Certificate II in Retail Nursery

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in retail nursery industry. The nursery industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.


Packaging Rules

Completion of fifteen (15) units made up of seven (7) core units and eight (8) elective units.


a minimum of five (5) units must come from the elective unit list

a maximum of three (3) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificates II or III in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the nursery industry.


Occupational Health and Safety

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCOHS201A

Participate in OHS processes


Unit code

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add topic AHCPCM201A

Recognise plants


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCNSY202A

Tend nursery plants

add topic AHCNSY204A

Maintain indoor plants

Merchandising and sales

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Unit title


Apply point-of-sale handling procedures


Sell products and services

Soils and media

Unit code

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add topic AHCSOL201A

Determine basic properties of soil and/or growing media



Unit code

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add topic AHCBIO202A

Follow site quarantine procedures


Unit code

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add topic AHCCHM201A

Apply chemicals under supervision


Unit code

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add topic AHCDRG201A

Maintain drainage systems

First Aid

Unit code

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add topic HLTFA201A

Provide basic emergency life support


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCIRG202A

Assist with the operation of pressurised irrigation

add topic AHCIRG206A

Maintain pressurised irrigation systems

Machinery operation and maintenance

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCMOM203A

Operate basic machinery and equipment

Merchandising and sales

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SIRXICT001A

Operate retail technology

add topic SIRXADM001A

Apply retail office procedures


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCNSY201A

Pot up plants

add topic AHCNSY203A

Undertake propagation activities

Pests management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPMG202A

Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCWRK204A

Work effectively in the industry

add topic AHCWRK209A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


    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, Certificate III in Retail Nursery or Certificate III in Production Nursery.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Licensing considerations

    There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification.

    Job roles

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

    Garden centre sales assistant

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

Refer to Pathways Information

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Speaking clearly and directly

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation


Working as an individual and a team member

Working with diverse individuals and groups


Solving problems individually or in teams

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role

Participating in continuous improvement and planning


Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Participating in ongoing learning

Learning new skills and techniques


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology