Diploma in Rural Horticulture

Course CodeVHT071
Fee CodeDI
Duration (approx)2100 hours

Learn to cultivate plants for amenity or production in rural places.

For a start, land is usually more plentiful and not so expensive in rural locations. Unlike city and urban environments, rural places may be less polluted, but also vulnerable to different types of pest, disease and other problems.


Production horticulture is more significant in rural places.

Land conservation and rehabilitation projects are likely to be on a larger scale too (eg. rehabilitation of degraded sites, including mines, contaminated wasteland, reclaimed farmland, etc).


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Diploma in Rural Horticulture.
 Horticultural Research A BHT118
 Horticulture I BHT101
 Machinery and Equipment BSC105
 Managing Ecotourism BTR101
 Plant Health (Horticulture III) BHT116
 Plant Identification and Knowledge (Horticulture II) BHT102
 Workshop I BGN103
 Climate Science BSC208
 Irrigation - Crops BHT204
 Permaculture Systems BHT201
 Trees For Rehabilitation (Reforestation) BHT205
 Weed Control BHT209
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 9 of the following 14 modules.
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Alternative Energy VSS102
 Australian Native Trees VHT115
 Australian Natives I BHT113
 Crops I (Outdoor Plant Production) BHT112
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
 Cut Flower Production BHT221
 Fruit Production -Temperate Climate BHT218
 Protected Plant Production BHT223
 Advanced Permaculture BHT301
 Berry Production BHT309
 Growing Grain Crops BAG309
 Organic Farming Practices BAG305

Note that each module in the Diploma in Rural Horticulture is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Sustainable Land Management 

Sustainable land management is the key to preserving our natural resources in a healthy state for the enjoyment of all - for cultural, social, and recreational pursuits as well as for agricultural and other commercial uses, now and into the future. Our natural resources include soil, water, natural environments, and their allied bio-diversity. With an ever-growing world population, improved land management is vital to our future.

Land management encompasses:

  • Protection of health of our natural environments.
  • The sustainable use of soil and water.
  • Maintaining or improving water quality.
  • Improving the health of the soil and protecting it from erosion, salinity, acidity, disease and weed infestation.
  • Protection and reintroduction of biodiversity – the flora and fauna (including soil life e.g. microorganisms and insects).
  • Retention and protection of isolated stands of vegetation and soil ground cover.
  • Fire management
  • Increasing resilience to change - such as climatic variations.

Many economies depend on primary production, and to ensure sustained production this must go hand in hand with wise management of the land. Where land has been degraded or its use is not sustainable, rehabilitation is required to improve or restore the land to good health and ensure future sustainability. Land degradation occurs through both natural and human induced processes, with many problems arising from poor human management of this resource.