Nurture your interest in nature with a career in the horticultural industry, specialising in parks and gardens. In this practical, pre-apprenticeship course, our Certificate II in Parks and Gardens is where you begin your journey for a rewarding career.
Grow your career in horticulture
The 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
four (4) days per week, Tuesday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
VETiS (vocational education and training in schools) - one (1) day per week. Wednesday, 9:00am-4:00pm
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 Delivery
Practical Work, Blended online, Classroom
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 MethodsDemonstrations, questioning, assignments and a folio
- a list of equipment and reference materials needed 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
- basic literacy and numeracy skills are required
- you may contact the department to establish if this course is best suited to your needs
- if you wish to enrol in the VETiS program, please contact an ECA who will put you in touch with the course coordinator for further details
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 in Parks and Gardens, include:
- 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.
|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.