RTO ID No: 40823


What is Horticulture?

Horticulture is considered a branch of agriculture and involves cultivating, growing, maintaining and harvesting a range of fruits, vegetables, flowers, seeds, nuts, trees and plants. The main type of horticulture involves producing food for consumption, and growing plants for medicinal, recreational or aesthetic purposes is often seen as well.


Jobs in Horticulture can include any of the following:

  • Nursery worker
  • Plant pathologist
  • Horticulture Consultant
  • Plant care worker
  • Horticulture Technician
  • Ornamental Horticulturist


Horticulture in Australia

Australia’s growing conditions are amongst the best in the world; therefore, it’s little wonder that our horticulture sector is a billion-dollar industry that employs over 60,000 people.

This is a nationally accredited course and will teach you:

  • How to recognise plants, prepare plant specimens
  • The fundamentals of planting, potting and maintaining trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Soil testing and how to treat weeds, pests and diseases
  • How to work effectively in the industry and Work Health and Safety practices.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Horticulture.


Career Opportunities


  • Working in the Conservation field
  • Horticulture Assistant
  • Horticulture Tradesperson
  • Landscape Gardner
  • Nursery Assistant
  • Groundskeeper
  • Turf Management Assistant
  • Parks & Gardens Assistant



Opportunities for Further Study

AHC30710 Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC31410 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

AHC40410 Certificate IV in Horticulture

AHC51110 Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

22105VIC Diploma of Sustainability


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements: language and literacy skills at a level needed to successfully undertake a Certificate II course.

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 5 Core Units
  2. Complete 10 elective units

Course Structure    

Duration 26 weeks – 2 days per week


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

  • AHCNSY201    Pot up plants
  • AHCNSY202 Care for Nursery Plants
  • AHCNSY203    Undertake propagation activities
  • AHCPGD201   Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCPGD203   Prune shrubs and small trees
  • AHCWRK205  Participate in workplace communications
  • AHCWRK209  Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • AHCCHM201  Apply chemicals under supervision
  • AHCWRK204  Work effectively in the industry
  • FSKLRG06 Participate in Work Placement



If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 1800 562 728