Courses

Certificate II in Horticulture

AHC20416

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 meets the qualification requirements set out by Landscaping Victoria and the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) who are the main professional industry bodies.

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

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. This can also be a step towards the Diploma of Horticulture or Diploma of Applied Horticulture Science.

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, Fairfield

Department

Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: available
Full time is available for 6 months or 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Modes of Delivery

Practical Work, Blended online, Classroom

Fees

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.

Eligible:$1435
Ineligible:$3450
Concession:$287

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

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

A 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

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
  • Notepad 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

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

  • 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.