Certificate II In Horticulture

Course Code: AHC20416
Study Area:

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, interactive learning (using a mix of live demonstrations and the ability to connect with your classmates and teachers for support) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements - where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course. Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports. You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

This qualification is designed for those who are wishing to consolidate experience to gain entry into the workforce or continue on with further study. Many students undertake this course as a pathway into university programs. The course applies to mature age students, those wishing to undertake a career change or existing industry workers.

The learning environment includes: online/remote digital classes and on campus face-to-face practical components. 

Start date: February 2021

End date: July 2021

This qualification underpins a range of work functions and job roles that can lead careers in the horticultural sector. Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors.

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No occupational Licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, an individual UOC may specify relevant licensing, legislative and /or regulatory requirements.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government's FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you're aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the course tuition fee through JobTrainer. JobTrainer is available until June 2021. It's important to know you may incur fees that you will need to cover yourself, such as student service fees or materials fees. Skills First (eligible) students are usually entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver, however under JobTrainer you may be eligible for a second Free TAFE course. You may also be able to get an exemption if you don't meet the upskilling requirement. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time 6 months
  • 3 days per week over 17 weeks
  • Blended Learning (including facilitated Online learning and face-to-face practical sessions)
  • There is no practical placement with this program


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
    This course may lead to employment as a:
  • Garden Labourer 
  • Horticulture Worker / Assistant


You will need to:

  • Attend a Pre-Training Review (interview) prior to enrolment to determine course suitability
  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment (students with identified LLN needs will be offered Learning Support as required)
  • Access to a computer with word processing and PDF capabilities to support the learning outside of the classroom
  • Access to the internet in order to access digital online delivery platforms and the myLearning portal (computer and dongles may be offered to students upon request)
  • Be a minimum 15 years of age
  • Prepared to work in an outdoor environment

Course overview

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a pre-apprenticeship level qualification with little or no knowledge of horticulture.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:
• Horticulture worker
• Horticulture assistant

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process

There are no entry requirements for this qualification; however, you will need to complete an individual interview (Pre-Training Review) to determine suitability to the program and complete a basic literacy and numeracy skills test.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Written test
  • Practical assessment
  • Observation

Learning options
  • Blended Learning (including facilitated Online learning and face-to-face practical sessions)
  • You must be prepared to work in an outdoor environment
  • There is no Practical Placement component to this qualification

Key study areas

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 15 units of competency:

  • 5 core units plus
  • 10 elective units

In this program you will learn the knowledge needed to:

  • treat plants pest, diseases and disorders
  • participate in work health and safety processes 
  • treat weeds
  • assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
  • assist with pressurised irrigation
  • assist with landscape construction work

You will develop the following skills in:

  • caring for nursery plants
  • planting and pruning small trees, shrubs, potted plants
  • supporting turf establishment and propagation activities
  • recognising plants and horticulture crops

Further study opportunities
  • Certificate III in Landscape Construction (AHC30916)
  • Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716) 
  • Certificate III in Parks and Gardens (AHC31016)
  • Apprenticeship


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$1,969.00
Concession - average total course fee*$396.00
Full fee - average total course fee*$4,521.00
B.   Materials average fee**$214.50
C.   Consumables average fee**$60.50
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 10/02/2021 10:52 AM

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