Professional Certificate in Horticulture Business

Are you passionate about plants and gardening and dream of turning it into a successful business? Do you aspire to elevate your gardening skills to a professional level, managing your own horticulture enterprise? Or are you simply looking to elevate your horticulture skills to expand your home garden and increase the selling potential of your homegrown products? The Professional Certificate in Horticulture Business is designed to transform your green thumb into a thriving business.
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 49 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:

  • Plant Nursery Assistant
  • Horticulture-related Enterprises
  • 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: Horticultural Resource Management

  1. Horticultural Business Structures 
  2. Management Practices 
  3. Horticulture and the Law
  4. Staff Management
  5. Supervision 
  6. Financial Management 
  7. Improving Plant Varieties
  8. Productivity and Risk 
  9. Managing Physical Resources
  10. Developing a Horticultural Business Plan

This module is designed with the aim to teach you how to manage a horticulture business or enterprise, such as a nursery, park, garden, orchard, farm, or landscape business. You will learn about key management functions that are vital to succeed in horticulture resource management, such as financial management, leading a team and staff management. Learn about productivity and risk, potential legal issues relevant to horticulture, and how to develop a horticulture business plan.

Module 3: 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 4: Operational Business Management I (Horticulture)

  1. The Economic Environment
  2. External Influences on Horticultural Enterprise
  3. Information Management for Horticulture
  4. Strategic Planning in Horticulture
  5. Implementing Strategies
  6. Developing a Business Plan
  7. Business Control Systems for Horticulture
  8. Evaluating Horticultural Marketing
  9. Marketing Strategies for Horticulture

This module offers insights into the economic environment and the external influences on horticultural enterprises. It covers information management specific to horticulture, strategic planning, and the implementation of these strategies. Additionally, you will learn about developing a business plan, controlling business systems, evaluating horticultural marketing, and crafting effective marketing strategies, all tailored to the unique needs and challenges of the horticultural industry.

Module 5: Operational Business Management II (Horticulture)

  1. The Law and Horticulture 
  2. Contract Law 
  3. Employment Law 
  4. Financial Management 
  5. Staff Performance
  6. Motivating Employees in Horticulture 
  7. Management Case Study 

This module advances your expertise in the practical aspects of horticultural business management. It encompasses a thorough understanding of materials and equipment used in horticulture, including essential horticultural calculations and practical risk management. It also covers the assessment and maintenance of machinery and equipment, propagation management and both hard and soft landscape maintenance. Additionally, you'll gain practical skills in plant identification techniques, pest, disease and weed control, and identifying plant tissues, along with planning and managing the needs of horticultural sites.

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.

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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.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

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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