Certificate II in Horticulture


Conservation and Ecosystem Management Course

Become a land and wildlife warrior

  • Do you want to play an important role in caring for the planet?
  • Does a career outdoors excite you?
  • Have a green thumb or a passion for horticulture?

Make a start on your career in horticulture with this entry-level course that will qualify you to work as a horticultural assistant, or garden or nursery labourer.

In this course, you will learn how to treat weeds, recognise and identify different plants, assist with landscape construction work; learn to operate and maintain machinery such as chainsaws and how to propagate plants.

Why Bother?

  • Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Trade-qualified Trainers who know their stuff
  • Hands-on experience in a practical environment

Job Prospects

Horticultural assistant

Garden Labourer

Nursery Labourer

Study Mode

Delivery is via workshop in workbooks.

Next Intake

Contact us to find out.



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Discover what it’s like to study a Horticulture course.


I enrolled in the course to gain some practical experience in the construction industry. I enjoyed everything about it!”

Student Q&A: Jesse Krueger
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Course Flyer

An in-depth look at the course, to download your own copy, click ‘get course guide’ above.

Course Structure

What you’ll learn

Get started on your career as a horticulturalist! Get the practical skills to assist with tasks such as maintaining and restoring natural and cultural places, or farmland.

Ways to study


Sometimes we like to do it old-school! If you’re better on the tools than on a computer – we’ve got your back! At FTA, we’re determined to ensure you learn how you learn best.

Onsite Training

We like to think this is a bit of a game changer! Learn onsite, while you work. This means less time off the tools and more time focused on practical skills.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 8 core units and 7 elective units from the options below.

Core Units (8)

  • AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • AHCPCM204 Recognise plants
  • AHCPGD207 Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
  • AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • AHCSOL203 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
  • AHCWHS202 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK211 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Suggested Elective Units (7)

  • AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
  • AHCLSC206 Assist with landscape construction work
  • AHCMOM204 Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
  • AHCWRK213 Participate in workplace communications
  • AHCNSY207 Undertake propagation activities
  • AHCWRK214 Observe workplace quality assurance procedures
  • AHCWRK216 Provide information on products and services

Career opportunities after studying the AHC21020- Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management  include:

  • Farm, forestry and garden worker
  • Revegetation Worker
  • Lands, Parks and Wildlife Officer
  • Trainee Park Ranger
  • National Parks Worker
  • Conservation Earthworks Assistant

The course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): 3-6 months- this term may be extended by Funding Criteria, amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required  – eligibility criteria apply.
  • Fee for Service: 3-12 months subject to the amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required

Your skills will be assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. Which is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt and how you do it.

Theory will be assessed via Workbook. Practical Assessment will be conducted at your place of work or worksite with fit for purpose facilities and equipment which are to be made available to your FTA trainer & Assessor for training and assessment purposes.

Let’s talk about the money

Ready to take the leap towards your nationally recognised qualification? View the range of funding options available to assist both students and employers in gaining valuable training.

Fee For Service

Fee For Service

Our flexible Fee For Service model accommodates individuals ready to start their qualification today while making ongoing, manageable payments.

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Sow a career in Conservation

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Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands on experience, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your Parks and Garden course.

Unlimited Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways. That’s why we deliver training how you learn best. Plus, you get your own Learning Engagement Officer to support your progress through the course.

Recognised Qualifications

This Parks and Gardens course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.