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6 month full 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 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.
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.
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.
|AHCIRG215||Assist with low volume 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|
|AHCMOM203||Operate basic machinery and equipment||Elective||20|
|AHCNSY202||Care for nursery plants||Elective||30|
|AHCPGD201||Plant trees and shrubs||Elective||20|
|AHCPGD203||Prune shrubs and small trees||Elective||35|
|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|
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|Free TAFE||Job Trainer||Concession||Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$250||$250||$175||$250||$250|
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.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.
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 2021. 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. Please call 1300 635 276 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.
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
To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must
To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 1300 635 276.
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 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:
The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:
The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:
Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.
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
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.
Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.