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Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416)

Course summary

Budding horticulturists learn to identify plants and soil types, planting, pruning, nursery activities and communication, gaining a solid grounding in their career. This qualification underpins a range of work functions and job roles that can lead to a horticultural qualification.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Fees www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Science and Environment
Skill Area
  • - Horticulture
AQF Level Level 2: Certificate II

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements. 

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Possible employment outcomes include Horticulture worker and Horticulture assistant. 

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Summary
To successfully complete this course, students must complete a total of 15 units, consisting of:
5 core units and 10 elective units.
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
AHCIRG215 Assist with low volume irrigation operations
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
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
2018 Study Sequence
Distance Education
Enrol into AHCWHS201 only. Remaining study sequence to be discussed with teaching staff.

On-campus
Enrol into AHCWHS201 only. Remaining study sequence to be discussed with teaching staff.

VETiS
Gladstone and Rockhampton - enrol into all units at once.

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification
RPL

Course Intakes

2018 Distance Education

Timing
There are ten course intakes for 2018, available monthly from February to November.

Duration and dates
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time


Summary

This course is available to study by distance education and students will require strong self-motivation, sound literacy and numeracy skills.  It is recommended students have 10 hours per week for self-paced study, 12 hours per week of practical skills training and 2 hours per week of assessment preparation. Students must have access to a computer and the internet. Support for distance students is available through email, phone and zoom conferencing.  

Students studying by distance education will be required to organise and undertake work experience with a suitable host employer if they’re not currently working in the industry. 

Tutoring workshops will be held from 8 am – 3 pm one Friday per month at CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea and CQUniversity Emerald and will provide support for a range of horticulture qualifications.  Workshop dates will be confirmed by the teacher on enrolment. 


2018 On-campus

Timing
There are nine course intakes for 2018, available monthly from February to October.

Duration and dates
12 - 18 months full-time


Summary

This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations:

CQUniversity Rockhampton City
Classes will commence on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 and will be held weekly from 8 am to 3 pm at Building B, Room 1.75.

Students require strong self-motivation and must attend all theory and practical classes. It is recommended students have 6 hours per week for self-paced study, 6 hours per week on campus training, 4 hours per week of practical skills training and 4 hours per week of assessment preparation.  


2018 VET in Schools (VETiS)

Timing
There is one course intake for 2018, available in February.

Duration and dates
1 year part-time


Summary

Students choosing to study this qualification require strong self-motivation and must attend all theory and practical classes in order to cover the components of each unit.  It is recommended students put aside 6 hours per week for self-paced study; 6 hours per week on campus training; 4 hours per week of practical skills training; 4 hours per week of assessment preparation. 

On-campus
This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations:

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina
Commencing 7 February 2018, weekly classes from 8am to 3pm at Building 601, Room 1.10.

CQUniversity Rockhampton City
Commencing 7 February 2018, weekly classes from 8am to 3pm at Building B, Room 1.75.


For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture No

Practical Placement Information

Students studying via Distance Education will be required to undertake a Practical Placement to meet practical competency requirements. The Practical Placement must be in a Horticulture setting where there is a qualified or experienced supervisor to sign off on third party documentation.

It is highly recommended for students studying on-campus to undertake a Practical Placement in a Horticulture setting. The Practical Placement is not mandatory for on-campus students due to practical competency requirements begin satisfied in class.

Work Experience requirements

Students studying via Distance Education and who are not currently working in the Horticulture industry will be required to seek and complete work experience whilst studying, to meet practical competency requirements. 

Within the work experience environment, there must be a supervisor available who has at least 2 years’ experience in the Horticulture industry, or must hold a relevant Certificate (more information will be provided by the teacher during the initial meeting). The supervisor will be responsible for signing off on third party reports which are required for practical observations for each unit of competency. Teaching staff will provide third party reports to students as part of unit assessment requirements. 

It is not mandatory for students who are studying on-campus to complete work experience as practical requirements will be satisfied by in class activities. 

Resource Requirements

Students are required to purchase and supply their own personal protective equipment. Items include: 
  • Steel Cap Boots
  • Safety Glasses
  • Garden gloves
  • Wide-brim hat for outdoor work
  • Appropriate clothing  long sleeve cotton shirt and cotton drill shorts or trousers for outdoor work
  • Sunscreen