AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture

National ID
AHC50416
WA Course Code
BDD0
CRICOS code
092586G
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Why choose this course?

Further your passion for a career in horticulture with this qualification. Learn the vital business skills needed to manage large projects including preparing estimates, quotes and tenders, selecting plants and landscape solutions, managing plant health programs, developing production plans and managing staff and services.

During this course you will also gain the skills and knowledge required to design, plan, implement, manage and evaluate horticultural operations and processes and how to effectively manage and maintain public and private parks, reserves, gardens, natural bushland and community recreation areas.

Employment prospects exist in local government, state government, nursery and turf, floriculture, gardening and the landscape industry

Career opportunities

  • Horticulturist
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Plant Nursery Worker

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Completion of AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture OR AHC40920 Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management is required for entry into this course.

Please refer to the Non-Tuition Fees section of your Letter of Offer for any additional requirements where a cost may be incurred.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2023

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2023
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $255
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however students have access to a fully simulated workplace environment such as a plant nursery and parklands located on campus.  

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 10 units. These 10 are comprised of 10 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units

There are no core units for this course.

Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AHCBUS407 Cost a project
  • AHCBUS515 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
  • AHCDES509 Assess landscape sites
  • AHCLSC504 Survey and establish site levels
  • AHCPCM510 Collect and classify plants
  • AHCPMG413 Define the pest problem
  • AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK504 Assess new industry developments
  • AHCWRK509 Provide specialist advice to clients
  • TLIR4002 Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written questions, direct observation of practical skills in the simulated work environment including role plays and presentations to client groups, and assignments such as projects and evidence portfolios.  These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.  Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, access to the Murdoch nursery facility, landscaping and parks facilities located on campus, and tools suitable for industry practices.  Facilities and equipment may include use of a fully functioning accredited plant nursery, machinery and equipment, landscaped gardens, landscaping compounding and turf areas and fully equipped classrooms.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $255
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however students have access to a fully simulated workplace environment such as a plant nursery and parklands located on campus.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 10 units. These 10 are comprised of 10 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units

There are no core units for this course.

Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AHCBUS407 Cost a project
  • AHCBUS515 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
  • AHCDES509 Assess landscape sites
  • AHCLSC504 Survey and establish site levels
  • AHCPCM510 Collect and classify plants
  • AHCPMG413 Define the pest problem
  • AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK504 Assess new industry developments
  • AHCWRK509 Provide specialist advice to clients
  • TLIR4002 Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written questions, direct observation of practical skills in the simulated work environment including role plays and presentations to client groups, and assignments such as projects and evidence portfolios.  These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.  Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, access to the Murdoch nursery facility, landscaping and parks facilities located on campus, and tools suitable for industry practices.  Facilities and equipment may include use of a fully functioning accredited plant nursery, machinery and equipment, landscaped gardens, landscaping compounding and turf areas and fully equipped classrooms.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

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Last updated on November 29, 2022