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Certificate II in Horticulture


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Certificate II in Horticulture – AHC20416

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Course Overview

Have you got a green thumb? Start your career in Horticulture with the Certificate II in Horticulture.

Learn to identify, plant, and care for different types of trees, shrubs, and nursery plants. Gain skills in soil sampling, irrigation, and landscape construction, and learn the correct procedures for the safe use, transport, and storage of chemicals.

This course is delivered on campus and offered as a Traineeship and as a VET in Schools (VETis) Program.

It is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work as a Horticulturalist. You may find work in the following contexts:

  • Plant nurseries
  • Botanical gardens
  • Landscape companies
  • Government/Council-owned parks and reserves

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:

  • Certificate III in Landscape Construction
  • Certificate III in Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Conservation & Land Management

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

One Day per week - 9am to 3pm - SEMESTER 2 / 2019

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

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

VET in Schools students:

Students must receive the endorsement of their school to enrol into this course. The school will be invoiced for the fees. The school may then pass on a component of the fees to the student.

Core Units
Recognise Plants
Treat weeds
Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
Participate in work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Apply chemicals under supervision
Prepare and apply chemicals
Transport and store chemicals
Assist with pressurised irrigation operations
Assist with landscape construction work
Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls
Install aggregate paths
Lay paving
Operate basic machinery and equipment
Pot up plants
Care for nursery plants
Undertake propagation activities
Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
Plant trees and shrubs
Prepare and maintain plant displays
Prune shrubs and small trees
Perform specialist amenity pruning
Provide information on products and services
Use power tools/hand held operations

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical group projects
  • Written assessments
  • Portfolios

Apprentices and Trainees:

This program may take 3-4 years to complete, with trainees and apprentices undertaking and completing all assessment tasks in the workplace. There is no requirement for students to attend a GOTAFE campus, with the exception of specialist, high-risk training like farm chemicals and chainsaw units.

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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.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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