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.

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.).

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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.

Enrolments for AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture are open. Here at Open Colleges, you can start whenever you’re ready to begin learning. We just wanted to inform you that the AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture has been superseded by the AHC20422 Certificate II in Horticulture course as of 23/01/2023. Click here to know more information.

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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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.

Entry Requirements


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian or require guardian/parental consent.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to you by Open Colleges.


Access to others

This course includes a requirement to record video and/ or audio roleplays. These will require participation by 1-2 other people sourced by you.

Tools and equipment

You will need to purchase specific tools and equipment for this course. Click here to view the complete list of materials, equipment and tools required for this course. IT Requirements It is recommended that students have the following hardware and additional software:

  • Operating System:
  • Processor: 2 GHz or faster, 2-core
  • Memory: 8GB of RAM or higher z916GB recommended)
  • Hard Drive: Space 2 GB free disk space
  • Browser: Chrome is the preferred browser for students
  • Windows users:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
  • Software:
  • Internet Connection: DSL, Cable, or Satellite with at least 2mbps upload speed Note: it is strongly recommended that you have access to the Internet from home. Expecting to access your course from your work internet or a public network like a library or coffee shop may be impractical due to your average weekly study hours.
  • Printer/Scanner: Access to printing/scanning devices or facilities may be required for certain course activities
  • Peripherals:
  • E-Mail Capability: Access to e-mail through an e-mail program or web-based e-mail system (e.g., Gmail, Hotmail, Mail for Android or Mail for iOS apps)

Workplace projects

You will need to have access to a workplace, or workplaces, in which you can complete your projects and presentations (video demonstrations). Your workplace must be approved by Open Colleges as a suitable and safe environment. The workplace supervisor verifies the activity and you as the student, but does not assess your competence. The projects and presentations are evaluated by an Open Colleges assessor, who will judge competency based on the written and visual evidence you submit online.

You can find more information about the workplace projects here

Equipment and tools

You will need to purchase specific tools and equipment for this course. Click here to view the complete list of materials, equipment and tools required for this course.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents.
  • Accessing and searching the internet.
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites.
  • Uploading documents through websites.
  • Participating in online discussions.
  • Compressing image files.
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.

Audio visual requirements

  • You will need access to software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet. 
  • You'll also need access to a digital video recording device and/or digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology. 

Physical requirements

Physical requirements for this course include manual dexterity (use of tools and equipment), as well as the ability to lift and carry equipment, in order to meet performance criteria and achieve a competent result. Learners are required to be fully able bodied for tasks such as digging.

Other technology requirements

  • Office equipment and resources including telephone, photocopier, scanner and printer.

Video assessments

As part of the assessment for some units, you will be required to produce a video of yourself performing certain tasks. Some of these videos may involve another person.


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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

Certificate II in Horticulture

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