Portland, Hamilton, Sherwood Park (Warrnambool)
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|Study Mode||Part-time, On Campus|
|Commencement||February (Sherwood Park, Hamilton and Portland), July (Sherwood Park)|
|Timetable||One day a week 9am - 4pm During school terms|
This is an introductory level for horticulture course suitable for people interested in horticulture as a career or leading to an apprenticeship as well as keen gardeners wanting to perfect techniques.
This course is very hands-on and will cover set units including OH&S, recognise plants, lay paving, pot up plants, propagation, planting, pruning, machinery and equipment chemicals (under supervision), micro-irrigation, weeds, pests, diseases & disorders, soil properties, grass renovation and display plantings
With increasing urbanisation, amenity horticulture is a growth industry and horticultural food production both at a local level and for wider distribution as a business enterprise is on the rise.
This course will provide you with a well-rounded understanding of key elements of horticulture including:
This course will provide a pathway to work in any horticultural enterprise including an apprenticeships or traineeships at Certificate III level. Upon successful completion, you will be ready to start a horticultural career at worker level that can then develop into more specialist areas or managerial positions with further experience and training.
Career opportunities include work within the areas of parks and gardens, landscaping, garden maintenance, nurseries, hothouse production, market gardens and orchards.
This qualification can provide a pathway to further study in the horticulture field including:
Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts.
To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 15 units; 5 core and 10 elective.
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|AHCPMG202||Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders||30||$0.00|
|AHCSOL202||Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing||30||$0.00|
|AHCWHS201||Participate in work health and safety processes||20||$0.00|
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|AHCCHM304||Transport and store chemicals||50||$0.00|
|AHCCHM307||Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases||70||$65.00|
|AHCIRG215||Assist with low volume irrigation operations||40||$0.00|
|AHCIRG219||Assist with low volume irrigation operations||40||$0.00|
|AHCLSC201||Assist with landscape construction work||30||$0.00|
|AHCLSC205||Install tree protection devices||20||$0.00|
|AHCMOM203||Operate basic machinery and equipment||20||$0.00|
|AHCMOM204||Undertake operational maintenance of machinery||30||$0.00|
|AHCMOM213||Operate and maintain chainsaws||40||$30.00|
|AHCNAR201||Carry out natural area restoration works||40||$0.00|
|AHCNAR305||Collect native seed||40||$0.00|
|AHCNSY201||Pot Up Plants||20||$0.00|
|AHCNSY202||Tend Nursery Plants||30||$0.00|
|AHCNSY203||Undertake propagation activities||30||$0.00|
|AHCPCM202||Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens||30||$0.00|
|AHCPER212||Use and maintain garden hand tools and equipment||25||$0.00|
|AHCPGD201||Plant trees and shrubs||20||$0.00|
|AHCPGD202||Prepare and maintain plant displays||35||$0.00|
|AHCPGD203||Prune shrubs and small trees||35||$0.00|
|AHCPGD204||Transplant small trees||20||$0.00|
|AHCTRF203||Renovate grassed areas||30||$0.00|
|AHCWRK202||Observe environmental work practices||20||$0.00|
|AHCWRK204||Work effectively in the industry||20||$0.00|
|AHCWRK205||Participate in workplace communications||30||$0.00|
|AHCWRK207||Collect and record production data||30||$0.00|
|AHCWRK209||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices||20||$0.00|
This course involves accredited units. You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes. A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment.
Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms. Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance. You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.
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Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.
Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements. Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :
There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances).
The fees listed below are indicative only. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.
|Course fees by student type||Indicative Course Fee|
|Government subsidised rate (if eligible)||$1,780.00|
|Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy)||$5,160.00|
Students who are eligible for Free TAFE place will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
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Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.
|Additional course fees||Indicative Course Fee|
|Course consumable/materials (approximate)||$150.00|
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Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.
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