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Course Type:
Pre-Apprenticeship; Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus
Morwell: 5 months (2 days a week)
Sale (GTEC): 10 months (1 day a week)
Starting Date:
Morwell: 16/02/2022 and 13/07/2022 Sale (GTEC): 18/02/2022

Morwell, Sale (Gtec)
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Course Overview

Do you enjoy learning in a hands-on environment? Are you someone who thrives when your practical skills are put to the test? Then read on!

A Certificate II in Horticulture can take you where you want to go. This exciting qualification will take you outdoors where you will develop and use practice skills in machinery operation, plant growth, soils, diseases and pests.

You’ll learn to create and maintain garden beds, and learn vital nursery and orchard skills, while experiencing everything the horticultural industry offers in a fun and practical way. Sounds pretty exciting to us!

Taught over a 5–10 month period (depending on where you study), you’ll work very closely with our expert teachers in a range of flexible and practical settings. You will put your new knowledge into practice right away, increasing your confidence and employment opportunities.

And when you’ve finished the course, there are so many options open to you. You may be able to gain an apprenticeship in horticulture or seek employment as a garden hand, agricultural/horticulture roles, or in a nursery. You might even want to progress into further study.

Further study would mean completing a Certificate III or IV in Horticulture. Both options would give you more specialised skills while increasing your chances of employment, as you gain hands-on experience in the industry you already love.

So go on, choose to study a Certificate II in Horticulture and get outside doing things you actually enjoy.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Morwell: Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am - 3:30pm
Sale Gtec: Friday 9:00am - 3:30pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Horticulture.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this qualification may undertake an apprenticeship in horticulture or  attain employment as a garden hand, agricultural/horticulture roles, nursery work or progress into further study.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

    Students would be recommended to have successfully completed Year 10 or a minimum of 15 years of age.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Students are strongly encouraged and may undertake up to 120 hours of vocational placement, this is designed to enhance the students learning throughout the course. The student is required to organise the placement.
Placement is arranged by: Student

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCTRF203 Renovate grassed areas
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCNSY202 Care for nursery plants
AHCPGD202 Prepare and maintain plant displays
AHCTRF204 Support turf establishment
AHCMOM204 Undertake Operational Maintenance Of Machinery


A range of assessment methods will be used, including practical tasks, assignments and written/practical assessments, practical demonstrations/observation tasks.