Always wanted to work in landscaping and didn’t know where to start?

Or are you a home renovator looking to design your garden area and increase its functionality?

The Landscaping Foundations course is an introduction to the elements used in the design and creation of a garden or landscaped area.

In the course you will learn the design principles, equipment required and the safety procedures that are used in landscaping.

The Landscaping Foundations course gives you the chance to pursue landscaping for a personal interest or start your landscaping career with further study options available once you complete this course. Please contact one of our course advisors if you would like further information.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Basic Design Procedure Part A. - collecting pre-planning information, landscape elements and principles.
  2. History of Gardening - garden styles and themes, famous designers and garden influences.
  3. Draughting & Contracting - drawing techniques, specifications and details.
  4. Basic Landscape Construction - timber, steps, retainer walls, pathways and play structures.
  5. Surfacing - concrete, asphalt, gravels, mulches, grasses and gradients.
  6. Furnishings & Features - chairs, statues, figurines, birdbaths, skateboards and safety.
  7. Park Design A – good and bad park design characteristics, recreational landscaping.
  8. Home Garden design – good and bad garden design characteristics.
  9. Design Procedure B - development of concept plans and detailed planting plans.
  10. Park Design B - development of park design, fun & fitness trails.
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Create visual effects through the use of different landscape design concepts.
  • Determine pre-planning information required to prepare a landscape design.
  • Determine an appropriate garden style for a landscape, to satisfy specifications for a design project.
  • Illustrate a landscape design through a plan, using legible graphic skills.
  • Determine different hard landscape features, including earthworks, surface treatments and furniture, to incorporate in a landscape.
  • Prepare planting designs for different landscapes.
  • Design different types of landscapes, including domestic gardens and public parks