Stepping further into Rural Skills

What is Stepping further into Rural Skills

Our Rural Skills courses are part of our Step by Step Horticulture Program.  This one is our general skill set from the AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture.  It comprises 7 units (listed below) and is perfect for students wanting to start the Certificate II – or finish it!  It’s perfect for those:

  • who have started one of our other skill sets and want to finish the Certificate II;
  • haven’t studied horticulture before and would to see if working in one of the many different areas of the horticulture industry is for them;  or
  • for those who would generally like to learn more for your their personal enjoyment

What will Stepping further into Rural Skills teach?

The course will cover a range of topics, including propagation, plant identification, irrigation, planting and soil and media testing.  You can read more about each of the units below. Although the course is designed to challenge students, it is suitable for those just starting out and we encourage new students to apply.  Whilst we strongly encourage students to complete the assessments and gain a statement of attainment (certificate), those wanting to develop their skills and general horticulture knowledge without doing the assessments are welcome.

When will it start?

This skill set will run in three locations around Tasmania.

What is the structure of the course?

The course will be structure as actually 2 courses, called a “step” – each running a maximum of 15 weeks each.  Students can choose to enrol in either one step or both steps.

How long will the course run for?

Each step will run for a maximum of 15 weeks.  Students enrolling in both steps can expect to be in class for a maximum of 30 weeks.  There will be a break in between steps.

Class start and finish times

  • Start time: 9am
  • Finish time: 3pm

How much does it cost?

The course is FREE to eligible residents of the following regions:

  • Smithton and surrounds (including Burnie)
  • St Helens, St Mary’s and surrounds
  • South East and East regions (from Swansea down to Port Arthur!).

Those who are struggling to find work, have found studying or training difficult in the past and women are particularly encouraged to apply.  The program is made available through the State Government’s Training and Work Pathways Programs.

Who to contact?

Places are limited so please enrol today using the enrolment form at the bottom of the page or if you have any issues with registering, please contact the person for your region below:

St Helens - Starts 12th February

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About the units

The units in these skill sets have been taken from both the Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416).  These qualifications are for those people looking to work as horticultural assistants or one day become qualified horticulturalists.  These skill sets will help you develop basic skills and knowledge to prepare for work.

What units are included in the course?

There are 7 units in our Stepping further into Rural Skils course.  If you successfully complete these units (by successfully completing all required assessments), you will receive a statement of attainment for the following units (you can click on the unit code and name to find out more about the unit on the government website):

BSBWOR204Use business technologyStudents will learn how to select and use basic business software and organise electronic information and data relevant to the horticulture industry and their learning; including general office applications, accounting applications and specialised horticulture apps.
AHCSOL202Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testingStudents will learn how to assist with the sampling and testing of soil and/or growing media; including collecting soil and media for testing and performing tests on the soil and media to determine whether the soil or media is suitable for growing
AHCWRK204Work effectively in the industryStudents will learn about the work and employment requirements of their industry; including employment conditions, planning their own work and contributing positively to the work environment.
AHCIRG217Assist with pressurised irrigation operationsStudents will learn to assist with installing, operating and maintaining pressurised irrigation systems; particularly those systems that use sprinklers and generally use glued PVC pipe.  Students will also learn how to correctly start and shut down systems and help with system maintenance.
AHCNSY203Undertake propagation activitiesStudents will learn how to propagate a range of plants; including how to prepare propagation areas and plants, the skills in propagating, monitoring plant health and recording propagation activities correctly.
AHCPGD201Plant trees and shrubsStudents will learn how to manually plant a range of containerised or bare root trees and shrubs; including preparing planting areas and plants, identifying problems, applying correct treatments, correct watering techniques and ensuring the work is completed correctly.
AHCPCM201Recognise PlantsStudents will learn to recognise a range of plants by sight and identify them by both their common and botanical names.
AHCNSY201Pot up plants*Students will learn to transplant established plants with developed root systems.  (This unit is optional at the discretion of the trainer in St Helens)

Who is eligible for the course?

The course is free to participants who fulfill one or more of these criteria AND live in the Smithton, St Helens, St Mary’s and surrounds; and the South East and East regions (Sorell and south and north to Triabunna / Swansea)

  • Live in a geographically isolated area (eg: Triabunna, Swansea, Dunalley)
  • Are a women wanting to return to the workforce
  • Are member of a migrant community
  • Are unemployed OR under-employed
  • Are an older person
  • Have a disability
  • Are a young person looking to work in the industry
  • Have experience disadvantage in accessing training in the past

Who is it suited for?

This course is perfect for those people who want to learn more about some basic aspects of chemical application and managing weeds in a horticulture context in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Please apply if you

  • Want to commence a career in a horticultural or a specialty horticultural industry.
  • Want to start a horticulturally based business.
  • You work in the horticulture industry but do not have formal qualifications
  • Would like more experience in working in the horticulture industry

You must either enjoy or think you may enjoy horticulture / gardening / outdoor work to get the most out of this course.  We reserve the right to refuse entry to the course.

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