National course code: AHC20416

Certificate II in Horticulture

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Overview About this course

Gain the essential skills to begin your career as a horticulture assistant. Get your hands dirty as you expand your plant knowledge, learn how to create and maintain beautiful gardens, assist in soil sampling and nurture plants back to health.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Develop plant recognition

  • Manage pest and disease control

  • Use propagation techniques

  • Understand soil characteristics

  • Use pruning skills

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience in treating weeds, plant pests, diseases and disorders

  • Experience in pruning established amenity trees

  • Exposure to cemeteries, wholesale and retail nurseries, parks or gardens to understand practices, equipment, plants, pests and weeds

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is also offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the traineeship eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Confidence in using a computer

  • The ability to research a range of topics and navigate public digital databases

  • Employment as a trainee or are looking forward to employment after the course

  • Foundational numeracy and literacy skills

  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • The ability to manage competing priorities

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Garden labourer, Landscape and garden labourer and Horticulture assistant

Study pathways

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Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate II in Horticulture does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate II in Horticulture qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 Units of competency, including 9 core and 7 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Treat weeds AHCPMG201

  • Recognise plants AHCPCM201

  • Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders AHCPMG202

  • Participate in work health and safety processes AHCWHS201

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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