Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management


Nurture your interest in all things green by a gaining our highly sought qualification, the Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management. This course reflects the role of those who manage private parks and gardens or personnel working in local government as park managers.

Get with the green program

Our Parks and Gardens program is diverse and facilitates entry into a range of employment situations including, landscape construction and design, local government, contract maintenance, consultancy services, botanic gardens and horticultural enterprises.

Study and learn in tranquility

The Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management is delivered through our Greensborough campus’s modern horticulture department, where you will have the benefit of training on extensive grounds and in purpose built training workshops.

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.

You’ll also benefit from course excursions and participation in industry events.

How long will it take?

The course is a two year, part-time program designed to provide you with a foundation for a flourishing career in the Parks and Gardens industry as a manager at the post-trade level.

Successful completion of the course means you will have acquired a range of practical, technical and managerial skills, essential for your future development and career aspirations in Parks and Gardens management.

Employment outcomes

The program is diverse and facilitates entry into a range of industry sectors, including local government, contract maintenance and consultancy services. You may find work as a parks and gardens manager, recreational facilities manager, or open spaces coordinator, but the list won’t end there!


Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports.

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 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.

Local Students






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Part-time: 2 years
Two evenings per week over two years

Class Schedule: *

Mon - PM
Thu - 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

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. Methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports


  • a list of equipment and reference materials will be distributed at the start of the course by the teaching department
  • you can also loan reference material from our library
  • you will need to provide your own safety boots (steel capped), gloves, sun hat, Hi-Vis vest, good quality secateurs, sunscreen, USB flash drive, textbook and writing materials

Entrance Requirements

  • it is preferred that you have some knowledge and experience in the Horticulture industry prior to undertaking this course
  • all applicants will need to attend an interview to establish if this course is suited to your needs

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of the Diploma of Parks and Gardens could lead onto higher education study in Horticulture and/or Horticultural Science

Career Pathways

Successful completion of this course facilitates entry into a range of industry sectors, including:
  • local government
  • contract maintenance and consultancy services
  • parks and gardens management
  • recreational facilities management
  • open spaces coordination

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
AHCARB504 Develop an arboricultural impact assessment report 90
AHCARB505 Document and audit tree work 90
AHCBUS501 Manage staff 140
AHCBUS504 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders 120
AHCLSC502 Manage landscape projects 200
AHCPGD502 Plan the restoration of parks and gardens 120
AHCPGD503 Manage parks and reserves 200
AHCPGD504 Develop and implement a streetscape management plan 120
AHCTRF501 Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces 150
AHCWHS501 Manage work health and safety processes 90
BSBFIM501 Manage budgets and financial plans 70
TLIR4002 Source goods/services and evaluate contractors 30

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.