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Certificate II in Horticulture

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: AHC20416

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Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

6 month full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Cultivate a career in horticulture

If you’re interested in a hands-on, outdoors career that combines environmental responsibility with giving people joy, you’d love a career in horticulture. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416 is a practical qualification that will kickstart your career. Australia’s horticulture industry is worth almost $9 billion and continues to have strong growth. This course provides skills necessary for employment in the industry, and a solid foundation for future horticultural qualifications.

An ideal entrance into the industry

Intended as an entry level course, you’ll learn a broad range of knowledge and skills, including plant recognition, pest and weed control, machinery and equipment operation, irrigation systems, construction of retaining walls, aggregate paths, paving and turf maintenance. You’ll train at our purpose-built facilities, featuring landscape and garden workshops, soils laboratories, computer laboratories, specialised libraries and extensive gardens for true-to-life practical training. Melbourne Polytechnic has developed this qualification with industry bodies, Landscaping Victoria and the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria, to ensure that you graduate with job ready skills meeting strict industry standards.

Plant the seeds for your future career

Once you’ve successfully completed the Certification II, you might find employment as a worker for landscaping companies, working in the public and private sector. You can further your training in horticulture by specialising in Landscape Construction, Parks and Gardens or Sports Turf Management, to broaden your career opportunities. You might also work towards a Diploma of Horticulture or Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Once you've successfully completed the Certificate II AHC20416, you might find employment as a worker for landscaping companies, working in the public and private sector.
  • Community Landscape Officer
  • Groundsperson
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Labourer

Pathways

You can further your training in horticulture by specialising in Landscape Construction, Parks and Gardens or Sports Turf Management, to broaden your career opportunities:
The day I walked in to Melbourne Polytechnic, everything turned around. Studying here gave me confidence, and opened doors for my future and for my work career.
Steve Mclean
Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50516

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Practical Work
  • Blended: remote online delivery and learning
  • Classroom

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

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCIRG217 Assist with pressurised irrigation operations Elective 40
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work Elective 30
AHCLSC202 Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls Elective 50
AHCLSC203 Install aggregate paths Elective 20
AHCLSC204 Lay paving Elective 30
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment Elective 20
AHCNSY202 Care for nursery plants Elective 30
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants Core 40
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs Elective 20
AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees Elective 35
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds Core 40
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders Core 30
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing Core 30
AHCTRF204 Support turf establishment Elective 40
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes Core 20

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $315 $1575 $3750
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $490 $1825 $4000
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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

Horticulture courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50516
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
Our Diploma of Arboriculture AHC50516 will facilitate a fascinating and unique career as an arborist. Be part of a well-respected sector of the horticultural industry called upon to assess and repair damage to our trees.
Certificate III in Landscape Construction - Non-Apprenticeship AHC30916
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
The non-apprenticeship stream of our qualification in Landscape Construction will help build and grow your future. Take your career to the great outdoors by creating serene spaces of gardening bliss, and build your skills in the landscaping or horticulture industry.
Certificate III in Arboriculture AHC30816
Horticulture - Part Time, Traineeship - Fairfield
Job Trainer Horticulture - Part Time, Traineeship - Fairfield
Do you have a special connection to trees and an interest in urban environments? Branch out with our Certificate III in Arboriculture AHC30816 and combine your love of the outdoors and passion for conserving nature with a fascinating career as an arborist.
Certificate IV in Landscape Design 22331VIC
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Part Time - Fairfield
The Certificate IV in Landscape Design is committed to plotting your landscape future. Take the next important step in a landscape construction or horticulture career and advance your skills with a focus on marketing, costing and design.
Certificate IV in Horticulture AHC40416
Horticulture - - Fairfield
Horticulture - - Fairfield
Nurture your interest in all things green by a gaining a well sought after qualification with our Certificate IV in Horticulture. Be the one dispensing advice on plant suitability, health and design, and become the expert this ever changing and dynamic industry needs – a rewarding career awaits.
Certificate III in Parks and Gardens - Apprenticeship AHC31016
Horticulture - Apprentice, Full Time - Fairfield
Horticulture - Apprentice, Full Time - Fairfield
Become a qualified Horticulturalist in with our Certificate III in Parks and Gardens - Apprenticeship stream. This course is for Apprentices already learning and working in the Horticulture industry.
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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

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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