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 or to undertake additional studies in other Horticulture certificates.
Planting the seeds to your future
Train at our purpose-built facilities in the stunning surrounds of our Fairfield or Epping campus, which include landscape and garden workshops, computer laboratories, soils laboratory, well-resourced library and extensive gardens for practical work.
Be part of something special
You will be involved in a very important recreational business that gives people total enjoyment and peace of mind plus the chance to grow plants to improve the environment.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Horticulture maintains stringent industry standards which are embedded throughout the units of study.
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
- pest and weed control
- machinery and equipment operation
- installing irrigation systems
- building retaining walls
- installing aggregate paths
- laying paving
- turf maintenance
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 (Apprenticeship) with the prospect of career opportunities in positions in landscape companies, local government and other institutions requiring landscape or garden maintenance work. This can also be a step towards the Diploma of Horticulture or Diploma of Applied Horticulture Science.
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
Full time is available for 6 months or 1 year
Modes of Delivery
Practical 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. The 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
- Notepad and writing materials
- 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|
You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2.