Programs & Requirements
- Completion of Year 10 with good results in English and Maths
- Enjoy working with your hands
- Enjoy working outdoors
- Ability to work independently
Personalities Suited to Landscaping Apprenticeships
Apprentices should be interested in plants. As well, an ability to work with tools and carry heavy materials is important for a horticulture apprentice. They should possess manual dexterity, and a willingness to work outdoors for long periods in any type of weather. Good eyesight with colour vision and no allergies to plants or chemicals are essential for a landscape apprentice. Interpersonal communication skills are also important.
Landscaping Apprenticeships for School Leavers
A landscape horticulture apprenticeship is suitable for a diverse range of people and age groups. Entry into the apprenticeship program and TAFE certificate program requires no prior formal requirements, so entry into a landscaping apprenticeship is quite suitable for school leavers.
Landscaping Apprenticeships for Adults
The different points of entry and lack of formal requirements makes a landscaping apprenticeship quite suitable for adults as well. Adults who are interested in changing their careers and have a demonstrated interest in plants and horticulture may find that becoming a mature age landscaping apprentice is a very suitable and attainable new career path.
Landscaping apprentice wages are determined by employers, but must meet the minimum requirements outlined by the Landscape Gardening Industry Award.
- 1st year – 42% of the minimum landscape tradesperson’s salary (which is about $532.30 per week)
- 2nd year – 55%
- 3rd year – 75%
- 4th year – 88%
Future Earning Potential
Once qualified and upon completion of your landscaping apprenticeship you can expect to earn the average annual salary in Australia for horticulturists which is about $47,462.42. Landscaping apprentices should expect to earn a similar figure after their apprenticeship, depending on their particular area of employment.
Landscape apprentices have many options once they complete their apprenticeship. Job opportunities include becoming a landscaper, gardener, horticulturist, groundskeeper, nursery worker, and numerous other professions. Apprentices can continue employment in their workplace, continue study to earn an advanced certificate, or start their own business. Prospects to start a business are particularly strong in the landscaping field.
There are many opportunities for landscaping apprenticeships in Australia because horticulture is a very large industry.
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