Certificate in Horticulture Business

Do you love spending time in the garden? Are you passionate about plants and want to learn more about plant varieties and how to care for them? Do you dream of working in a garden or nursery businesses? Then this course is for you.

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Approximately 200 hours
to complete the course, which
has 2 key modules made up of
23 subjects.

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.


Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.


Online, flexible learning at
your own pace.

Availability of Content

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

Approval & Recognition

Careerhouse is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises institutions who aspire to excellence in tertiary education.

Designed as introductory course, with the aim to give you a solid foundation into horticulture business, you will learn how to manage a horticulture business or enterprise, such as a nursery, park, garden, orchard, farm, or landscape business. Learn how to improve productivity and minimise risk, explore potential legalities relevant to horticulture, and find out how to develop a horticulture business plan. You will also learn the basics of gardening and landscaping, from garden maintenance, to alternative growing techniques, to how to identify plant species, explore plant groups, and successfully grow lawns and care for them.

Course Outline

Students will undertake 2 Key Modules, made up of 23 subjects.

Module 1: Horticulture I (100 hours)

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 (100 hours)

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 legalities relevant to horticulture, and how to develop a horticulture business plan. 

For the full subject list and course guide, fill out our Enquiry Form and our course advisors will be in touch.


Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor 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, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Who will this course interest?

This course is a beginner level course and will lay a sound foundation of knowledge and skills in which can grow with experience and further study.

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

› Gardener or Landscaper
› Plant Nursery Assistant
› Horticulture-related Enterprises
› Landscaping
› Gardening

If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this.

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