Certificate IV in Landscape Design


The Certificate IV in Landscape Design is committed to plotting your landscape future. Take the next important step in a landscape construction or horticulture career and advance your skills with a focus on marketing, costing and design.

Be a leader in landscape design

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Landscape Design develops your skills to create designs that will ensure you win the next job. Word of mouth plays an integral part in this industry and one satisfied customer will lead to many more.

Learn how to draw a garden design and produce 2D architectural drawings using CAD software. Learn also, how to cost a project and promote your products and services. This course is a comprehensive landscape design course, which assumes you are already working in the industry.

Industry connections and resources

Industry-qualified and experienced teachers will guide you through your studies in Landscape Design. We use the latest technology to teach you the fundamentals, enabling you to be a leader in your trade.

Employment outcomes

As a graduate of this course, you may gain employment as a landscape designer, landscape site supervisor, manage a landscape design business or work as a consultant.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is determined 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.

Local Students






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Part-time: 2 years
flexible delivery available. The course is predominately delivered as an evening class with very few day classes available

Class Schedule: *

Tue - 3pm-6pm, 6pm-9pm
Wed - 3pm-6pm, 6pm-9pm

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery




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

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessment methods may be used to demonstrate the student's competence. 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. Assessment methods may include practical application and demonstration of skills, oral presentations, written assignments, tests and projects, work-based projects, case studies and log books.


A list of safety equipment and books that need to be purchased by you will be distributed early in the course

Entrance Requirements

It is preferred that you have some knowledge and experience in horticulture prior to undertaking this course. All applicants will need to attend an interview to establish if this course is suited to their needs

Pathways to further study

This qualification may lead to further study such as the 22260VIC Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science, or other Horticulture stream and study

Career Pathways

Possible career paths for Landscape Designers are:
  • garden designer
  • senior CAD operator
  • project manager
  • community planning officer

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • 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
AHCBUS402 Cost a project 50
AHCLSC401 Supervise landscape project works 80
AHCPCM401 Recommend plants and cultural practices 80
BSBDES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design 65
BSBDES401 Generate design solutions 60
BSBMKG413 Promote products and services 40
CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings 50
VU21967 Apply construction techniques to landscape design 50
VU21968 Apply the principles of sustainability to landscape design 60
VU21969 Develop landscape designs 130
VU21970 Prepare simple landscape drawings 50
VU21971 Produce 2-D architectual drawings using CAD 40

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.