Stepping into a Career in Horticulture

Stepping into a Career in Horticulture

Join our FREE horticulture course for those living in the Huon and South West areas AND the Launceston area. This will be an interesting, practical and relevant course for anyone wanting to start a career in horticulture.  The course will cover topics such as: how to propagate plants, transplant plants, work with different soils, care for plants that you can generally purchase in nurseries and understand more about working in the horticulture industry.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • How to propagate plants, including:
    • Identifying and using correct propogation materials
    • Correctly handling propogation materials
    • Using correct propogation techniques
    • Monitoring plant health
  • How to test and prepare soils, including:
    • Taking and preparing soil samples
    • Recognising basic features of soil profiles
    • Testing chemical properties of soils
    • Labelling samples correctly
  • How to care for nursery plants, including:
    • Looking after basic irrigation requirements
    • Correctly applying fertilisers
    • Understanding how much water is needed
    • Basic pruning of the nursery plants
    • Correctly staking plants
  • How to pot up plants, including:
    • How to clean potting up areas correctly
    • Measuring and mixing media components correctly
    • Correctly preparing plants for potting
    • Correctly adding fertiliser
    • Understanding how much water to provide to stop dehydration
  • About what the horticulture industry is all about, including
    • Some career pathways
    • Some biosecurity protocols
    • General employer expectations


Cost

This program is funded by Skills Tasmania through its Training and Work Pathways Program   There are no tuition or assessment costs to students for this course.

Other Costs

You will be required to provide your own Personal Protective Equipment such as steel capped boots (if you do not have them already) and appropriate clothing for working outdoors, including sun screen and a hat.  We encourage students to purchase their own secateurs if there is a pruning component, but we do have spare secateurs that students can use on the day if they need to.

Course Commitment

This course is funded by Skills Tasmania.   If you are offered a spot in the course, it is very likely that someone else may have missed out.  We ask that you only enrol in the course if you are committed to attending classes AND actively participating in the activities.  Please note that we are in Tasmania, so the weather is not always the friendliest and there may be times when it is cold outside in the garden!  But, if you are willing to commit to participating, we are sure that you will learn a lot and really enjoy the course.

Assessment requirements

You should expect to need to set aside between 5 and 10 hours a week to complete assessments.  Very often, assessments will be very relevant and practical garden or nursery related activities, so do not think of your assessments as homework, rather as an opportunity to learn a lot about how you can create and maintain a fantastic garden, as well as become knowledge about horticulture.

Assessments can include: short answer questions, workplace documents, observations or interview by an assessor, case studies, portfolios of evidence and other relevant tasks.



Enrolment

Only those living in the regions of Launceston (for the  Launceston course) and the Huon Valley and surrounds (for the sourhern course) are eligible for these courses.

When will classes be held?

Classes will start in March 2021.

  • Southern Tasmania (Huon Region): Starts Friday the 19th and goes for 16 weeks (except school holidays)
  • Launceston: Starts Wednesday the 17th March and goes for 16 weeks (except for school holidays)

What times are the classes?

The class will start at 9:00 am (or just after if lots of people have school drop off) and will finish at 2:30 to 2:45 (depending on whether people have to collect children from school)


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