AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture


Core deliver this course in conjunction with secondary schools across Queensland as part of the Vet IN Schools (VETis) program.

Certificate II in Horticulture aims to develop the  practical skills and knowledge of students so that they can undertake a large and broad range of tasks in gardening, nursery work and landscaping skills and knowledge required by many sectors in the horticultural industry such as maintaining plants, treating weeds, pests and plant disease and basic landscaping tasks.

The course can also be delivered to individuals looking for an entry level qualification into the Horticulture  industry for who are no longer attending school.

Students will complete a range of theoretical and practical tasks and projects throughout their training

Over 77% of students who complete this course are employed or go onto further study.

From Myskills.gov.au – December 2017


VET in Schools (VETis)

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) is delivery of nationally recognised qualifications to school students, providing them with the skills and knowledge required for employment in specific industries. VETiS qualifications can be undertaken in years 10, 11 and 12, and can count towards the Queensland Certificate of Education.

Students are eligible to complete one qualification under the program.

Total No. Of Units 15
No of Core Units 5
No of Elective Units 10


Unit Code Unit Title Core/Elective
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes Core
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants Core
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds Core
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders Core
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing Core
AHCCHM201 Apply Chemicals Under Supervision Elective
AHCNSY202 Care for Nursery Plants Elective
AHCNSI203 Undertake Propagation Activities Elective
AHCPGD201 Plant Trees and Shrubs Elective
AHCPGD202 Prepare and Maintain Plant Displays Elective
AHCPGD203 Prune Shrubs and Small Trees Elective
AHCWRK205 Participate in Workplace Communication Elective
AHCWRK208 Provide Information on Products and Services Elective
AHCWRK209 Participate in Environmentally Friendly Sustainable Work Practices Elective
MEM18001C Use Hand Tools Elective
  • Alternate electives may be available upon request.


Payment Options

Any student who undertakes this course under VETiS is fee free.

Please contact the office for a Fee for Service price

Course Fees

Whilst some training is conducted in the classroom, students will develop practical skills and knowledge through projects and landscape work in a variety of settings as well as self directed learning at home.

Students learn in smaller classroom sizes and activities are designed so that students can take what they have learnt and apply to it a workplace straight away.

Core have access to large nurseries that give the students to opportunity to “get their hands” dirty,


On completion, you will be eligible to receive the qualification AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture.

Career and educational pathways from this qualification include:

Green Keeping



Conservation and Land Management

Certificate III in Production Horticulture