Certificate IV in Horticulture

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge across a broad coverage of the industry prior to undertaking higher level roles in the industry.


Packaging Rules

Completion of twelve (12) units made up of one (1) core unit and 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.


Occupational Health and Safety

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCOHS401A

Maintain Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes



Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPCM401A

Recommend plants and cultural practices

add topic AHCPCM402A

Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCLSC401A

Supervise landscape project works

Organic production

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCORG403A

Manage organic soil improvement

Parks and gardens

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPGD401A

Design plant displays

add topic AHCPGD402A

Plan a plant establishment program

Pest management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPMG408A

Assess and monitor weed, pest and/or disease control programs

Soils and media

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCSOL401A

Sample soils and interpret results


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCTRF401A

Develop a sports turf maintenance program

add topic AHCTRF402A

Plan and implement sports turf renovation



Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBUS402A

Cost a project

add topic AHCBUS404A

Operate within a budget framework

add topic BSBSMB406A

Manage small business finances

add topic BSBHRM402A

Recruit, select and induct staff

add topic BSBITU404A

Produce complex desktop published documents

add topic BSBRES401A

Analyse and present research information

add topic TLIR4002A

Source goods/services and evaluate contractors


Unit code

Unit title

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


Unit code

Unit title

add topic CUVCRS04A

Produce technical drawings

add topic BSBDES403A

Develop and extend design skills and practice


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCIRG401A

Acquire resources for irrigation installation and construction

add topic AHCIRG402A

Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system

add topic AHCIRG404A

Implement an irrigation-related environmental protection program

add topic AHCIRG405A

Plan and coordinate gravity-fed irrigation systems

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 AHCIRG408A

Schedule irrigations

Machinery operation and maintenance

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCMOM401A

Conduct major repair and overhaul of machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM402A

Supervise maintenance of property machinery and equipment

Merchandising and sales

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCMER401A

Coordinate customer service and networking activities

add topic BSBREL402A

Build client relationships and business networks

add topic SIRXINV004A

Buy merchandise

Natural area restoration

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCNAR401A

Supervise natural area restoration works

add topic AHCNAR402A

Plan the implementation of revegetation works


Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCNSY401A

Plan a growing-on program

add topic AHCNSY402A

Plan a propagation program

Organic production

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCORG401A

Manage biodynamic production

add topic AHCORG402A

Manage organic livestock production

Pest management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCPMG405A

Implement pest management action plans


Unit code

Unit title

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

add topic PSPPM402B

Manage simple projects


    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, AHC50410 Diploma of Horticulture.

    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:

    Senior horticulturist

    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 advanced technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology