How to become a Horticultural Tradesperson

Horticultural tradespersons maintain plants and planted areas, construct horticultural features and apply treatments to enhance plant growth and control pests.

Personal requirements of a Horticultural Tradesperson

  • Enjoy practical and mechanical activities
  • Able to undertake manual and heavy work
  • Able to work safely with chemicals and machinery
  • Able to work for long hours
  • Able to work outdoors in all sorts of weather conditions

Education & Training for a Horticultural Tradesperson

To become a horticultural tradesperson you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 3.1%

NSW 34.7%

NT 1.5%

QLD 13.8%

SA 5.6%

TAS 1.8%

VIC 26.3%

WA 13.2%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 89.9%

Female 10%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 5.8%

Not completed Year 12: 17%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 10.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 47.2%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 9.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 7.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 2.9%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 40.4%

Above 35 years: 55.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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