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Certificate IV in Horticulture

Code: AHC40416

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12 months full time

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February, July

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Use a Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416 to 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

From studying a Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416, 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's Food, Fibre, and Animal Industries Department 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 AHC40416, 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 the Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416 take me?

Horticulture is a fast-changing, fascinating industry with a huge demand for skilled workers.
Opportunities from a Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416 include:

  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Landscape Garden Consultant
  • Community Landscape Officer
  • Garden Centre Manager
  • Groundsperson
  • Plant Conservationist
  • Plant Nutritionist

Study Pathways

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

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I was fortunate enough to have some fantastic teachers. They taught me everything that I know and I think that if you were to sit there and get taught by these teachers, then you'll be in great stead in the industry.
Caleb Johnson
Certificate III in Sports Turf Management Graduate and Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee of the Year 2022

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Practical Work

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Full Time: 12 months full-time delivered 3 days a week 9am – 4:30pm

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
AHCBUS407 Cost a project Elective 50
AHCLSC401 Supervise landscape project works Elective 80
AHCNAR402 Plan the implementation of revegetation works Elective 80
AHCNSY402 Plan a propagation program Elective 120
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens Elective 80
AHCPCM401 Recommend plants and cultural practices Elective 80
AHCPCM402 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program Elective 90
AHCPGD303 Perform Specialist amenity Pruning Elective 65
AHCPGD402 Plan a plant establishment program Elective 80
AHCPMG409 Implement a pest management plan Elective 80
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes Core 70
VU21969 Develop a landscape design Elective 130

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $820 $4100 $14000
Materials fee $150 $150 $150
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1145 $4500 $14400
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 1st of November. 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.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

A list of equipment and reference material you will need to provide will be distributed at the start of the course. Reference material is also available for loan in our libraries.

Necessary items may include your own safety boots (steel capped), Hi-Vis vest, good quality secateurs, sunscreen, USB flash drive, one textbook and writing materials.

Horticulture courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30722
Horticulture - Full Time, Part Time - Epping, Fairfield
Free Tafe Horticulture - Full Time, Part Time - Epping, Fairfield
Nurture your interest in all things green with a Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30722. A flourishing and rewarding career is bound to follow.
Certificate III in Sports Turf Management - Non-Apprenticeship AHC31319
Horticulture - Full Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Full Time - Fairfield
Your specialist career starts here with our Certificate III in Sports Turf Management AHC31319 (Non-apprenticeship). 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.
Diploma of Sports Turf Management AHC51019
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
Advance your career with our AHC51019 Diploma of Sports Turf Management. Prepare yourself for management duties at golf courses, cricket pitches, bowling greens, sports fields or turf farms.
Certificate III in Parks and Gardens - Apprenticeship AHC31021
Horticulture - Apprentice, Full Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Apprentice, Full Time - Fairfield
Become a qualified Horticulturalist in with our Certificate III in Parks and Gardens AHC31021 - Apprenticeship stream. This course is for Apprentices already learning and working in the Horticulture industry.
Certificate III in Arboriculture - Climbing Arborist Non-traineeship AHC30820
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
Do you have a special connection to trees and an interest in urban environments? Combine your love of the outdoors and passion for conserving nature with a fascinating career as a climbing arborist.


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