available full time / 2 years part time
available full time / 2 years part time
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 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.
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.
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.
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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
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCCHM201||APPLY CHEMICALS UNDER SUPERVISION||Core||30|
|AHCIRG217||ASSIST WITH PRESSURISED IRRIGATION OPERATIONS||Core||40|
|AHCLSC201||ASSIST WITH LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION WORK||Core||30|
|AHCLSC202||CONSTRUCT LOW-PROFILE TIMBER OR MODULAR RETAINING WALLS||Core||50|
|AHCLSC203||INSTALL AGGREGATE PATHS||Core||20|
|AHCMOM203||OPERATE BASIC MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT||Core||20|
|AHCPGD201||PLANT TREES AND SHRUBS||Core||20|
|AHCPMG202||TREAT PLANT PESTS, DISEASES AND DISORDERS||Core||30|
|AHCSOL202||ASSIST WITH SOIL OR GROWING MEDIA SAMPLING AND TESTING||Core||30|
|AHCTRF202||PREPARE TURF SURFACES FOR PLAY||Core||40|
|AHCTRF204||SUPPORT TURF ESTABLISHMENT||Core||40|
|AHCWHS201||PARTICIPATE IN WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES||Core||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.
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Our Student Life at Melbourne Polytechnic (SLAM) team run the fun stuff on campus: things like movie nights, bake sales, cook-offs, career expos, spring markets, and much more.Student Life at Melbourne Polytechnic
Melbourne Polytechnic has a large range of specialist training facilities in health and community, construction, hospitality, education and more.Specialist Training Facilities
One of the most common misconceptions about scholarships is that you have to be 'top in your class' to apply. Melbourne Polytechnic scholarships are awarded on a range of criteria such as merit, your area of study and personal circumstances.Scholarships
|Free TAFE||Concession||Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$250||$175||$250||$250|
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 1 November 2019. 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.
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.
The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
Concession fees are charged at 20% 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:
The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:
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:
Reference material is also available for loan
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The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. 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 of our Skills and Job Centres, 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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