Diploma of Horticulture

The Diploma of Horticulture reflects the role of those who manage amenity horticultural enterprises where a range of skills and knowledge across the breadth of the industry is required or personnel working in horticulture at a level requiring higher technical skills.


Packaging Rules

Completion of ten (10) elective units.


a minimum of four (4) units must come from elective group A

a minimum of four (4) units must come from elective groups A or B

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



add topic AHCPCM501A Diagnose plant health problems

add topic AHCPCM502A Collect and classify plants

Production horticulture

add topic AHCPHT502A Develop a horticultural production plan

add topic AHCPHT503A Manage a controlled growing environment


add topic AHCARB501A Assess trees

add topic AHCARB502A Identify, select and specify trees

add topic AHCARB503A Diagnose tree diseases

add topic AHCARB504A Develop a tree protection program

add topic AHCARB505A Document and audit tree work


add topic AHCHYD501A Develop a plan for a hydroponic system


add topic AHCLSC501A Survey and establish site levels

add topic AHCLSC502A Manage landscape projects

add topic AHCLSC503A Manage a tree transplanting program

Parks and gardens

add topic AHCPGD501A Manage plant cultural practices

add topic AHCPGD502A Plan the restoration of parks and gardens

add topic AHCPGD503A Manage parks and reserves

add topic AHCPGD504A Develop and implement a streetscape management plan

add topic AHCPGD505A Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities


add topic AHCTRF501A Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces



add topic AHCBUS501A Manage staff

add topic AHCBUS502A Market products and services

add topic AHCBUS503A Negotiate and monitor contracts

add topic AHCBUS504A Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders

add topic AHCBUS505A Develop a marketing plan

add topic AHCBUS508A Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports

add topic BSBFIM501A Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBHRM506A Manage recruitment selection and induction processes

add topic BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information

add topic TLIL1907C Implement and monitor transport logistics

add topic TLIR207C Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

add topic TLIR307C Negotiate a contract


add topic AHCCHM501A Develop and manage a chemical use strategy


add topic AHCDES503A Assess landscape sites


add topic AHCIRG501A Audit irrigation systems

add topic AHCIRG502A Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs

add topic AHCIRG503A Design irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems

add topic AHCIRG504A Develop an irrigation and drainage management plan

add topic AHCIRG505A Establish and maintain an irrigation-related environmental protection program

Lands, parks and wildlife

add topic AHCLPW501A Develop a management plan for a designated area

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM501A Manage machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM502A Implement a machinery management system

Pest management

add topic AHCPMG501A Coordinate the pest management strategy in a regional or broader context

add topic AHCPMG502A Define the pest problem in a regional or broader context

add topic AHCPMG503A Develop a strategy for the management of target pests

add topic AHCPMG504A Develop a system for monitoring the pest management strategy

add topic AHCPMG505A Evaluate the pest management strategy

Soils and media

add topic AHCSOL501A Monitor and manage soils for production


add topic AHCWAT501A Design water treatment systems

add topic AHCWAT502A Manage water systems


add topic AHCWRK501A Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program

add topic AHCWRK502A Collect and manage data

add topic AHCWRK503A Prepare reports

add topic AHCWRK504A Assess new industry developments

add topic AHCWRK505A Manage trial and/or research material

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

add topic AHCWRK511A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic PRMWM43B Develop an environmental management strategy

add topic PRMWM45B Develop site safety plan

add topic PSPPM502B Manage complex projects

add topic PSPPM503B Close complex projects

Subject lists

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Diploma of Horticulture 2a6aa


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

    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:

    Senior Horticulturist

    Parks and Garden manager

    Horticulture enterprise manager

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