Stepping into Rural Skills – Smithton

What is Step by Step Rural Skills

Our Rural Skills courses are part of our Step by Step Horticulture Program.  This course, our Rural Skills in Smithton course is made up of two skill sets.  The first skill set is a general gardening course, teaching basic horticulture skills in irrigation. machinery, pruning and propagation.  The second skill set is our weeds, diseases and chemicals skill set – perfect for anyone who needs to control weeds and pests – either on their own property or someone else’s.  The information below relates to the first skill set: our General Gardening Skill Set.


What will Rural Skills: General Gardening teach?

The course will teach

  • Good practice in how to use and look after machinery and equipment when working in gardens and small-scale landscaping businesses.
  • Installing, operating and maintaining pressurised irrigation systems that use sprinklers
  • Basic skills in how to prune a range of trees and plants properly including knowing when to prune and what to prune and some pruning techniques
  • Propagating plants including how to prepare propagation material and propagation techniques

When will it run?

9am – 2:30pm.  Wednesdays in Smithton starting Wednesday 2nd of May at the Circular Head Trade Training Centre.  The course will run for 14 to 15 weeks.


How much does it cost?

The course is FREE to residents of Smithton and surrounds.


Who to contact?

Places are limited so please register your name today:  Call Andrew Popowski on 0438671721 or email Andrew at enquiries@popowskiplants.com.au

About the units

The units in these skill sets have been taken from the Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416) qualification.  This qualification is 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 4 units in the first skill set.  If you successfully complete these 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

Who is it suited for?

This course is perfect for those people who want to learn more about some basic aspects of horticulture 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.

Can I get recognition for knowledge and skills I already have?

Yes.  If you believe you have a previously acquired skills, either through work and/or life experience or through formal training, you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  You can find out more about what RPL can mean for you in our student handbook.  You can access that here: https://globalnetacademy.edu.au/student-handbook/ If you believe you have the relevant skills and abilities that you have learned in your past, please discuss this with us. We will discuss the evidence requirements you will need to provide and any supporting documentation required.


The Enrolment Form


Your enrolment application

This online form is your enrolment application. By completing this online form, you are REQUESTING enrolment into one of our courses. Enrolment is not guaranteed and may be subject to an interview or to other pre-requisites.  GlobalNet Academy reserves the right, in our absolute discretion, to refuse entry to any of our courses on any grounds. Enrolment into your chosen course is generally by application AND interview.   Unless we believe that there are some very obvious reasons why you should not be part of the course, you will generally be successful UNLESS the course is over‐subscribed.  If this is the case, we will choose the best applicants.  If you are successful, your enrolment application will become the basis of your enrolment.

Why we ask so many questions

We need to ask a number of different questions for our reporting obligations to State and National Regulatory bodies.  We trust that the form will be straight forward and easy to complete.  We appreciate your patience in completing it.

You will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

In order to complete this form, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier.   A Unique Student Identifier (or USI) is a reference number made up of 10 numbers and letters that:

  • creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia, even from different training organisations
  • will give you access to your training records and transcripts
  • can be accessed online, anytime and anywhere
  • is free and easy to create and
  • stays with you for life

Your can read more about what a Unique Student Identifer is here: https://www.usi.gov.au/about.   If you do not have a USI, you will need to register online with the government to obtain one. The process is free, confidential and quick. You can create a USI here: https://www.usi.gov.au/students.

Our policies and terms and conditions

There are terms and conditions and important policies that form part of your enrolment. If you have not already read our terms and conditions, you can view them here: https://globalnetacademy.edu.au/terms-conditions/. We also ask that you take a look at our policies and procedures in relation to the training that we deliver. Both of us (you and GlobalNet) are governed by these policies and procedures as part of this course. Our policies and procedures can be found here: https://globalnetacademy.edu.au/our-policies.
As a student of GlobalNet Academy, some of the rights and responsibilities you have relate to

  • how we assess you
  • whether or not you can appeal an assessment decision
  • whether or not you are entitled to a refund (not applicable for this course)
  • whether or not you have enrolled in the course you thought you were enrolling in
  • access and equity

GlobalNet Academy is wholly responsible for the training and assessment that will be conducted as part of this course. If you ever have any feedback, issues or concerns about any aspect of the course, we ask that you let us know as soon as practicable. You can do this using the applicable form on our website: https://globalnetacademy.edu.au/important-forms

Do I have to answer all the questions?

Many of the question fields are mandatory and you will be required to enter information into these fields.  You can tell if a questions is mandatory if it has an asterix (*) next to it.  We treat your information confidentially so any information that you provide to us will NEVER be divulged to third parties unless we have your permission to do so OR we are required by law to do so. If you have a mobile phone number, we ask that you provide this as well.  We often contact students by email AND by text message so having your mobile phone number allows us to contact you quickly and easily.

How to use the online form

Our online enrolment form is linked to our student management system.  This means that once you have completed the form and pressed “register” it may take up to 60 seconds to “talk” to our student system and register you.  If you experience any issues completing the form, please email us at enrolments@globalnetacademy.edu.au to request help.  We will be very happy to help.  In your email, please provide your best contact phone number as well.   Please work through the form methodically as many of the questions are mandatory.  Just a reminder that you will need your USI in order to complete the form.

Starting the form

To start the form, you need to choose the course that you are enrolling in AND THEN the class.  For example, if you are enrolling in the Aged Care Leadership Program, please choose the: Diploma of Leadership and Management as the course, and then select the class you are enrolling in.  Please give the class field a moment or two to refresh itself AFTER you have chosen the course as it is pulling this information back from our student management system.

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