Horticulture and CLM

AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture

Do you enjoy working outdoors or are you passionate about a career in Horticulture?

AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture is available to both apprentices and non-apprentices.

This course is for people who are currently employed in a horticultural workplace, and have a training contract. You could complete the full Certificate II in Horticulture within fifteen (15) months on the job. Depending on you and your employer’s needs, learning may be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both.
For more information go to our Apprenticeship and Traineeship page.

Non – Apprentices

The Certificate II in Horticulture gives you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge for a career in the Horticulture industry, which includes:

  • Turf Manager
  • Fruit growing
  • Landscaping
  • Retail & Wholesale Plant Supply

Career Opportunities

  • Qualified Horticulture Worker
  • Plant Nursery Assistant
  • Landscape Assistant
  • Groundsperson
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Conservation & Land Management

Pathway to Horticulture Certificate III or higher

Dates and Times

Apprentices (Statewide)
You can enrol and start at any time. We will work with you to determine a training and assessment plan that best suits your needs.
Delivery can be at your workplace, and if required, at the Burnie, Alanvale or Clarence campuses.


Clarence Campus 

  • Next Intake:  2017
  • Duration:  Full time, February – December, 2 days per week, Wednesday & Thursday, 9am to 4pm
  • Information Sessions:
    • Wednesday, 18 January 2017 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm
    • Friday, 20 January 2017 – 10.30am to 11.30am
    • Venue:  Room K2.04, K Block, Clarence Campus, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Alanvale Campus

  • Information Flyer
  • Next Intake:  8 February – 22 November 2017
  • Duration:  2 days per week – Tuesday and Wednesday – 9am to 3.30pm
  • Information Session:  Monday, 16 January 2017 – 10am
    • Venue:  Room G1.17, G Block, Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Your suitability and support needs will be evaluated during a conversation with one of our teachers and/or by answering some written questions.  This will help us to determine what, if any, additional support may be needed or to provide you with further career path advice.

Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:  2017
  • Suitability and Selection Session: Monday, 5 December 2016 – 2pm to 3pm
    • Venue:  Room E1.35, E Block, Mooreville Road, Burnie
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest for the Information Session


Apprentices (Statewide)

  • Within fifteen (15 months) on the job

Learning Options

Learning options available for people looking for a change in career, and those who would like to gain skills by completing some units will include:

  • Learning will be in a horticultural workplace or at TasTAFE facilities where appropriate.
  • Demonstrations – to show you how to do things.
  • Learning Guides – Books that contain information to help with your learning.
  • DVDs and Videos – Resources that give you extra support and information.
  • Classroom learning for theory.
  • One-on-one mentoring.

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Workplace Health & Safety procedures must be followed. You will have the option to be assessed by:

  • Short written assessment – question and answer style test.
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based.
  • Assignments – research topic and provide a written response.
  • Practical – you will be observed doing tasks.
  • All students may be assessed in the workplace.
  • If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg verbal tests instead of short written tests)
  • Testimonials from supervisor.
  • Photographic and other media evidence


For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Resources and Equipment

We will supply all work books and printed materials associated with your training.  Students will need to supply the following:

  • broad brimmed sun hat
  • secateurs (discuss with teacher)
  • gardening gloves
  • safety boots
  • suitable work clothes
  • hearing protection
  • eye protection.

Fees and Payments

Full Fee:  $1,335
Full Fee Concession:  $370
Subsidised Fee:  $1,113
Subsidised Concession:  $310

Because the Government provides generous levels of support to enable TasTAFE to offer much of its training on a subsidised basis, you may not have to pay the maximum fee. Your eligibility for a fee subsidy or a concession will be determined at the time of enrolment, and your overall tuition fee will depend on your individual circumstances.

Please note the majority of people who have not completed a Certificate III or above in the last five years are subsidised students

For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/


Apprentices (Statewide)

  • Pre-requisites may apply. Please contact us for more information.


  • Complete year 10 TCE subjects or equivalent
  • Average strength, good health and reasonable physical fitness
  • A liking for outdoor work

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a Certificate II in Horticulture 15 units must be successfully completed, consisting of 5 core units and 10 elective units.

Electives may vary between regions.

Clarence Campus – Electives

  • AHCIRG217  Assist with pressurised irrigation operations
  • AHCNSY203  Undertake propagation activities
  • AHCWRK204  Work effectively in the industry
  • AHCPGD201  Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCWRK209  Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • AHCPGD203  Prune shrubs and small trees
  • AHCCHM201  Apply chemicals under supervision
  • AHCMOM203  Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • AHCTRF203 Renovate grassed areas

Alanvale Campus – Electives

  • AHCNSY202 Care for nursery plants
  • AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities
  • AHCPCM202 Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
  • AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCPGD202 Prepare and maintain plant displays
  • AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees
  • AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
  • AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • AHCTRF203 Renovate grassed areas
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid


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