Course Info

Certificate II in Horticulture

National Course Code: AHC20416


The nationally accredited Certificate II in Horticulture is the place to start your career as a horticulture assistant in a skills shortage industry. Get your hands dirty as you learn how to create and maintain beautiful gardens, assist in soil sampling and nurture plants back to health.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Develop plant recognition skills
  • Manage pest and disease control
  • Use propagation techniques
  • Understand soil characteristics
  • Use pruning skills


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Develop your communications skills
  • Manage competing priorities


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate II qualification
  • A strong foundation to go further with a Certificate III Apprenticeship

Career opportunities:

  • Garden labourer
  • Landscape and garden labourer
  • Horticulture assistant


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Horticulture (Apprentice options available)
  • Certificate IV in Horticulture
  • Diploma of Horticulture


This course is currently available at 11 campus locations across NSW and online. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry:

  • Have a desire to work primarily outdoors
  • Have an interest in plants, the natural environment and sciences
  • Are keen to get their hands dirty
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Knowledge assessments: short answer and multiple choice
  • Practical project: evaluate the results of propagation

This Certificate II is an introductory qualification that is available as a TVET and school based traineeship. It covers foundational skills and sets you up for success in the Certificate III.

The Certificate III course provides real world exposure where you will apply what you are learning in real and simulated environments. Study at this level to gain employability skills and meet industry requirements.

The Certificate IV course does not cover the underpinning experience gained in the Certificate III. It focuses on supervisory skills to oversee a team of horticulturalists.

The Diploma level prepares you for a strategic job role and builds on your leadership skills to manage teams, processes and nurseries and develop supporting plans.

Depending on your campus location and local partnerships with TAFE NSW, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you behind the scenes.

Excursions may include visits to cemeteries, wholesale and retail nurseries, parks or gardens. These excursions provide exposure to different types of practices, equipment, plants, pests and weeds.

Gain introductory hands-on experience in:

  • Plant recognition
  • Pests and disease control
  • Propagation techniques
  • Understanding of soil characteristics
  • Pruning techniques

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects, including:

  • Controlling pests and disease
  • Pruning established amenity trees
  • Potting plants
  • Nursery activities

TAFE NSW offers you a range of study environments to enhance your learning and employability, such as:

  • Campus classrooms
  • Glasshouse
  • Shadehouse
  • Machinery and tools shed with equipment

Demand for Horticulturalists and Gardeners is growing, including allied skills associated with food production and tree production.

Horticulture specialists are essential to support continued production of food, fibre and green living environments.

This qualification prepares you to work in biodiversity conservation and to adapt your approach to best meet the environment's changing conditions now and into the future.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • Blended, Full Time, Part Time Day
  • Study Online
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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