Qualification - Advanced Diploma Horticulture - Parks & Recreation

Course CodeVHT009
Fee CodeAD
Duration (approx)2500 hours
QualificationAdvanced Diploma

Learn to Develop and Manage Parks, Gardens and Amenity Landscapes

This course provides a foundation for employment in the following roles: Parks Manager, Head Ranger, Parks Manager, Technical Officer, Park Interpretation Officer, Recreation Facility Manager, Vocational Trainer.

This course provides training for people to work in the management and development of recreation and park facilities and services. It is relevant to all types of situations including municipal parks, national parks, tourist parks, commercial landscapes, resorts, and others.


ACS has outstanding credentials, This is also accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Advanced Diploma Horticulture - Parks & Recreation.
 Botany I BSC104
 Horticultural Research A BHT118
 Horticulture I BHT101
 Machinery and Equipment BSC105
 Plant Identification and Knowledge (Horticulture II) BHT102
 Soil Management - Horticulture BHT105
 Amenity Horticulture I BHT234
 Horticultural Research B BHT241
 Horticultural Resource Management BHT203
 Playground Design BHT216
 Sports Turf Management BHT202
 Horticultural Marketing BHT304
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 13 of the following 18 modules.
 Arboriculture I BHT106
 Australian Natives I BHT113
 Landscaping I BHT109
 Nature Park Management I BEN120
 Amenity Horticulture II BHT235
 Arboriculture II BHT208
 Australian Natives II BHT225
 Landscaping II BHT214
 Landscaping III (Landscaping Styles) BHT235
 Nature Park Management II BEN204
 Planning Layout and Construction of Ornamental Gardens BHT242
 Practical Horticulture 1 BHT238
 Project Management BBS201
 Roses BHT231
 Trees For Rehabilitation (Reforestation) BHT205
 Weed Control BHT209
 Turf Repair And Renovation BHT303
 Water Gardening BHT307

Note that each module in the Qualification - Advanced Diploma Horticulture - Parks & Recreation is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Notes from one of the core units:

The Amenity Horticulture Industry

The horticulture industry can be divided into two broad sectors: the production sector, which is largely involved with producing food crops, and the amenity sector, which is involved with growing plants for recreational or ornamental purposes. However, these should not be seen as clear-cut divisions. The boundaries defining the two sectors tend to vary from country to country and between horticultural institutions and employers. For example, some horticulturists might view floriculture enterprises or wholesale nurseries as being in the production sector, while others would classify them as amenity industries.

What is Amenity Horticulture?
Amenity horticulture is sometimes described as ‘gardening and landscaping’, ‘ornamental horticulture’ or ‘recreational horticulture’. However, as the nature and scope of the horticulture industry has broadened and evolved, these tags, although convenient, do not adequately describe the range of different industries that fall under the umbrella of ‘amenity horticulture’. 

Major sectors within the amenity horticulture industry typically include the following:

  • Arboriculture
  • Landscape industry
  • Parks and gardens
  • Turf management
  • Nurseries – retail and wholesale
  • Interior landscaping
  • Floriculture

Each sector uses specialised technical skills and management strategies, but they are all underpinned by the basic horticultural skills of soil and water management, plant nutrition, pests and disease management, and plant knowledge.



This course provides a foundation for employment in the following roles:

  • Parks Manager
  • Head Ranger
  • Parks Manager
  • Technical Officer
  • Park Interpretation Officer
  • Recreation Facility Manager
  • Vocational Trainer




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