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Certificate IV in Landscape Design

Code: AHC42421

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18 months part time

Next Intake

February, July

Grow your career with a Certificate IV in Landscape Design AHC42421

You can learn to be a leader in landscape design with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Landscape Design AHC42421. Take the next step in your landscape construction or horticulture career and advance your skills in marketing, costing and design in the landscaping industry.

Industry-led learning using current technology

This comprehensive landscape design course has been tailored to deliver graduates with the skills that the landscaping industry needs. You’ll learn everything, from landscape design essentials like plant recommendations and soil sampling, to garden designs drawing techniques and producing 2D architectural drawings using CAD software.

In addition to practical and creative skills, you’ll also learn vital business skills, including how to cost a project and promote your products and services. You’ll learn from industry-qualified and experienced teachers, and have the opportunity to apply your skills to real world challenges. Melbourne Polytechnic landscaping students have frequently distinguished themselves on a national and international level at competitions such as WorldSkills.

Plant the seed to run your own landscape business

Graduates of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Landscape Design AHC42421 have a wide range of job opportunities. You may gain employment as a landscape designer, garden designer, CAD operator, or community planning officer. This course will provide you with the skills to manage your own landscape design business and create designs that can help you grow a successful career.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate IV in Landscape Design AHC42421 take me?

Graduates of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Landscape Design AHC42421 have a wide range of job opportunities.

  • Community Landscape Officer
  • CAD Operator
  • Landscaping Business Owner
  • Project Manager
  • Landscaping Business Operator
  • Garden Designer
  • Landscape Gardener

Study Pathways

This qualification may lead to further study in a Diploma of Horticulture, or other Horticulture stream and study.

Course Details

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

Class schedule may vary.

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessment methods may be used to demonstrate the student's competence. 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. Assessment methods may include practical application and demonstration of skills, oral presentations, written assignments, tests and projects, work-based projects, case studies and log books.

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
AHCDES401 Apply construction techniques to landscape design Core 50
AHCDES402 Apply sustainability principles to landscape design Core 70
AHCDES403 Develop landscape designs Core 130
AHCDES404 Prepare simple landscape drawings Core 50
AHCDES405 Produce 2-D landscape drawings using CAD software Elective 40
AHCDES509 Assess landscape sites Elective 110
AHCLSC404 Supervise landscape project works Elective 80
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens Elective 80
AHCPCM404 Recommend plants and cultural practices Core 80
AHCSOL406 Sample soils and interpret results Elective 60
CUAACD312 Produce computer-aided drawings Core 60
CUADES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design Core 65

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $760 $3800 $7550
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $935 $4050 $7800
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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 safety equipment and books that need to be purchased by you will be distributed early in the course.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

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

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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