Horticulture Courses

Horticulture is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia with this sector playing an important role in delivering economic, social, and environmental value.

For information on individual
subsidised courses see below.

Visit www.skills.sa.gov.au for Participant Eligibility Criteria.

What is Horticulture

Horticulture is the science and art of growing flowers, ornamental plants, lawns, gardens, fruits or vegetables.

Horticulture is different things to different people. It is a science on the cutting edge of biotechnology, an art, profession, business, industry, hobby, way-of-life, and therapy for millions of people. Horticulture studies offer various career pathways including food production, plant propagation, land conservation/restoration, landscape, and garden design.

Examples of horticulture include the following:

  • landscaping
  • gardening
  • growing crops for food, fiber, and fuel
  • horticultural therapy—using horticultural methods to treat patients

Certificate III Level

Diploma Level

Looking for an opportunity in Horticulture Food Production?

Northern Adelaide Plains Food Cluster is offering a four-week pre-employment program for an Introduction to Horticulture Food Production in conjunction with Maxima, Northern Adelaide Plains Food Cluster, City of Playford Council and Ironwood.

Temporary Graduate Visa 485

AHC30716

Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC31120

Certificate III in Nursery Operations

Domestic
Students

AHC30716

Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC31120

Certificate III in Nursery Operations

AHC33719

Certificate III In Protected Horticulture

International Students

AHC30716

Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC31120

Certificate III in Nursery Operations

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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

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Adelaide is Australia’s 1st National Park City and the 2nd globally after London.

South Australia is a global leader in the production of premium, environmentally clean, safe and advanced horticultural crops

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Felix
Diploma of Horticulture

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Heena
Adelaide Plant Growers

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Marcelo Guerra
SA Mushrooms

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Gurtej Singh
Adelaide Plant Growers

Hear from Horticulture Employers

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Nick Femia
SA Mushrooms

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Troy Topp
Perfection Fresh

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Chris 
Owner of Adelaide Plant Grows

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Dannielle Chapman
Executive Officer of the NGISA

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Mark Cody 
Primary Industries Skills Council of SA

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Jordan Brooke-Barnett
AusVeg SA

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Joy de Leo
ACPET

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Grant Dalwood 
Nursery & Garden Association SA

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Karyn Kent
Study Adelaide

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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