Certificate II in Horticulture

Course code: AHC20416

Holmesglen Institute – This course offers students the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills. Students will learn how to build retaining walls, lay paving, maintain gardens, test soil, drive a tractor, use a ride on mower and identify pests and diseases in plants. This is a great course if you want to work outdoors in a variety of areas.

CERES – This course offers students the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills such as testing soil, identifying pests and diseases in plants, assisting with landscape construction work, propagation, potting up plants and pruning shrubs and small trees. This course provides an introduction to careers in areas such as gardening, landscaping, and nurseries. The course is a great introduction to the horticulture industry.

Are you suitable?

Consider this course if you:

  • Are interested in gardening
  • Like working outdoors
  • Enjoy practical activities
  • Are able to undertake manual work (including bending and lifting)
  • Enjoy the natural environment

For more information about the course at Holmesglen Institute, download the Information Booklet.

  • Sample competencies covered include:
    • Assist with landscape construction work
    • Pot up plants
    • Plant trees and shrubs
    • Undertake propagation activities

CERES Community Environment Park
Holmesglen Institute (Waverley Campus)

Centre for Education & Research in Environment Strategy (CERES)
RTO Number: 3686

Holmesglen Institute
RTO Number: 0416

CERES Community Environment Park
Units 1 & 2 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Units 3 & 4 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Holmesglen Institute (Waverley Campus)
Units 1 & 2 | Wednesdays | 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Units 3 & 4 | Wednesdays | 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Part Time / Face to Face

This is a two year course.

Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.

Work placement is not required.

Contact the VET Coordinator at your Secondary College for specific information regarding your College’s application process. Your VET Coordinator and/or staff from your Secondary College will assist you with planning for your VCE or VCAL certificate and will advise you where a VET Course fits within this plan. They will also give you information about travel arrangements and any costs associated with VET Courses.

For information on the IMVC Application Process please go to About VET Delivered in Schools.

Contact your school to discuss fees for VET Courses.

VCAL: This program contributes to the Industry Specific Skills Strand and may also contribute to the Work Related Skills Strand.

VCE: Students may be eligible to receive recognition of up to two or more units at Units 1 & 2 level and a Units 3 & 4 sequence.

ATAR: This subject does not have a study score and therefore cannot contribute towards the student’s primary four. Students who receive a Units 3 & 4 sequence may be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest result of your primary four scaled studies). Please note the student must already have English and three other fully scored VCE/VET subjects to create the primary four.

Employment opportunities exist in a number of industry sectors such as landscaping, nursery, parks and gardens, and turf management. With additional training and experience, future employment opportunities may include nursery worker, grounds keeper, horticulturalist or landscaper.

Students enrolling with either Holmesglen Institute or CERES are required to provide their own safety gear, this may include: safety boots, work overalls and sun protection. This program incorporates an extensive practical component, therefore, some degree of physical fitness is required.

CERES students will be provided with a Hi Viz Vest if they do not own one. CERES students must have successfully completed Year 9.