Foundation in Horticulture Certificate

3 modules

350 hours

Learn how to identify, cultivate and grow a wide variety of different plants. The course is an ideal introduction to plant education and provides a solid foundation to expand your knowledge and skills.

This course is a great fit for people who are interested in starting a career in horticulture, working in a garden centre, a gardening business or plant production.

Course overview

Payment options

This course can be paid off through an interest free payment plan for $25 per week. It also qualifies for a discount for upfront payments.

Course duration

This course is made up of 3 in-depth modules. The amount of study time required to complete this course is approximately 350 hours of study. There is an option to reduce modules from this program to suit your needs.

Tutor support

You are studying online – but you are not studying alone. Our tutor support service comes with all of our courses and is available to you 24 hours, 7 days a week.


A Certificate of attainment will be issued upon completion of your course.

24/7 Access

Online 24/7 access to your course allowing you to fit your study in with your schedule.


This certificate is accredited through the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC). A non-profit, global organisation to help you gain employment.

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Course details

This course is ideal for:

  • Plant and gardening lovers
  • Beginners with no study experience

100% Online

This course has been designed by industry professionals to kick start your journey into the world of horticulture. It is delivered online to suit your lifestyle and allow you to study at your own pace.

We provide the tools you need to keep plants healthy, prevent and treat pests and diseases, maintain a nurturing environment and understand professional industry practices. This knowledge will help develop your career in the horticultural industry.

Career prospects

  • Garden maintenance
  • Retail nurseries
  • Wholesale nurseries
  • Garden centres
  • General horticulture
  • Landscaping business
  • Parks and reserves

Course modules

This course is comprised of 3 modules:

  • Foundation in Horticulture
  • Horticulture
  • 1 elective module of your choice


Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted and marked by the school’s tutors before it is returned to you with any comments, feedback and if necessary, extra reading.

Topics covered in the Foundation in Horticulture module include:

  • Plant growth stages and life cycles
  • Pollination and fertilisation
  • Seed formation and germination
  • Plant propagation
  • Growing plants in greenhouses
  • Outdoor food production
  • Composting
  • Fruit and vegetable crops
  • Pests and diseases
  • Garden planning
  • Indoor plants

Topics covered in the Horticulture module include:

  • Plant identification
  • Planting
  • Common garden problems
  • Fertilising and staking when planting
  • Dealing with bare rooted plants
  • Planting terminology
  • Characteristics of important families
  • Soils and plant nutrition
  • Water management
  • Introduction to irrigation
  • Garden maintenance and weeds
  • Integrated pest management
  • Landscaping
  • Lawns
  • Arboriculture

Elective modules to choose from

  • Horticulture II (Plant Knowledge)
  • Horticulture III (Plant Health)
  • Operational Business Management I (Horticulture)
  • Practical Horticulture I
  • Australian Natives I
  • Botany II (Plant Growth and Development)
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“Yes, the course has been a valuable learning experience, definitely. I’m learning a lot of things that I find useful straight away, and there are lessons that I can practically apply to help me to learn.”


“I have found the course material to be comprehensive and informative and have learnt a lot and really enjoyed my year of study.

The office staff have always been helpful and efficient and quick to respond to requests or queries. My tutor, was encouraging and supportive, as well as being really thorough in the way she marked my assignments.

I had not studied for 20 years before I started my Foundation in Horticulture Certificate and the feedback and reassurance I received from my tutor made all the difference.”


Gain the Foundation in Horticulture Certificate for only $25 per week

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