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AHC20410 Certificate II in Horticulture

National Code:AHC20410


What does this course involve?

Certificate II in Horticulture is a suitable course for nursery workers who provide support roles in relevant aspects of nursery and plant production.

It includes learning to work safely in a nursery setting, conducting nursery work, plant propagation, treating weeds, cultivating shrubs, trees and potted plants and working in a team.

This course contains 15 units of competency.  Two units are core, thirteen are elective units.

To obtain Certificate II in Horticulture you must successfully complete all 15 units.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

This course has no pre-requisites, but to undertake this course at Brite Institute you will need to successfully complete a pre-training review, the program is designed as an introduction to the horticulture and may enable entry into an Australian Apprenticeship.

What employment opportunities will I have once I have my certificate?

Your Certificate II in Horticulture will provide you the skills to seek employment opportunities such as:

  • Nursery support worker
  • Horticulture worker
  • Horticulture assistant

Is this a nationally recognised course?

Yes, this course is nationally recognised

How is the training funded?

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding (eligibility criteria apply) or through fee-for-service arrangements

What further study options will I have?

Once you have completed your certificate you may wish to consider the following training pathways, Certificate III in Agriculture or Certificate III in Horticulture.

How long is the course?

Certificate II in Horticulture takes approximately 16 weeks to complete. The course is delivered two days a week, on site at Brite Services in Broadmeadows. This site includes a fully operational commercial nursery where students will gain practical training and work experience.

How will I be assessed?

  • Oral and written questioning
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Projects
  • Third Party Reports where relevant from the workplace supervisor

Will my previous experience or study count?

Yes, Brite Institute mutually recognises qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by other RTOs.  This means you will be granted Credit Transfer (CT) for units from this certificate that has been successfully achieved with another RTO.

You will also have the opportunity to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  This takes into account the knowledge and skills you have already gained through previous education, formal or informal training, paid or unpaid work.

Certificate II in Horticulture – Sample Training Plan

Unit Code

Unit Title

Scheduled Hours

Core (2 units)


Participate in OHS processes



Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Electives (13 units)


Recognise plants



Pot up plants



Tend nursery plants



Plant trees and shrubs



Prepare and maintain plant displays



Prune shrubs and small trees



Undertake propagation activities



Treat weeds



Use hand tools



Work effectively in the industry



Participate in workplace communications



Work in a socially diverse environment



Shift materials safely using manual handling methods


What will the course cost?

You will pay fees for tuition, amenities and resources. Each student's fees are calculated separately and based on their nominal hours of enrolment, and whether or not government subsidies apply. Please refer to the 'fees and refunds' section on Brite's website for further details.

Contact Details for Brite Institute (TOID: 3834)

Address: 463– 467 High Street, Northcote, VIC, 3070   Business Hours: M - F   8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Telephone: (03) 9481 6422   Facsimile: (03) 9486 1073
Email:   Web:

Access and Inclusion

Brite Institute is committed to delivering services in a non-discriminatory manner with respect to age, gender, culture, religion and disability and encourages fair access to services for people of underrepresented groups.  A full copy of the Brite Institute Access and Equity Policy is available upon request and is displayed at the Northcote site.  Full disability access is available at both training sites and people with a disability are encouraged to participate in both accredited and pre-accredited training programs.