• Horticulture


Feed the world with a horticulture qualification from Sunraysia Institute of TAFE!

The SuniTAFE horticulture program will give you knowledge and practical skills related to horticultural food-producing crops and propagation and care of nursery plants.

The program is delivered at SuniTAFE’s commercially operating SMARTFarm which provides hands-on experience using the latest and innovative technologies. Crops grown at the SMART Farm include citrus, grapes, almonds, olives,  annual vegetables, avocadoes and range of fruit trees, garden plants and native plants are propagated in the on-farm nursery.

Students will learn about:

  • Plant information and identification

  • Weed and pest management

  • Management of soils or growing media

  • Plant nutrition

  • Irrigation systems

  • Operation of machinery and equipment

  • The preparation and application of chemicals.


Horticulture Farm Worker (tree and vine crops), Parks and Garden Assistant, Production Nursery Worker, Retail Nursery Sales Assistant.

Program Details

Total Program Duration

2 years full-time

Total Program Tuition Fees in AUD

$28,000 (Certificate III in Nursery Operations + Diploma of Horticulture)

Order of Qualifications

  1. Certificate III in Nursery Operations AHC31120 (110468D) 52 weeks


  1. Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416 (094776G) 52 weeks*

University Pathway

No formal pathway to a partner university is in place for international students.

Upcoming Certificate III Course Start Dates

15 July 2024
28 January 2025
21 July 2025




English Proficiency

IELTS 5.5 or equivalent test score OR successful completion of Upper Intermediate ELICOS at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE.

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 11 high school studies.

Other Requirements

Students must be at least 18 years old when they commence studies.

Course Progression

Must successfully complete each level before progressing to the next qualification in the program



Other Information


Students are recommended to purchase work boots and wear appropriate sun safe work clothes including hats for classes at the SuniTAFE SMARTFarm.

Practical component

SuniTAFE operates a 30 hectare commercial horticulture farm growing citrus, vines, almonds, olives, avocadoes, annual vegetables and nursery plants. A range of fruit trees, garden plants and native plants are propagated in the on-farm nursery. Students undertake all theory and practical components of the program at the SuniTAFE SMARTFarm, 161 Dairtnunk Avenue, Cardross which is 10km or 10 minutes drive from the Mildura campus.

Note: All fees and details are subject to change at any time.

* This course is currently in transition due to an upgrade and the course codes, name, units of study or content may change.


Jiwon Han, came to Australia from Seoul, South Korea on the day following his high school graduation ceremony. View his testimonial.