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

Students must be at least 18 years old when they commence studies. SuniTAFE operates a 30 hectare commercial horticulture farm at Cardross which is 7 kilometres away from the Mildura campus. Students will undertake training and practical classes at the farm. The Institute has a minibus so students can get to the farm for classes. Students are recommended to purchase work boots for classes on the farm.

Duration 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) $7,000
Total Fees (AUD) $14,000
Course Start Dates February, July
Academic Requirements Successful completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 11 high school studies
Pre-requisite course(s) Certificate III in Horticulture

* Duration of a course includes periods for orientation and enrolment, teaching, assessment, structured learning support, study breaks and public holidays.
* Fees are subject to change.

Units & Assessment
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours
AHCBUS501 Manage staff 140
AHCBUS508 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports 140
AHCCHM501 Develop and manage a chemical use strategy 80
AHCIRG408 Schedule irrigations 50
AHCIRG502 Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs 80
AHCMOM501 Manage machinery and equipment 90
AHCNSY402 Plan a propagation program 120
AHCPCM402 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program 90
AHCPCM501 Diagnose plant health problems 120
AHCPCM502 Collect and classify plants 120
AHCPHT404 Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program 100
AHCPHT502 Develop a horticultural production plan 180
AHCPHT503 Manage a controlled growing environment 120
AHCSOL402 Develop a soil use map for a property 100
AHCSOL501 Monitor and manage soils for production projects 120
AHCWAT502 Manage water systems 120
AHCWHS501 Manage work health and safety processes 90
AHCWRK503 Prepare reports 60
BSBFIM501 Manage budgets and financial plans 70

Course Assessment

  • Observation and oral questioning
  • Project
  • Practical task
  • Portfolio
  • Role play/Simulation
  • Knowledge based test
  • Written task
  • Third party report
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.