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 4 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 (like those in the Stepping into Rural Skills) 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?

Our next course will run in Smithton and will cover a range of topics, including plant identification, planting, soil and media testing and a unit about working in the horticulture industry in general.  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?

The next skill set will start in Smithton on the 7th of August 2019

What are the times?

9am – 2:30pm.  Wednesdays in Smithton starting Wednesday 7th of August at the Circular Head Trade Training Centre.

How long will the course run for?

The course will run for 14 to 15 weeks.

How much does it cost?

The course is FREE to residents of Smithton and surrounds.  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 register your name today:  Call Andrew Popowski on 0438671721 or email Andrew at

About the units

The units in these skill sets have been taken from the Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416).  This qualification is for those people looking to work as horticultural assistants or one day become qualified horticulturalists (through further study).  This skill set will help you develop basic skills and knowledge to prepare for work.

What units are included in the course?

Smithton Stepping into Rural Skills

Starts 7th August 2019

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There are 4 units in this 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):

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.
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.
AHCPCM201Recognise PlantsStudents will learn to recognise a range of plants by sight and identify them by both their common and botanical names.

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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