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.

We are now offering the choice of two specialist streams in horticulture. You can choose to specialise in either landscaping or nursery and garden.

In the landscaping stream you will learn hands on skills in paving, concreting, timber structures as well as plant identification, pest and disease management, plant propagation and plant establishment.

In the nursery and garden stream you will learn skills in plant propagation, pest, disease and weed management, retail and wholesale nursery skills, customer service and plant establishment and garden maintenance.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 12 months 

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

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

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

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, gardener, retail or wholesale nursery or landscaping.

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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.


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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

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$1,024$5,119$11,944
Service Fee$166$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83$83
Material Fee$299$299$299$299
Retain Course Items$75$75$75$75
Total Course Estimate$623$1,647$5,742$12,567
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$623$1,647$5,742$12,567

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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