Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416

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This nationally accredited AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture, delivered by industry experts, will provide you with the skills and knowledge to turn your passion for gardening into an exciting career. You’ll learn to specialize in a field of your choice (Nursery, Parks and Gardens, Landscaping) and gain the in-demand skills to make a lasting impact.

Course Breakdown


AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 18 months

Recommended hours per week: 8h

Delivery method: Online

Qualification level: Certificate II

Awarded by: Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)


Industry Overview

The Australian nursery, landscape and park and gardens sectors are a multi-billion-dollar industry that ‘plays a vital part in the human (community and personal), environmental and economic wellbeing of Australia’. Increased focus on food security and the ‘grow your own’ sector offers a range of opportunities for Horticulturalists while environmental initiatives like bushland regeneration and urban landscaping offer graduates the chance to make a lasting difference to the planet.

Is this course for you?

This course is perfect for organic, or home gardeners and sole traders, including Handypersons, Landscapers and Gardeners who want to develop their horticulture knowledge skills.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

What you will learn

  • How to recognise plants, prepare plant specimens and provide information on products and services.
  • The fundamentals of planting, potting and maintaining trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Soil testing and how to treat weeds, pests and diseases
  • How to work effectively in the industry and Work Health and Safety practices.

You’ll then choose one of three electives to develop your knowledge in a specialist area:

  • In the Nursery elective you’ll discover how to maintain nursery plants, pot up plants and participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • The Parks and Gardens elective will teach you how to operate basic machinery, support turf establishment and maintain properties and structures.
  • If you choose the Landscaping elective, you’ll learn how to operate basic machinery, lay paving and assist with landscape construction.

Students aren’t expected to complete a work placement for this course but are encouraged to demonstrate their skills in their own garden environment (e.g. own garden, community garden, etc.).

Course trainers

Your trainer

Leigh Rogers

Academic Information

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements.

Certificate II in Horticulture

Recognise plants
  • Prepare for plant recognition
  • Recognise specified plants
  • Identify Plants
Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
  • Collect plant specimens
  • Preserve plant specimens
  • Record and catalogue specimen
Participate in work health and safety processes
  • Follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control
  • Observe safe practices during work operations
  • Participate in arrangements for maintaining the health and safety of all people in the workplace
Provide information on products and services
  • Identify information requirements
  • Provide information
Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
  • Collect soil or media samples for testing
  • Perform basic tests on soil or media sample
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is maximum 18 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.



Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 30%
$3,941.00 Save $1,689.00
was $5,630.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 12%
Pay in 64 instalments over the length of your course.
$73.90 Weekly
Total course cost: $4,930.00
was $5,630.00
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Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone