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Diploma of Horticulture

VTAC Code: AHC50416 CRICOS: 092588E VTAC Number: Fairfield 6900310274



available full time


1.5 years

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Grow your skill set with a Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416 in Melbourne

Sustain your green thumb with the Diploma of Horticulture. Working within a specialised field, you’ll be drawn into an abundance of opportunities and knowledge of the ever-growing field of flora and fauna. You’ll learn everything you need in order to be part of a $2.15 billion industry, applying knowledge of plant sustainability and maintaining our environment for future generations.

Nurture your skills with world class experience

You’ll be trained in practical skills by an array of experienced trade professionals in our industry-replicated working environments. Melbourne Polytechnic is equipped with purpose-built horticulture workshops, featuring state-of-the-art and industry-based teachers who will teach the fundamentals of plant health and design, from flora and fauna, to nuts, fruits and vegetables. Melbourne Polytechnic’s extensive industry connections and partnership with the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria, will allow you to apply your horticultural skills at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, combining your qualification with invaluable experience for unique credibility.

A Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416 gives you a bountiful range of career options

As a fully-qualified horticulturist, you’ll have an abundance of employment opportunities that will continue to bloom. You might work within a range of horticultural practises, including landscape construction and design, contract maintenance, consultancy services, or management of botanic gardens and horticultural enterprises

Career Pathways

Where will the Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416 take me?

Opportunities in a broad range of horticultural enterprises and disciplines include:

  • maintenance and management of private and public gardens and parks
  • restoration and management of heritage gardens
  • project management
  • managing a horticultural enterprise.
  • design and garden drawing
  • Garden Designer
  • Landscape Gardener

Study Pathways

These qualifications may lead to further studies in horticulture at tertiary institutes
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The day I walked in to Melbourne Polytechnic, everything turned around. Studying here gave me confidence, and opened doors for my future and for my work career.
Steve Mclean
Arboriculture Graduate

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.

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used, including demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, third party reports and practical work. At the commencement of each unit you will be given an outline of what is to be covered in that unit 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
AHCDES505 Prepare a landscape design Elective 240
AHCPCM507 Diagnose plant health problems Elective 120
AHCPCM510 Collect and classify plants Elective 120
AHCPGD501 Manage plant cultural practices Elective 200
AHCPGD507 Manage plant cultural practices Elective 200
AHCPGD508 Plan the restoration of parks and gardens Elective 120
AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soils for production Elective 120
AHCWRK507 Implement professional practice Elective 100
AHCWRK509 Provide specialist advice to clients Elective 100
AHCWRK513 Write and present reports Elective 60
VU22736 Select plants for use in sustainable horticultural practices Elective 100

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
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $10050 $21350
Materials fee $150 $150
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $10450 $21750
Per year $15000
Per semester $7500
Materials fee $150

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 1 November 2021. 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.


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

Fees explained

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

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

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 needed will be distributed at the start of the course
  • reference material is available for student loan in all our campus libraries
  • items will include your own safety boots (steel capped), Hi Vis vest, good quality secateurs, sunscreen, USB flash drive, one textbook and writing materials
Lists of required materials, books or timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Horticulture courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416
Horticulture - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Free Tafe Horticulture - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Our Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416 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 or to undertake additional studies in other Horticulture certificates.
Certificate III in Sports Turf Management - Apprenticeship AHC31319
Horticulture - Apprentice, Full Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Apprentice, Full Time - Fairfield
Your specialist career starts here with our Certificate III in Sports Turf Management AHC31319 (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.
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 IV in Horticulture AHC40416
Horticulture - Full Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Full Time - Fairfield
Nurture your interest in all things green by a gaining a well sought after qualification with our Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416. 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 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.


  • to cope with the demands of this course you will need to show evidence of academic skills such as completion of Year 12 or relevant industry experience
  • we look forward to welcoming you to Horticultural study at Melbourne Polytechnic

Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

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 from the Apply Now page.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them 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.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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