Introduction to Horticulture

Are you interested in plant life, gardening, and working outdoors? Do you want to get a taste of what working in the horticulture industry is like? The Introduction to Horticulture course is the perfect stepping stone for those looking to further their training, or even just enhance their skills to take care of their home garden!

This training is funded by the NSW Government. Eligibility criteria applies.

We are currently accepting waitlist registrations for this course. Please see below to view full course details and to join the waitlist.

Through a combination of theory coursework and practical training, students will complete the following units of competency:

  • AHCNSY203 - Undertake propagation activities
  • AHCPGD201 - Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCWHS201 - Participate in work health and safety processes

Central Coast Community College

Students must have successfully completed year 10 (or equivalent), turned 16 or have relevant experience and/or qualifications that indicate likely success in completing the course.

  • Please note that students who are currently enrolled in High School are NOT permitted to enrol into this program.
  • Students who are currently undertaking higher education including: Certificate II, III, IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelors Degree or higher are NOT permitted to enrol into this program.

This course is funded by the NSW Government under the Adult & Community Education (ACE) program, which is designed to support learners who need extra support or assistance with their education.

Student may be eligible for ACE funded training if they are:

  • 15 years old or over
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW (or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas); and
  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or a humanitarian visa holder / partner visa holder whose sponsor is a humanitarian visa holder.

Funding is also be available for students who have been affected by NSW COVID-19 lockdowns. You may be eligible if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • resides in an address that has been impacted by a COVID lockdown
  • are receiving government COVID support payments
  • have lost employment as a result of COVID
  • continues to experience significant hardship due to a past lockdown (since July 2021)
  • are needing to transition to another industry as a result of COVID; or
  • are experiencing challenges due to dealing with outcomes of COVID lockdowns.

Funding is also available for disadvantaged students with barriers to accessing training. You may be eligible if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • have a disability or be a dependent child, spouse or partner of a person with a disability
  • be a Commonwealth Government Welfare Recipient or have a dependent child, spouse or partner who is a Commonwealth Government Welfare Recipient
  • be experiencing significant hardship as verified by a government agency, medical professional or relevant support agency; or
  • someone who has English as an additional language and who is unable to effectively participate in the community or in employment.

AND be experiencing one of the following barriers to participating in training:

  • very low literacy, language and/or numeracy skills
  • limited employability skills where you require considerable additional support
  • persistent and ongoing personal issues impacting on your educational achievement
  • significant educational disadvantage that impacts your ability to succeed in training

Funding is also available for students in regional and remote locations. You may be eligible if you reside in a location that is considered regional or remote.

  • Regional or Remote Location is any location that is not classified as “Major Cities (RA1)” on the following website: https://bit.ly/2VRSyeB or as advised otherwise by the Department.

Training for this course will be delivered face to face. Courses are available at both our Rutherford and Ourimbah campuses.

Students are required to bring gardening gloves, wear a hat, and enclosed shoes as well as appropriate outdoor clothing.

Information regarding course dates will be communicated to students who waitlist once a course is scheduled.

Further study options:

  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Horticulture

Career prospects:

  • Horticulture assistant
  • Nursery hand

Join the waitlist for either Rutherford or Ourimbah now by clicking the relevant button below!

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