With a Certificate II in Landscaping, you’ll develop skills in basic landscaping techniques, machinery operation and the use of powered and non-powered hand tools. You’ll gain knowledge of essential workplace skills, such as health and safety and environmentally sustainable work practices, and graduate ready to seek work in the industry or continue your study in landscape design or in conservation and land management.

  • Wantirna campus
  • two years part-time
  • Wednesday 8.30am – 3.30pm
  • classroom/simulated nursery/online delivery
  • materials fee: Year 1=$230, Year 2=$230
  • 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 qualification

Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
AHCLSC208 Install aggregate paths 20 Compulsory
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment 20 Compulsory
AHCPCM204 Recognise plants 40 Compulsory
AHCINF203 Maintain properties and structures 30 Elective
AHCIRG219 Assist with low volume irrigation operations 40 Elective
AHCMOM204 Undertake operational maintenance of machinery 30 Elective
AHCTRF207  Renovate grassed areas 40 Elective
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in industry 20 Elective
  Total nominal hours 240  
Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work 30 Compulsory
AHCLSC202 Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls 50 Compulsory
AHCLSC204 Lay paving 30 Compulsory
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs 20 Compulsory
AHCPGD202 Prepare and maintain plant displays 35 Elective
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes 20 Compulsory
RIISAM203E Use hand and power tools 80 Elective
  Total nominal hours 265  

Note: This course is currently in transition. The course code, title, units and content may change.


On successful completion of this program, students will:

  • VCE: be eligible for up to five units of credit towards their VCE at Units 1 and 2 level.

  • Qualification: be eligible for the award of AHC21621 Certificate II in Landscaping.

Complementary studies include Biology and Environmental Science.

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

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 VETDSS@swinburne.edu.au.