AHC52021 – Diploma of Landscape Construction Management











Course Overview

The Diploma of Landscape Construction Management provides skills and knowledge for landscape construction project management job roles in the landscape industry. Individuals with this qualification will take personal responsibility and exercise autonomy in undertaking complex work. They must analyse information and exercise judgement to complete a range of advanced skilled activities.

Landscapers draw on a range of expertise in horticulture, plant care and construction materials to design, construct and maintain the green spaces in private and community spaces. Special considerations needs to be made for environment and site conditions to design, construct and maintain gardens, so they are safe, comfortable and sustainable.

This qualification would be suitable for a person who has worked in the landscape or horticulture industry for 5+ years.

Course Description

This qualification is designed to give you the specialist skills and knowledge to take personal responsibility and exercise autonomy in undertaking complex project management work.

On successful completion of this course, you’ll have the skills you need to work at a managerial level within this in-demand industry.


Participants may select to undertake this Course in either of the following delivery models, or a combination of the two, as required:

  • Blended : Self-paced online learning and assessment tasks + workplace-based training and assessment tasks + workplace employer/supervisor mentoring.
  • Workplace : Self-paced printed workbook learning and hand-written assessment tasks + workplace-based training and assessment tasks + workplace employer/supervisor mentoring.



This qualification is open to all Australian residents if they are employed in a suitable landscape construction or horticulture workplace or enterprise.

SA WorkReady

At present Skills SA do not offer WorkReady funding for this qualification.

SA residents are encouraged to call ARO College on 08 8339-1066 for more information.

Duration and Intakes


The nominal study load to complete this course is 1320 hours over approximately 60 weeks duration. This nominal duration may vary considerably for each participant depending on their existing knowledge and skills and the level of support the participant receives from their workplace, and/or if they successfully obtain recognition for previous learning or study.



There are no scheduled intake dates, cohorts or classes for this qualification. Participants may commence the Course at any time provided they are employed in the landscape construction or horticulture industry in Australia.

Course Version

AHC52021 – Diploma of Landscape Construction Management (Release 2)

This version released with AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package Version 9.0.

Units of Competency & Tuition Fees

10 units of competency must be satisfactorily completed by participants to achieve a AHC52021- Diploma of Landscape Construction Management. The 10 units of competency are comprised of 4 core units, plus 6 elective units. The 6 elective units selected by ARO College are guided by advice provided by consultation with industry and on the qualifications and expertise of ARO College training and assessment staff.

Participants are not provided access to all units of competency (UOC) in the qualification simultaneously. The learning and assessment resources are released at nominal 6-week intervals. Each unit is attempted in the order presented in the Delivery Schedule table below.



Participants are charged Tuition fees in advance for each individual unit as enrolled via the student portal or provided in person as printed workbooks. The Delivery Schedule table below indicates the fees charged per unit. A single Registration Fee will be invoiced upon enrolment. Please refer to the Charges Table in our Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy.


Customised Delivery Schedules

ARO College will liaise with each participant’s employer to align the workplace’s business activities with the most relevant unit of competency.


Delivery Schedule

Unit # Code Title Participant Fee
(fee for service)
Participant Fee
Elective AHCWHS503 Manage work health and safety processes $1,345.60 $1,345.60
Elective AHCDEC509 Assess landscape sites $1,911.80 $1,911.80
Core AHCLSC505 Manage landscape projects $2,790.00 $2,790.00
Elective AHCWRK513 Write and present reports $1,045.00 $1,045.00
Core AHCBUS515 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders $1,540.00 $1,540.00
Elective AHCBUS511 Manage enterprise staff requirements $1,646.20 $1,646.20
Elective AHCDES505 Prepare a landscape design $2,518.00 $2,518.00
Elective AHCPCM511 Specify plants for landscapes $1,772.00 $1,772.00
Core AHCLSC504 Survey and establish site levels $1,384.90 $1,384.90
Core AHCBUS514 Negotiate and monitor contracts $1,244.80 $1,244.80
$17,198.30 $17,198.30



Participants that complete all 10 units of competency satisfactorily will be awarded a Testamur certificate and a statement of results for the Course.

Academic Pathways

Graduates of this Course may also wish to undertake complementary training such as:

  • AHC50621 Diploma of Landscape Design


Occupational pathways

Graduates of this Course are ideally placed to maintain or seek employment in the AHC sector in roles such as:

  • Project Manager in a commercial Landscape Construction Enterprise


Exit Opportunities

Participants have the opportunity to exit the Course prior to completion at any stage. Participants will be issued a Statement of Attainment certificate for any UOC completed.

