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Certificate II in Horticulture

National Course Code: AHC20416

TAFE NSW Course Number: AHC20416-01V02

Nominal Hours: 400

Full Fee: $5,180
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,340

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  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

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If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at OTEN.

The nationally accredited Certificate II in Horticulture is the place to start your career as a horticulture assistant in a skills shortage industry. Get your hands dirty as you learn how to create and maintain beautiful gardens, assist in soil sampling and nurture plants back to health.


Through your course work, you will learn the fundamentals in horticulture:

- Plant recognition
- Pest and disease control
- Propagation techniques
- Understanding soil characteristics
- Pruning techniques


Develop the attributes to get ahead in this field:

- Work independently and as part of a team
- Develop your communications skills
- Manage competing priorities


Completing this course will provide you with:

- Nationally recognised Certificate II qualification
- A strong foundation to go further with a Certificate III Apprenticeship

Our graduates go on to roles such as:

- Garden labourer
- Landscape and garden labourer
- Horticulture assistant


To fast track becoming a fully qualified horticulturist, you can go on to higher level study:

- Certificate III in Horticulture (Apprentice options available)
- Certificate IV in Horticulture
- Diploma of Horticulture


The NSW Skills List identifies a skills shortage in horticulture workers across NSW. As our population grows so too does the demand for food, fibre and green living spaces.

Horticulture specialists work to ease urban heat and its impacts on health, as well as supporting the increasing demands in revegetation.


Student suitability


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 9 hours of online study, over a week, for your enrolment duration of 1 year.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You can also expect to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study and research

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


There are no TAFE NSW entry requirements for this qualification.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


There is no work placement requirement for this qualification.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you are:

- Comfortable using a computer
- Able to research a range of topics and navigate public digital databases
- Already working in the industry as a trainee or looking forward to employment after the course
- Basic numeracy and literacy skills

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.

Are there any additional entry requirements?

A number of courses may require prospective students to provide additional information such as documentation, an expression of interest, evidence that you are already employed as an apprentice, or preferred prior study (or equivalent).

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
- access to a garden in which to carry out a range of activities such as planting, pruning, weed treatment, pest & disease treatment; to undertake the assessments for this course.
- permission to take samples of soil and flora from the site; in order to evaluate, review and recommend strategies as part of learning and assessment tasks. This can be achieved either by working in the industry or by working in your own garden.
- to be self-directed and have good computer skills, research skills and writing skills. It would also be an advantage if the student has some direct horticultural industry experience.
- regular and reliable access to a computer with Internet access, as well as an email address.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

Horticulture Assistant
Landscape Worker

AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCPCM202 Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
AHCTRF204 Support turf establishment
AHCIRG215 Assist with low volume irrigation operations
AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCNSY201 Pot up plants
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN. If licensing in another state other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant state.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit - Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit for assessment.

Send your applications to:

Email: oten.recognitionhelp@tafensw.edu.au

Post: OTEN Recognition, 51 Wentworth Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

To find out more about Credit and to help you with your application read the Credit e-Kit for Students.

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 601 for further information and advice.

First qualification$1,120
Second qualification$1,340
Non-government subsidised fee$5,180

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, you may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption or fee free scholarship. Payment by instalments is available.

You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 241.

For further information on fees and charges, please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.

When enrolling under a Smart and Skilled entitlement and where you are eligible for 100% credit from previous studies, your student fee contribution will be zero. However, you will be required to pay an administration fee for the production of your testamur.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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