AHC20416 Certificate II  in Horticulture

Course Description

Queensford College have developed a Certificate II in Horticulture program that has been specially designed for secondary School students to allow their horticulture skills and knowledge to grow and bloom throughout the program.

Students will learn to identify plants and soil types, potting and pruning, customer service 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 trade qualification.

This qualification underpins a range of work functions and job roles that can lead to a horticultural trade qualification.

Possible Career Outcomes

  • Assistant Gardener
  • Horticulture Assistant
  • Horticulture Worker Nursery / Parks & Gardens

This Course is only available to Queensland High School Students

Course at a Glance

  • Duration

    Up to 52 Weeks
  • Start Date

    Flexible intake and start dates available.  Contact us for more information.
  • Study Mode

    Blended (Predominately
    Face-to-Face and Online)
  • Study Location

  • Campus Location

    At Student’s own
    Secondary School

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for domestic students to enter this course, but they must meet academic and English entry requirements.

Please note there are specific eligibility requirements for Government funded program, as funding varies between Australian Government States and Territories. Refer to the Fees and Funding section for more information on funding options.

To be eligible to participate, the requirements are that students:

  • Must be enrolled in a Queensland secondary school, years 10-12
  • Must be a resident in Queensland
  • Must provide a letter from an authorized officer of the school confirming the student’s identification
  • Must not have completed or currently enrolled in a Certificate I or II level qualification funded under VETiS,
  • Unless enrolment and/or completion fell prior to July 1, 2014, in which case entitlement still stands for VETiS funding.

As a condition of your enrolment, students will be required to complete a student training and employment survey within three months of finishing or discontinuing the training.

A Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment is conducted on all entrants prior to enrolment into the program to ensure that Queensford College can support each student throughout the program.

Students will need to ensure they are able to connect to the internet and have the capability to use our online learning system that meets the minimum technical requirements, which are:

  • Access to a laptop/computer is preferred
  • An operating system supporting the following browsers (current version and up to three most recent versions): Chrome, Firefox, Safari (excluding Safari on Windows), and Microsoft Edge
    • For Windows: Windows 10, 4 Gb RAM installed (minimum)
    • FOR MAC: Mac OS X 10.13 or above
  • Access to Word processing software, such as Microsoft Word
  • Reliable internet connection

Course Overview

This qualification to be suitable for high school students who have an interest in horticulture.

Nationally recognised

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) focuses on delivering qualifications to provide students with the skills and knowledge required for specific industries. Students can undertake one funded VETiS course, as part of their school studies, delivered in a school by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or by enrolling in a course with an external RTO.

Learn more about VETiS

  • Key industry OHS fundamentals including the use of hand tools
  • Gain an understanding of the treatment of plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • How to determine basic properties of soil and/or growing media
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Workplace communication and customer service strategies

To achieve this qualification, 15 units must be successfully completed. Training and assessment will be delivered over 18 – 52 weeks in weekly classroom sessions at the school.

Unit Code Unit Title
Core Units
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
Elective Units
BSBCMM201 Communicate in the workplace
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM18001C Use hand tools
AHCNSY201 Pot up plants
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil and growing media sampling and testing
AHCPGD202 Prepare and maintain plant displays
BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers

Units are subject to change.

Students will be assessed through the following general methods of assessment that may apply for each unit. Each of the selected methods must be completed/deemed satisfactory, as each method is only a partial completion.

  • Written Assessment – a set of written tasks provided to the student required to be completed including, question and answer
  • Project/Report
  • Observation/Demonstration Report – students required to demonstrate tasks directly related to the training package requirements.

Queensford College use industry current practices and methodologies to ensure the training program is relevant to industry while also meeting Training Package requirements. Our students have access to a team of reliable staff and trainers that are available throughout the course duration. For the duration of the course students will be supported with the following:

  • Student Services: for all administrative enquiries and on issues associated with general academic skills
  • Trainers: to answer any questions students may have about the course content, assessments and study progress
  • Help Desk: for any assistance on course materials and assessment submission through our online learning platform.

Participating in this course can: provide credit points towards the attainment of a Queensland Certificate of Education, and/or the attainment of a nationally recognised VET qualification and support young people’s transitions to employment, vocational and higher education pathways.

Fees and Funding Options

This course has Queensland Government funding available for eligible students.

Queensford College is a pre-qualified supplier approved by the Queensland Government to deliver publicly funded training and assessment. We are able to offer the following government subsidised training in Queensland, please click through for further information about each program.

  • VET in Schools (VETiS)

    Vocational education and training (VET) courses are available to students while they are still at school. This is often referred to as VETiS. VET is learning which is directly related to work. Nationally recognised qualifications are developed by industry to give people the knowledge and skills they need to work in a particular job.

    Learn more about information on eligibility and how you can apply for this subsidy.

    Learn more here

How to Apply

At Queensford College, we strive to make possible an easy, smooth, and efficient application process.

High school students are to check with their Career Advisor at school to see if they are eligible to participate then ask to register for the class.

VETiS program is designed on a flexible delivery model and completely customizable to support students to fit in with their school year schedule. Places are limited so early bookings are essential. To proceed, we require the following documents to be completed and returned back to us.

  • School Booking Form

    Completed by the School/VET Coordinator to secure a spot in the program.

  • Domestic Student Enrolment Form

    Domestic Enrolment Form to be completed and signed by the student and co-signed by their Parent/Guardian. As part of the enrolment, the student must provide their unique student identifier number (USI). If the student has not yet obtained a USI they can apply for it directly at Create your USI

  • Form of Identification

    A letter from an authorised officer of the school confirming the student’s

  • Student Information Confirmation

    As part of the Queensland Government Funding requirements, we require confirmation from the school for each student regarding their name, date of birth, year level, Australian residency status and Queensland residential address. Form of Identification: A letter from an authorised officer of the school confirming the student’s


    Contact our VETiS Team for more information

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