AHC21616 – Certificate II in Landscaping


Gardening and Landscaping Courses

Re-shape and re-imagine urban landscapes

  • Are you wanting to start your career in garden design and landscaping?
  • Is the sunny outdoors your idea of a good time?
  • Want to build your foundation skills in Landscaping?

If you’re passionate about horticulture, landscape gardening, conservation and land management and plants, then Foundation Training Australia’s AHC21616 Certificate II in Landscaping is what you’re looking for. It is one of our most popular landscaping courses Brisbane wide and is best known throughout Queensland for its no-nonsense, job-focused approach. 

This entry-level, nationally-recognised qualification will give you the practical skills and knowledge to help you take your place in the landscaping industry. You will:

  • Learn to recognise and identify types of plants, treat weeds and invasive plant pests and how to propagate small trees and shrubs.
  • Gain the knowledge required to assist with landscape construction works. 
  • Walk away with practical skills that include the operation of basic machinery (including learning to maintain machinery), low-profile timber or modular retaining walls construction and the installation of aggregate paths and laying paving.  

Each of our landscape gardening courses contained within the Certificate II gives you a deeper understanding of environmentally sustainable work practices.  

A true catalyst for the career-driven, this course is designed to springboard you into an industry apprenticeship to become a landscape professional. Ask our team about the pathway options into the gardening and landscaping industry available to you!

This qualification supersedes RTF20403 Certificate II in Horticulture (Landscape).

Why Bother?

  • Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Trade-qualified Trainers who know their stuff
  • Hands-on experience in a practical environment
  • Australia’s landscape industry generates more than $6 billion a year
  • Pathway to AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction

Job Prospects

Landscape labourer
Landscaping assistant

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Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This landscaping gardening course is an entry-level trade qualification that gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to be competent and to feel confident onsite. It is aimed at anyone looking to start their career in landscaping or looking for improved job opportunities in the horticulture industry.

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.

Pre-employment program

Open the door for full-time Apprenticeship opportunities with FTA’s pre-employment programs. These courses are specifically designed to build your capability and knowledge with job-ready skills for your chosen trade.

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 landscape design skills.

To achieve the AHC21616 – Certificate II in Landscaping, you must demonstrate competency in 8 core units and 7 elective units from the options below.

Core Units (8)

  • AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work
  • AHCLSC202 Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls
  • AHCLSC203 Install aggregate paths
  • AHCLSC204 Lay paving
  • AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
  • AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes

Suggested Elective Units (7)

  • AHCPNG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
  • AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications
  • AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees
  • RIISAM203E Use hand and power tools
  • AHCPMG201 Treat weeds

As a graduate, you have the opportunity to take on further study to extend your training into an AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction under a full-time Apprenticeship. Ask our team about your career pathway options.

On your successful completion of the course, career opportunities after studying our gardening and landscaping course include:

  • Landscape Labourer
  • Landscaping Assistant
  • Grounds Person
  • Community Groundskeeper

There are no Certificate II in Landscaping short courses. However, the course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Fee for service: 6 -12 months subject to the amount of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) awarded and subsequent Gap Training required.
  • If you are looking for part time landscaping courses, then talk to us about your level of experience and how we can integrate your studies into your schedule.

All our landscaping certification courses are assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. This is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt and how you do it.

Being a mix of theory and practical, it is not possible to conduct the entirety of our landscaping courses online in Australia However, the theory component may be assessed Online or you may choose to leave the computer work behind and use a Workbook. 

The practical component of our landscaping certificate programs is important. 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 with our industry-respected gardening and landscape training courses? We have flexible solutions to make it possible to be part of our gardening and landscaping courses in Brisbane and throughout Queensland making entry affordable, no matter where you are located in the State.  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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Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands-on experience in landscaping certificate courses, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your landscape gardening 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

Our gardening and landscaping courses are nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.

Industry experts paving the way

With the help of our mentors, you can take your love of gardening and creative landscaping and turn it into a career even if you haven’t taken on this type of study before. 

How does it work? Once an eligible student is enrolled, the student will sign the training contract with FTA and be mentored from the beginning so they are comfortable with the course and what is expected. Our expert instructors will be there to support and build on existing landscaping skills and guide each participant through the learning process.

Our landscaping training courses will inspire you to:

  • Cultivate your passion for landscaping and show your employers you’re serious about your career and improving your job titles in the years to come
  • Achieve your goals with all the support and practical experience earned from real-world training on-site.
  • Gain mentorship from highly qualified trainers who can pass on the skills and knowledge you need to fulfil your career dreams.

Grow with us

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. 

However, all eligible students must be over the age of 18 unless they have written permission from a parent or guardian who must co-sign the enrollment documentation.

Worried about facing theory or bookwork when you’re more a hands-on type of person? FTA understands this and will make sure you have the language, literacy and numeracy skills required before accepting you on the course so you are fully equipped for the challenge. This is especially helpful for international students from non-English speaking countries or those not as confident with paperwork as they are working on the tools.