AHC20621 – Certificate II in Parks and Gardens


Fast Facts About Parks and Gardens Courses

Grow a career in green spaces

  • Are you a fan of working outdoors and getting your hands dirty?
  • Know you want to get a Trade apprenticeship, but are not sure where to start?
  • Is the environment, conservation and land management important to you?

Parks and gardens are the hub of urban living. The AHC20621 Certificate II in Parks and Gardens will give you the practical 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. The accredited course-selected units within the Certificate II will help you learn more about your trade and your role in maintaining environmentally sustainable work practices. This is an entry-level course with pathway options across the parks and gardens industry.

Why Bother?

  • Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Trade-qualified Trainers who know their stuff
  • Hands-on experience in a practical environment
  • No entry requirements
  • Pathway to AHC31021 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens 

Job Prospects

Community Landscaper
Residential Gardener
Council worker

Study Mode

Flexible Delivery With Workbook

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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 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. This popular Certificate II provides practical job training and skills to a standard that the parks and gardens industry expects from entry-level workers in the sector.

Ways to study

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 the old fashioned way! If you’re more confident working on plant displays or knowing how to prepare turf surfaces than working out how to fire up your computer – we’ve got your back! At FTA, we’re determined to ensure you learn how you learn best.

To achieve this Certificate II in Parks and Gardens, you must demonstrate competency in 9 core units and 6 elective units from the options below.

Core Units (7)

  • AHCPDG208 Prepare and maintain plant displays
  • AHCPDG207 Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCPDG209 Prune shrubs and small trees
  • AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • AHCPCM204 Recognise plants
  • AHCTRF208 Support turf establishment
  • AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes

Suggested Electives

  • AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
  • AHCLSC206 Assist with landscape construction work
  • AHCIRG221 Assist with pressurised irrigation operations
  • AHCMOM204 Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
  • AHCNSY207 Undertake propagation activities
  • AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
  • AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • AHCSOL203 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing

The Certification II in Parks and Gardens is designed to help participants meet job outcomes at their current or future places of work. 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 courses and qualifications. Ask our team about the best pathway for your goals!

The job titles relevant for career opportunities after studying this Certificate II gardening course include:

  • 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 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) awarded and subsequent Gap Training required

Your skills will be assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. This is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt during your Certificate II and how you do it. This is to be sure that you know how to meet the job outcomes of someone who has completed the nationally recognised qualification no matter where you work in Australia.

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

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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.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training place in a certificate III level qualification.

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Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands-on horticulture experience in different industry sectors, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your parks and gardens course.

Unlimited Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways, whether they are learning how to remove plant pests to providing their green-thumbed care throughout garden and park facilities across the country. That’s why we deliver training in a way where you learn the 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. There are a range of possible job titles waiting for participants after the successful completion of this popular parks and gardens course allowing you to focus on the career title you have always dreamed of having.

Cultivate your passion

It’s never been easier to take your love of the sunny outdoors and turn it into a career. It starts with you signing up to this parks and gardens course that provides you with a national qualification outcome that is recognised throughout Australia.


NOTE: It’s important to complete all core and elective units for the completion of this qualification.  However, you will be mentored throughout the course, assisted by expert instructors who are there to guide you through the learning process.

Students who complete the Certificate II In Parks and Gardens will receive:

  • A nationally recognised qualification so they can work anywhere in Australia
  • Certificate proof of completion
  • A complimentary competency card