“Horticulture and Landscape Design is more than just planting a tree. It’s knowing where to position the plant in relation to the sun and the rest of the garden, how deep to dig the hole, what plants will complement the tree, and how the garden will change”

Horticulture Skill Requirements

  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Manual dexterity
  • Diagnostic ability
  • Spatial awareness

Horticulture Career Outcomes

  • Qualified Horticulturalists are sought after in the Agricultural industry and spend most of their time working outdoors with plants. There are a variety of career outcomes depending on practical work experience and ongoing training paths where apprentices and trainees can learn more about identifying plant species, using pesticides, landscaping construction and design and even business management.
  • Often working in a retail nursery, horticulturalists will be primarily responsible for the care and growth of a variety of plants as well as providing customer service based on their knowledge to an assortment of commercial clients, private gardeners and public space managers (such as public parks).
  • A career path in Horticulture is limited only by your interests and motivation. With experience and further study you could find yourself owning and managing your own nursery; or featuring your landscape designs at international gardening exhibitions; or even working to protect native species from weeds and pests in National Parks.

Training Snapshoot

  • 1 year traineeship - 4 year apprenticeship*
  • Completion of Vocational qualification at Certificate level
  • Specialisations available in areas including Production Nursery
  • Trade support loans and government incentives available for eligible applicants
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