Embark on an exciting horticultural journey where your passion for the outdoors transforms into a promising career.
Our nationally recognised course equips you with hands-on skills, guided by industry-current trainers, to operate machinery, identify plant specimens, and implement environmentally sustainable practices. Immerse yourself in a dynamic learning experience, spending time in both the classroom and our lush 1-acre site at Mullumbimby Community Gardens. Gain practical experience in troubleshooting irrigation systems, controlling pests, and maintaining nursery plants. This entry-level qualification opens doors to diverse roles, from Horticulturalist to Nursery Worker and Parks and Gardens Worker.
Elevate your career in the prosperous world of horticulture—enroll now and cultivate your passion into a thriving profession!
Course Duration & Hours
- Assessments will be completed in an online format
- Rolling enrolments – Intake dates: 1 Feb, 2 May, 25 Jul, 17 Oct 2024
- 2 days of face-to-face onsite learning per week, 9:00am – 3:30pm, Thursday & Friday
- 1 day unstructured at home study per week, 9:00am – 3:30pm
- Delivery location: Mullumbimby Campus & Mullumbimby Community Gardens
Units of Study
- AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
- AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
- AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
- AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
- AHCPCM308 Identify and select plants
- AHCPGD309 Perform specialist amenity pruning
- AHCPMG301 Control weeds
- AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
- AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
- AHCWHS302 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
- AHCWRK320 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
- AHCNSY308 Maintain nursery plants
- AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture
- AHCSOL305 Prepare growing media
- AHCNSY313 Implement a propagation plan
- AHCPGD310 Implement a landscape maintenance program
- AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
Admission / Desirable Requirements
It is strongly recommended that learners can work physically in a range of outdoor conditions (sun, rain, wind) for extended periods of time. It is also strongly recommended that learners can squat, kneel, bend, lift and carry loads, dig, shovel and weed.
Learners unable to physically complete assessments to a satisfactory standard, due to any limitations on their ability to meet the inherent requirements of the course, may only receive a Statement of Attendance for their participation.
It is essential that learners have access to a desktop or laptop computer, and internet whilst studying with the College, as assessments will be completed online.
What to bring
- Pen and paper
- Mug for tea and coffee
- Water bottle and refreshments
Not sure which course is right for you? Click here to book a chat with our Student Support Coordinator to discuss your options and study pathways.
This course is being offered as a subsidised course to eligible students under the Smart and Skilled program. Below are subsidised student fees, prices may vary slightly depending on if you hold a prior qualification or are applying for credit transfer.
There are 4 Smart and Skilled student fee levels based on your eligibility:
- Smart and Skilled Fee-Free – $0
- Smart and Skilled Fee (Concession) - $240
- Smart and Skilled Fee (No Prior Qualification) – $2,190
- Smart and Skilled Fee (2nd Qualification) - $2,620
To be eligible for Smart and Skilled government subsidised training, you must:
• Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen; and
• Live or work in New South Wales; and
• Be aged 15 years or older; and
• No longer be at school or equivalent; and
• Provide the College with your USI at the time of enrolment (admin staff can assist you in obtaining a USI
For more information on Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria or subsidised places, click here or call our office on 02 6684 3374.
This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.
The fee below applies to all User Pays students:
Full fee: $3,950
Early Bird: $3,550 (Deposit to be received by 13 January 2024)
Course fees are paid in instalments scheduled throughout the duration of the course. Fee schedules for individual courses are outlined on the enrolment paperwork available through the college administration team.
This course is Austudy Approved
Student Policies and Procedures
See Student Handbook
From the 1st of January 2015, any student enrolling in an Accredited Training course will be required to obtain a USI. The USI helps to keep your training records and results together in an online account which is controlled by you. You can logon to the USI website here and follow the simple instructions online to create your USI. This then needs to be provided to the College at the time of enrolment.