level course. Develop the advanced skills and knowledge required to become a landscape designer. 

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as landscape gardeners grew strongly over the past five years. The industry is expected to see strong future growth, ensuring your skills will be in high demand when you graduate. 

You will learn how to research, survey, assess, plan, design, cost, and manage residential, commercial and industrial landscape projects. You will also develop a strong understanding of the underlying principles of design, the design process, industry best practice, plant selection and placement, as well as proficient CAD skills. Our highly experienced staff are strongly embedded in the industry and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a landscape designer. You can also enhance your career prospects by continuing on with further study in this area.

What can I do?

  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscaper

Course outcome:

AHC50616 Diploma of Landscape Design

Recognition of experience

Your years of industry experience count for something. With our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) we can help you fill in your gaps in knowledge to upgrade your qualifications faster.

Job-ready training

We put theory into practice, which is why we believe in on-the-job training. Our strong industry partnerships mean you'll graduate with confidence, knowing you have all the skills you need to get straight to work.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 8 elective units from the list below.


  • AHCDES501
    Design sustainable landscapes
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to design for improvement of long-term ecological sustainability of landscapes, land under production, land areas in business use, natural resource areas and recreational amenity spaces essential for long-term economic and cultural viability.
  • Design sustainable landscapes

  • AHCDES502
    Prepare a landscape design
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare a landscape design for a large project on residential, commercial or public open spaces.
  • Prepare a landscape design

  • AHCDES503
    Assess landscape sites
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out a landscape site assessment and develop recommendations.
  • Assess landscape sites

  • AHCDES504
    Design for construction of landscape features
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to design for the construction of landscape features and to develop a final project report.
  • Design for construction of landscape features

Ways to study
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 nights per week
  • Full fee: $17,760
23 Jan 2023
2 years
Part time 2 nights per week
  • Full fee: $17,760

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Diploma of Landscape Design (AHC50616)

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Diploma of Landscape Design

Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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VET Student Loan - $16,221 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

It is highly recommended and would be advantageous if you have;

  • completed a Certificate III in Horticulture or have 2 years work experience in the industry;
  • sound knowledge in plant identification; and
  • sound literacy and numeracy skills
Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You must also have access to a CAD or gaming quality computer. Windows machines are ideal as Autodesk programs are not available native to Mac machines. A dual boot system may be used, but there are known issues and no technical support offered for this by TAFE Queensland. Autodesk programs (Revit and AutoCad) can be downloaded for free as educational versions. Required Adobe programs and Sketchup may be available on campus, but it is recommended that you purchase your own copies to assist in completion of project and assessment work. More information will be supplied after enrolment or during orientation.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes having access to and wearing appropriate attire including cotton long sleeved shirts and trousers, safety footwear compliant with the Australian Standard AS 2210, safety glasses, and a broad brimmed hat.

Need to know

Replacement qualification
This qualification has been replaced by AHC50621 - Diploma of Landscape Design, as of 14 February 2022. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 13 February 2023.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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