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AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture

Free TAFE Horticulture

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Course description

If you are looking for an alternative School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships, please contact the Careers/VET or SBAT Coordinator at your school.

Are you looking to enter the horticulture industry, or perhaps get a taste for the trade before undertaking an apprenticeship? This entry-level horticulture course is designed to give you the core skills and knowledge for the industry, and introduce you to various horticulture specialisations. This is a hands-on course where you’ll learn to recognise plants, undertake planting tasks, use correct pruning techniques, collect plant specimens and develop retail skills relevant to a garden centre environment.

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Possible career outcomes

  • Nursery assistant
  • Landscape assistant
  • Parks and gardens assistant
  • Assistant gardener
  • Horticultural worker

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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Please contact Customer Service on 5225 0800 to discuss upcoming intakes.


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

    • Applicants must be aged 16 or over at the time of course commencement
    • Any student under the age of 17 must provide a Transition from School form prior to undertaking the course.
    • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills to at least Year 10 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2
    • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

    Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

    Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

    Pre-training review

    Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

    In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

    Personal Learning Requirements

    There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

    Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

    Selection mode

    Core Units Code Hours
    Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing AHCSOL202 30
    Participate in work health and safety processes AHCWHS201 20
    Recognise plants AHCPCM201 40
    Treat plant pests diseases and disorders AHCPMG202 30
    Treat weeds AHCPMG201 40
    Elective Units Code Hours
    Collect prepare and preserve plant specimens AHCPCM202 30
    Install pressurised irrigation systems AHCIRG345 70
    Maintain properties and structures AHCINF203 30
    Operate basic machinery and equipment AHCMOM203 20
    Plant trees and shrubs AHCPGD201 20
    Pot up plants AHCNSY201 20
    Prepare specialised plants AHCNSY312 50
    Provide information on products and services AHCWRK208 60
    Prune shrubs and small trees AHCPGD203 35
    Undertake propagation activities AHCNSY203 30


    Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

    Assessment is based on:

    • Hands-on projects
    • Written assignments
    • Team projects
    • Short answer questions and quizzes

    This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

    Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

    FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
    Concession Tuition AUD $0.77 per hour 525 AUD $404.00 AUD $3,988.00
    Standard Tuition AUD $3.85 per hour 525 AUD $2,021.00 AUD $3,988.00
    Full Fee Tuition AUD $11.17 per hour 525 AUD $5,864.00

    Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

    Materials AUD $450.00
    Excursions AUD $30.00
    Education Levy AUD $78.75


    All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

    Which fee will I pay?

    Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

    Fee help and student loans

    VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
    The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

    Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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    Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

    Date published: 31/07/2023 4:00:51 PM