Diploma of Horticulture (AHC50416)

This programme/course is undertaken in partnership with and under the auspice of the Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) the MTO Group (RTO No: 32493).


$6000 + GST per person


6-12 months

Delivery Method

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Qualification Description

The Diploma of Horticulture reflects the role of those who manage amenity horticultural enterprises where a range of skills and knowledge across the breadth of the industry is required or personnel working in horticulture at a level requiring higher technical skills.

 No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


  • 15-January
  • 15-March
  • 1-May
  • 1-July
  • 1-Sep
  • 1-Nov

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 10 units of competency:
  • 0 core units plus
  • 10 elective units.

Elective units must ensure the integrity of the qualification’s Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome. The electives are to be chosen as follows:

  •  8 units must be selected from the electives listed below
  •  2 units may be selected from the remaining elective units listed below
  •  2 units, packaged in qualifications aligned to AQF level 4 or above, may be selected from
    this or any other currently endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course.

Elective Units (10 additional units are required)

This qualification has 64 potential electives units of competency to choose from. An asterisk (*) next to the unit code indicates that there are prerequisite requirements which must be met when packaging the qualification. Please refer to the Prerequisite requirements table for details. We have selected units we believe to be the most useful for a person joining this industry.

  • AHCARB601 Examine and Assess Trees*
  • AHCARB502 Identify, select and specify trees
  • AHCARB602 Diagnose tree diseases
  • AHCWRK503 Prepare reports
  • AHCBUS504 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
  • AHCARB505 Document and audit tree work
  • AHCARB506 Prepare arborist reports
  • AHCWRK508 Interpret legislation
  • BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
  • FPWCOT5208 Build and maintain community relationships

Delivery Method

This program can be delivered in the following methodologies:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have a history of work in the Horticulture industry, we may be able to give you RPL for the skills and knowledge you already have. If you believe this might be the case, please contact us and we will send you further information on the RPL process.

If you currently hold AQF qualifications, please let us know of this. It may be possible to cross credit some units towards your Diploma in Horticulture.

Face to face delivery

Self-paced distance learning

The trainee completes the program on a unit by unit basis as follows:

Learning and assessment materials for an individual unit of competency is emailed to the trainee. The trainee then completes the assessment/assignment and returns them to us. The assessment is marked and feedback is supplied.

Once completed the next set of materials are sent and the cycle start over again.

Blended delivery with face to face and distance learning

As the name suggests we can offer a program that is a blend of both face to face and self-pace distance learning.

This programme/course is undertaken in partnership with and under the auspice of the Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) the MTO Group (RTO No: 32493).
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