Certificate IV in Horticulture


Nurture your interest in all things green by a gaining a well sought after qualification with our Certificate IV in Horticulture. Be the one dispensing advice on plant suitability, health and design, and become the expert this ever changing and dynamic industry needs – a rewarding career awaits.

Become a Horticulturist with a specialised career

Horticulture is playing an increasingly vital role in conserving our environment and maintaining flora for future generations.

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.

Our 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 our Fairfield campus in modern horticulture facilities. You will benefit from hands-on training in our lush and extensive grounds, and by participating in course excursions and industry events.

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.

Employment outcomes

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.

Local Students






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Full-time: available
Day-time delivery

Part-time: available

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 Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. 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

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes and 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


A 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 loan in our libraries. Necessary 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

Entrance Requirements

Completion of year 12 is preferred but not essential

Pathways to further study

These qualifications may lead to further study at diploma or bachelor level

Career Pathways

Opportunities in a broad range of horticultural enterprises and disciplines, include:
  • garden centre manager
  • private residence gardener
  • landscape garden consultant
  • plant conservationist
  • plant nutritionist

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

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.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems 70
AHCLSC401 Supervise landscape project works 80
AHCNAR402 Plan the implementation of revegetation works 80
AHCNSY402 Plan a propagation program 120
AHCPCM401 Recommend plants and cultural practices 80
AHCPCM402 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program 90
AHCPGD402 Plan a plant establishment program 80
AHCPMG409 Implement a pest management plan 80
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program 60
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes 70
VU21969 Develop landscape designs 130