Courses

Certificate II in Horticulture

AHC20416

Our Certificate II in Horticulture is a hands on course that will prepare you for a career in Horticulture. This pre-apprenticeship program provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the industry and provides a foundation for moving into an horticultural apprenticeship.

Plant the seed for your future

Train at purpose-built facilities in the stunning surrounds of our Fairfield campus, which include landscape and garden workshops, computer laboratories, soils laboratory, well-resourced library and extensive gardens for practical work.

Be part of something

Landscaping Victoria and the NGIV – Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria, are professional Industry bodies and dedicated to promoting the highest quality industry standards.

Melbourne Polytechnic meets their strict qualification requirements by maintaining extremely stringent industry standards in our qualifications.

Grow your skills in the horticulture industry

The Certificate II in Horticulture will give you basic knowledge and skills in a broad range of competencies. Learn skills such as:

  • plant recognition
  • creating basic plant designs
  • machinery and equipment operation
  • installing irrigation systems
  • landscape construction
  • building retaining walls
  • installing aggregate paths
  • laying paving
  • turf maintenance
  • pest and weed control

Employment outcomes

You may further your training in horticulture as part of a Certificate III in Landscape Construction (apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship), Certificate III in Parks and Gardens, or Certificate III in Sports Turf Management (Appenticeship) with the prospect of career opportunities in positions in landscape companies, local government and other institutions requiring landscape or garden maintenance work.

Assessment

A competency based course assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies and methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios and log books, oral activities, third party reports. At the commencement of each unit, you will be given an outline of what is to be covered in that unit and how the unit will be assessed.

Local Students

Code

AHC20416

Campuses

EPPING, GREENSBOROUGH, FAIRFIELD

Department

Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400

Duration

Part-time: 2 years


Class Schedule: *

Wed - AM and PM


*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Practical Work, Blended online, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$1400
Ineligible:$3300
Concession:$280

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

A competency based course assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies and methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios and log books, oral activities, third party reports. At the commencement of each unit, you will be given an outline of what is to be covered in that unit and how the unit will be assessed

Materials

A list of equipment and reference material that needs to be purchased by you will be distributed early in the course.
Items will include:
  • your own safety boots (steel capped)
  • gloves
  • sun hat
  • Hi-Vis vest
  • good quality secateurs
  • sunscreen
  • USB flash drive
  • textbook and writing materials

Reference material is also available for loan

Entrance Requirements

  • basic literacy and numeracy skills are required
  • you may contact the Horticulture and Landscaping departments to establish if this course is best suited to your needs
  • if you would like to enrol in the VETiS program, you should contact the course coordinator for more details
  • initial contact should be made with an ECA - see contact details under 'Contact' - who will connect you to the right people

Pathways to further study

As a graduate, you may further your training in horticulture as part of a Certificate III in Landscape Construction (apprenticeship or non-apprenticeship), Certificate III in Parks and Gardens, or Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

Career Pathways

On successful completion of this introductory course, you may have career opportunities in landscape companies, local government and institutions requiring landscape gardening and maintenance work

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February
  • July

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.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision 30
AHCIRG217 Assist with pressurised irrigation operations 40
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work 30
AHCLSC202 Low-profile timber or modular retaining walls 50
AHCLSC203 Install aggregate paths 20
AHCLSC204 Lay paving 30
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment 20
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants 40
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs 20
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds 40
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders 30
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30
AHCTRF202 Prepare turf surfaces for play 40
AHCTRF204 Support turf establishment 40
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes 20

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.