AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture

Award Course
Cricos Code 094776G


This course provides opportunities for extensive practical skills to be developed or enhanced, supported by talented teaching staff. The Diploma program is predominantly delivered at the SuniTAFE farm. The well-equipped training farm offers the student unique experiences covering a broad range of horticultural practices, supported by farm management and staff.


The Diploma of Horticulture equips the graduate with the skills required to gain a management role in the expansive horticulture industry or to gain a place to continue studies at bachelor degree level.


On successful completion of this qualification there are opportunities to continue your horticultural studies with a bachelor of Horticultural Science or similar, offered by a number of universities. A degree qualification in horticulture could potentially lead to a management position or a senior role in a number of horticultural or educational organisations.

Information for International Students

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

SuniTAFE operates a 30 hectare commercial horticulture farm growing citrus, vines, almonds, olives, dates, 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 classes and practical components of the program at the SuniTAFE SMARTFarm at Cardross which is 7 kilometres from the main Mildura campus.

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


52 weeks

English Proficiency

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

Fees per Semester (AUD)


Total Fees (AUD)


Course Start Dates

29 January, 

Academic Requirements

Completion of year 11 or Australian Year 11.  

Study Mode

Full-time, face to face 20 hours per week. Classes are timetabled 3 days per week, and placements are full-time.

* Duration of a course includes periods for orientation and enrolment, teaching, assessment, structured learning support, study breaks and public holidays.
* Fees and details are subject to change.
* This course is currently in transition and the course codes, name, units of study or content may change. Students will be updated regarding any changes impacting their offer or enrolment.

Units & Assessment
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
AHCBUS511 Manage enterprise staff requirements 140 $30.00
AHCBUS518 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports 140 $30.00
AHCCHM501 Develop and manage a chemical use strategy 80 $30.00
AHCIRG437 Schedule irrigations 50 $30.00
AHCIRG508 Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs 80 $30.00
AHCPCM406 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program 90 $30.00
AHCPCM507 Diagnose plant health problems 120 $30.00
AHCPHT511 Develop a horticultural production plan 180 $30.00
AHCSOL406 Sample soils and interpret results 60 $30.00
AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soils for production 120 $30.00
AHCWHS502 Manage work health and safety processes 90 $30.00
AHCWRK513 Write and present reports 60 $30.00
Your particular units of study will be determined from the core and elective units required for this qualification.

RPL is a formal assessment process that recognises relevant skills and knowledge you have already gained through previous training, work and life experiences. Contact the Institute today to discuss your options for RPL.