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AHC40416 – Certificate IV in Horticulture

What is the course about?

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills & knowledge across a broad coverage of the horticultural industry prior to undertaking higher level roles in the industry. This qualification forms part of the Amenity Horticulture Training Package & is suitable for people who are typically in a supervisory role & work in non-trade specific horticultural industries. Job titles may include: Senior horticulturalist, Horticulture team leader

What is it going to do for me?

It provides students with the skills & knowledge needed to supervise staff who work in the horticultural industry. Depending on the subject chosen, you will be able to:

  • Supervise & train staff
  • Supervise & plan horticultural activities
  • Promote plant health
  • Supervise machinery maintenance
  • Recommend plants, products & treatments
  • Manage irrigation, drainage & treatment systems
  • Implement an integrated pest management system
  • Operating a budget & costing projects


How long is it going to take?

The course length is 24 months (2 years). But this can be shortened depending on your current skills which can go towards recognition of prior learning (RPL).

How is the qualification delivered?

The trainers come to you at your work place & are very willing to make multiple visits to you if necessary. They are able to tailor your training, to meet the required standards of competency.  Please contact us for further information.

What does the course contain?

  • Completion of twelve (12) units made up of one (1) core unit & eleven (11) elective units.


  • A minimum of five (5) units must come from elective group A
  • A minimum of two (2) units must come from elective groups A or B
  • A maximum of four (4) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificates III, IV or Diploma in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Selected units must meet job outcomes relevant to horticulture.


AHCWHS401 Maintain Work Health & Safety (WHS) processes


AHCPCM401 Recommend plants & cultural practices
AHCPCM402 Develop a soil health & plant nutrition program
AHCPGD402 Plan a plant establishment program
AHCPMG408 Assess & monitor weed, pest &/or disease control programs
AHCSOL401 Sample soils & interpret results
AHCBUS402 Cost a project
AHCTRF401 Develop a sports turf maintenance program
BSBITU404 Produce complex desktop published documents
AHCCHM401 Minimise risks in the use of chemicals
AHCMOM402 Supervise maintenance of property machinery & equipment
AHCIRG408 Schedule irrigations


Target group are primarily engaged in a horticulture industry environment, & are likely to be involved in coordinating a wide range of activities. Target group are experienced workers in this type of organisation, but may have no qualification & or require up skilling of current knowledge & skills. They are existing new employees or can be longer existing workers. Target group are persons who have horticulture supervisory responsibilities for a number of workers & horticultural activities.


Delivery & assessment arrangements

Duration: The program is delivered over a period of …24 MONTHS….

Organisation: The 12 units of competency in the qualification are all considered applied industry skills.



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For general enquiries, please direct your emails to or phone 08 8339 1066

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Over 11 years experience with ARO from apprenticeship to Advanced Diploma. They gave all possible guidance & help. Their trainers were always readily accessible and the course was made to fit around my work. My study with ARO has been invaluable to my career.

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