Entry Requirements

Upfront Assessment of Need (UAN)

To ensure Participants receive the support they need to successfully complete the Course, an upfront assessment of need (UAN) process is undertaken before enrolment is confirmed. All individuals who are seeking access to a fee-for-service or subsidised training place, regardless of prior educational attainment, employment experience or employment status, are required to participate in the UAN process. The UAN process includes an assessment of the participant’s suitability, support needs and literacy and numeracy capabilities via a Language Literacy and Numeracy assessment (LLN).



All applicants into this Course must arrange and provide their own access to an actual horticulture workplace or enterprise to enable the attempting of practical/performance-based training and assessment activities. Applicants will require a Training Contract or a Workplace Training Agreement (WTA) to be executed prior to an application for enrolment will be offered.


Workplace Training Agreement

Where a Training Contract does not exist, for example under a fee-for-service enrolment, Participants should nominate their current place of employment, if it is an appropriate facility.  ARO will engage with the nominated workplace, prior to enrolment being confirmed, to ensure that the workplace can provide a suitable environment to gather practical experience across all tasks outlined in all UOC’s. If approved, ARO will offer a WTA to the employer and the Participant to sign and execute.



All applicants into this course will need:

  • A Unique Student Identifier #
  • A mobile phone or other hand-held device that is: web-browser-enabled; can access the Participants personal email account (eg: Gmail); and has a calendar App or functionality (eg: Google Calendar) and has photo and video recording capabilities
  • An active personal email address
  • Government-issued photo identification inclusive of Date of Birth
  • Evidence of personal place of residence address such as a Driver Licence or Utilities/Bank Statement


Persons attempting the Course online in aXcelerate will need to provide their own:

  • Internet and data
  • Laptop or personal computer or tablet-style device with web-browser software, Gmail or similar email platform, and other general MS Office software such as; Word, Excel, VideoPlayer, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF reader
  • Access to a printer/scanner or other mechanism to print or scan forms and templates for assessment tasks and activities

Course Delivery


ARO College uses the aXcelerate Student and Learning Management System to facilitate the administration and training and assessment activities of this Course.

All Participants, regardless of delivery mode, once enrolled in the Course are invited by email to access the aXcelerate Learner Portal.

  • Login Username – will be the Participants email address
  • Login password – will be set by Participant on first login


From the Learner Portal, all Participants can:

  • Download their Certificates when available
  • Email their trainers/assessors and study coaches
  • Update their personal details (email, phone)
  • Access their Course Calendar and Workplace Workshop schedules
  • Access additional course-specific learning resources and tools and general RTO resources such as forms and templates.
  • Undertake online assessment tasks and activities


Provision of learning and assessment resources:

  • Participants that are not attempting the Course online via aXcelerate are provided with printed and bound Workbooks for each Unit of Competency as they progress through their Training plan and as they are assessed in the Workplace
  • Participants that are attempting the Course online via aXcelerate are provided with e-learning, digital and web-browser-accessible copies of their learning and assessment resources for each Unit of Competency as they are enrolled in each Unit in the LMS
  • Trainers/assessors will print their own copies of any practical demonstration/observation and assessment resources to each workplace Workshop assessment


Either way, the default release of learning and assessment resources online or at a Workplace Workshop coincides with the participants delivery schedule of one Unit commencing and one Unit being assessed, every 6 weeks, where possible noting that some UOC’s will require observation assessments to be conducted over a period of time in excess of the 6-week cycle.


There are 3 assessment Tasks that Participants must achieve a satisfactory result for, to be deemed competent in each unit of competency:

Knowledge questions – questions which assess the Performance Criteria and Knowledge Evidence requirements of each Unit.

Workplace Practical Tasks – which are on-the-job project activities using actual equipment and tools, that the Participants undertake in their workplace or simulated workplace or role-play.

Case study and/or project(s) – requiring self-directed research and medium-long-answer written responses which requires the participant to apply theory and practice such as action research, experiment, impact studies, planning for a complex professional task, field work etc.

Third Party Report (Supplementary) – allows for a Workplace Supervisor to provide feedback on the skills and knowledge of the Participant to capably complete the specific tasks in the workplace on multiple occasions consistently.