Certificate II in Production Nursery

Course Code AHC20716
Campus Wangaratta - Tone Road
Duration 450 hours

Course Overview

The AHC20716 Certificate II in Nursery Production is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Production Nursery Assistant.

The horticulture department of GOTAFE has developed a comprehensive and exciting program, providing participants with the skills and knowledge required to work within the nursery and garden industry, allowing the learner to gain experience in a variety of areas from within the nursery industry.

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. This program will be delivered over a 12 time frame.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

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

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC20716 Certificate II in Nursery Production is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Forest Growing, Management and Harvesting industries.

Working in these industries may involve physical work on a daily basis. A reasonable level of fitness may be required in order to undertake the daily duties e.g. lifting, bending, shifting stock etc. You may also be required to work in a range of weather conditions.

Job tasks may include propagation, production and maintenance of plants for sale to retail nurseries, supermarkets, garden centres, hardware stores, landscapers, farmers, forestry, urban forestry and revegetation projects, marketing and promotion of plant products and services.

Further studies
After gaining the AHC20716 Certificate II in Nursery Production you might wish to undertake further study in the AHC31116 Certificate III in Production Nursery.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Wangaratta – Tone Road One Day per week – 9am to 4pm – 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.

The training hours students will be enrolled in 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 450 $4.00 $1,800.00 $7.00 $3,150.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 450 $0.80 $360.00 $7.00 $3,150.00
Full Fee 450 $11.00 $4,950.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 450 $1.50 $675.00 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
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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

AHC20716 – Core Units

AHCCHM201 – Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCIRG217 – Assist with pressurised irrigation operations
AHCNSY202 – Care for nursery plants
AHCWHS201 – Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCNSY201 – Pot up plants
AHCPCM201 – Recognise Plants
AHCPMG202 – Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG201 – Treat weeds
AHCNSY203 – Undertake propagation activities

AHC20716 – Elective Units

AHCSOL202 – Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCMOM203 – Operate basic machinery and equipment
AHCMOM202 – Operate tractors
AHCWRK209 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCPGD203 – Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written tests
  • Short answer questions
  • Written reports/assignments
  • Simulations
  • Role plays
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Log books
  • Herbarium collections
  • Oral presentations
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.

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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