Certificate II in Horticulture

Course Code AHC20416
Campus Shepparton - William Orr
Duration 523 hours

Course Overview

The AHC20416 Certificate II Horticulture is the recognised qualification to become a range of work functions and job roles that can lead to a horticultural trade qualification. This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in amenity horticulture.

This course requires the participant to undertake study 1 day per week undertaking as a part time study. Participants will be required to attend every Wednesday throughout the duration of the course following normal school semester dates.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Please note: this course is available as part of the 2019 Free TAFE Courses for eligible students.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC20416 Certificate II Horticulture is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the horticulture industry as horticulturist.

Working in this industry may involve roles such as a gardener or horticulture worker who may grow, sell and harvest flowers, plants, shrubs and trees. Employment can also be gained in plant nurseries, botanical gardens, landscape companies and government/council – owned parks. Work in this industry will generally be outdoors in nature with varying work hours dependant on specific work role.

Further studies
After gaining the AHC20416 Certificate II Horticulture, you might wish to undertake further study in the AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction, AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture or the AHC31410 Certificate III in Conservation & Land Management.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – William Orr One Day per week – 9am to 3pm – SEMESTER 2 / 2019

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: Skye Rhodes-Mitchell
Location: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 523 $2.41 $1,260.43 $7.00 $3,661.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 523 $0.49 $256.27 $7.00 $3,661.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 523 $2.36 $1,234.28 $7.00 $3,661.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 523 $0.48 $251.04 $7.00 $3,661.00
Full Fee 523 $3.33 $1,741.59 N/A N/A
Course Materials 523 $0.50 $261.50 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 prescribed

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

  • Attend an interview
  • 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
Units of Competency

AHC20416 – Core Units

AHCSOL202 – Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCWHS201 – Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCPCM201 – Recognise Plants
AHCPMG202 – Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG201 – Treat weeds

AHC20416 – Elective Units

AHCCHM201 – Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCLSC201 – Assist with landscape construction work
AHCIRG217 – Assist with pressurised irrigation operations
AHCNSY202 – Care for nursery plants
AHCPCM202 – Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
AHCLSC202 – Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls
AHCLSC203 – Install aggregate paths
AHCLSC204 – Lay paving
AHCMOM203 – Operate basic machinery and equipment
AHCPGD303 – Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCPGD201 – Plant trees and shrubs
AHCNSY201 – Pot up plants
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCPGD202 – Prepare and maintain plant displays
AHCWRK208 – Provide information on products and services
AHCPGD203 – Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
AHCNSY203 – Undertake propagation activities
MEM18002B – Use power tools/hand held operations

Assessment Methods

Assessment for Certificate II Horticulture students concentrates on student participation in a series of practical group projects to be carried out by students. GOTAFE trainers will observe students competently demonstrating the range of practical skills and knowledge they are learning. 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

No formal information sessions have been scheduled for this program however the course coordinator will make contact with each individual and arrange for a face to face meeting or phone meeting.


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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