Certificate II in Horticulture

National Code: AHC20416
TAFE SA Code: TP01067


Develop the basic skills and knowledge you need to work in the horticultural sector with this entry-level course. Learn all about recognising plants, undertaking planting tasks, maintaining irrigation systems, pruning techniques, treating weeds, pests and diseases, basic soil properties, renovating grassed areas, tending to nursery plants, and collecting plant specimens. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your skills in laying paving, using tools and equipment, and undertaking natural area restoration works. Become an assistant in a nursery or in parks and garden or work with a landscape gardener. Get your hands in the dirt with TAFE SA.

• The Fee Free TAFE allocation for this course has been exhausted for
Semester 1 2024. Additional Fee Free TAFE places may be available in
future semesters, subject to changes in TAFE SA’s Fee Free TAFE course
list and changes to the Fee Free TAFE policy.

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3 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.
The Fee Free TAFE allocation for this course has been exhausted for Semester 1 2024. Additional Fee Free TAFE places may be available in future semesters, subject to changes in TAFE SA’s Fee Free TAFE course list and changes to the Fee Free TAFE policy.

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Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to purchase and wear your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety boots and appropriate workwear (eg sun protection (hat), long pants, long sleeve shirt) (approx.

  • $200) Incidental items
    • $45.00 for other personal protective equipment (eg gloves, safety glasses and spray suit)

  • Total Fees for the 3 month course
    You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
    Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

    This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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    • Employment Outcomes

      Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include Horticulture Worker, Horticulture Assistant.

      Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

      Qualifications & Skills Covered

      Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416)
      This qualification provides skills in recognising plants, undertaking planting tasks, using correct pruning techniques and collecting plant specimens. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 5 core units and 10 elective units.

      Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

      of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
      of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

      * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
    • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

      Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


      Name Nominal Hours
      Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30
      Participate in work health and safety processes 20
      Recognise plants 40
      Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders 30
      Treat weeds 40


      Name Nominal Hours
      Apply chemicals under supervision 30
      Assist with landscape construction work 30
      Assist with pressurised irrigation operations 40
      Assist with turf construction 30
      Care for nursery plants 30
      Carry out natural area restoration works 40
      Collect native seed 40
      Collect native seed 40
      Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens 30
      Conduct visual inspection of park facilities 20
      Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls 50
      Coordinate horticultural crop harvesting 70
      Fell small trees 40
      Lay paving 30
      Maintain indoor plants 20
      Maintain properties and structures 30
      Observe and report on weather 25
      Observe and report plants or animals 40
      Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
      Operate basic machinery and equipment 20
      Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
      Participate in workplace communications 30
      Plant Horticultural Crops 25
      Plant trees and shrubs 20
      Pot up plants 20
      Prepare and maintain plant displays 35
      Prune shrubs and small trees 35
      Recognise fauna 40
      Renovate grassed areas 30
      Trim and cut felled trees 40
      Undertake operational maintenance of machinery 30
      Undertake propagation activities 30
      Use hand tools 20
      Use power tools/hand held operations 20
      Work effectively in the industry 20
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