Gain two certificates – both the Certificate II in Horticulture and Certificate II in Landscaping – and be ready to pursue a career in horticulture, landscaping design or parks and garden management. Learn landscaping techniques, machinery operation, how to care for gardens and plants, and develop essential workplace skills, such as in health and safety and environmentally sustainable work practices. Go on to pursue a career in horticulture, landscaping design, or parks and garden management.

  • Wantirna campus
  • two years part-time
  • Wednesday 8.30am – 3.30pm
  • classroom/simulated nursery/online delivery
  • Materials fee: Year 1=$210, Year 2=$210
  • Required clothing and equipment: work boots, long sleeve top (NO singlets), hat, drink bottle, pencil case with pens, pencils and erasers, and an exercise book.

Units of competency

Note: All units must be completed over 2 years to be eligible for the dual qualification

Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
AHCLSC203 Install aggregate paths 20 Elective
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment 20 Elective
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants 40 Compulsory
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes 20 Compulsory
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds 40 Compulsory
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders 30 Compulsory
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30 Compulsory
AHCMOM204 Undertake operational maintenance of machinery 30 Elective
AHCTRF207  Renovate grassed areas 40 Elective
  Total nominal hours 270  
Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work 30 Elective
AHCLSC202 Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls 50 Elective
AHCLSC204 Lay paving 30 Elective
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs 20 Elective
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities 30 Elective
MEM18001 Use hand tools 20 Elective
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations 20 Elective
  Total nominal hours 200  


On successful completion of this program, students will:

  • VCE: be eligible for two or more units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence. This program does not offer scored assessment.

    Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence may be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest study score of the primary four).

  • Qualification: be eligible for the award of AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture and AHC21616 Certificate II in Landscaping.

Complementary studies include Biology.

Career opportunities include horticulturist, parks and gardens manager, landscape designer or architect, sports turf manager, conservation worker and groundskeeper.

How to apply for VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Essentially, we’re in partnership with you and your school. You speak to your school and they coordinate your application with Swinburne. Seek out your school’s VET or careers coordinator for course recommendations and discuss your options. Then, when you’ve decided on a VETDSS course that fits, your school will forward your application directly to us.

To be eligible for consideration for a VETDSS program you must be currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12.

You’ll receive notification from your school about the outcome of your application. Successful? More information about enrolment will follow.

If there is greater demand than course places available, you’ll be placed on a waiting list. So, take note of our key application dates to allow time for your school-endorsed application to get to us.

Please refer to Swinburne's policies and regulations for student rights and responsibilities while on campus.

Course costs

The costs associated with Swinburne VETDSS programs is invoiced directly to schools. For more information on course costs, it’s best to contact your school’s VET or careers coordinator.

2023 key dates

First round applications open Monday 15 August 2022
First round applications close Sunday 9 October 2022
Schools notified Monday 17 October 2022
Late applications open Wednesday 19 October 2022
Late applications close Tuesday 31 January 2023

These dates are indicative only.

Enrolment and Orientation

Orientation for courses at Wantirna campus and Croydon campus is scheduled for Wednesday 30 November 2022.

When you’ve completed your enrolment and we’ve seen you on campus for orientation, you’ll attend Swinburne one day per week for training while continuing at your secondary school.

Courses commence the week of Monday 30 January 2023.

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Contact the VET Delivered to Secondary Students team

Have questions? If you would like more information about Swinburne's Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students, please call us on 1300 275 794 or email