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Vocational Education & Training

AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture

Not available to international students.


Casuarina, Remote

Estimated completion time: 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.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

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

This qualification allows students to develop basic skills and knowledge in a range of areas to provide candidates with a broad skill base. At this level, tasks are carried out under supervision.

The qualification is suited to learners with no previous connection to the horticulture industry or relevant employment history and VET for Secondary Student programs.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as AHC20416 include:
>horticulture assistant
>horticulture worker

Credit transfers and pathways

Skills 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. <br />

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture or AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations. Occupations and titles vary across different industry sectors.

Entry requirements

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification; however students will undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment to determine applicable support requirements.

All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.


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

Additional information

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

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.

Apply now for AHC20416

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

Course structure

To achieve a 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 total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 420 460

Module/Unit of Competency
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants 40
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds 40
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pest, diseases and disorders 30
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes 20
  Total nominal hours for core units 160
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision 30
AHCIRG219 Assist with low volume irrigation operations 40
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work 30
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment 20
AHCNSY201 Pot up plants 20
AHCNSY202 Care for nursery plants 30
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities 30
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs 20
AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees 35
MEM18001C Use hand tools 20
AHCPHT201 Plant horticultural crops (unnamed) 25
AHCSOL305 Prepare growing media (unnamed) 40
Maintain indoor plants 
  Total nominal hours for elective units 260 - 300
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 420 - 460

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

Course fees

Domestic Students
2022 VET fees will be published as soon as they become available.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

VET full fees are applicable to this course.
2021: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.
2022: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

VET tuition fees

NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.
2022: VET Tuition Fees for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Fee for service

In some circumstances this course may be available as fee-for-service. Please contact the relevant team to discuss delivery charges for this program.

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