Certificate II in Horticulture

National Code: AHC20416
TAFE SA Code: TP01067


Develop skills and knowledge to work as a horticulture worker or assistant.
You will learn about planting, recognising plants, maintaining irrigation systems, pruning, treating weeds, pests and diseases, basic soil properties, renovating grassed areas, tending to nursery plants, laying paving, machinery and equipment operation and maintenance.

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Up to 6 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 6 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Full Fee

This course also has an incidentals cost of $45.00 for personal protective clothing.

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • Urrbrae Campus has more than one intake each Semester and you will commence at the next available intake.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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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 find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 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, 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
    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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