Horticulture Courses Australia


Cairns is located in the tropics and is therefore not affected by drought. Students will have little difficulty finding work as there are many parttime
jobs available on local farms. Fulltime work is available during semester breaks. Employment application (attached) can be submitted when student pays Semester 1 tuition fees and we will forward it to the employment agent.


As at 30 September 2008, students who successfully complete the Diploma of Horticulture and complete relevant paid work experience fall into the category of General Gardener on the Skilled Occupation List (60 points).


René Pierre ISAUTIER (Peter) – FRANCE

The Certificate II offers a wide range of different skills from botany to basic mechanics. We learned how to operate a bobcat and a tractor and it was good fun! You also got to do some garden maintenance jobs around the TAFE campus, that is great, because it gives you the opportunity to practice a lot. Our teachers are very professional, enthusiastic and friendly. They are knowledgeable, I have been learning a lot from them. They have great characters and a real passion for what they are doing.

HORTICULTURE Diploma of Horticulture – 2 Years
Packaged with Certificates II, III and IV in Horticulture


This course focuses on the skills needed at a management level in the horticulture industry, including provision of advice, preparation of quotations and tenders, collection and management of data, business planning, quality assurance, negotiating and monitoring contracts, managing health and production of plants.

LOCATION: Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE, Cairns

COURSE LENGTH: Full time study over 108 weeks

START DATES: Semester 1 and Semester 2


Tuition fee, including resources and materials included $22,000
Enrolment fee $175
Additional costs $100
Academic Orientation $300

Students must supply sun-safe protective clothing and steel capped boots


IELTS (General or Academic) 5.5 overall with no score lower than 5.0; TOEFL 530 (PBT), 197 (CBT), 71 (IBT); Cambridge First Certificate (A or B Grade) or higher; ISLPR 3 (all scores)
Successful completion of an acceptable formal course, not ELICOS, where the medium of instruction was English eg TAFE qualification, university degree, Australian Year 12 (pass in English)
Successful completion of the TNQ TAFE English for Academic Purposes course
Certificate II or III: 10 years of schooling, or equivalent, with passes in math and, if applicable, English
Certificate IV or Diploma: 12 years of schooling or equivalent, with passes in math and, if applicable, English or
Mature-aged entry with work experience in a related field


Assessment is usually continuous and considered an integral part of the student’s learning. Methods might vary but can include lectures, practical sessions, observations, assignments, research, surveys, tasks, oral presentations (individual and group), homework, tests and exams, interviews, on-line activities, workbook exercises, vocational placement, etc.


It is expected that students will work part-time on local farms. Two employment agencies (AREA Pty Ltd and Aesteem Pty Ltd) will work with students to find work. The Managing Director of Aesteem estimated that in April 2008, there were over 200 horticultural positions available on farms in the region.


Please send certified copies of your passport, English results and academic certificates to us together with your completed and signed application form and Refund Policy and Terms & Conditions of Payment. Demonstrated prior work or life experience, or studies, which can be measured against outcomes of a TAFE study program, may qualify you to apply for special entry or credit known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you believe that you are eligible for special entry under RPL, you should contact us.

For detailed information on the horticulture course please contact us.