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0.5 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 6 months full-time or 2 years part-time. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.



Casuarina, Remote
Not available to international students.

Course code



AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture course provides you with the introductory skills and knowledge required to enter the horticulture industry.

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of work health and safety as it applies to the Horticulture industry. You will also learn how to recognise local plants, proper planting techniques, propagating plants, and plotting up and maintaining nursery plants. Furthermore, you will develop skills and knowledge of soils, installing irrigation systems, pruning, and how to treat weeds, plant pests, and diseases.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as horticulture include:
>Landscape worker
>Horticulture assistant
>Nursery hand
>Farm hand

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to Certificate III in Horticulture, Certificate III in Conservation or Certificate III in Rural Operations.


2023 course fee for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place range from $615.00 - $877.50, and for students who are not eligible range from $6,150.00 - $8,775.00 dependent on the units chosen.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

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What will I study?

To achieve AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture, a total of fifteen (15) units of competency must be completed comprising five (5) Core and ten (10) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below. The electives offered may vary between campuses.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 410 - 585

Module/Unit of Competency
AHCPCM201Recognise plants40
AHCPMG201Treat weeds40
AHCPMG202Treat plant pest, diseases and disorders30
AHCSOL202Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing30
AHCWHS201Participate in work health and safety processes20
 Total nominal hours for core units160
Elective Units (select at least 8 units from the list below)
AHCCHM201Apply chemicals under supervision30
AHCLSC201Assist with landscape construction work30
AHCLSC204Lay paving30
AHCMOM202Operate tractors40
AHCMOM203Operate basic machinery and equipment20
AHCMOM204Undertake operational maintenance and machinery30
AHCMOM213Operate and maintain chainsaws40
AHCNSY202Care for nursery plants30
AHCPCM202Collect, prepare and preserve plan specimens30
AHCPGD201Plant trees and shrubs20
AHCPGD203Prune shrubs and small trees35
AHCWRK205Participate in workplace communications30
AHCWRK209Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices20
FWPCOT2239Trim and cut felled trees40
Unnamed Elective Units (You can choose up to 2 units from the list below)
AHCBIO203Inspect and clean machinery, tools and equipment to preserve biosecurity (unnamed)20
AHCIRG219Assist with low volume irrigation operations (unnamed)40
AHCNSY205Pot up plants (unnamed)20
AHCNSY207Undertake propagation activities (unnamed)30
AHCPCM301Implement a plant nutrition program (unnamed)60
AHCPHT215Plant horticultural crops (unnamed)25
AHCMOM216Operate side by side utility vehicles50
AHCSOL305Prepare growing media (unnamed)40
AHCWRK305Coordinate work site activities (unnamed)70
RIIMPO318FConduct civil construction skid steer loader operations (unnamed)80
 Total nominal hours for elective units250 - 425
 Total nominal hours for the qualification410 - 585

*Electives offered may vary between campuses - contact the relevant team for details.

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LL&N) evaluation helps identify any areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

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Course details


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package .

VET for secondary schools

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Employability skills

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Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina, Remote

Study Mode: On campus, workplace assessment

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Garden Labourer
Area of study
Horticulture, Science, Environmental Science and Management

Contact details Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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