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Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416


The Diploma of Horticulture reflects the role of those who manage amenity horticultural enterprises where a range of skills and knowledge across the breadth of the industry is required or personnel working in horticulture at a level requiring higher technical skills.

Qualification: Diploma of Horticulture AHC50416
Program No: DP-BE27
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: 2 semesters full-time (approximately 30 hours per week) OR part-time equivalent.
Likely Job Outcome: Senior horticulturist, parks and gardens manager, horticultural enterprise manager.
Application Type: Public

Additional Information

Access to a horticultural workplace is desirable but not essential.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

By enrolling, CIT assumes you have checked and met these entry requirements. CIT staff will confirm either before (for all VET FEE-HELP qualifications) or within the first few weeks of classes.

To be successful in this program you will need the skills and experience achieved in the Certificate III in Horticulture, or a related field. This could be gained through study or industry experience.
CIT may request a short discussion about your skills and experience in horticulture following your application to enrol.


You may be eligible for VET FEE-HELP to apply for a Commonwealth Government loan to pay your tuition fees. For more information visit our VET FEE-HELP page. If you are planning on accessing VET FEE-HELP you will need to have a Tax File Number before applying and you will also need to meet the Academic Suitability requirements.

Before you apply/enrol

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This includes new students and re-enrolling students.

If you don't have a USI that's ok, you can apply right now. It only takes two minutes, just go to

Already have one? Great! Verify it in our student administration system now so your enrolment or graduation isn't delayed. (New CIT students will not be able to do this until they have been given their CIT number which will be given to you when you apply to study most CIT courses).

  1. Login to CIT Self Service
  2. Click on the link for USI
  3. Verify your USI

It's important that your first name, surname and date of birth in our student system match the ID you use to create your USI (eg if you are Christopher in USI database and Chris at CIT your USI will not verify).

If you need assistance you can go to Unique Student Identifier (USI), drop in to any CIT Library or CITSA office or contact CIT Student Services on 6207 3188.

Further Study

University of Canberra
Completion of the Certificate III in Horticulture plus the Diploma will provide 24 credit points into the Bachelor of Landscape Design.

Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy skills. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at

Subject Information

Due to technical reasons the subjects for this course are not currently available. For more information please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email

Related Courses

Certificate III Sports Turf Management AHC31310
Certificate III Horticulture AHC30710
Certificate III Conservation and Land Management AHC31410
Certificate III Landscape Construction AHC30910
Certificate III Parks and Gardens AHC31010
Statement Attainment training Chainsaw Skills [from FPI11]
Statement Attainment training Chemical Application Bridging/Refresher - SMARTtrain (Level 3) [extract from AHC31410]
Statement Attainment training Chemical Application - SMARTtrain (Level 3) [extract from AHC31410]

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email