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Step by Step program

Interested in our Launceston course starting October 2016?

If you are interested in our Launceston Step by Step course, please apply online here:  This is the online application.  It also provides information on the start dates, times and location as well as what the course covers.

About the Growing Step by Step Horticulture courses

Our Step-by-Step horticulture program has been designed to help you learn about horticulture in a relaxed and easy to understand way.  There are 7 individual programs that you can work your way through.  These programs are designed to progressively build confidence, skills and self esteem, alongside developing community and industry engagement and support.

Our Step-by-Step will take the skills involved in Certificates I and II in horticulture and bundle them into 6 to 8 week courses.  As part of this process. you will have the opportunity to gain one or more units of competency from the National Recognised Training packages in Horticulture.  As you progress through the program, you will have opportunities to engage in projects in the community and work placements in industry. You will also develop employability skills and skills useful in your own lives such as the capacity to grow food for yourself and your family.

How many days a week does the course run?

Each step will run one (1) day a week for 6 or 8 weeks (depending on the step).

On what days will the steps run?

Launceston: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Smithton: Tuesdays

Derwent Valley: Thursdays

Huonville: Fridays

Burnie: Thursdays

When will the courses start?

Launceston: Starting soon – Join any time

Smithton: Thursdays. In progress – Join any time

Derwent Valley: Thursdays. In progress – Join any time

Huonville: Fridays. In progress – Join any time

Burnie:  In progress – Join any time

What time does class start and finish

Class will typically start around 9 or 9:30am – depending on the needs of the group.  If there are lots of people who have school aged children in the class, for example, then class might start a little later.

Classes typically run for around 6 hours (including breaks) so if class starts at 9:00am, then you can expect to be finishing up around 2:45pm or 3:00pm (depending on how long the group wants for lunch and other breaks)

Do I have to do the first step to do the Step by Step program?

No.  You can start the Step by Step program whenever you wish and leave whenever you wish.

How do I register my interest?

You can register for the Step by Step program by using one of our online forms on the right hand side of this page.  If you have trouble completing the form, please email us at so we can help.

If I do all the Steps, what do I get?

If you do all of the Steps, you will have achieved a full Certificate I in Agrifood Operations (AHC10210) and 9 units from the Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20410)

What can I do after the Step by Step course?

If you complete all of the steps in the course, you can go on to complete a full Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20410) either with us or at another Registered Training Organisation (such as a TAFE)

Is the course free?


Where will the Step-by-Step program run?

We will run the Step-by-Step program in 5 different areas of the state.  Currently, these locations are: Smithton, Burnie, George Town, New Norfolk and Huonville.

Are there any entry requirements?

Some. The program is geared towards those who have found it difficult to access training in the past, unemployed persons wanting to work in the horticulture industry, women wanting to return to the workforce, people with mild disabilities and other disadvantaged members of our community.

What do each of the steps entail?

Step 1 – Gardening in the Community – 6 weeks

Work Safely (AHCOHS101A)

Maintain the work place (AHCWRK101A)

Support Gardening Work (AHCPGD101A)

A tour of the horticultural world of work – community emphasis

 Step 2 – Gardening with Industry – 8 weeks

Support landscape work (AHCLSC101A)

Support nursery work (AHCNSY101A)

Support organic production (AHCORG101A)

A tour of the horticultural world of work – industry emphasis

Step 1 + Step 2 = Certificate I

Step 3 – Growing Work Essentials – 6 weeks

Participate in OHS processes (AHCOHS201A)

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices (AHCWRK209A)

Work placement 1 day x three weeks or equivalent

Step 4 – Propagating Skills – 8 weeks

Tend nursery plants (AHCNSY202A)

Undertake propagation activities (AHCNSY203A)

Industry visits or specialist presentations

Step 5 – Growing Community – 8 weeks

Plant trees and shrubs (AHCPGD201A)

Prepare and maintain plant displays (AHCPGD202A)

Community based project

Step 6 – Shaping the Future – 6 weeks

Prune shrubs and small trees (AHCPGD203A)

Industry/community delivery

Step 7 – Lawn and Order – 4 weeks

Renovate grass areas (AHCTRF203A)

Operate basic machinery and equipment (AHCMOM203A)

Industry visits – turf based industry

Steps 3 to 7 will provide students with nine (9) units from the Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20410) and these units can be recognised towards completing a full Certificate II in the future. To achieve a full Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20410), students are required to complete 15 units.

If you would like more information about the course, please email