Certificate II in Parks and Gardens


Fast Facts

Grow a career in green spaces

  • Are you a fan of working outdoors?
  • Know you want to get a Trade apprenticeship, but not sure where to start?
  • Is the environment important to you?

Parks and gardens are the hub of urban living. The AHC20616 Certificate II in Parks and Gardens will give you the skills and knowledge to start your career in maintaining and creating public green spaces.

In this course you’ll gain skills in plant identification, soil analysis, pruning, irrigation and the treatment of weeds. This is an entry-level course with pathway options across the horticultural industry.

Why Bother?

  • Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Trade-qualified Trainers who know their stuff
  • Hands-on experience in a practical environment
  • Pathway to AHC31016 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Job Prospects

Community Landscaper
Residential Gardener
Council worker

Study Mode

Workshop delivery with practical assessments and workbooks provided.

Next Intake

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

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Course Structure

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

Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This parks and gardens course is an entry-level qualification into the horticultural industry. It is aimed at anyone looking to kick start their career in parks, gardens or landscaping.

Ways to study


Learn alongside industry experts, on campus. With a mix of practical tasks and theory you’ll gain the skills, experience and knowledge for a competitive edge in the industry.

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.


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.

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

Core Units

  • AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
  • AHCIRG217 Assist with pressurised irrigation operations
  • AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
  • AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
  • AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
  • AHCTRF204 Support turf establishment
  • AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes

Suggested Electives

  • AHCARB201 Apply a range of treatments to trees
  • AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work
  • AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees
  • AHCTRF203 Renovate grassed areas
  • AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities
  • AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders

Many graduates go on to commence a full time Trade Apprenticeship. We offer pathways into the AHC31016 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens as well as other Horticultural qualifications. Ask out team about the best pathway for your goals!

  • Groundskeeper
  • Community Landscaper
  • Residential Gardener
  • Council worker

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

  • Workshop: 2 – 3 months
  • Fee for service: 3-6 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 may be assessed Online or via Workbook. Practical Assessment will be conducted at your place of work or work site 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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Learner Support

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

Limitless 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.