About the course

About the course

Our parks and gardens course provides training to apprentices within the parks and gardens industry, reflecting the diverse skills required.

Some of the topics you'll cover include:

  • plant identification
  • how to implement a plant nutrition program
  • turf care
  • operating machinery and chainsaws
  • how to perform specialist pruning
  • controlling pests and diseases
  • plant nutrition

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July although rolling enrolments will be taken

Part time: 36 months (Thursdays 8.30am-4.30pm)

The time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input

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Career Outcomes

Our parks and gardens course provides you with a very job-oriented set of skills in the parks and gardens industry, which expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors, with possible relevant roles including being a:

  • municipal/city gardener
  • horticulturist
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Entry Requirements


To apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for an apprenticeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.


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.

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Pathways & Accreditation

You may wish to apply for further studies in Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens

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

Full FeeApprenticeship ConcessionApprenticeship Gov Subsidised
Tuition Fee$19,494$707$3,476
Service Fee$495$495$495
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$380$380$380
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$20,448$1,661$4,430
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$3,381$415$861

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 2020 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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