Diploma of Horticulture
CRICOS Course Code: 092592J
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.
The course will be delivered in 52 weeks (one year).
Full-time study for 40 weeks and a break period of 12 weeks between 4 study terms. Each study term is approx. 10 weeks long.
The scheduled contact study per week is 20 hours.
The classes are scheduled per study week for two full days (9 am to 5 pm) and the third half-day (either 9 am to 1 pm or 1 pm to 5 pm).
There are also additional 10 hours of self-study scheduled per study week for students.
Intake Dates – 2022
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face.
Location of Delivery
Ironwood Institute is located at Level 3, 112-118 Rundle Mall, Adelaide 5000.
The campus is in the heart of Adelaide City Centre, which offers an excellent blend of history, culture, modern lifestyle, and congenial learning environment.
The site is well connected by public transport (bus, tram, and train).
Applicants must have completed Australian year 12 or equivalent overseas qualifications and be 18 years or older at the time of commencement.
Overseas applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 equivalent.
For complete details please refer to entry requirements.
Material and Equipment Required
No occupational licensing, legislative, or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
- Total Units 10
- Core Units 0
- Elective Units 10
Develop and manage a chemical use strategy (Elective)
Manage work health and safety processes (Elective)
Develop a horticultural production plan (Elective)
Plan a propagation program (Elective)
Develop a plan for a hydroponic system (Elective)
Diagnose plant health problems (Elective)
Collect and classify plants (Elective)
Monitor and manage soils for production (Elective)
Market products and services (Elective)
Negotiate and monitor contracts (Elective)
For further details about each unit of competency please refer to the AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture.
Assessment methods include but are not limited to:
Advanced Diploma of Horticulture, Advanced Diploma of Arboriculture or relevant bachelor’s degree at Australian Universities (Ironwood Institute does not guarantee an automatic pathway to a university degree and advises students to seek confirmation with the university). Please refer to Ironwood University Pathways for further details.
Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. For those with appropriate work experience, knowledge, and skills gained from this Diploma can help the candidate to take on the following roles which include but are not limited to:
(Ironwood Institute does not guarantee an employment outcome, licence, or accreditation at the completion of this qualification).
Ironwood Institute will charge the learner for the enrolment application, tuition, material fees, and training product as per the nominated fee schedules as outlined below;
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Initial deposit – 50% of tuition for offshore students and 25% of tuition for onshore students plus administration and learning resources.
Students are encouraged to contact the Institute for current specials and to apply for scholarships.
Why Study Horticulture in Adelaide, South Australia
Recognised for its excellence in environmentally clean, safe, and advanced production making Adelaide a key horticulture destination. Ironwood’s horticulture program allows our students to gain the skills and knowledge to become job ready in all sorts of horticultural positions.
- South Australia is a major producer of premium horticulture.
- Technologically advanced and sustainable horticulture is a key focus in South Australia.
- Number one in protected cropping in Australia, with more than 700 hectares of greenhouses with a high number of professional, vertically integrated businesses across the supply chain
- Australia’s number one producer of onions and potatoes
- Home to Australia’s National Almond Centre of Excellence
- Home to the world-leading national Sterile Insect Technology facility
- The Northern Adelaide Plains (NAP) is a key horticulture region of South Australia that lies immediately north of the Adelaide metropolitan area. The NAP produces approximately 198,000 tonnes of fresh produce, generating around 20% of the state’s horticulture production by volume and 33% by value, with a farm gate value of $317 million. The area is renowned for growing premium quality vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums, onions and potatoes. The region employs almost half of SA’s vegetable industry workers including job roles involving :
- broad-acre field vegetable cropping
- tree orchards
- high-technology climate controlled hydroponic systems and
- medium and low-technology poly and shade houses.
For more information visit https://www.northernadelaideplains.com.au/about
Adelaide is Australia’s 1st National Park City and the 2nd globally after London.
Hear from Ironwood Students
Diploma of Horticulture
Adelaide Plant Growers
Adelaide Plant Growers
Hear from Horticulture Employers
Owner of Adelaide Plant Grows
Hear from Industry Peak Bodies
Executive Officer of the NGISA
Primary Industries Skills Council of SA
Joy de Leo
Nursery & Garden Association SA
Learn more about the opportunities in Horticulture Industry
AUSVEG has created several deep dive videos that look into some of the obscure but vital roles in the industry. These videos show the daily tasks, responsibilities, and pathways within the Production Horticulture sector.
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