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Parks and Gardens

Certificate II Of

Code: AHC20616

Overview

Campus

Fairfield, Epping

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

18 weeks full time / 2 years part time

Duration

18 weeks full time / 2 years part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, February, July, Midyear

Plant the seed for a career in parks and gardens

Parks and gardens staff are responsible for creating and maintaining public green spaces so that they can be enjoyed by everyone. Garden maintenance is an industry with strong growth, with a predicted 56,000 job openings in the next five years. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Parks and Gardens will develop your skills in planning, design and development of public parks for the wider community, large private parks and public gardens, with a focus on environment and sustainable work practices.

Learn outdoors from real industry teachers

You’ll learn a wide range of skills to help you design and maintain gardens, including plant identification and health, soil analysis, pruning, irrigation and pests and diseases. You’ll be taught by industry-experienced teachers on campus in our state-of-the-art facilities and also out and about, while visiting some of Victoria’s most popular botanical gardens and state parks. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Parks and Garden students have the opportunity to work directly with the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria, the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. We also offer real-world opportunities through engaging with industry events, including the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, with our students frequently leaving with awards.

Grow a career in creating green spaces for the public

The Certification II in Parks and Gardens is a pre-apprenticeship course, offering basic horticultural skills and knowledge as a solid base for an apprenticeship or employment. You may find employment as a groundskeeper, a private residence gardener or a community parks and gardens horticulturist.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

The Certification II in Parks and Gardens is a pre-apprenticeship course, offering basic horticultural skills and knowledge as a solid base for an apprenticeship or employment.
  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Community Landscape Officer
  • Groundsperson
  • Residential Gardener
  • Community Facility Horticulturalist

Pathways

This course can serve as a pre-apprenticeship course or be used to provide a foundation for a higher Parks and Gardens qualification

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

VETiS (vocational education and training in schools) - one (1) day per week. Wednesday, 9:00am-4:00pm
Wed - AM and PM

Assessment Methods

Demonstrations, questioning, assignments and a folio

Units of Study

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

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCIRG217 ASSIST WITH PRESSURISED IRRIGATION OPERATIONS Core 40
AHCLSC201 ASSIST WITH LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION WORK Core 30
AHCLSC204 LAY PAVING Core 30
AHCMOM203 OPERATE BASIC MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT Core 20
AHCPMG202 TREAT PLANT PESTS, DISEASES AND DISORDERS Core 30
AHCTRF204 SUPPORT TURF ESTABLISHMENT Core 40
AHCSOL202 ASSIST WITH SOIL OR GROWING MEDIA SAMPLING AND TESTING Core 30
AHCCHM201 APPLY CHEMICALS UNDER SUPERVISION Core 30
AHCLSC202 CONSTRUCT LOW-PROFILE TIMBER OR MODULAR RETAINING WALLS Core 50
AHCLSC203 INSTALL AGGREGATE PATHS Core 20
AHCTRF202 PREPARE TURF SURFACES FOR PLAY Core 40
AHCPMG201 TREAT WEEDS Core 40
AHCWHS201 PARTICIPATE IN WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES Core 20
AHCPGD201 PLANT TREES AND SHRUBS Core 20
AHCPCM201 RECOGNISE PLANTS Core 40

Fees & Costs

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.

Tuition Fees
$1500.00 - $4200.00
$0 per year
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

  • 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
Materials Costs
$75.00
$
Estimated
Material Costs are only estimated.

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.

Requirements

  • 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

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