Certificate II in Landscaping

Course Code AHC21616
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 525 hours

Course Overview

The AHC21616 Certificate II in Landscaping is the recognized qualification which underpins a range of work functions and job roles that can lead to a horticultural trade qualification in the field of Landscaping. This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in landscaping.

This qualification provides a first-hand experience of what it is like to work in the landscape industry. This program is ideal as a pre-apprenticeship course or a springboard for further study. You’ll work in a team to plan and build a series of landscape projects based around the GOTAFE William Orr Campus. You’ll learn how to construct paving, retaining walls, irrigation, machinery operation, plant selection, soil structure plus garden bed preparation and planting.

The horticulture department of GOTAFE has developed a comprehensive and exciting program, providing participants with the skills and knowledge to help build more sustainable approach to horticulture and landscaping, allowing the learner to gain experience in a variety of sectors from within the horticulture industry.

This course is offered as a Traineeship for work-based trainees employed in the field of Landscape and/or garden maintenance and as a VETis program. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC21616 Certificate II in Landscaping is designed for those wishing to gain work or experience in the Landscape industry. This may involve roles such as a gardener or horticulture or landscape worker who may work under supervision of a landscape gardener. Employment can also be gained in plant nurseries, botanical gardens, landscape companies and government/council – owned parks and specifically in the Landscape trade.

This qualification is designed to provide first-hand experience of what it is like to work in the landscape industry. This program is ideal as a pre-apprenticeship course or a springboard for further study in either Horticulture or Landscaping.

Further studies
After successful completion of this course you may wish to pursue further training and complete the AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction (Apprenticeship only) or AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Training hours are dependent on the number of units a prospective student plans to study and the study mode.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Erin McDowell
Location: William Orr

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 525 $3.00 $1,575.00 $8.00 $4,200.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 525 $0.60 $315.00 $8.00 $4,200.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 525 $3.00 $1,575.00 $8.00 $4,200.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 525 $0.60 $315.00 $8.00 $4,200.00
Full Fee 525 $5.00 $2,625.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 525 $1.00 $525.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Be currently employed in the garden maintenance and/or landscape construction industry
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

Applicants are also preferred to have:

  • A willingness to participate in all delivery, practical and assessment activities
  • Access to a reliable computer and internet

VETiS students will have their LL&N suitability confirmed by their VETiS coordinator. A pre course commencement interview will be undertaken by the Technical Education Centre to ensure course suitability.

Units of Competency

AHC21616 – Core Units

AHCLSC201 – Assist with landscape construction work
AHCLSC202 – Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls
AHCLSC203 – Install aggregate paths
AHCLSC204 – Lay paving
AHCMOM203 – Operate basic machinery and equipment
AHCWHS201 – Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCPGD201 – Plant trees and shrubs
AHCPCM201 – Recognise Plants

AHC21616 – Elective Units

AHCCHM201 – Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCIRG217 – Assist with pressurised irrigation operations
AHCSOL202 – Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCINF204 – Fabricate and repair metal or plastic structures
AHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCPGD202 – Prepare and maintain plant displays
AHCWRK208 – Provide information on products and services
AHCPMG202 – Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG201 – Treat weeds
AHCMOM204 – Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
MEM18002B – Use power tools/hand held operations

Assessment Methods

Assessment concentrates on student participation in a series of practical group projects to be carried out by students and participation in practical workplace activities (Trainees).

GOTAFE trainers will observe students competently demonstrating the range of practical skills and knowledge they are learning on campus and in the workplace.

There will be some written assessments in the form of questions to be answered, diaries of some work to be kept and product information to be sourced. Students will submit this work and research as written assessment tasks and portfolios.

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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