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AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture~


Next intake To be advised
DurationFull-time: 12 months | Part-time: 2 years
TraineeshipFull-time: 3 yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (School-Based)

Course description

Do you have experience in the horticulture industry? Would you like to upgrade your skills and gain a professional qualification to increase your employment opportunities? This course will qualify you to operate at a supervisory or management level in the nursery, landscape, turf, or parks and gardens industries. Day and evening classes are included, so you can easily fit them around your work.

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Possible career outcomes

  • Landscape manager/designer
  • Nursery manager
  • Botanic gardener
  • Supervisor in area of speciality
  • Senior horticulturalist

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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Please contact Customer Service on 5225 0800 to discuss upcoming intakes.


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 4.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • Applicants are expected to hold a Certificate III in Horticulture, or possess relevant industry experience and post-trade skills. 
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Unit Code Hours
Maintain work health and safety processes AHCWHS401 70
Elective Units Code Hours
Cost a project AHCBUS407 50
Design plant displays AHCPGD401 90
Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program AHCPCM402 90
Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation plan AHCPMG410 85
Operate within a budget framework AHCBUS408 50
Plan a growing-on program AHCNSY401 80
Plan a plant establishment program AHCPGD402 80
Plan a propagation program AHCNSY402 120
Produce technical drawings CUAACD303 50
Recommend plants and cultural practices AHCPCM401 80
Supervise landscape project works AHCLSC401 80


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments
  • Team projects
  • Exam
  • 5 units; AHCPCM401 Recommend plants and cultural practices, AHCWHS401 Maintain work health safety processes,  AHCPCM402 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program, BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice and CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings (available as evening classes)

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.62 per hour 925 AUD $574.00 AUD $11,550.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.10 per hour 925 AUD $2,868.00 AUD $11,550.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $14.30 per hour 925 AUD $13,228.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $420.00
Education Levy AUD $138.75


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for students who are not eligible for a VET Student Loan.

VET Student Loan

To be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan, applicants will be required to:

  • undertake an independent assessment test to ensure they possess Level 3 in reading and numeracy, or
  • provide their Year 12 certificate, or
  • provide evidence of completion of a Certificate IV or above.

  • Diploma of Horticulture

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 8/04/2024 4:00:06 PM