AHC20410Certificate II in Horticulture

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  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate II

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Max 12 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Gardner | Landscaping Assistant | Nursery Assistant | Crop Worker | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Last modified: 03 Dec 2018

In a Nutshell

Whether you're a home gardener, sole trader or just want to build your skills in the garden, this online Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20410) course offered by Open Colleges provides you with the basic skills and training required to start working in the horticulture industry.

In this course, you'll learn how to recognise plants, prepare plant specimens and provide information on products and services; the fundamentals of planting, potting and maintaining trees, shrubs and plants; how to treat weeds, pests and diseases; WHS practices and much more. Plus choose one from three streams and develop your knowledge in a speciality area. Develop in-demand, industry-specific skills around parks and gardens; nurseries or landscaping. 

As part of this course, students will also receive access to Trade Hub as part of your studies. Trade Hub is a literacy and numeracy support tool, which explains key concepts that you will need to understand to work in horticulture (area, volume, instructions, and safety documents).

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    To be eligible for this course applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Understanding of English to atleast a Year 12 level; AND
    • Be atleast 18 years old; AND
    • Basic computing skills; AND
    • Basic Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills; AND
    • The ability to lift and carry equipment.

    There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this horticulture course, the subjects you may study include:

    • AHCPCM201 - Recognise plants
    • AHCPCM202 - Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens 
    • AHCWHS201 - Participate in work health and safety processes
    • AHCWRK208 - Provide information on products and services
    • AHCSOL202 - Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
    • AHCPGD201 -  Plant trees and shrubs
    • AHCNSY303 - Install and maintain plant displays
    • AHCPMG201 - Treat weeds
    • AHCPMG202 - Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
    • AHCPGD203 - Prune small trees and shrubs
    • AHCWRK209 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practice
    • AHCWRK204 - Work effectively in the industry

    Elective Stream: Nursery

    • AHCNSY203 - Undertake propagation activities
    • AHCNSY201 - Pot up plants 
    • AHCNSY301 - Maintain nursery plants

    Elective Stream: Parks and Gardens

    • AHCMOM203 - Operate basic machinery and equipment
    • AHCINF203 - Maintain properties and structures
    • AHCTRF204 - Support turf establishment

    Elective Stream: Landscaping 

    • AHCMOM203 - Operate basic machinery and equipment
    • AHCLSC204 - Lay paving
    • AHCLSC201 - Assist with landscape construction work
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  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.

    As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.


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Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20410) from Open Colleges. 

If you want to turn your love of gardening into a career in horticulture, the knowledge and workplace training you gain in this nationally recognised certificate course will provide you with the skills you need to find work in the trade.

Wondering where a career in landscape design could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Landscape Designer, Landscape Project Manager, Landscape Supervisor.

Let's Talk Price

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $78.89 per week (36 weekly repayments)
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees

  • $2,352 upfront payment
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