Sherwood Park (Warrnambool)
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|Study Mode||Part-time, On Campus|
|Timetable||One day a week during school terms|
Whilst we pride ourselves on our hands-on training, we have had to adjust most of our courses for study from home and remote learning during the COVID-19 restrictions. This means courses will be delivered using a range of methods including online learning, virtual classrooms, workbooks and direct contact with your teacher.
Given the government restrictions that are now in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Australia, we expect this new model of study will continue until the government makes changes to these restrictions.
The Certificate III in Horticulture will provide you with a wide range of general horticultural skills that can be taken to the workplace. The course will cover areas such as identifying plants, propagation, plant nutrition, specialist amenity pruning, implementing soil improvements and landscape plans, paving and controlling weeds plus plant pests and diseases.
This on-campus course is very hands-on with a focus on the practical skills to be confident to work in the industry. The course is based around developing a strong knowledge of plants then planning and completing a project on campus. This start to finish approach will instil great confidence and improved opportunities for employment.
A course requirement will be to undertake 210 hours of practical gardening outside of class over the 2 years and keeping a journal of the activities undertaken. So access to your own garden, someone else's or a community garden or paid employment in this field is required. If you have no previous commercial experience up to 15 days of work in a commercial horticultural enterprise will be recommended.
This course will give you the confidence to identify plants and provide information on plants and their growing needs. You will acquire skills to assess and improve soils, develop plant establishment and display gardens including how to cost a project. You will learn how to identify plant health problems, establish turf and perform specialist amenity pruning. You will complete the AgVet Chemical Users course which provides you with the confidence to handle, store and apply chemicals safely.
Upon successful completion, you will be equipped to gain work as a horticulturist in parks, nurseries, production, gardening, turf and landscape sectors.
This qualification can provide a pathway to further study in the horticulture field including:
Students are expected to complete 210 hrs of work placement (may be volunteer work) as part of this course. The need for this requirement will be assessed during enrolment / first weeks and can be undertaken at any time during the course (single or block). We will assist in directing you as to how to find a voluntary or paid position. Previous work experience in the industry may cover this requirement.
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 16 units: 5 core and 11 elective.
A course requirement will be to undertake 150 hours of practical gardening outside of class over the 2 years applying the skills learnt in class and keeping a journal of the activities undertaken. So access to your own garden, someone else's or a community garden or paid employment doing a variety of horticultural activities is required. This is in addition to the 210 hours of work placement.
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|AHCPCM302||Provide information on plants and their culture||70||$0.00|
|AHCPMG302||Control plant pests, diseases and disorders||80||$0.00|
|AHCSOL303||Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas||60||$0.00|
|AHCWHS301||Contribute to work health and safety processes||50||$0.00|
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|AHCBUS402||Cost a project||50||$0.00|
|AHCCHM304||Transport and store chemicals||50||$0.00|
|AHCCHM307||Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases||70||$60.00|
|AHCIRG331||Install pressurised irrigation systems||70||$0.00|
|AHCNSY302||Receive and dispatch nursery products||40||$0.00|
|AHCNSY304||Deliver and promote sales of plants||40||$0.00|
|AHCNSY306||Implement a propagation plan||90||$0.00|
|AHCPCM301||Implement a plant nutrition program||60||$0.00|
|AHCPCM303||Identify plant specimens||80||$0.00|
|AHCPGD301||Implement a plant establishment program||80||$0.00|
|AHCPGD302||Plan and maintain plant displays||50||$0.00|
|AHCPGD303||Perform specialist amenity pruning||65||$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.
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.
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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)||$3,540.00|
|Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy)||$10,895.00|
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)||$210.00|
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.
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