• Course Code
  • AHC20416
  • Course Type
  • Pre-Apprenticeship; Accredited Course
  • Study mode
  • On Campus
  • Duration
  • 1 year
  • Starting Date
  • February 2019
  • Location
  • Morwell
  • Bairnsdale
  • Sale (Gtec)
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Course Overview

This course involves hands on learning, both outdoor and indoor and enables students to develop and practice skills including machinery operation, plant growth, soils, diseases and pests. This qualification also includes creating and maintaining garden beds, nursery and orchard skills. This is a real 'doing' course and involves fun learning, getting dirty and experiencing all of what is offered in the horticultural industry.


Morwell - Wednesdays 9.00am – 3.30pm

Sale - Fridays 9.00am – 4.00pm

Bairnsdale Trade Centre - Tuesdays 9.00am – 4.00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Horticulture.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this qualification may undertake an apprenticeship in horticulture or  attain employment as a garden hand, agricultural/horticulture roles, nursery work or progress into further study.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • For each Learner enrolling in a vocational qualification, regardless of eligible or ineligible status under the Victorian Training Guarantee, Federation Training will conduct a Pre-Training Review of current competencies (including literacy and numeracy skills) prior to commencement in training.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Students would be recommended to have successfully completed Year 10 or a minimum of 15 years of age.
    As tis is a Pre-Apprenticeship It is expected that the leaner would be actively seeking employment, either part time or full time, with the aspiration of being offered an apprenticeship as a horticulturist.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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Course Structure

Course Modules

Unit Code

Unit Description


Renovate grassed areas and (Bairnsdale only)


Support turf establishment are delivered instead (Bairnsdale only)


Maintain properties and structures (Morwell & Sale only)


Assist with landscape construction work (Morwell & Sale only)


Operate basic machinery and equipment


Pot up plants


Undertake propagation activities


Recognise plants


Plant trees and shrubs


Prune shrubs and small trees


Treat weeds


Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders


Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing


Participate in work health and safety processes


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Care for nursery plants


Prepare and maintain plant displays

At Bairnsdale AHCTRF203 renovate grassed areas and AHCTRF204 support turf establishment are delivered instead of AHCLSC201 assist with landscape construction work and AHCINF203 maintain properties and structures which are delivered at Morwell and Sale


A range of assessment methods will be used, including practical tasks, assignments and written/practical assessments, practical demonstrations/observation tasks.

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