National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2) (Closed to New Enrolments)

Qualification code NC1013

This certificate is closed to new students

If you were not already enrolled in this qualification before 26 August 2017, we can no longer enrol you in this programme.

Click on the link to find out about other horticulture related qualifications at Open Polytechnic

Current Students

If you were already enrolled in this programme prior to 26 August 2017 you can continue to enrol in your remaining courses.  

A reminder that the last date to meet the requirements of this qualification is 31 December 2019. This means that you must have all of your assessments in before
1 December 2019. 

We encourage you to complete as soon as possible to be awarded the National Certificate.


The National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) is designed to give you an introduction to entering a career in the horticultural industry. You will gain a foundation of horticulture skills and knowledge as a base for further education and training.

Once you have successfully completed this qualification, you will be able to demonstrate fundamental knowledge and/or elementary skills relevant to various sectors of the horticultural industry.

Fee free offer

We are currently offering this qualification fee free. For information about how to enrol in the fee free offer, check out the Choose courses tab below. Ensure you also read the Terms and conditions tab.

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

In this introductory certificate, you will be introduced to key horticulture skills and knowledge, including:

  • Botany: learn the names of plant parts and how they carry water, food, produce flowers, seeds and fruit.

  • Horticultural Practices: learn how to grow your own plants from seeds, cuttings, grafting and propagating new plants.

  • Soils and Growing Media: learn how soils are formed, picking good quality soil and how to improve your gardens soil to grow the best flowers, vegetables and fruit.

  • Weeds and Plant Names: learn how to identify weeds, and the language of botany and how many plant names have hidden meanings or are named after their discoverers.

  • Plant Protection: learn how to identify plants with pests/diseases/disorders, and the most effective management techniques to rectify the issues.

Workshop option

We offer tutor-led, National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2) fee free Workshops which are available in most areas. To enrol in the workshops, please follow same process as you would for the distance learning option. Once enrolled you’ll be able to see the schedule and location of workshops.

For more information please follow the link- openpolytechnic/hortworkshop/

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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