Stepping Into Rural Skills in Smithton

Stepping Into Rural Skills
in Smithton

About the Rural Skills Step-by-Step - Smithton

Our Rural Skills Step-by-Step in Smithton brings together four units from the AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  You will learn valuable skills in landscaping, using horticulture materials safely, constructing low timber walls and installing paths.

If you are fit into one of the following categories:

  1. Someone is employed people but would prefer, and are available for, more hours of work than you currently have, including part-time workers.
  2. Someone who is out of work
  3. Someone who are gets an income support payment from the Government
  4. Someone who is looking to improve their horticulture skills in order to start their own business
  5. Someone who lives in a regional area and would like to learn more about horticulture
  6. A woman wanting to return to the workforce or retrain

The course will start the Wednesday the 26th of May 2021.  It will run one (1) day a week for approximately 16 weeks (every Wednesday), excluding school holidays and public holidays.

Classes will start at 9:30 am and finish at 2:45 pm.

Do we run classes on public holidays?

We do not run classes on public holidays. In rare exceptions, we may run catch up classes on public holidays if the need arises, but this does not happen very often at all.

Do we run classes during school holidays?

We generally do not run classes during school holidays. The only exception to this may be where we need to make up classes because too many public holidays have fallen on class days.

The course will be run out of the the Smithton Airport (347 Montagu Rd, Smithton)  From time to time, we may also use other locations and horticultural businesses where these can provide additional training and knowledge for you.

Smithton Airport

The course is FREE to qualifying participants and is supported by funding under the Tasmania Government’s Training and Work Pathways Program.

There are 20 places available for this course.  GlobalNet Academy reserves the right to refuse entry to any person.  As this course is fully funded, places ARE LIMITED.  Please only apply if you are wanting to learn about horticulture, or you are a keen gardener, or you already are doing some work in the horticulture industry.

There are no entry requirements to the course, except to qualify as detailed in our Qualifying for this course section.

There are some physical requirements in order to successfully complete this course.  You must be able to work outdoors to do this course, including being able to undertake activities such as weeding, collecting soils and other horticulture related activities.  You must also be able to use handheld tools such as secateurs and pruning saws if required.

Shift materials safely using manual handling

In this unit you will learn to shift loads safely using manual handling methods, including lifting, lowering and carrying, pulling and pushing a load are in accordance with workplace procedures and WHS/OHS requirements  The unit includes assessing the risks associated with relocating a load, planning the relocation process and carrying out the relocation in accordance with a workplace plan.

Assist with landscape construction work

In this unit you will learn to provide support to others undertaking landscape works in public, commercial and domestic situations.  This includes preparing materials, tools and equipment for landscaping work, handling materials and equipment and cleaning up on completion of landscaping work.

Construct low profile timber or modular walls

In this unit you will learn to construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls in landscape settings.  This includes planning, preparing and mark out to construct retaining walls, prepare footings and installing retaining wall components.

Install aggregate paths

In this unit you will learn to install aggregate paths in landscape projects.  This includes planning, preparing and setting out for path construction, ground preparation, and laying surface aggregate materials.

Each of the 3 units in our course may include two or more of the following types of assessments:

  • Short written answers to questions – question and answer style test (can be taken home)
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based
  • Assignments – research topic and provide a written response
  • Demonstration – you will be observed doing tasks
  • If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg verbal tests instead of short written tests)
  • Testimonials from work placement supervisor
  • Photographic and other media evidence.

We will provide you with the information about the assessment at the commencement of the course and at the beginning of each unit.

There are no “official” out of course study requirements, but we do encourage you to practice what you are learning at home in your own gardens.

Once the course has commenced, you will need to bring the following to classes:

  • broad brimmed sun hat
  • gardening gloves
  • safety boots
  • suitable work clothes

You will only need to bring a pen and paper to the first class.  After the first class, your trainers will tell you what you need to bring for the next class.

At a Glance

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Selected units from the (AHC20416) Certificate II in Horticulture


Face to face delivery onsite at the Smithton Airport


FREE to qualifying participants

Intended for

Those that would like to learn about Horticulture in the Smithton region and surrounds


  • You will be issued a Statement of Attainment if you complete one or more units of competence in this course.
  • Workplace assignments must be submitted within 1 month of course completion.
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