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Diploma of Horticulture

Reach new heights in your horticultural career with this advanced qualification. This course is ideal for anyone working or studying in the industry who would like to progress to a managerial position.

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

Reach new heights in your horticultural career with this advanced qualification. This course is ideal for anyone working or studying in the industry who would like to progress to a managerial position.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working in gardens and nurseries grew over the past five years and is expected to continue to see stable growth in the future. Employers are looking for qualified candidates who are hardworking, reliable, and have a positive attitude. 

Throughout this course you will be set up with a balanced mix of business acumen and field skills needed to manage and lead teams. You will study advanced skill sets including research analysis, data management, sustainable design, horticultural production plans, hydroponic systems, and irrigation design and implementation. Our team of industry experts will help you aligning this learning to your current role and career goals.

Successful completion of this course will equip you to confidently seek employment in managerial positions within the horticulture industry.

What can I do?

  • Horticultural Manager

Course outcome:

AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture

Practical training

Throughout this course you will have every opportunity to get hands on with the skills, equipment, and technology required to be a leader in the industry. This will ensure you are ready to tackle a diverse range of horticultural management projects.

Industry input

We have worked closely with the horticulture industry to ensure all elements of our course match both industry needs and employer expectations. This allows us to provide you with the latest industry insights, knowledge, and equipment from day one.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 10 elective units from the list below.

Ways to study
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 2 nights per week
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $12,230
up to 12 weeks
Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Full fee: $12,230

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Diploma of Horticulture (AHC50416)

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Diploma of Horticulture

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 - $16,788 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 recommended that you have completed a Certificate III in Horticulture, and/or have extensive industry experience prior to entering this Diploma. To successfully complete this qualification within the specified time frames, it is also recommended that you have 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 will also be required to have access to and bring to class a light long sleeved shirt, steel capped boots, safety glasses, ear muffs or plugs, a sun safe hat, sunscreen, secateurs, rubber dishwashing gloves, and gardening gloves. You may also be required to have access to an 8m retractable tape measure and calculator for select units.

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
  • 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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