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Horticulture

Certificate II in

Free TAFE Code: AHC20416
Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

available full time / 2 years part time

Duration

available full time / 2 years part time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February

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 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, 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:

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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
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
AHCLSC204 LAY PAVING Core 30
AHCMOM203 OPERATE BASIC MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT Core 20
AHCPCM201 RECOGNISE PLANTS Core 40
AHCPGD201 PLANT TREES AND SHRUBS Core 20
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
AHCTRF202 PREPARE TURF SURFACES FOR PLAY Core 40
AHCTRF204 SUPPORT TURF ESTABLISHMENT Core 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.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $287 $1435 $3450
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $462 $1685 $3700
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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.

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.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

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

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:

  • 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

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.
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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. 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.

Application procedure

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