Agriculture & Horticulture Courses

Agriculture: Study to be part of the industry that feeds the world. 

A qualification in agriculture focuses on science, sustainability and the skills to meet the globally increasing demand for safe food.  Obtaining an Agricultural qualification is your opportunity to use science, technology and business to tackle critical sustainability issues and build a career with lasting impact.

If you wish to understand how to harness natural processes to sustainably feed our growing population and contribute to Australia’s growing agricultural industry, a course in Agriculture is an ideal choice. Graduates with a qualification in agriculture are highly sought after globally

Horticulture: Includes everything from plant care to landscape management.

Practical Horticulture courses cover planting, propagating, irrigating, pruning, processing, and fertilising.  The horticulture industry is experiencing strong growth, with more than 50,000 job openings expected in nurseries and gardens across Australia over the next five years.

Horticulture courses offer many specialisations including landscaping, production nursery, turf management, parks and gardens, and conservation and land management.

Information about Agriculture & Horticulture Courses

Course Options

Diploma of Agribusiness Managment

This qualification provides managers that are working on farms, stations and related rural
businesses with the skills required to administer managing those businesses.

Certificate III or IV in Horticulture

You will learn how to establish and maintain plants and structures / features in gardens & parks.

Diploma in Horticulture

You will learn the skills to establish and manage a horticultural business or project.

Career Options

Farmer  – Agricultural Technician – Nursery Manager – Primary Products Inspector – Agricultural Scientist 

English Proficiency

Usually, you will need to demonstrate you have competent English skills by showing a test results such as IELTS 5.5

High School Certificate 

You will need to provide a copy of your high school diploma to show that you have at least completed junior high school (Grade 10)

Typical Subjects that you will study in your Agriculture or Horticulture courses include:

Subject Description

Agriculture Courses

  • Introductory Agriculture and Principles of Agronomy
  • Field Crop Production -I (kharif)
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Fundamentals of Entomology
  • Economic Botany
  • Principles of Horticulture
  • Biomathematics
  • Soil chemistry, soil fertility and nutrient management
  • Principles of Insect control
  • Introductory Plant Pathology and Nematology
  • Fundamentals of Agricultural Engineering
  • Principles of Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural meteorology
  • Principles of Livestock & Poultry Production

Horticulture Courses

  • Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
  • Develop and manage a chemical use strategy
  • Diagnose plant health problems
  • Develop a horticultural production plan
  • Define the pest problem
  • Monitor and manage soils for production projects
  • Manage work health and safety processes
  • Prepare reports
  • Manage trial and research material
  • Manage budgets and financial plans

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Brisbane

Cairns

Sunshine Coast

Gold Coast

If you are hoping to continue your studies at university, once you have finished your Diploma of Horticulture or Agricultural Managment you could request course credit towards a number of different bachelor degrees such as:

Bachelor of Agricultural Science 

Bachelor of  Horticulture

Steps towards an Australian Skilled Visa

As the occupations of Farmer, Agricultural Scientist and Agricultural Consultant are currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List  (MLTSSL), once qualified and with the necessary professional experience, it may be possible obtain a skilled or employer-sponsored visa that will allow you to continue to live and work in Australia once you have completed your Australian studies.

Complete your 2-year course

You will need to study a course or package of courses with a duration of at least 2 years,  that will provide you with at least a Diploma level qualification. Your Study Gurus Counselor will help you enrol in a course that will meet the duration and qualification levels to become eligible to apply for a graduate visa.

Apply for your 485 Graduate Visa

After you have studied for 2 years and completed your vocational placement during your studies (most education providers will arrange this for you), you may be eligible to apply for and receive the Temporary Graduate Visa. You will need to obtain a provisional skills assessment and demonstrate your English proficiency. The graduate visa will allow you to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months so you can gain professional experience. Our team of migration agents will work with you through the graduate visa process.

Apply for a formal Skills Assessment

Once you have obtained the necessary post qualification work experience you will need to apply for your full skills assessment certificate.  This is required before you can obtain an employer-sponsored visa.

Apply for a Skilled or Employer-Sponsored Visa

Upon receipt of your positive skills assessment, you may be eligible to apply for a General Skilled Migration Visa or for the employer sponsorship. Common visas available to a Farmer, Agricultural Consultant or Agricultural Scientist include:

  • 189 – Skilled Independent (subclass 189) – Points-Tested
  • 190 – Skilled Nominated
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage – Medium Term Stream
  • 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) – Employer sponsored stream
  • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa

*Applicants must meet the applicable visa eligibility criteria including qualifications, professional work experience, English proficiency, character

agriculture horticulture courses

Job Outlook for Crop Farmers

Future Growth

Stable

Median Weekly Pay

$1,788 is the median earnings for a full-time Crop Farmer

Full Time Share

78% of the profession hold full time employment