Intro to Horticulture (Accredited)

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**The next course commences on 8th August 2019

This course is designed as a Taster for those who are unsure as to whether accredited training is for them, or whether Horticulture is the right pathway or who are simply not able to commit to a full course at this stage.

The Certificate II in Horticulture is a nationally recognized qualification from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package.  Completing this qualification, in part or in its entirety, in our 4.5 hectare urban farm here at CERES Community Environment Park provides students with a range of skills and units that are transferable to further study or a career in horticulture.

This course runs for 13 sessions 9.30am - 3.45pm  *no class on 26th September 2019

Course Design

CERES Taster course offers 3 units*

Unit Code          Unit Name

AHCPCM201     Recognise plants

AHCSOL202      Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing

AHCPER206      Plant and maintain permaculture crops

There is a maximum of 15 places in this class.  Course delivery includes a range of activities and methodologies including practical demonstration and hands on learning, class discussion and use of a range of written and on-line materials.

CERES will provide all course written and gardening related learning resources.  Students are required to provide and wear appropriate attire for working outdoors including safety boots where possible.

Assessment will be conducted in line with the Training Package's requirements and will be through a range of practical demonstrations and some written assignments.

As part of the course enrolment process we provide a short Literacy & Numeracy test to determine any support needs and this will be sent to you.  If you do not wish to undertake this you may sign a waiver, e.g. you have successfully completed a higher qualification. 

** Please contact Karen Mengell, VET Coordinator and Pathways Planning Officer to apply 9389 0127

Please note that this course is only available to domestic students.

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What you will learn
  • How to sample and test soil and growing media
  • How to plant and maintain permaculture crops
  • How to recognise and identify plants
What you will get
  • An opportunity to test out whether horticulture or further accredited training is for you
  • A great grounding in the basics of horticulture/permaculture on our 4.5 hectare urban farm working alongside our range of social enterprises such as our Honey Lane Organic Market Garden and our Propagation Area
  • On successful completion 3 units from AHC20416 Cert II in Horticulture which can be credited against either a full Cert II or a range of Cert III's in the Horticulture Package

What to bring
  • Gardening gloves
  • Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
  • Pen and paper
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty
  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots.
What to wear

Clothes you don't mind getting dirty in!

Appropriate for

Anyone interested in horticulture/permaculture who is considering the option of further study or future employment in this field