Courses

Diploma of Horticulture

AHC50416

Nurture your interest in all things green by gaining a well sought after qualification in the Diploma of 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.

Our Horticulture 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 Diploma of Horticulture is delivered at our Fairfield campus, where you will have the benefit of training on extensive grounds and in purpose-built horticulture workshops.

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.

On completion of the course you will have an abundance of choice in this thriving trade. There are many roles available within historic, private, botanic or council gardens where you will be qualified to apply.

Employment outcomes

The Diploma of Horticulture incorporates 70 hours of work experience and is delivered over 3 days per week, with the expectation that you will find employment in the industry on a casual or part-time basis or become volunteers with horticultural community organisations.

Assessment

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.

Additional units available for recognition of prior learning (RPL)

This Diploma makes available the following units of study for RPL:

  • AHCDES503 Assess andscape sites
  • AHCLPW501 Develop a management plan for a designated area
  • AHCLSC501 Survey and establish site levels
  • AHCLSC502 Manage landscape projects
  • AHCPGD503 Manage parks and reserves
  • AHCPGD504 Develop and implement a streetscape management plan
  • AHCPGD505 Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities
  • AHCWHS501 Manage work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK509 Provide specialist advice to clients

For further information on RPL and the above units, please speak with the Program Coordinator.

Local Students

Code

AHC50416

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900310274

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Department

Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 2 years
three (3) days per week

Part-time: 4 years
one (1) day per week

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

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

Modes of Delivery

Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$8000
Ineligible:$17200
Materials:$95

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

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.

Materials

  • a list of equipment and reference material needed will be distributed at the start of the course
  • reference material is available for student loan in all our campus libraries
  • items will 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

  • to cope with the demands of this course you will need to show evidence of academic skills such as completion of Year 12 or relevant industry experience
  • we look forward to welcoming you to Horticultural study at Melbourne Polytechnic

Pathways to further study

These qualifications may lead to further studies in horticulture at tertiary institutes

Career Pathways

Opportunities in a broad range of horticultural enterprises and disciplines include:
  • maintenance and management of private and public gardens and parks
  • restoration and management of heritage gardens
  • project management
  • managing a horticultural enterprise.
  • design and garden drawing

Enrolment Intake

  • February

International Students

Code

AHC50416

CRICOS Code

092588E

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Duration

Full-time: 2 years
three (3) days per week

Modes of Delivery

Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6500
  • Tuition fees per year: $13000
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Entrance Requirements


Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Assessment Methods

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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books or timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Pathways to further study

These qualifications may lead to further studies in horticulture at tertiary institutes

Career Pathways

Opportunities in a broad range of horticultural enterprises and disciplines include:
  • maintenance and management of private and public gardens and parks
  • restoration and management of heritage gardens
  • project management
  • managing a horticultural enterprise.
  • design and garden drawing

Enrolment Intake

  • February
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Units Of Study

The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.

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
AHCBUS504 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders 120
AHCDES502 Prepare a landscape design 240
AHCPCM501 Diagnose plant health problems 120
AHCPCM502 Collect and classify plants 120
AHCPGD501 Manage plant cultural practices 200
AHCPGD502 Plan the restoration of parks and gardens 120
AHCSOL501 Monitor and manage soils for production projects 100
AHCWRK503 Prepare reports 60
AHCWRK507 Implement professional practice 100
VU21517 IDENTIFY AND SELECT PLANTS TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY 100