VET Studies
VET Studies


Chisholm Institute of TAFE RTO 0260


VET in schools multiplies opportunities for students.  They enable students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification as well as contribute towards their VCE or VCAL Certificate. Classroom learning is combined with structured hands-on training and practice in industry. The aims of the program are to provide students with the knowledge and skills to achieve competencies that will enhance their employment prospects. Students will need to choose for the following strands

  • Parks and Gardens
  • Landscaping
  • Production

Students however obtain a number of industry based skills that will prepare them for entry into this dynamic industry with an emphasis on transferable skills which allow for movement into other areas of horticulture.

Course Code and Course Title

  • AHC20416  – Certificate II in Horticulture


This program is delivered at Chisholm Institute of TAFE in Cranbourne. Classes are conducted using a mixture of practical and theoretical sessions.

Classes are run on a Wednesday or Fridays for 8.30am – 4pm.

Special Requirements

Students are required to have safety footwear for every lesson:

  • Purchase of pruning secateurs required
  • Sunscreen and a hat is also recommended

Structured Workplace Learning

A minimum of 200 hours of SWL is required for this program, however 120 hours is provided by Chisholm in a simulated workplace environment. Students need to complete 80 hours of SWL to make up the full 200 hours. It is recommended that students time their SWL to experience different season conditions if possible.

Contribution to the VCE and VCAL

Students who complete the Certificate II in Horticulture qualification will be eligible for up to five units credit towards their VCE: up to three units at Unit 1–2 and a Unit 3–4 VCE sequence. Students who receive a Unit 3–4 sequence will be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR calculated using 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four.

Further information on the increment process can be found on the VCAA website:

This program will also satisfy the learning outcomes for the VCAL Industry Specific and the Work Related Skills strand.

Units of Competency

Units will vary depending on the strand but could include


Unit of Competency Name

RTC2026A Undertake propagation activities
RTC2307A Operate machinery and equipment
RTC2705A Work effectively in the industry
RTF2017A Prune shrubs and small trees
RTF2019A Renovate grassed areas
RTF2024A Tend nursery plants
RTF2208A Lay paving
RTC2701A Follow OH&S procedures
RTC2012A Plant trees and shrubs
RTC2016A Recognise plants
RTC2401A Treat weeds
RTC2404A Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
RTC2702A Observe environmental work practices
RTC2801A Participate in workplace communication
RTE2606A Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
RTF2014A Prepare and maintain plant displays
RTF2504A Determine basic properties of soil

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Students who complete this course will be well equipped to enter the horticultural industry as a general hand, but will also be well placed to articulate to an apprenticeship position as a:

  • Nursery assistant
  • Gardening assistant
  • Landscape assistant


  • Diploma of Horticulture (Landscaping, Turf, Parks and Gardens)
  • Advanced Diploma of Horticulture
  • Diploma of Diploma of Horticulture (Wholesale Nursery); or Production Horticulture;
  • Advanced Diploma of Production Horticulture

University Options

  • Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture; or
  • Bachelor of Environments (Landscape Architecture) or (Environments)
  • Bachelor of Environments (Urban Design and Planning)
  • Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning)
  • Bachelor of Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture