General Horticulture Courses

Course Listings

Garden History

Learn about the History of Landscaped Gardens and Cultivated Plants

See how gardens have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your perspective on what is possible and appropriate in garden design today. Garden history will enlighten you, and vastly expand the scope of possibilities you have before you as a modern garden designer.

Lessons cover garden designers, great gardens and gardeners of the world, private and public gardens, globalisation of gardens, scope and nature of modern garden conservation, the roles of organisations in garden conservation and much more.

Horticultural Marketing

Understand Marketing Techniques for Horticulture Enterprises

In any business, including horticulture, success depends upon your ability to successfully  market your product  - so that you stay ahead of your competitors.

This is a comprehensive well-rounded course that offers the horticultural marketing manager or small business owner what they need to be successful in this essential component of business management.

Horticultural Therapy

Do You have a Passion for Helping Others? And also Passionate about Horticulture?

Combine the two for a rewarding career in horticultural therapy.

Horticultural therapy is a powerful way for working therapeutically with people.

  • Learn about different horticultural practices
  • Understand how to use horticulture knowledge for therapeutic purpose
  • Study about potential risks and risk minimisation to participants within a horticultural therapy program 

An exciting, emerging industry - step outside of the norm, follow your passions, and develop an interesting and highly rewarding career - become a Horticultural Therapist.


Horticulture I

Learn the Basics of Horticulture

The ideal course for the beginner, this is a basic, yet thoroughly practical course which gives you a sound broad technical grounding in horticultural principles and practices.  


Nature Park Management I

Start your training to work in zoos, national parks or wilderness area management here.

  • Learn Parks Management
  • Develop an understanding of the natural environment and basic ecological principles
  • learn a variety of skills ranging from basic gardening and nature park design, to erosion control, weed control and tree surgery.

Nature Park Management II

Learn More About Nature Park Management

  • Understand the role of nature park in preservation natural environment
  • How to use native plants to create natural, balanced ecosystems
  • Learn about the risk management plants to preserve nature parks


Practical Horticulture 2

Fulfill your managerial or business aspirations in horticulture

 A step on from Practical Horticulture 1 but a course that can be taken in its own right by those with fundamental horticultural knowledge.



Qualification - Advanced Certificate In Applied Management (Horticultural Technology)

Training for managers of horticultural operations which utilise an advanced level of technology

  • Understand how to grow plans in any context, in the ground, in pots, in hydroponics, outdoors or indoors.
  • Learn more specialised knowledge and understanding of hydroponics and horticultural technology

There are eight units plus a 200 hr workplace project in this course. (A 900 hour course).

This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.

Qualification - Advanced Diploma Horticulture - Ornamental Horticulture

Horticultural professionals are much sought after in the industry

This course provides training for people to work in the care and development of gardens, parks, historic properties, private estates, or other areas of amenity horticulture (e.g. street trees, interior plantscaping), at a technician or management level, in positions such as: managers, technical officers, or consultants.

This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.

Qualification - Advanced Diploma Horticulture - Parks & Recreation

Develop your professional management skills in parks and recreation

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, resorts, etc.

This is a substantial and unique course, requiring a 5 year part time or 2 to 3 year full time commitment.

Qualification - Certificate Horticulture (Nature Park Management)

Combine horticulture fundamentals and nature park management

For people working or intending to work in nature parks such as zoos, wildlife parks, national parks, forests and reserves. Develop a foundation in plant identification and horticulture as well as a basic understanding of such things as botany, ecology, land care and rehabilitation, weed management, wildlife management, etc.

Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council

Qualification - Certificate in Horticulture (Grounds Management)

Work in parks, gardens or sports turf facilities

This course provides initial training for gardeners, groundskeepers and others involved in the care and maintenance of parks, gardens and turf facilities.

 “This is beyond what you would learn in a Trade Certificate in Horticulture. It teaches you everything a tradesman would learn about plant culture; and more science, plus more plant identification than what an average tradesperson would know” - John Mason Dip.Hort.Sc., Cert.Supn, FIOH, FPLA, Garden Author and educator.

Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council

Qualification - Certificate in Horticulture (Ornamental Horticulture)

Add diversity in your horticultural knowledge and improve your professional outcomes

The aim of this course is to expand  the student's professional opportunities by building knowledge on how to identify, grow, and maintain ornamental plants and gardens in any climate - with emphasis placed on the plant varieties which are horticulturally most valuable. Topics covered include garden maintenance, turf care, arboriculture, landscaping, and nursery work.

This course is similar to other C12CN002 horticulture certificates in its introductory (core) units, but devotes 50% of the course to topics specifically related to ornamental horticulture. Accredited through International Accreditation & recognition Council

Qualification - Diploma In Horticulture (By Mentoring)

Fast track a diploma with a  mentor

This diploma is designed for people with extensive industry experience who wish to fast track a qualification. It does still require the candidate to show sound theoretical knowledge of science and management at an ACS diploma level through examinations. Exam preparation largely involves a mentor guided program of learning. For some candidates this may require minimal effort, and for others, it may be extensive. The mentor will assess and monitor progress to ensure preparation for the exams is appropriate.

Qualification - Proficiency Award In Horticulture

A specialised qualification

This comprises a set syllabus consisting of 3 X 100 hour modules that relate to a particular specialist theme. (For example: Garden Management, Natural Garden Design, Propagating Tropicals, Market Gardening, etc.)

A Proficiency Award allows you to study subjects in a highly specialised area.

You select and study three short courses of your own choice, which relate to each other (e.g. Three crops or three landscaping short courses). In addition, you must complete 200 hrs of approved work experience before receiving the award. Approval of course structure must be obtained before enrolling.

Weed Control

Learn about effective weed control

Weed control is an important horticultural practice -  understanding their characteristics and lifecycles is fundamental to knowing how to control weeds. In horticultural practice, if weeds are to be controlled, it is critical that they are accurately identified when young. However, weeds are notorious for their diversity and resilience. These two characteristics have made weeds attractive as garden plants in countries to which they are not native and help to become noxious plants.