Nurture your interest in nature with a career in the horticultural industry, specialising in parks and gardens. In this practical, pre-apprenticeship course, Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Parks and Gardens is where you begin your journey for a rewarding career.
Grow your career in horticulture
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Parks and Gardens will develop your skills in the planning, design and development of public parks for the general community, in organisations such as local councils, large private parks and public landscapes.
Acquire the essential skills and knowledge for the gardens maintenance trade with a focus on environmental and sustainable work practices.
You will learn a variety of skills to help you design and maintain gardens, which will include plant identification and health, soil types, maintenance including pruning, irrigation requirements, and pests and diseases.
Parks and Gardens staff are responsible for maintaining our public areas, and ensuring that they are cultivated and managed to a high standard.
Industry connections and resources
Experienced teachers will make sure you gain the skills and knowledge to lead you in the parks and garden industry. You will also benefit from excursions to some of Victoria’s most popular botanical gardens and state parks.
The Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) is the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. Students have an opportunity to work with the organisation through events such as the Melbourne International flower and Garden show.
This pre-apprenticeship course is suitable for anyone who wants to gain basic horticultural skills and knowledge to assist with finding employment in the industry and/or before moving into a Parks and Gardens apprenticeship.
Assessment tools include demonstrations, questioning, assignments, and a folio.
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
Full-time: Tuesday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm Part-time: Available Apprenticeship: This is a pre-apprenticeship course or a foundation course for further study.
Modes of DeliveryClassroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsBasic literacy and numeracy is a prerequisite for this course.
Assessment MethodsDemonstrations, questioning, assignments, and a folio.
MaterialsYou will need to provide your own safety boots (steel capped), gloves, sun hat, Hi Vis vest, good quality secateurs, sunscreen, USB flash drive, and note book and writing materials.
Pathways to further studyThis course can serve as a pre-apprenticeship course or be used to provide a foundation for a higher Parks and Gardens qualification.
Career PathwaysPossible career outcomes for Parks and Gardens staff are
- Private residence gardener
- Community parks and gardens horticulturalist
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCCHM201A||APPLY CHEMICALS UNDER SUPERVISION||30|
|AHCIRG203A||INSTALL MICRO-IRRIGATION SYSTEMS||30|
|AHCIRG206A||MAINTAIN PRESSURISED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS||20|
|AHCMOM203A||OPERATE BASIC MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT||20|
|AHCNSY203A||UNDERTAKE PROPAGATION ACTIVITIES||30|
|AHCOHS201A||PARTICIPATE IN OHS PROCESSES||20|
|AHCPGD201A||PLANT TREES AND SHRUBS||20|
|AHCPGD202A||PREPARE AND MAINTAIN PLANT DISPLAYS||35|
|AHCPGD203A||PRUNE SHRUBS AND SMALL TREES||35|
|AHCPGD206A||CONDUCT VISUAL INSPECTION OF PARK FACILITIES||20|
|AHCPMG202A||TREAT PLANT PESTS, DISEASES AND DISORDERS||30|
|AHCSOL201A||DETERMINE BASIC PROPERTIES OF SOIL AND/OR GROWING MEDIA||20|
|AHCTRF204A||SUPPORT TURF ESTABLISHMENT||40|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.