Diploma of Landscape Design

This is a specialist qualification for landscape designers.


Packaging Rules

Completion of twelve (12) units made up of five (5) core units and seven (7) elective units.


a minimum of five (5) units must come from the elective units list

a maximum of two (2) units may be selected from the elective units or units aligned to Certificate IV or above in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the landscape design industry.



Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCDES501A

Design sustainable landscapes

add topic AHCDES502A

Prepare a landscape project design

add topic AHCDES503A

Assess landscape sites

add topic AHCDES504A

Design for construction of landscape features

add topic CUVACD302A

Produce computer-aided drawings



Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCARB502A

Identify, select and specify trees


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBUS503A

Negotiate and monitor contracts

add topic AHCBUS504A

Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders


Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBDES501A

Implement design solutions

add topic BSBDES502A

Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief


Unit code

Unit title

add topic PIL401A

Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices

add topic PIL403A

Design an urban permaculture system

add topic PIL404A

Plan for the implementation of permaculture works

add topic PIL505A

Plan the implementation of a permaculture project


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCLSC501A

Survey and establish site levels

add topic AHCLSC502A

Manage landscape projects


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPCM503A

Specify plants for landscapes

add topic AHCPCM504A

Design and maintain a specialised landscape


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCWRK503A

Prepare reports

add topic AHCWRK507A

Implement professional practice

add topic AHCWRK508A

Interpret legislation

add topic AHCWRK509A

Provide specialist advice to clients

add topic AHCWRK510A

Audit site operations


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry or completion of the Certificate III in Landscape Construction.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Advanced Diploma of Horticulture.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Job roles

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    Landscape designer

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Speaking clearly and directly

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Writing to audience needs

Interpreting the needs of internal/external customers

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements

Establishing/using networks

Sharing information

Negotiating responsively


Working as an individual and a team member

Working with diverse individuals and groups

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team

Applying teamwork skills to a range of situations

Identifying and using the strengths of other team members


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Applying a range of strategies in problem solving

Using numeracy skills to solve problems

Testing assumptions and taking context into account

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Being creative in response to workplace challenges

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Generating a range of options in response to workplace matters

Translating ideas into actions

Developing a strategic, creative long-term vision

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Using basic business systems for planning and organising

Being appropriately resourceful

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role

Participating in continuous improvement and planning processes

Working within or establishing clear project goals and deliverables

Determining or applying required resources

Allocating people and other resources to tasks and workplace requirements

Managing time and priorities

Adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies


Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Defining own learning needs

Carrying out independent learning to improve capability


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using technology to organise data