Advanced Certificate in Landscaping

Are you ready to take your landscaping prowess to the next level, transforming ordinary spaces into stunning masterpieces? Do you aspire to apply advanced landscaping techniques and designs to craft breathtaking outdoor environments? Picture yourself as a creator of awe-inspiring gardens and landscapes, where your refined skills and creativity come to life. The Advanced Certificate in Landscaping is tailored for those seeking to elevate their landscaping expertise like yourself—bridging the gap between basic knowledge and masterful execution of sophisticated design elements.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with a discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 700 hours to complete the course, which has seven key modules made up of 69 lessons.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

  • Landscape Construction
  • Landscape Design
  • Garden Design
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Garden Restoration or Conservation
  • Hobby Gardeners
Course Modules

Module 1: Landscaping I

  1. Basic Design Procedures
  2. History and Styles of Gardening
  3. Drafting and Contracting
  4. Basic Landscape Construction
  5. Surfacings
  6. Furnishings and Features
  7. Park Design- Part A
  8. Garden Design
  9. Design Procedure
  10. Park Design- Part B 

The ultimate introduction to landscaping, this module delivers the essential know-all for budding garden designers and landscape gardeners alike. Explore the fundamentals, from the history of garden design principles of design, landscape detailing and construction. Gain a better understanding of drawing techniques and plans and learn how to create your own detailed landscape design.

This module will take you step-by-step through the design process, from pre-planning and how to prepare for landscape design to appropriate garden and plan selection, landscape features and how to use visual effects and graphic skills to bring your ideas to life for both domestic gardens and public parks.

Module 2: Landscaping II

  1. The Garden Environment
  2. Landscape Materials
  3. Using Bulbs, Annuals and other Low Growing Plants
  4. Landscaping with Trees
  5. Ground Cover Plants
  6. Walls and Fences
  7. Paths and Paving
  8. Treating Slopes and Other Problem Areas
  9. Garden Features
  10. Designing for Low Maintenance
  11. Developing a Landscape Plan
  12. Management of Landscape Projects

Following on from the completion of Landscaping I, this module is more heavily weighted towards individual landscape components such as specific types of plants, paths, paving, walls, and garden features. Learn about landscape elements in greater detail and build your confidence to select where and how to use different types of plants.

This module will help you to determine the resources required for landscape development, including materials and equipment and identify problem areas in a landscape, including slopes and hostile environments. You will also learn how to create a landscape development plan in accordance with a client brief and in liaison with the client, an invaluable and vital skill required to be a successful landscape gardener.

Module 3: Landscaping III (Landscaping Styles)

  1. Creating the Mood
  2. Historic Gardens
  3. Formal Gardens
  4. Oriental Gardens
  5. Middle Eastern and Spanish Style
  6. Mediterranean Gardens
  7. Coastal Gardens
  8. Modern Gardens
  9. Eclectic Gardens
  10. Other Styles

The Landscaping III (Landscaping Styles) module offers a deep dive into various landscaping styles, perfect for aspiring garden designers and landscape gardeners. It guides students through the creation of different moods in gardens, exploring historic, formal, and Oriental styles, as well as Middle Eastern and Spanish influences. It also covers the unique aspects of Mediterranean and coastal gardens, teaching students how to blend natural elements with design.

The module then moves to modern and eclectic garden styles, focusing on contemporary aesthetics and personal expression. Students will learn about the diversity in garden design, gaining the ability to craft a wide range of landscapes, from private gardens to public spaces, with a rich understanding of cultural and historical influences.

Module 4: Natural Garden Design

  1. Introduction to Natural, Wild and Bush Gardens
  2. History of Natural, Wild and Bush Gardens
  3. Developing Concept Plans
  4. Plants for Natural Gardens
  5. Planting Design in Natural Gardens
  6. Garden Features
  7. Natural Gardens Today
  8. Bringing It All Together

This module will give the students an insightful journey into the world of natural, wild, and bush gardens, ideal for aspiring garden designers. Beginning with an introduction to these styles, the module explores their history and the development of concept plans that blend with the natural environment. Students will learn about choosing the right plants and mastering planting design to create aesthetically pleasing, sustainable natural gardens.

It covers the integration of garden features like water and stone that complement the natural landscape. It concludes with a comprehensive approach to combining all these elements, equipping students with the skills to create harmonious, environmentally friendly gardens that reflect contemporary natural garden trends.

Module 5: Green Walls and Roofs

  1. Scope and Nature of Roof and Vertical Gardens
  2. Construction of Functional and Appropriate Vertical and Roof Gardens
  3. Climbing Plants and Structure for Climbing
  4. Plants Stuffed to Roof and Vertical Gardens
  5. Adaptations for Other Plans in Roof and Vertical Gardens
  6. Container Growing
  7. Maintenance - Watering, Pest Control
  8. Landscaping - Roof Gardens
  9. Landscaping - Vertical Gardens

This module offers an in-depth look at roof and vertical gardens, perfect for aspiring garden designers and landscape gardeners. Students will explore the construction and functionality of these innovative garden types, learning about climbing plants, structures, and suitable plant choices for elevated spaces. It also emphasises the creative use of space and includes practical aspects like container growing and maintenance practices, such as watering and pest control.

Key to this module is the focus on the unique landscaping challenges and opportunities presented by roof and vertical gardens. Students will be equipped with the knowledge to design these modern, space-efficient gardens, blending aesthetics with functionality in their gardening projects.

Module 6: Biophilic Landscaping

  1. Relationship between Outdoor Environments and Human Wellbeing
  2. Design Considerations
  3. Patterns and Principles in Biophilic Design
  4. Components of the Urban Landscape
  5. Providing Services to People
  6. Affecting the Individual
  7. Affecting Environmental and Climatic Conditions
  8. Assessing and Analysing Existing Landscapes
  9. Integrating Biophilic Design into Existing Landscape
  10. Working to Improve Urban Environments

The Biophilic Landscaping course enhances your understanding of the connection between outdoor environments and human well-being, focusing on the integration of nature into urban landscapes. It delves into the design considerations necessary for creating biophilic landscapes, and exploring patterns and principles in urban design. It addresses the components of the landscape that provide services to people, affect individuals, and influence environmental and climatic conditions. Additionally, the module guides you through assessing existing landscapes and integrating biophilic design into them, offering insights on working in and improving urban development with a focus on fostering a harmonious relationship between nature and urban living.

Module 7: Landscaping Home Gardens

  1. Basic Design Procedure A
  2. History and Styles of Gardens
  3. Drawing Plans
  4. Understanding Soils 
  5. Basic Landscape Construction 
  6. Weeds and Pests
  7. Planting and Pruning
  8. Lawns,and Surfaces
  9. Furnishings and Features
  10. Developing Your Garden

This module will guide you through the various aspects of designing gardens, exploring different styles to suit diverse tastes and spaces. It emphasises the importance of drawing plans, understanding soils, and the fundamentals of basic landscape construction. You will also delve into crucial gardening aspects such as weed and pest control, planting, pruning, and the care of lawns, paving, and other surfacing. Then, it also culminates in a special project where students apply their knowledge to develop a garden, integrating all elements from garden features to practical maintenance, embodying their unique vision and the skills acquired throughout the course.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you five days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Student Support

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving on to the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors identify where any further support may be required so that you get the most out of your course. You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

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About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of onlince courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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