Horticulture

Ready to create beautiful spaces in the great outdoors? Join our award-winning team and study horticulture at GOTAFE. Jump straight into a short course to indulge your green thumb. Learn specialist skill such as landscape planning or hydroponics.

Whether you’re at school, or currently working in a horticulture business, we’ve got the qualification for you. We offer flexibility across our courses. Combine qualifications, or choose the specialists subjects that inspire you the most. We’ll make sure you choose the course that suits your goals

Study Horticulture at GOTAFE for a career as a:

  • Horticulture Tradesperson
  • Landscaper
  • Nursery Worker
  • Parks & Gardens Worker

If you have apprentices or trainees, we customise courses for you, so your staff get business-ready skills and knowledge. We’ll sit with you and create a customised training plan for your apprentice. We nurture and teach our apprentices to learn their trade. On campus and at work. We help them apply their skills, and they increase their life and work maturity into the bargain.

COURSES AVAILABLE

Do you have a green thumb and a love of the outdoors? Our Certificate II in Horticulture will give you a taste for a career in this rewarding industry. Whether you’re at school, want to study online, or already working in the industry, you’ll learn from leading horticulture experts. We’ll give you feel for all the trades you can specialise in.
You’ll learn in our on campus gardens and on immersive field trips. Our experienced trainers will help you apply what you learn to your workplace. We cover areas of horticulture including:
-parks and gardens
-landscape construction
-nursery
-sports turf management
-arboriculture

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This qualification provides a first-hand experience of what it is like to work in the landscape industry. This program is ideal as a pre-apprenticeship course or a springboard for further study. You’ll work in a team to plan and build a series of landscape projects based around the GOTAFE William Orr Campus. You’ll learn how to construct paving, retaining walls, irrigation, plant selection and propagation, soil structure plus garden bed preparation and planting.

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Want to contribute to Australia’s reputation for clean green horticulture? Learn how to grow, harvest and sell a range of high demand fruit and vegetable crops from the best in Victoria. We’ll help you learn on the job, online and on campus. You can specialise in greenhouse hydroponics, orchards or vegetable production.

You’ll learn practical skills:

  • plant, pest and disease control
  • irrigation system operation and maintenance
  • horticultural crop establishment
  • regulation and harvesting
  • hydroponic system maintenance
  • safe equipment operation
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Play your part in a more sustainable environment while you dig into all things horticulture. GOTAFE’s Certificate III will inspire you to build your career. Learn in our on campus gardens all you need to know about:
Plant selection and identification
Weed, pest and disease control and farm chemicals
Soils, Plant nutrition
Plant propagation
Revegetation and seed collection
Pruning principals and techniques
Chainsaws
Environmental sustainability
Designing sustainable landscapes and landscape construction

Interested in graduating with a dual qualification? If you’re up for the challenge we offer Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management. From nurseries to landscaping, you’ll be an asset to any employer.

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GOTAFE’s Horticulture team has developed a comprehensive and exciting new program, providing you with hands on experience in areas including construction of brick and stone structures, retaining walls and landscape features, as well as plant establishment, soil profiles, costing and scheduling.

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Nurture your passion for all things green while you learn how to create beauty in your local community. The Certificate III in Parks and Gardens fills you in on how to prepare, plant and maintain outdoor areas for everyone to enjoy. Our apprentices and trainees work outdoors, managing and maintaining parks, reserves, gardens and bushland. We take good care of our apprentices through teaching solid skills and supporting you to practice what you learn.

You’ll learn in our on-campus gardens about:

  • plant, pest and weed control
  • irrigation system installation
  • plant establishment and nutrition
  • soil profiles
  • tree inspection
  • equipment operation
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Passionate about landcare? With the Certificate III, you’ll discover how to restore the balance between people and the environment.
We have the best learning facilities in regional Victoria right here at GOTAFE. Gain experience in weed and pest control, revegetation, plant identification and propagation, soils and plant nutrition and landscape construction.

Gain the skills and job readiness sought after by employers in this competitive industry including your Chainsaw, OHS and Farm Chemical tickets. We’ll support you to master your skills and knowledge on the job.
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Become specialists within the production horticulture industry. If you’re looking to upskill to land a Supervisory role, then this is the course that can take you there.

Whether you specialise is orchard production, vegetable or berry production, grape growing; or, greenhouse hydroponics, GOTAFE’s expert Trainers can give you the tools you need to take the next step.

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Nurture your love of all things green and take your trade further with the Certificate IV in Horticulture. Be the go-to expert on plant suitability, health and design for your colleagues and clients.

You’ll learn the skills you need to run a business and coach others, as well as specialist horticulture skills. Plants, parks and gardens, landscape, nursery and pest management. We’ll make sure the course is shaped to your job. And if you want to do the Diploma of Horticulture, we streamline the process and enrol you there as well.

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CASE STUDY

Meet the students who
designed the Fryers Street Campus Gardens

 

 

Meet the Students