Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become a senior or head gardener. The parks and gardens industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.


Packaging Rules

Completion of fourteen (14) units made up of eight (8) core units and six (6) elective units.


a minimum of three (3) units must come from the elective units list

a maximum of three (3) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificate III, IV or Diploma in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the parks and gardens industry.


Occupational Health and Safety

add topic AHCOHS401A Maintain Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes


add topic AHCBUS402A Cost a project

add topic BSBITU404A Produce complex desktop published documents

Parks and gardens

add topic AHCPGD402A Plan a plant establishment program


add topic AHCPCM401A Recommend plants and cultural practices

add topic AHCPCM402A Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program


add topic AHCTRF401A Develop a sports turf maintenance program


add topic PSPPM402B Manage simple projects



add topic BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances

add topic TLIR207C Source goods/services and evaluate contractors


add topic AHCCHM401A Minimise risks in the use of chemicals

add topic AHCCHM402A Plan and implement a chemical use program

add topic AHCCHM403A Prepare safe operating procedures for calibration of equipment


add topic BSBDES403A Develop and extend design skills and practice


add topic AHCIRG401A Acquire resources for irrigation installation and construction

add topic AHCIRG402A Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system

add topic AHCIRG406A Plan on-site irrigation system installation and construction work

add topic AHCIRG407A Supervise on-site irrigation installation and construction work


add topic AHCLSC401A Supervise landscape project works

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM401A Conduct major repair and overhaul of machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM402A Supervise maintenance of property machinery and equipment


add topic AHCNSY401A Plan a growing-on program

add topic AHCNSY402A Plan a propagation program

Parks and Gardens

add topic AHCPGD401A Design plant displays

Pest management

add topic AHCPMG408A Assess and monitor weed, pest and/or disease control programs

Soils and media

add topic AHCSOL401A Sample soils and interpret results


add topic AHCTRF402A Plan and implement sports turf renovation


add topic AHCWRK401A Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures

add topic AHCWRK402A Provide information on issues and policies

add topic AHCWRK403A Supervise work routines and staff performance

add topic AHCWRK404A Ensure compliance with pest legislation


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Diploma of Parks and Gardens.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Job roles

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    Head gardener

    Horticulture team leader

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Speaking clearly and directly

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements


Working as an individual and a team member

Working with diverse individuals and groups

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Being creative in response to workplace challenges

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Being appropriately resourceful


Monitoring and evaluating own performance

Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

Learning in a range of settings including informal learning


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology