The AHC20422 Certificate II in Horticulture will deliver entry-level practical skills and knowledge in understanding and caring for a variety of plants, trees and shrubs, the characteristics of different types of flora and how to recognise and treat plant pests and diseases.

This certificate reflects the role of new horticultural workers or nursery assistants. Workers will undertake routine tasks under supervision.

Your training will focus on: 

  • How to recognise a variety of plants
  • How to operate basic machinery and equipment
  • Recognising weeds and how to treat them
  • Understanding soil properties
  • Understanding environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Face-to-face
  • Part-time (2 days a week) for 6 months

Occupational titles may include:

  • Nursery Assistant
  • Gardener

Assessment may consist of

  • written answers to questions
  • role plays
  • holistic assessment

Evidence may be 

  • written 
  • audio recordings
  • video recordings
  • observation
  • Zoom recording
  • interview
  • documents

All students will engage in a language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) activity to evaluate potential support requirements.

The AHC20422 Certificate II in Horticulture consists of 15 units:

  • 8 core units
  • 7 elective units

Elective units will vary depending on consultation with industry.

Core units include:

AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
AHCPCM204 Recognise plants
AHCPGD207 Plant trees and shrubs
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL203 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCWHS202 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
AHCWRK211 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Fees vary due to government funding options available for some courses. Please contact us to confirm course fees.

Part-time (2 days a week) for 6 months

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