Qualification Description

This qualification underpins a range of work functions and job roles that can lead to a horticultural trade qualification.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 15 units of competency:
  • 5 core units plus
  • 10 elective units.


Elective units must ensure the integrity of the qualification’s Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome. The electives are to be chosen as follows:

  • 8 units from the electives listed below
  • 2 units may be selected from the remaining electives list below and/or from this or any other currently endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course.


Core Units

AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes


Elective Units

An asterisk (*) next to the unit code indicates that there are prerequisite requirements which must be met when packaging the qualification. Please refer to the Prerequisite requirements table for details.

AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCNSY201 Pot up plants
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities
AHCPCM202 Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications
AHCWRK206 Observe enterprise quality assurance procedures
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Prerequisite requirements

Unit of competency Prerequisite requirement
AHCARB303 Perform pruning operations FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws

FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees


FWPCOT3238 Operate a pole saw

AHCARB312 Use standard climbing techniques to access trees AHCARB311 Tie, dress, set and finish arborist knots
AHCPCM203 Fell small trees AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws



Qualification Mapping Information

Code and title current version Code and title previous version Comments Equivalence status
AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture Release 3 AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture Release 2 Updated imported units in elective bank

Clarified prerequisite requirements

Equivalent qualification





Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: – https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72