This qualification provides an occupational outcome in parks and gardens.  The  horticulture  industry  expects  this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

A Horticultural trades assistant is likely to be involved in a wide range of gardening tasks under limited supervision. Work undertaken as a horticultural assistant could include:

  • planting, transplanting and pruning small trees and shrubs operating equipment and machinery
  • maintaining properties and structures processes under taking irrigation and drainage
  • maintenance activities
  • treating weeds, pests and disease
  • establishing and renovating grassed areas
  • supporting re-vegetation works

There are several ways to get work as a horticultural trades assistant. In a parks and training as a horticultural assistant before moving to work as a horticultural trades assistant. Individuals with general horticultural experience are often able to obtain work as horticultural trades assistants on a casual basis in domestic and large private gardens.

Campus: Melbourne / Werribee South / Cairns
Duration: 24 Months VCAL / VETis or 6 months full-time
Intakes: Fortnightly
Mode (Domestic Students): Face-to-Face

Distance (must have workplace to practice)

Online Moodle (must have workplace to practice)

Course Costs: $2500
Mode (International Students): Not Available


Training & Employment Outcomes

This qualification provide an occupational outcome in horticulture.  The horticulture expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


Completion of fifteen (15) units.

AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes Task 1 – Short answer questions & Practical activity – Enterprise procedures relating to to hazards, fires, emergencies, accidents and risk control; OHS signs and symbols relevant to area of work.Task 2 – Online test
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision Activity 1  Short  answer questions about Preparing spray equipmentActivity 2  Short  answer questions about Calibration of boom spray

Activity 3 Short  answer questions about Identify hazards and assess risks associated with hazardous substances

Activity 4  Short  answer questions about Personal and public safety in using hazardous substances

Activity 5 Short  answer questions about Disposing of water waste

Activity 6 Short  answer questions about Accidental poisoning

Activity 7 Short  answer questions about Correctly apply treatment

Activity 8 Short  answer questions about Storage of chemicals

Activity 9 Short  answer questions about Recording and reporting chemical application and storage details

AHCIRG221  Assist with pressurised irrigation operations Activity / Learning Guide (this includes practical assessments).
AHCMOM203 – Operate basic machinery and equipment Activity / Learning Guide (this includes practical assessments).
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs Activity 1 Written questions about Workplace risk assessmentActivity 2 Checklist on Preparation for planting operations

Activity 3 Written questions about Site preparation

Activity 4 Written questions about Prepare trees and shrubs for planting

Activity 5 Written questions about Inspect plants and report problem

Activity 6 Written questions about Install trees and shrubs

AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities Activity 1 Workplace Risk AssessmentActivity 2 Written Questions about Visual inspection of park facilities

Activity 3 Demonstration/observation park inspection

Activity 4 Written Task (inventory lists)

Activity 5  Written Task (hazards and recommendations)

Activity 6  Written Task (report writing)

AHCPMG201 Treat weeds Activity / Learning Guide (this includes practical assessments).
AHCPCM204 Recognise plants Activity 1 Written task (Prepare plant for recognition )

Activity 2 Written task ( Inflorescence)

Activity 3 Sketching task (leaves)

Activity 4 Written task ( Information on plants )

AHCSOL203 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing Activity 1 Written task ( Locating services)

Activity 2 Written task (Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare)

Activity 3 Written task (Personal Protective Equipment)

Activity 4 Written task (Soil texture)

Activity 5 Written task (Soil structure)

Activity 6 Written task (Soil colour)

Activity 7 Written task (Soil chemical properties)

Activity 8 Written task (Properties of growing media)

Activity 9 Calculating task ( Air Filled Porosity)

AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees Activity 1 Written task ( Workplace Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment)

Activity 2 Written task (PPE Selection & Maintenance)

Activity 3 Written task (Identifying tools for pruning situation)

Activity 4 Written task ( Pruning techniques)

Activity 5 Written task ( Compartmentalisation of decay in trees)

AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry Activity 1 & Activity 2  Written task – Understanding your workplace structureActivity 3 Written task – Understanding the horticulture industry

Activity 4 Short answer questions – Occupational health and safety

Activity 5 Written task – The Code of Practice in your workplace

Activity 6 Conduct a daily work schedule

Activity 7 Identify tasks in priority from daily work schedule you prepared in previous activity.

Activity 8 Written task – Positive actions on problems

MEM18001C Use hand tools Activity / Learning Guide (this includes practical assessments).
AHCPMG202 – Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders Activity 1 Written questions  ( Identifying insects and mites)Activity 2 Written questions (Identifying plant diseases)

Activity 3 Written questions ( Monitoring pests and diseases)

Activity 4 Written questions ( Treatment methods)

Activity 5 Written questions ( Treatment application)

Activity 6 Written questions ( Post treatment operations)

AHCNSY207  Undertake propagation activities Activity 1 Practical task (Separating cells for seedlings)Activity 2 Multiple choice questions (Separating cells for seedlings)

Activity 3 Short answer questions (Separating cells for seedlings)

Activity 4 Practical task (Types of softwood cuttings)

Activity 5 Matching exercise (Types of softwood cuttings)

Activity 6 Short answer questions (Types of softwood cuttings)

Activity 7 Practical task (Lining out cuttings)

Activity 8 Short answer questions (Lining out cuttings)

Activity 9 Matching exercise (Lining out cuttings)

Activity 10 Practical task (Separation and division )

Activity 11 Multiple choice questions (Separation and division )

Activity 12 Matching exercise (Separation and division )

Activity 13 Practical task (Stenting)

Activity 14 Short answer questions (Stenting)

Activity 15 Multiple choice questions (Stenting)

Activity 16 Practical task (Budding)

Activity 17 Multiple choice questions (Stenting)

Activity 18  Practical task (Layering)

Activity 19 Multiple choice questions (Layering)

AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Activity 1 Written task (Identifying resources used in own work role )

Activity 2 Written task (Documenting and measure current usage of resources using appropriate

Activity 3 Written task ( Recording and filing documentation measuring current usage, using
technology (such as software systems) )

Activity 4 Written task (Identifying and reporting workplace environmental hazards to
appropriate personnel)

Activity 5 Written task (Reporting breaches or potential breaches to appropriate personnel )

Activity 6 Group task

Note: Units selected have been chosen with industry consultation, should clients wish to look at other units please contact ACAH or visit

Entry requirements

Age – 16 years plus.

English Proficiency Requirements: all candidates must completea Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.

Academic Requirement: Completion of Equivalent to Certificate I, or Primary school equivalent, or currently employed in the parks and gardens industry or interested in career in horticulture