Certificate II in Horticulture

Certificate II in Horticulture

Course Code
Food and Fibre
Study Area(s)
Horticulture, Free TAFE, Agriculture
Course Length
Full-time(20 weeks)

Start Date(s): June 2020
End Date(s): December 2020
Days and Time: 3 days per week

Course Overview

The Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416) is an ideal course for new participants in the horticulture field. The course aims to address underpinning knowledge and skills that will assist participants in developing competency at introductory level. The course units have been selected to cover a range of horticulture topics including plant recognition, plant pest and weed treatments, basic soil properties, propagation, planting and pruning.

Graduates of the Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416) can choose to continue their studies in the Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716) or pursue a career in the horticulture industry through an apprenticeship program. Also, graduates can pursue study in areas of parks and gardens, landscape construction, and conservation and land management.


You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.  It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.  To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AHCPCM201Recognise plants40
AHCPMG201Treat weeds40
AHCPMG202Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders30
AHCSOL202Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing30
AHCWHS201Participate in work health and safety processes20


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AHCIRG217Assist with pressurised irrigation operations40
AHCNSY202Care for nursery plants30
AHCNSY203Undertake propagation activities30
AHCPGD201Plant trees and shrubs20
AHCPGD203Prune shrubs and small trees35
AHCPGD301Implement a plant establishment program80
AHCPHT201Plant horticultural crops25
AHCTRF204Support turf establishment40
AHCWRK204Work effectively in the industry20
AHCWRK208Provide information on products and services60
CPCCOHS1001AWork safely in the construction industry6

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information. Practical placement will be done on the job and simulated where possible.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
550 550 $3.58 $0.72 $8.22

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2020. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

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What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisites for this course. However it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course and have access to a work placement at or shortly after commencement of the course.

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Broadmeadows campus.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment as a:

• Garden Labourer

• Horticulture Worker/Assistant

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

Graduates of Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416) will gain basic and introductory skills in a range of horticulture related areas. These are include, but are not limited to plant identification, plant pests and diseases, weed control, supporting turf establishment, maintain high pressure irrigation and pruning of shrubs and small trees.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Graduates of this course frequently find employment as an apprentice and return to Kangan Institute to complete a Certificate III in Landscape Construction (AHC30916), Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716) or Certificate III in Parks and Gardens (AHC31016).

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must fill in a direct application form which can be obtained from the institute by calling the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. This course may also have a mid-year intake.

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants will be interviewed by our teachers to assess their suitability for the course.