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|On-the-job training and assessments with four workplace visits per year.Some training and assessments will be delivered on campus.
This traineeship is an introductory level course suitable for people interested in horticulture as a career.
This course is very hands-on and will cover OH&S, recognise plants, lay paving, pot up plants, propagation, planting, pruning, chemicals (under supervision), micro-irrigation, weeds, pests, diseases & disorders, soil properties, display plantings and first aid.
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 is will give you hands-on skills and knowledge in a variety of areas including:
This course will provide a pathway to work in any horticultural enterprise. 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, and orchards.
This qualification can provide a pathway to further study in the horticulture field including:
You need to be employed in the horticulture industry before commencing this course.
You need to be employed in this field as an apprentice or trainee before commencing this course.
If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice.
To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 15 units; 5 core and 10 elective.
|Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
|Operate basic machinery and equipment
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.
Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.
Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.
Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
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If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.
The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides a number of incentives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice, particularly where the Australian Apprenticeship is in a trade experiencing a skills shortage.
Find out more about the incentives available and hiring an apprentice or trainee on the Australian Apprenticeships website.
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 course fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Course fee funding is made available to eligible individuals by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. An accurate quote for this course will be provided during the enrolment process.
|Course fees by student type
|Indicative Course Fee
|Government subsidised rate (if eligible)
|Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy)
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.
Find out more about Free TAFE courses and eligibility or contact our Customer Service team.
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)
Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.
Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.
We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.
There are five simple steps to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with us.
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