Nurture your interest in all things green by a gaining a well sought after qualification in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Horticulture. Be the one dispensing advice on plant suitability, health and design. Become the expert this ever changing and dynamic industry needs and a rewarding career will follow.
Become a Horticulturist with a specialised career
As well as modern and traditional horticultural methodology, you will learn the advanced fundamentals of plant nutrition and management, costing of horticultural related projects and operation of specialist machinery.
Horticulture is playing an increasingly vital role in conserving our environment and maintaining flora for future generations.
The program is diverse and facilitates entry into a range of industry sectors including, landscape construction and design, local government, contract maintenance, consultancy services, botanic gardens and horticultural enterprises.
Industry connections and resources
The Certificate IV in Horticulture is delivered at the Fairfield campus’s modern horticulture departments, where you will have the benefit of training on extensive grounds and in purpose built horticulture workshops.
You’ll also benefit from course excursions and participation in industry events.
The Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) is the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. You will have an opportunity to work with the organisation through events such as the Melbourne International flower and Garden show.
At the completion of this course you will have an abundance of choice in this thriving and interesting trade. There are many roles that you will be qualified to apply for including those available within historic, private, botanic or council gardens.
Various forms of assessment may be used, including demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, third party reports and practical work. At the commencement of each unit you will be given an outline of what is to be covered in that unit and how the unit will be assessed.
VTAC CodeFairfield 6900310274
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsCompletion of year 12 is preferred but not essential. You will be required to attend an interview where you should demonstrate an interest in horticulture. Preference may be given to applicants who have relevant horticultural industry experience or previous studies.
Assessment MethodsAssessment is based on the student's abilities to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios and log books, oral activities, and third party reports. At the commencement of each unit, you will be given an outline of what is to be covered and how the unit will be assessed.
MaterialsA list of equipment and reference material you will need to provide will be distributed at the start of the course. Reference material is also available for student loan in the Melbourne Polytechnic library. Items may include your own safety boots (steel capped), gloves, sun hat, Hi Vis vest, good quality secateurs, sunscreen, USB flash drive, one textbook and writing materials.
Pathways to further studyThese qualifications may lead to further study at diploma or bachelor level.
Career PathwaysOpportunities in a broad range of horticultural enterprises and disciplines include:
- garden centre manager
- private residence gardener
- landscape garden consultant
- plant conservationist
- plant nutritionist
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCLSC401A||SUPERVISE LANDSCAPE PROJECT WORKS||80|
|AHCNAR402A||PLAN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF REVEGETATION WORKS||80|
|AHCNSY402A||PLAN A PROPAGATION PROGRAM||120|
|AHCOHS401A||MAINTAIN O.H. & S. PROCESSES||70|
|AHCPCM401A||RECOMMEND PLANTS AND CULTURAL PRACTICES||80|
|AHCPCM402A||DEVELOP A SOIL HEALTH AND PLANT NUTRITION PROGRAM||90|
|AHCPGD401A||DESIGN PLANT DISPLAYS||90|
|AHCPGD402A||PLAN A PLANT ESTABLISHMENT PROGRAM||80|
|AHCPMG408A||ASSESS AND MONITOR WEED, PEST AND/OR DISEASE CONTROL PROGRAMS||80|
|AHCWRK403A||SUPERVISE WORK ROUTINES AND STAFF PERFORMANCE||50|
|VU20835||DEVELOP A LANDSCAPE DESIGN||100|
|VU21520||DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PRUNING PROGRAM||60|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.