Professional Certificate in Horticulture

Are you passionate about the world of plants and gardens? Do you envision a future where you turn your passion for plants and gardening into a rewarding career? The Professional Certificate in Horticulture is tailored for enthusiasts like you, aiming to deepen your understanding and skills in the diverse field of horticulture. Whether you're aspiring to make a career shift, elevate your gardening hobby, or enhance your existing expertise, this course is a fertile ground for growth and professional development.
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 500 hours to complete the course, which has five key modules made up of 51 subjects.
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:

  • Gardener or Landscaper
  • Plant Nursery Assistant
  • Property Caretaker
  • Golf Course Caretaker
  • Landscaping
  • Gardening
Course Modules

Module 1: Horticulture I

  1. Plant Identification
  2. Planting
  3. Recognising Plant Families and Identifying Plants
  4. Soils
  5. Plant Nutrition
  6. Water Management
  7. Garden Maintenance and Weeds
  8. Pests and Diseases
  9. Pruning
  10. Landscaping
  11. Propagation
  12. Lawns
  13. Arboriculture

In this introductory module, you’ll learn how to identify plants and plant families, about pruning and landscaping, tree health and assessment and soil and plant nutrition. From water management and how to grow and maintain lawns, this module delivers a sound foundation into the world of horticulture.

Module 2: Horticulture II (Plant Knowledge)

  1. The Groups of Plants
  2. Use of Plants
  3. Australian Native Plants
  4. Exotic Ornamental Plants
  5. Indoor and Tropical Plants
  6. Bedding Plants
  7. Vegetables
  8. Fruits, Nuts and Berries
  9. Herbs
  10. Alternative Growing Techniques

This module is designed to further enhance your horticulture knowledge. You will explore the various groups of plants and where they are best used to successfully grow. From Australian natives to exotic ornamental, to indoor and tropical plants and bedding plants, you will discover what makes up these plant groups, how to grow them and how to care for them.

Module 3: Horticulture Ill (Plant Health)

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of Preventative Controls
  3. Insecticides
  4. Other Pesticides
  5. Spray Equipment
  6. Insect Biology
  7. Fungal Biology
  8. Environmental Problems
  9. Viruses
  10. Nematodes, Molluscs and Crustaceans

This module is designed to deepen your understanding of plant health and effective management practices. It offers an introduction to plant health, including an overview of preventative controls and the use of insecticides and other pesticides. It delves into the details of spray equipment, insect biology, and fungal biology, providing comprehensive insights into combating various plant health issues. Additionally, it addresses environmental problems and diseases caused by viruses, nematodes, molluscs and crustaceans, equipping you with the knowledge to maintain healthy and thriving plant life in diverse horticultural settings.

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 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: Biophilic Landscaping

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

The Biophilic Landscaping course enhances your understanding of the connection between outdoor environments and human wellbeing, 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 how this influences 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.

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.

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.

Have a question?

Our Course Consultants can answer any questions you may have. They will help you to find the best course for you and your goals and how to enrol.

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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 online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online 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. Among these offerings, the Digital Marketing Course stands out for those interested in harnessing the power of the Internet for business success. 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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