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Make a real contribution – Horticulture is Australia’s second largest industry in agriculture and is worth a staggering $9 billion. Learn about the new technologies that will change this industry.

Australian Horticulture is a thriving tropical industry, with an expanding exotic fruit market producing rare fruits such as abiu, carambola and durian. Our hands-on pragmatic courses focus on the knowledge you need to work within this industry. A major advantage is our purpose-built horticulture facilities at our Fairfield campus, which provide you with excellent specialist facilities to develop your skills.

Top specialist facilities:

  • A well-resourced library and fully operational plant nursery and cafe
  • Computer laboratory
  • Extensive gardens for practical work
  • Modern greenhouse
  • Plant tissue culture laboratory
  • Soil laboratory
  • Specialist propagation facilities

You’ll learn about garden design and landscaping, revegetation, tree health and assessment, irrigation and soil and plant nutrition. Our courses are comprehensive in developing skills in retail nursery management, turf management, plant identification, plant propagation, nutrition and health. Our range of certificate courses are great for developing specific skill sets, or specialise in one of our excellent diploma programs.  

Our students have an enduring association with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Each year Melbourne Polytechnic wins many of the major competitions for garden design and achievable gardens. Have a look at what our fashion design students achieved here.    

Career outcomes include:

  • Horticultural consultant
  • Garden and landscape designer
  • Arboricultural consultant
  • Irrigation installer
  • Maintenance gardener
Courses
Certificate II in Horticulture
Our Certificate II in Horticulture is a hands on course that will prepare you for a career in Horticulture. This pre-apprenticeship program provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the industry and provides a foundation for moving into an horticultural apprenticeship.

Certificate II in Landscaping
Designed as a pre-apprenticeship training program, our Certificate II in Landscaping is ideal for anyone wanting to gain basic skills and knowledge to find employment in the industry, before moving into a horticultural landscape apprenticeship.

Certificate II in Parks and Gardens
Nurture your interest in nature with a career in the horticultural industry, specialising in parks and gardens. In this practical, pre-apprenticeship course, our Certificate II in Parks and Gardens is where you begin your journey for a rewarding career.

Certificate II in Sports Turf Management
An exciting career in all shades of green and all things turf - ensuring the greenest career turf can literally sprout here! Our popular Certificate II in Sports Turf Management will use your eye for excellence in the world of sports and your interest in horticulture and facilities management to get a start in the world of Sports Turf management.

Certificate III in Arboriculture
Do you have a special connection to trees and an interest in urban environments? Branch out with our Certificate III in Arboriculture and combine your love of the outdoors and passion for conserving nature with a fascinating career as an arborist.

Certificate III in Horticulture
Nurture your interest in all things green with a Certificate III in Horticulture. A flourishing and rewarding career is bound to follow.

Certificate III in Landscape Construction - Apprenticeship
Do you enjoy practical work outdoors and are interested in landscaping or the horticulture trade? Our Certificate III in Landscape Construction apprenticeship could be the right course for you.

Certificate III in Landscape Construction - Non-Apprenticeship
The non-apprenticeship stream of our Certificate III in Landscape Construction will help build and grow your future. Take your career to the great outdoors by creating serene spaces of gardening bliss, and build your skills in the landscaping or horticulture industry.

Certificate III in Parks and Gardens
Become a qualified Horticulturalist in one year with our Certificate III in Parks and Gardens - Apprenticeship. This course is for Apprentices already learning and working in Horticulture and also for those who want to begin or change careers.

Certificate III in Production Nursery
Designed in consultation with leading industry partners, our Certificate III in Production Nursery - Apprenticeship will give you the skills to kick start your career in this thriving, energetic trade. Be responsible for the cultivation, preparation and nutritional requirements of plants in a wholesale environment.

Certificate III in Retail Nursery - Apprenticeship and Non-Apprenticeship
Grow your own future career by helping others create gardens – our Certificate III in Retail Nursery is tailored to provide the skills to work in a retail nursery environment. It is also suitable for those who wish to own and operate their own retail nursery.

Certificate III in Sports Turf Management - Apprenticeship
Your specialist career starts here with our Certificate III in Sports Turf Management. Use your eye for excellence in the world of sports, and your interest in horticulture and facilities management to excel in your career of Sports Turf Management. Give yourself the opportunity to manage some of the biggest and best sporting grounds around the country and abroad.

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.

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 costing and design.

Diploma of Arboriculture
Our Diploma of Arboriculture will facilitate your fascinating and unique career as an arborist. Be part of a well-respected sector of the horticultural industry called upon to assess and repair damage to our trees.

Diploma of Horticulture
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.

Diploma of Landscape Design
Our Diploma of Landscape Design is a Traineeship in building and plotting your landscape future. Build on your Certificate IV in Landscape Design and become a qualified landscape construction or horticulture professional. Advance your skills with a focus on design.

Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science
The Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science provides you with the technical skills and plant knowledge to grow your career to the next level, or catapult it from the ground up. Turn your love of all things green into a well regarded, sought after qualification for many sectors of the horticulture industry. This diverse, applied program that will serve you well in your horticulture-based career.

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.

Diploma of Sports Turf Management
Advance your career with our Diploma of Sports Turf Management. Prepare yourself for management duties at golf courses, cricket pitches, bowling greens, sports fields or turf farms. Choose Melbourne Polytechnic to excel in a career as a Sports Turf Management specialist and give yourself the opportunity to manage some of the biggest and best sporting grounds in the country and abroad.

Short Courses
Chainsaw Operation and Safety
Prepare a Landscape Design (Training Program)
Prepare CAD Landscape Designs (Training Program)
Plant Tissue Culture (Training Program)
Commercial Hydroponic Crop Production (Training Program)


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