If you love being outdoors and are looking for a hands-on career, a horticulture course could be for you.

Our horticulture program offers a range of specialities and delivery options to develop a career in nursery, landscape, turf, or parks and gardens. Our flexible approach means you can choose to study full or part-time, with many programs also offered as apprenticeships.
We have a strong focus on providing opportunities to experience real workplace environments and build your employment opportunities. Some of our major local partners include City of Greater Geelong, Bunnings, Parks Victoria and Barwon Water, who create the opportunity for you to work on a range of industry-based projects.
You’ll also benefit from our large teaching base made up of generalist and specialist industry professionals, who are up to date with local, national and international trends.

Career outcomes

Salary range

Horticultural tradesperson   $38,989 - $78,295

Source: payscale.com. Criteria based on Australian occupations AUD. Updated 21 May 2018.
Note: salaries are a guide only, and are dependent on a range of factors including your experience, employer, and location.

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Profiles and Testimonials
“I’ve always been a passionate golfer and loved the sports and trade.
I chose to study with The Gordon as I’d heard good references from previous and current students. 

I enjoyed working with the passionate, experienced and knowledgeable teachers who were driven to watch their students succeed, which then inspired us to do our best. They offered countless opportunities and if taken like I did, can gain real benefits and life changing outcomes.

I am currently working at 13th Beach Golf Links where my job involves general course maintenance such as cutting all turf surfaces, changing holes, moving markers and raking bunkers. In 2017 I’m undertaking a scholarship in America and an internship through the Ohio State University where I’ll work on one of the best courses in the USA.”

Billy Koopmans 
Certificate III in Sports Turf Management
2016 Apprentice of the Year and Graduate of the Year - Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association. 

“I was volunteering with my local Karen refugee community at Werribee Park when I was offered a full-time horticulture apprenticeship. I am very passionate about the natural environment so this has been the perfect opportunity to start a career doing what I love. 
Werribee Park is a very diverse environment so every day can be different, from working in formal gardens and landscaping, propagation and planting, tree work, vegetable gardens and nursery. It’s also a great environment to learn plant identification as there are so many varieties we work with.
I spend one day a week at The Gordon in Geelong and enjoy this balance of theory and practical. I’ve also had the opportunity to take on leadership roles at Werribee Park, overseeing volunteer groups and learning training and presentation skills. In the future, I would like
to become a park ranger and continue my passion for nature and wildlife.”

Hsar Thein Ju
Certificate III in Horticulture

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If you would like to book training for your organisation, please contact 5225 0800 to discuss your requirements.

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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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