From January 2019, this course will be offered free of tuition fees for eligible students under the Victorian government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers. If you're eligible, the State Government will cover the full cost of your tuition fees for this course, saving you thousands of dollars. Other fees, such as materials and amenities, may still apply. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.
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
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
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.
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.
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
Class Schedule: *
Wed - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor
Modes of DeliveryPractical Work, Blended online, Classroom
From January 2019, this course is offered at $0 tuition for eligible students under the Victorian State Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program. Note you may still have to pay other fees, such as materials and amenities. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.
Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. 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
Assessment MethodsA 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
MaterialsA 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)
- sun hat
- Hi-Vis vest
- good quality secateurs
- USB flash drive
- textbook and writing materials
Reference material is also available for loan
- 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
Pathways to further studyAs 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 PathwaysOn successful completion of this introductory course, you may have career opportunities in landscape companies, local government and institutions requiring landscape gardening and maintenance work
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.
|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|
|AHCMOM203||Operate basic machinery and equipment||20|
|AHCPGD201||Plant trees and shrubs||20|
|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|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.