Irrigation and Plants

Stepping into Rural Skills – Irrigation and Plants – Sorell and surrounds

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 in Horticulture.  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 drip irrigation systems
  • 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?

Starts Tuesday 4th June 2019 9am – 3:00 pm at the South East Trade Training Centre.  The course will run for 14 to 15 weeks – one day a week (every Tuesday)

How much does it cost and who is it for?

The course is FREE to residents of Sorell, East and South East who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are women wanting to return to the workforce
  • Are a member of a migrant community
  • Are unemployed
  • Are under-employed and am seeking more work
  • Are an older person
  • Have a disability
  • Are a young person looking to work in the industry
  • Live in a geographically isolated area
  • Other

Who to contact?

Places are limited so please register your name today:  Call Rick Birch on 0428792851 or email Rick at or complete the expression of interest below.

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: 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.

Expression of Interest