ARE YOU CREATIVE, INTERESTED IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, AND LOVE SOLVING PROBLEMS OR COMPLETING PUZZLES?
LANDSCAPE DESIGN COULD BE YOUR DREAM CAREER.
Landscape designers design outdoor spaces! These outdoor spaces may be small or large, residential, commercial or industrial.
Landscape designers consult with the client to determine the client’s needs and make recommendations as to the options a client may have, considering their requirements and budget. They then prepare the plans, specifications and working documents that the landscape contractor uses to build the landscape.
The landscape designer must have a strong understanding of the principles of design, the design process, industry best practices, materials (such as paving, timbers, edging) to use, and plant selection and placement.
An integral part of the work a landscape designer does involve using computer-aided drawing programs. As many plans need to be submitted to local Council for approval, a high standard of detail and presentation is required. Landscape designers need to quote jobs accurately, so they need an up-to-date knowledge of the many aspects of the industry.
While landscape design does form a small part of the elective elements under other landscaping qualifications, the Diploma of Landscape Design is the purpose-built course aimed explicitly at aspiring landscape designers.
Whilst this is not a requirement to undertake the Diploma of Landscape Design, the Cert III in Landscape Construction provides a strong foundation of industry skills and knowledge relating to work health and safety, landscape and construction practices, project costing, drainage, plants and soils.
This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for entry level design job roles in the landscape design industry.
Individuals with this qualification perform tasks involving technical skills and problem solving to monitor and improve performance of landscape design projects.
The Diploma of Landscape Design is the purpose-built course specifically aimed at individuals wanting to become landscape designers.
You can enrol in this qualification without any previous studies to qualify as a Landscape Designer, or complete it after the Cert III in Landscape Construction or Cert IV in Landscape Design.
Becoming A Landscaper Designer: The First Step
Landscaping represents one of Australia’s fastest-growing industries, closely linked to the housing boom. This rewarding career path involves designing outdoor spaces like residential gardens, commercial outdoor spaces and public common areas.
Landscape Designers combine horticultural knowledge, technical abilities and design expertise to create functional, aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces of various scale. They design layouts for residential gardens, public parks, playgrounds and many other commercial spaces.
A Landscape Designer creates technical drawings detailing the location and species of plants to be used, as well as other design elements such as water features, pathways, retaining walls, and paved areas. They select plant types based on climate, soil quality and other factors as well as choosing building materials and finishes to complement the overall feel of the space.
A Landscape Designer will liaise with contracted builders and other professionals employed to carry out construction, irrigation and other specialised tasks. They act as a project manager to ensure the successful execution of their design to the client’s satisfaction.
By starting a career in landscaping design you’ll be involved in:
Skills you will need:
If you decide that landscape design is your chosen career, the the best option is to find yourself a job with a landscape design company.
Have a look for employment opportunities on the MLSA Jobs Board, and submit your resume so we can contact you when something comes up.
Landscaping is a rich and rewarding career where no two days are the same, and you get to make the most of the beautiful outdoors.