AHC40416 - Certificate IV in Horticulture

Are you an experienced horticulturist? Achieve recognition.

If you have experience cultivating and managing plants for decorative use, plant propagation or small crop and nursery production, then you may achieve formal recognition by getting your skills recognised via RPL. This is ideal if you wish to be certified and improve your employment prospects within the Horticulture industry.

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Yes. All of our qualifications are issued by RTOs which have been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications that meet national quality assurance requirements. This means that they are recognised by industry and educational institutions in all Australian states and territories as conforming to the required competency standards.

Yes. Because all of our qualifications are issued by reputable RTOs and contain the nationally recognised training logo, they each verify that a candidate has met the Units of Competency required to work in their industry occupation. These qualifications do not indicate how you have obtained the qualification (i.e. through RPL), and are exactly the same as a qualification received from a training provider through any other means.

Get Qualified Australia allows you up 3 months to complete the RPL process, however the actual duration is dependent on the length of time it takes you to provide your evidence. While this is generally 4 weeks, the quicker you submit your evidence, the sooner the process will be completed.

Once all the required evidence has been submitted and your evidence has been assessed, the RTO will then review and issue your qualification within 2-4 weeks, provided that no further evidence is required. This makes it possible for you to achieve your qualification in as little as 1 month, and up to 3 months.

Requests for extensions beyond the allotted 3 month period will be considered on an individual case basis.

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  • Bookkeeping and financial records

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Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

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Total number of units = 12

  • Core Units = 1
  • Elective Units = 11

Core Units

Unit Code 

Unit Title 


AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes

Elective Units

  • Select 7 units from elective list below
  • 4 units aligned to AQF level 3, 4 or 5 may be selected from electives below or from this or any other endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course
    Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in horticulture and must be chosen to ensure the integrity of the qualification outcome at AQF level 4

Unit Code 

Unit Title 


Cost a project


Operate within a budget framework


Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals*

AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals


Plan and implement a chemical use program*

AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals


Prepare safe operating procedures for calibration of equipment


Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system


Implement an irrigation-related environmental protection program


Schedule irrigations


Supervise irrigation system installation


Manage surface irrigation systems


Supervise landscape project works


Coordinate customer service and networking activities


Conduct major repair and overhaul of machinery and equipment


Supervise maintenance of property machinery and equipment


Supervise natural area restoration works


Plan the implementation of revegetation works


Plan a growing-on program


Plan a propagation program


Manage biodynamic production


Manage organic livestock production


Manage organic soil improvement


Recommend plants and cultural practices


Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program


Design plant displays


Plan a plant establishment program


Implement a pest management plan


Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation plan


Ensure compliance with pest legislation


Sample soils and interpret results


Develop a sports turf maintenance program


Plan and implement sports turf renovation


Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures


Provide information on issues and policies


Supervise work routines and staff performance


Develop and extend design skills and practice


Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff


Produce complex desktop published documents


Build client relationships and business networks


Analyse and present research information


Manage small business finances


Produce technical drawings


Manage simple projects


Buy merchandise


Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

This qualification does not require any licensing

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