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 Outcoms

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
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCIRG217 Assist with pressurised irrigation operations
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment 
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
MEM18001C Use hand tools
AHCPMG203 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities
 AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

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