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South East Certificate II in Horticulture

Why do this course?

This Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416 ) course will cover lots of different skills in horticulture (see some of the topics we cover below) and will help you understand the basics of horticulture.  

Who is our Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416 ) course for?

This course is for anyone who

  • wants to work in horticulture industries such as nurseries, production farms, grounds keepers, retail and many others
  • is a keen gardener and wants to gain professional skills for their own development
  • wants to start a horticulture related business and wishes to formalise their skills
  • needs a specific skill set for their current work such as pruning or weed management

There are no academic pre-requisites for this course aside from a strong interest and ambition to do well in the course.  For more information about eligibility, see our “who is eligible to do this course” section below.  


What will you learn about

This course will cover topics such as:

  • Plant identification
  • Gardening skills
  • Basic organics
  • Landscape and garden management
  • Growing plants
  • Pruning
  • Soils and growing media
  • Pest and disease management
  • Sustainable production
  • Container and nursery production
  • Irrigation
  • Using machinery

Where is this horticulture course going to be held?

This course will be run at the South East Trade Training Centre – 10 Forcett Street Sorell. We will also visit a number of places around the South East and Hobart to see how they use horticulture in their businesses.

South East trade training centre

How long will the course run?

The course will start in the third week of February 2017 and will run for 38 weeks excluding public holidays.  It will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week, starting at 9:15 and finishing at 2:45 pm.  There are no formal class sessions during school holidays. 

How much will the course cost?

The course is FREE to qualifying participants and is supported by funding under the Training and Work Pathways Program, an initiative of Skills Tasmania, Department of State Growth.

What do you need to bring to the course?

Once the course has commenced, you will need to bring the following to classes: 

  • broad brimmed sun hat
  • secateurs (discuss with teacher)
  • gardening gloves
  • safety boots
  • suitable work clothes
  • hearing protection
  • eye protection.

You will only need to bring a pen and paper to the first class.  After the first class, your trainers will tell you what you need to bring for the next class. 

Who is eligible to do this course?

This course is aimed at those people who have found accessing training difficult in the past but who have a genuine interest in learning horticulture skills.

If you fall into any one of these categories, we would consider you eligible for this course:

  • You are unemployed and looking to return to the workforce
  • You are underemployed and looking for more work
  • You are a single mother wanting to upskill
  • You have a disability which makes it difficult to obtain work (note that you must be able to work outdoors)
  • You have found it difficult to access training in the past because you live in a regional area
  • You are none of these but are a disadvantaged member of the community

Students applying for our horticulture courses may be required to undergo an interview process.

Are there entry requirements?

There are NO entry qualification entry requirements for this course EXCEPT you must have a passion for learning about gardening and horticulture. Because this course is fully funded, places ARE LIMITED and the focus is on particular sections of the community.

You must be able to work outdoors in order to do this course.

Are there assessments in this course?

Each of the 15 units in our Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416) includes a range of assessments including: 

  • Short written answers to questions – question and answer style test (can be taken home)
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based
  • Assignments – research topic and provide a written response
  • Demonstration – you will be observed doing tasks
  • If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg verbal tests instead of short written tests)
  • Testimonials from workplacement supervisor
  • Photographic and other media evidence.

We will provide you with the information about the assessment at the commencement of the course and at the beginning of each unit.

How do you apply for this course?

We are currently taking expressions of interest for this course.  To register your interest for this course, please complete the South East Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416) Expression of interest form on this page.