Expand and grow in your industry
Your knowledge of ‘plantmanship’ through study, practical use and community engagement will see you succeed in the Diploma of Ornamental Horticulture. This course has been designed to allow industry to seek appropriate people with specialist skills in the horticulture field. You will be able to advise people of plants that can be grown in certain areas, situations and climates, and suggest plants that can be used in place of a particular plant, that will give the same effect or appearance.
This course will highlight your current knowledge and give you further skills to understand a large number of plants at the completion of their training, over the years the industry is still requiring and is seeking out any people who have an extensive plant knowledge base that they can employ to service their clients.
Specialised career options at your fingertips
Horticulture is playing an increasingly vital role in conserving our environment and maintaining flora for future generations. NMIT’s Diploma of Ornamental Horticulture addresses these higher-level horticulture technical skills. Career pathways for ornamental horticulturalists may include:
- maintenance and management of private and public gardens, parks and heritage gardens
- garden design
- maintenance and management of nurseries
- managing a horticultural enterprise
Meet Natalie Simmons from the Diploma of Ornamental Horticulture.
We help you advance your horticultural options
NMIT’s qualified and experienced teachers will guide you through all the scientific facets of the Diploma of Ornamental Horticulture in modern facilities using the latest technology and methods to ensure your future career is a success. The course concentrates on developing your skills in:
- applied botany and plant physiology
- plant identification and selection
- soils and soil management
- sustainable horticulture
- technical skills in garden care and maintenance.
About the Course
- Local Students
- International Students
- National Code: 21788VIC
- CRICOS Code:
Some places may be available in the full-time group to accommodate part-time students. Part-time study is available to industry clients.
Modes of Delivery
Further Study and Careers
Pathways to Further Study
These qualifications may lead to further study in horticulture at tertiary institutes
Maintenance and management of private and public gardens and parks Maintenance and management of heritage gardens The design and implementation of garden designs Maintenance and management of nurseries Managing a horticultural enterprise.
This course has been designed at post Year 12 level and intending students should be of an academic standard sufficient to cope with the demands of these studies. Participants must be able to demonstrate a range of literacy and numeracy skills including the ability to use and understand horticultural specific vocabulary, communicate verbally and in writing, graphically present ideas, write plans and prioritise and organise resources, often with the use of technology. Industry clients wishing to undertake the Diploma on a part-time basis should demonstrate previous horticultural or allied qualifications, and/or siginificant industry experience is required.
A list of equipment and reference material that needs to be purchased by students will be distributed early in the course. Reference material is also available for student loan in the NMIT library.
Local Fees:Want all the information on fees and charges? Click here to find out more, or contact NMIT on 03 9269 8400.
How to Apply:
To start this course at midyear or in 2014, apply directly to NMIT.
Please contact the department directly if you are interested in studying part-time.
Units of Study
The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.
The hours displayed are nominal, as indicated in the National Training Package. Actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCPCM501A||Diagnose Plant Health Problems|
|AHCPGD501A||Manage Plant Cultural Practices|
|AHCSOL501A||Monitor And Manage Soils For Production|
|AHCWRK403A||Supervise Work Routines And Staff Performance|
|VBN194||Prepare A Garden Design And Maintenance Program|
|VBQU208||Work Proficiently In The Horticulture Industry|
|VBQU209||Apply The Science Of Botany To Horticulture Practice|
|VBQU210||Apply Plant Physiology To Horticulture Practice|
|VBQU211||Identify And Select Plants For A Range Of Environments|
|VBQU212||Manage Sustainable Horticulture Practices|
|VBQU213||Develop And Implement A Pruning Program|
|VBQU214||Develop And Implement A Propogation Program|
|VBQU215||Manage The Care And Maintenance Of Trees|
|VBQU216||Conserve And Maintain Heritage|
|VBQU217||Plan, Establish And Maintain Lawns|