What kinds of gardens would you create? Learn the skills you need to work in a retail nursery environment. You might like to own and operate your own nursery.
Grow your future
Learn how to give advice on plant selections or problems, assist the public with information about plant placement and care, and consult on any plants that may become an environmental risk.
Industry connections and resources
Within supportive and friendly learning environments, you will benefit from our qualified and industry-experienced teachers. You will have access to our specialised propagation facilities, purpose-built greenhouses, expansive potting sheds, plant tissue laboratory and a well resourced library.
Hands-on industry experience
The NGIV – Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria – is the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. You will have an opportunity to work with the NGIV through events such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and at the monthly occurrence of Trade Days.
We also have at your disposal a small retail nursery that will provide you with first-hand experience.
As a graduate of this course, you may gain employment in the propagation, production and maintenance of plants or hire and sales, wholesaling and retailing of plants and associated products, provision of advice on plant selection, and marketing and promotion of plant products and services.
Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies and methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports.
Recognition of Prior Learning
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
three (3) days per week, over 12 months
Apprenticeship - part-time only
1 day per week
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
Modes of DeliveryOff-campus, Practical Work, Classroom
The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsAssessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies and methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports
MaterialsA list of safety equipment and books that need to be purchased will be distributed to you at the commencement of the course.
- you may enrol in this course without having completed lower level studies in Horticulture
- Apprentices will be eligible for this course if they are employed in the Parks and Gardens industry and have a signed Training Agreement with the employer and Melbourne Polytechnic
Pathways to further studyThis qualification may lead to further study such as AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture, or onto Diploma level studies
Career PathwaysCareer pathways for the retail nursery industry include:
- nursery assistant
- customer services in horticulture
- private gardener
- owner operator
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.
|AHCCHM303||Prepare and apply chemicals||70|
|AHCCHM304||Transport and store chemicals||50|
|AHCIRG306||Troubleshoot irrigation systems||50|
|AHCNSY301||Maintain nursery plants||40|
|AHCNSY302||Receive and dispatch nursery products||40|
|AHCNSY303||Install and maintain plant displays||60|
|AHCPCM301||Implement a plant nutrition program||60|
|AHCPCM302||Provide information on plants and their culture||70|
|AHCPCM303||Identify plant specimens||80|
|AHCPGD301||Implement a plant establishment program||80|
|AHCPMG302||Control plant pests, diseases and disorders||80|
|AHCWHS301||Contribute to work health and safety processes||50|
|SIRRMER001||Produce visual merchandise displays||35|
|SIRXCEG001||Engage the customer||30|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.