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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
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

Core
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
Electives
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
Study Sequence
1. AHCWHS201 
2. AHCPCM201 
3. AHCPMG201 
4. AHCPMG202 
5. AHCSOL202
6. AHCWRK209 
7. AHCWRK205 
8. AHCNSY203 
9. AHCNSY201 
10. AHCNSY202 
11. AHCLSC201 
12. AHCMOM203 
13. AHCPGD201 
14. AHCIRG215 
15. AHCPGD203

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Timing
Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
12 -24 months

Load
15 units must be successfully completed, 5 core units and 10 elective units

Notes

Distance students require strong self motivation and must have 2-4 hours per week available for study for each unit. This course is self paced so students must have sound literacy and numeracy skills. This course is delivered by distance education so students must have access to a computer and the internet. Students are allocated 13 weeks from enrolment to complete each unit.

A Practical Placement must be completed if students are studying via Distance Education. Please see the More Details tab for further information. Workbooks will be mailed out which will only cover the theory of assessment material.

This course will take approximately 12 - 24 months to complete, but may vary dependent on individual student study loads.

CQUniversity Rockhampton City

Timing
Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
Commencing Tuesday, 7 February 2017 for 12 months.

Load
15 units must be successfully completed, 5 core units and 10 elective units.

Notes

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 8 am - 4 pm at Building G, Room 1.01 (Horticulture Shed).

CQUniversity, Gladstone Marina

Timing
There is one intake for this course in Term 1 2017.

Duration and dates
Commencing Tuesday, 14 February 2017 for 12 months.

Load
15 units must be successfully completed, 5 core units and 10 elective units

Notes

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 8 am - 4 pm at Building 607, Room G.02.

CQUniversity Rockhampton City - VET in Schools (VETiS)

Timing
There is one intake for this course in Term 1 2017.

Duration and dates
Commencing Tuesday, 7 February 2017 for 12 months

Load
15 units must be successfully completed, 5 core units and 10 elective units

Notes

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 8 am - 4 pm at Building G, Room 1.01 (Horticulture Shed).

Students will need to apply for this delivery mode through their High School VET Coordinator. 

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina - VET in Schools (VETiS)

Timing
There is one intake for this course in Term 1 2017.

Duration and dates
Commencing Tuesday, 7 February for 12 months.

Load
15 units must be successfully completed, 5 core units and 10 elective units

Notes

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 8 am - 3 pm at Building 607, Room G.02.

Students will need to apply for this delivery mode through their High School VET Coordinator.

Related Courses

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

Resource Requirements

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required:
  • 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

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

What else might I find useful?

Financial assistance with fees may be available through concessions or via ‘Time to Pay’ payment plan. This and other information such as student support, study and library assistance can be found at www.cqu.edu.au/current-student

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.