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AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture

AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture

National ID AHC50416 State ID BDD0

This course provides graduates with skills suited to a variety of horticulture occupations at a management level.

AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.


When Semester 2, 2024.

Study Mode On Campus.

Do you have a great love of nature and want to dedicate your career to the care and cultivation of plants? Build your future as a manager in the horticulture industry with this nationally recognised qualification. 

Be guided by our expert lecturers who are industry professionals, as you are equipped with a specialised skillset and trained in producing horticultural production plans, preparing landscape designs, collecting and classifying plants, along with gaining a solid understanding of plant health. You'll learn to design and manage horticultural operations and also develop the skills you need to manage parks and reserves.
This course will also provide you with expertise in leading projects and people, team routines and performance, whilst you begin to form your management style and techniques. You'll develop business skills such as how to prepare estimates and quotes, manage budgets and offer specialist advice to clients. 

Gain higher level skills, take steps to more senior roles and watch your employment prospects thrive; you might work in local or state government, at a nursery or a resort, in floriculture or in the gardening and landscape industry. You'll be job ready for roles such as Horticultural Manager, Nursery Manager, Parks and Garden Manager or Landscape Designer. 

Develop these skills: 

•    create a management plan for a designated area
•    develop a pest management plan 
•    prepare a landscape design 
•    manage parks and reserves 
•    oversee landscape projects
•    manage budgets and financial plans 
•    prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
•    design irrigation system maintenance program

Study in specialised facilities: 

Our dedicated Murdoch Student Garden Centre(opens in a new tab) is pivotal to the learning experience for students and teaches excellence in service delivery. Facilities include extensive garden spaces for design practice, computer labs with contemporary software and dedicated sheltered nursery areas. Students can learn through application of hands-on skills in an environment that reflects current industry practices and simulates a real-life workplace experience.  

As part of their Murdoch campus studies, students propagate natives, herbs and some exotic plants suitable to WA's climate. These plants are then prepared at the on-campus nursery and greenhouse for retail sales at the Student Garden Centre Plant Sale which is open to the general public for a short time each May and November, giving students the ability to satisfy the retail skill building requirements of their horticulture course.

Visit our Horticulture at SM TAFE Facebook page(opens in a new tab) for more information on student news and events. 


  • survey and establish site levels
  • collect and classify plants
  • define pest problems
  • maintain work health and safety processes
  • assess new industry developments
  • provide specialist advice to clients
  • cost a project
  • assess landscape sites
  • prepare estimates, quotes and tenders



In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • enjoyment of practical/manual work and working in varied weather conditions outdoors
  • an eye for detail and good hand-eye coordination
  • high stamina and fitness levels
  • ability to accurately follow plans, instructions and work to deadlines
  • good problem solving skills
  • enjoyment of nature and the outdoors

Important information

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Semester 2, 2024


Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2024
Where Murdoch
How On Campus

Units and fees


National ID Unit title General fee Concession Resource fee
Cost a project
$64.80 $19.20 $17.50
Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
$129.60 $38.40 $17.50
Assess landscape sites
$162.00 $48.00 $37.00
Schedule irrigations
$105.30 $31.20 $32.75
Survey and establish site levels
$162.00 $48.00 $63.50
Collect and classify plants
$64.80 $19.20 $28.50
Define the pest problem
$145.80 $43.20 $47.75
Assess new industry developments
$194.40 $57.60 $25.50
Provide specialist advice to clients
$89.10 $26.40 $25.50
Source goods/services and evaluate contractors
$48.60 $14.40 $25.50

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you're a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in to complete this course. Please view the full list of fee disclaimers. 

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