AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture

National ID
AHC40416
WA Course Code
BCW2
CRICOS code
092565A
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Why choose this course?

Further enhance your managerial skills in the horticulture industry with this qualification.

During your studies you will gain the practical skills to coordinate and supervise operations in this industry which may include developing and implementing programs, project costings and supervision.

This course will build upon your knowledge in plant recognition, plant propagation, soil and plant health, weed and pest management and garden design and displays. In addition you will learn how to maintain a safe workplace and implement business management skills in merchandising and sales.

After completing this course, you can undertake further studies by enrolling into AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture.

Career opportunities

  • Horticulturist

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Completion of AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture is required for entry into this course.

Please refer to the Non-Tuition Fees section of your Letter of Offer for any additional requirements where a cost may be incurred.

Your study options

Semester 1, 2024

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2024
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $408
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however students have access to a fully simulated workplace environment such as a plant nursery and parklands located on campus.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 12 units. These 12 are comprised of 1 core unit and 11 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AHCBUS407 Cost a project
  • AHCHYD301 Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems
  • AHCIRG437 Schedule irrigations
  • AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens
  • AHCPCM401 Recommend plants and cultural practices
  • AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning
  • AHCPGD401 Design plant displays
  • AHCPGD402 Plan a plant establishment program
  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results
  • BSBITU404 Produce complex desktop published documents

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written questions, projects that allow students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in developing business documentation such as project and operational plans, preparation of reports and practical demonstration of skills. These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.   Learning resources may include access to Blackboard and the Murdoch nursery facility including tools suitable for industry practices such as turf, landscape, nursery and general gardening.  Facilities and equipment may include use of a simulated nursery with greenhouse and shade house facilities, hard stand with a retail facility attached, machinery and equipment and fully equipped classrooms.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $408
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however students have access to a fully simulated workplace environment such as a plant nursery and parklands located on campus.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 12 units. These 12 are comprised of 1 core unit and 11 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AHCBUS407 Cost a project
  • AHCHYD301 Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems
  • AHCIRG437 Schedule irrigations
  • AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens
  • AHCPCM401 Recommend plants and cultural practices
  • AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning
  • AHCPGD401 Design plant displays
  • AHCPGD402 Plan a plant establishment program
  • AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results
  • BSBITU404 Produce complex desktop published documents

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written questions, projects that allow students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in developing business documentation such as project and operational plans, preparation of reports and practical demonstration of skills. These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.   Learning resources may include access to Blackboard and the Murdoch nursery facility including tools suitable for industry practices such as turf, landscape, nursery and general gardening.  Facilities and equipment may include use of a simulated nursery with greenhouse and shade house facilities, hard stand with a retail facility attached, machinery and equipment and fully equipped classrooms.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

For information about pathways from TAFE to university, view our Pathways to university page.

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Last updated on December 1, 2022