AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture

About this course

Nationally Recognised Training

AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture is currently available as part of a school-based traineeship.

The Certificate II in Horticulture will teach you the fundamentals of planting, potting and maintaining trees, shrubs and plants, how to recognize plants, prepare plant specimens and provide information on products and services, and soil testing along with how to treat weeds, pests and diseases.

This Certificate is delivered by industry experts and will give you the fundamental horticulture skills you’ll need to succeed in the industry.

Course length

The duration for this program/ school-based traineeship is 24 months.

Course delivery

This qualification is delivered to school-based trainees via online and work-based training.

One of our trainers will visit the workplace to provide students with face-to-face training in theory and undertake practical observations. In the workplace, the students will receive practical, hands-on application of their learning.

Some training may also occur at the school through traditional classroom methods.


You will need to:

  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test prior to commencing this qualification.
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Government Australian Apprenticeship and funded training through Queensland User Choice program.
  • Be employed or hosted with an appropriately resourced Horticultural workplace and be signed into a valid and registered training contract.


15 units must be completed:

  • 5 core units
  • 10 elective units


Participate in work health and safety processes
Recognise plants
Treat weeds
Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing


Apply chemicals under supervision
Pot up plants
Participate in workplace communications
Operate basic machinery and equipment
Undertake propagation activities
Care for nursery plants
Plant trees and shrubs
Prune shrubs and small trees
Work effectively in the industry
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Assessment methods may include written activities and on-the-job observations.


Possible job titles include:

  • Horticultural worker or assistant
  • Gardening assistant


Government Funding Available

School-based Traineeship

In Queensland, subject to eligibility, funding is available through the Queensland Government to support completing this qualification through the Queensland User Choice Program.

Students in Queensland wishing to enrol in a traineeship must be employed and signed up as an eligible trainee by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

The Student Contribution Fees are a student’s contribution to the cost of training and assessment services provided by Look Now Training. School-based trainees are exempt from paying student contribution fees under the User Choice program whilst at school. Once the training contract has been converted to full- time or part-time, students are then eligible to pay the student contribution fees and charges for the remainder of the qualification.


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