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0.5 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 3-7 days. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.



Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Remote
Not available to international students.

Course code



This short course describes the skills and knowledge required to:

  • recognise common weed species and apply a range of weed treatments and control options.
  • handle, transport, and apply chemicals under supervision using workplace specified chemicals and application equipment
  • Credit transfers and advanced standing

    Skill recognition

    Skills recognition is not applicable to this course. CDU's short courses are highly targeted courses designed to help you improve a specific skill. They will help you improve your career prospects, maintain currency in your field, or allow you to try out something completely new.


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

    This VTP400 Tame Your Backyard Weeds contains 2 units which may be used towards gaining either:

    • AHC21020 Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management
    • AHC20416 Certificate II Horticulture


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    What will I study?

    To achieve the vocational training program VTP400 - Tame Your Backyard Weeds, a total of two (2) units of competency must be completed as listed below.

    Course structure

    Students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment upon successful completion.

    The total Nominal Hours for this training program is 70.

    CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
    AHCPMG201Treat weeds40
    AHCCHM201Apply Chemicals under supervision30
     Total nominal hours for the training program70


    Entry requirements

    Admission criteria

    There are no specific entry requirements.

    However, 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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    This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

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    Location and study mode

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

    Locations:Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Remote

    Study Mode: On campus

    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, Conservation and Land Management, Science, Environmental Science and Management

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

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