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Horticulture

Certificate IV in

Code: AHC40416

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Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

available full time / available part time

Duration

available full time / available part time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February

Plant the seeds for your future

Australia is world renowned for its high quality fruits, grains and vegetables. Australia’s $8 billion horticulture industry is significant and diverse, with an expanding market and a need for skilled workers. Melbourne Polytechnic’s hands-on, industry specialised Certificate IV in Horticulture is perfect for anyone with a green thumb looking for an exciting and dynamic career in the field.

Grow your skills with horticulture’s finest

At Melbourne Polytechnic, you will learn about plant nutrition, revegetation, tree health, propagation, irrigation and the operation of specialist machinery. With new technologies evolving the industry all the time, Melbourne Polytechnic works with industry bodies to ensure that our students are learning the most up-to-date techniques and technologies. Industry connected teachers will educate you in world-class facilities including a plant nursery, gardens for practical work, modern greenhouses, laboratories and more. The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show regularly award Melbourne Polytechnic students for outstanding work in their competitions, and you may also have the chance to work with organisations such as Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) while you study.

Cultivate your career

Horticulture is a fast-changing, fascinating industry with a huge demand for skilled workers. The Certificate IV in Horticulture, will equip you for a large number of roles in the industry including in historic, private, botanic, or council gardens. You could work as a garden centre manager, a landscape garden consultant, a plant conservationist, or a plant nutritionist.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Horticulture is a fast-changing, fascinating industry with a huge demand for skilled workers.
  • Groundsperson
  • Community Landscape Officer
  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Plant Conservationist
  • Plant Nutritionist
  • Landscape Garden Consultant
  • Garden Centre Manager

Pathways

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

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Off-campus
  • Practical Work
  • Classroom

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

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
VU21520 DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PRUNING PROGRAM Core 60
AHCPCM402 DEVELOP A SOIL HEALTH AND PLANT NUTRITION PROGRAM Core 90
AHCLSC401 SUPERVISE LANDSCAPE PROJECT WORKS Core 80
AHCPCM401 RECOMMEND PLANTS AND CULTURAL PRACTICES Core 80
AHCNAR402 PLAN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF REVEGETATION WORKS Core 80
AHCPCM303 IDENTIFY PLANT SPECIMENS Core 80
AHCPGD402 PLAN A PLANT ESTABLISHMENT PROGRAM Core 80
VU21969 DEVELOP A LANDSCAPE DESIGN Core 130
AHCTRF303 IMPLEMENT A GRASSED AREA MAINTENANCE PROGRAM Core 60
AHCPMG409 IMPLEMENT A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN Core 80
AHCNSY402 PLAN A PROPAGATION PROGRAM Core 120
AHCWHS401 MAINTAIN WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES Core 70

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $730 $3650 $7750
Materials fee $30 $30 $30
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $935 $3930 $8030
Per year $0
Per semester $0

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

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

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Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.
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Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

Application procedure

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