About the course

About the course

By completing our horticulture course, you’ll be creating your own pathway to a successful career in horticulture by enhancing your skills and knowledge in this fast-growing industry in and around the Yarra Valley and ranges.

In our horticulture course, you'll get hands-on practical learning experiences so you can master the art of operating chainsaws, identifying plants and demonstrating high-level nursery skills. Other important horticultural study areas include machinery operation, propagation and best-practice soil management.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 3 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

Class days and times: Mondays to Wednesdays, 9am-4pm

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our horticulture course you can apply for a range of employment opportunities including that of a horticulturalist or gardener.

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Entry Requirements

Our horticulture course has significant practical components with a focus on giving you the necessary skills and knowledge to create a successful pathway to employment.

To be eligible you must possess the basic communication skills and a physical ability to perform a practical work placement in the horticulture industry.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion of our horticulture course enables you to apply for the AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture and AHC51116 Diploma of Conservation Land Management

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Free TAFE^ $0.00
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $4,729.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $946.00
Full Tuition Fee $11,554.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$341.25
Retain Course Items***$120.00
^ This course is on the 2019 Free TAFE list - find out more.
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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