Overview

Overview of the Australian Institute of Horticulture

How It Started

The Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) celebrated its 57th year in 2017. The Institute was formed in Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) in 1953 and become an incorporated entity in 1960.

Since its inception AIH has become the pre-eminent national body that represents the interests and professional development of horticulturists in Australia. AIH represents members throughout Australia and overseas.

Management

The AIH is managed nationally by an elected National Executive that consists of a President/Chair, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and National Councillors who bring their expertise to assist with the management of the Institute.

The AIH Council is responsible for the overall national management of the Institute that includes policy, membership, finances, national and international representation and strategic development.

Regional Groups may have an elected Regional Convenor supported by a group of supporters and is responsible for the local development of programs to support AIH members.

Our Aims

  • Improving our physical environment through appropriate use of plants.
  • Maintain a code of ethics for professional horticulturists.
  • Uphold and promote the quality of horticultural services provided by members.
  • Promote and represent qualified horticulturists to government, industry and the public.
  • Assist the development of standards and establish benchmarks for horticultural practices.
  • Advance horticultural research and development.
  • Assist and promote horticultural education and training.
  • Conserve Australian flora and habitats to enhance bio-diversity.
  • Improving the quality and selection of plants used in Australia.
  • Promote strategic alliances and networking.
  • Nurture the development of AIH in Australia and internationally.

Members

Membership is open to horticulture practitioners who have achieved acknowledged tertiary qualifications in horticulture OR Associate Membership for equivalent years of industry experience. Join us today!

AIH Members Represent All Areas of Horticulture

AIH member practitioners represent the widest possible range of horticulture interests across every industry group. These include production, environmental, recreational, ornamental, urban, lifestyle and design, training and higher education horticulture pursuits and professions.

AIH members can be seen on all lifestyle television shows, heard on most radio gardening programs nationally and write most of the respected gardening columns, books and guides.

Other AIH Member practitioners specialise in tertiary training design and development for Australian industry groups and are responsible for many overseas national landscape and horticulture industry workplace skills and qualification programs.  Others deliver senior professional development programs internationally and are acknowledged as world leaders in horticultural training.

 

Accredited Registered Horticulturist Program

AIH implemented the Registered Horticulturist program in 2011 as an accrediting scheme and represent peer assessed leaders in horticulture in Australia and other countries where membership representation exists.

A Registered Horticulturist has:

  • a higher profile, recognition and acknowledgement of their skills at a local, national and international level.
  • AIH actively promotes Registered Horticulturists to be specified as a requirement of government and private sector projects.

Find out more about becoming an accredited Registered Horticulturist

AIH Promotes Young Horticulturists

AIH is committed to and promotes the development of young horticulturists through the national network of TAFE (Technical and Further Education) and RTO (Registered Training organisations) horticulture training and education courses. AIH nurtures TAFE and RTO horticulture teachers and lecturers.

Partnerships

AIH actively seeks to collaborate with other like minded organisations to bring and offer a holistic approach to the horticulture profession. Find out more about Sponsorship and Corporate membership

AIH established the first international co-operation arrangement with the National Parks Board of Singapore and the Centre for Urban Greenery (CUGE) Singapore in 2007. AIH provides a rigorous process of accreditation of the CUGE Certified Program and CPH Singapore graduates participate in AIH as its first members in Asia. Other partnerships both in Australia and overseas broadens our network and provides added benefits to membership

Our Agreement with Singapore

The Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) and the National Parks Board (NParks) of Singapore first signed a major and significant Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) on 28th July 2008. This was renewed on 20th November 2010 and again on the 10th July 2012.

The Memorandum has recently been re-signed for a further two years. The MOC came after many discussions between the two organisations and proposed to establish closer working ties and the sharing of information in the development of the profession of horticulture and business opportunities.

AIH will work with CUGE and NParks in identifying ways to bring more focus and value to the profession…

The Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) Singapore is the National Parks Board Registered Training Authority that conducts training and professional development programs. AIH will work with CUGE and NParks in identifying ways to bring more focus and value to the profession at a time when climate and global warming have significant impact on life and the opportunity for horticulture to play a major role in the development of solutions.

The Australian Institute of Horticulture endorses the CUGE Certified Practising Horticulturist (CPH) Program. CPH (Singapore) is the horticulture review program for practising professionals. CPH (Singapore) has graduated over 100 professional practitioners since its inception 2008.

AIH Code of Ethics

All members as horticulturists and members of AIH are bound by an established Code of Ethics that must be applied in their operation and professional practice. Disciplinary action may be taken where disregard of the Codes proven.

They must:

  • uphold the aims of the Institute and maintain the standards of their profession.
  • conduct themselves professionally, respecting the rights of clients, their representatives and others associated with a project.
  • respect any confidence gained in the conduct of the profession.
  • not to publicly condemn, criticise or devalue another member’s work or reputation.
  • ensure their clients are notified and agree to fees to be charged for work to be carried out (and mutual agreement on subsequent changes to charges).
  • ensure that work and fees for other than inspection and consultation is defined and formally agreed.
  • ensure that the Recommended Scale of Fees and Charges published at times by the Institute is applied as a guide and not as a minimum fee.
  • recognise the responsibility to all fellow workers in terms of professional guidance and dissemination of information.
  • maintain professional competence by undertaking regular appropriate professional development.
  • recognise the responsibility to the community and environment in applying sound practices to their work to reduce or remove actual or potential hazards.
  • ensure that the qualification, Member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, its grades and abbreviations are used only in conjunction with a name and not a business enterprise.
  • ensure that the Institute emblem or logo are displayed in accordance with Regional and National Council permissions.
  • not to bring the profession of horticulture and the Australian Institute of Horticulture into disrepute by negligent behaviour or practice.