Diploma of Horticulture Management


Diploma of Horticulture Management

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.

Important Information


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 16 hours.

The classes are scheduled per study week for two full days (9 am to 5 pm) 

There are also additional 14 hours of self-study scheduled per study week for students.

Intake Dates – 2022


AQF Level




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).

Entry Requirements

Ironwood has a minimum level of requirements that students need to meet to enrol in a course(s)

  1. All students need to be 18 years of age at time of commencement.  
  2. Satisfactory reading, writing, and numeracy skills.  If you wish to access subsidised training, you will need to complete the CORE Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) along with an Upfront Assessment of Needs to ascertain if you are suitable to undertake the training.

If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support please contact Ironwood Admissions  or call 08 8227 0300 before applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Material and Equipment Required

Not required.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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

Course Structure

  • 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 AHC50422 Diploma of Horticulture.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include but are not limited to:


On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the AHC50422 Diploma of Horticulture Management. Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency within this Qualification will receive a Statement of Attainment. (By enrolling in this course, Ironwood Institute does not guarantee a learner will successfully complete and receive the qualification).

Qualification Pathways

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.

Employment Opportunities

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).

Work-based Training

Not applicable

Work Placement

Not applicable


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;

Fee Type   Admission (AUD) Learning
Tuition (AUD) Total (AUD) Payment Plan
Concession $0 $0 $0 $0 --
Traineeship $0 $0 $498 $498 Initial deposit of $124.50 and then 3 payments of $124.50 every 3 months
Full Fee $250 $250 $9,250 $9,750 Initial deposit of $750 and then 9 payments of $1,000 over 12 months

Students are encouraged to contact the Institute for current specials.

Learn more about Horticulture

Find out more about Horticulture in South Australia.
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