Stepping Into Rural Skills in Sorell

Stepping into Rural Skills Sorell

Our Stepping into Rural Skills Sorell brings together four units from the AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  You will learn valuable skills in pruning, propagation, potting up and irrigation.

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

This course will start on the 21st of July 2021.  Please register your interest using the application form below.  The course runs every Thursday (one day a week) for approximately 15 weeks, 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 South East Trade Training Centre.  From time to time, we may also use other locations and horticultural businesses where these can provide additional training and knowledge for you.

Trade Training Centre Sorell

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.

AHCPGD203 – Prune shrubs and small trees

In this unit students will learn to prune shrubs and small trees that are less than three meters in height.  Students will learn the correct methods to pruning and the effect pruning has on plant growth.  This unit also covers the correct and safe use of tools and equipment and how to maintain your pruning tools.

AHCNSY203- Undertake propagation activities

In this unit students will learn how to propagate plants.  This unit covers selecting the correct propagation materials and using the correct techniques to minimise damage and maximise viability of the plant being propagated.  Students will also learn about pre-treatments and post propagated care such as watering and nutrients.

AHCNSY201 – Pot up plants

In this unit students will learn how to pot up established plants with developed root systems.  This unit covers how to handle plants with care, plant hygiene and nutrients.  Students will also learn about using and maintaining plant potting up tools, equipment and materials as well as correctly removing and disposing of waste materials.

AHCIRG219 – Assist with low volume irrigation operations

In this unit students will learn how to assist with installing, operating, and maintaining low volume irrigation systems such as drippers and poly pipes.  This unit covers assembly and connection of irrigation system parts, connecting the system to a water supply and the start-up and shut down of the irrigation system.  Students will also learn how to fix basic faults and carry out basic maintenance.

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

Download the course flyer


Selected units from the (AHC20416) Certificate II in Horticulture


Face to face delivery onsite at the Village in Tribunna


FREE to qualifying participants

Intended for

Those that would like to learn about Horticulture in the Sorell 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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