Qualification details

AHC20710 - Certificate II in Production Nursery (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to AHC20716 - Certificate II in Production Nursery 26/Jun/2016
Supersedes RTF20603 - Certificate II in Horticulture (Wholesale Nursery) 09/Jun/2011

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 20/Oct/2011
(View details for release 1) 10/Jun/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

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AHCNSY204A - Maintain indoor plantsMaintain indoor plantsSupersededN/A
AHCIRG202A - Assist with the operation of pressurised irrigationAssist with the operation of pressurised irrigationDeletedN/A
AHCPCM201A - Recognise plantsRecognise plantsSupersededN/A
AHCNSY202A - Tend nursery plantsTend nursery plantsSupersededN/A
AHCSOL201A - Determine basic properties of soil and/or growing mediaDetermine basic properties of soil and/or growing mediaSupersededN/A
AHCPGD203A - Prune shrubs and small treesPrune shrubs and small treesSupersededN/A
AHCPMG201A - Treat weedsTreat weedsSupersededN/A
AHCMOM202A - Operate tractorsOperate tractorsSupersededN/A
AHCBIO202A - Follow site quarantine proceduresFollow site quarantine proceduresSupersededN/A
AHCOHS201A - Participate in OHS processesParticipate in OHS processesSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 843311 Horticultural Nursery Assistant 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9922-11 Horticultural Nursery Assistant 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0503 Horticulture And Viticulture 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Forest Growing, Management and Harvesting 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Production Nursery Assistant 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 841412 Horticultural Nursery Assistant 04/Nov/201131/Mar/2022
ANZSCO Identifier 843311 Horticultural Nursery Assistant 01/Apr/2022 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9922-11 Horticultural Nursery Assistant 04/Nov/2011 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0503 Horticulture And Viticulture 04/Nov/2011 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 10/Jun/2011 
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Modification History

October 2011: Fixed typographical error in description.


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

Pathways Information

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 Production Nursery or Certificate III in Retail 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:

Production nursery worker

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Pathways Information

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements 

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Employability Skills Summary


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

Packaging Rules

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 

AHCOHS201A Participate in OHS processes


AHCCHM201A Apply chemicals under supervision


AHCNSY201A Pot up plants

AHCNSY202A Tend nursery plants

AHCNSY203A Undertake propagation activities


AHCPCM201A Recognise plants

Pest management 

AHCPMG201A Treat weeds



AHCBIO202A Follow site quarantine procedures


AHCDRG201A Maintain drainage systems

First Aid 

HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support


AHCINF203A Maintain properties and structures


AHCIRG202A Assist with the operation of pressurised irrigation 

AHCIRG206A Maintain pressurised irrigation systems

Parks and gardens 

AHCPGD203A Prune shrubs and small trees

Pest management 

AHCPMG202A Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders

Machinery operation and maintenance 

AHCMOM202A Operate tractors

AHCMOM203A Operate basic machinery and equipment

AHCMOM211A Operate side by side utility vehicles


AHCNSY204A Maintain indoor plants

Soils and media 

AHCSOL201A Determine basic properties of soil and/or growing media


AHCWRK204A Work effectively in the industry

AHCWRK209A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices