VET Horticulture Programs

Intro to Horticulture - Payment Plan 1

Accredited Training in Horticulture. 3 unit taster

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This course is designed as a Taster for those who are unsure as to whether accredited training is for them, or whether Horticulture is the right pathway or who are simply not able to commit to a full course at this stage.

The Certificate II in Horticulture is a nationally recognized qualification from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package.  Completing this qualification, in part or in its entirety, in our 4.5 hectare urban farm here at CERES Community Environment Park provides students with a range of skills and units that are transferable to further study or a career in horticulture.

Course Design

CERES Taster course offers 3 units*

Unit Code          Unit Name

AHCPCM201     Recognise plants

AHCSOL202      Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing

AHCPER206      Plant and maintain permaculture crops

There is a maximum of 15 places in this class.  Course delivery includes a range of activities and methodologies including practical demonstration and hands on learning, class discussion and use of a range of written and on-line materials.

CERES will provide all course written and gardening related learning resources.  Students are required to provide and wear appropriate attire for working outdoors including safety boots where possible.

Assessment will be conducted in line with the Training Packages's requirements and will be through a range of practical demonstrations and some written assignments.

As part of the course enrolment process we provide a short Literacy & Numeracy test to determine any support needs and this will be sent to you.  If you do not wish to undertake this you may sign a waiver, e.g. you have successfully completed a higher qualification. 

** Please contact Karen Mengell, VET Coordinator and Pathways Planning Officer to apply 9389 0127

Please note that this course is only available to domestic students.

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What you will learn
  • How to sample and test soil and growing media
  • How to plant and maintain permaculture crops
  • How to recognise and identify plants
What you will get
  • An opportunity to test out whether horticulture or further accredited training is for you
  • A great grounding in the basics of horticulture/permaculture on our 4.5 hectare urban farm working alongside our range of social enterprises such as our Honey Lane Organic Market Garden and our Propagation Area
  • On successful completion 3 units from AHC20416 Cert II in Horticulture which can be credited against either a full Cert II or a range of Cert III's in the Horticulture Package

What to bring
  • Gardening gloves
  • Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
  • Pen and paper
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty
  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots.
What to wear

Clothes you don't mind getting dirty in!

Appropriate for

Anyone interested in horticulture/permaculture who is considering the option of further study or future employment in this field


CERES Education

Vendor since 2016

CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

We are a not-for-loss community business. We run extensive environmental education programs, urban agriculture projects, green technology demonstrations and a number of social enterprises including a market, grocery, café, community kitchen, organic online supermarket and a permaculture and bushfood nursery.

CERES (pronounced ‘series’) is a place where people come together to share ideas about living well together, and directly participate in meeting their social and material needs in a sustainable way. Through social enterprises, education and training, employment and community engagement, CERES provides the means by which people can build awareness of current local and global issues, and join in the movement for economic, social and environmental sustainability.

For thousands of years the Wurundjeri people lived on the land where CERES now stands. The Merri Creek was a focus of their lifestyle, a place to swim and play and a vital source of food. Following the European invasion, the Victorian gold rush and the growth of Melbourne city, the site was quarried for bluestone then turned into a landfill site… As industry moved in the water became polluted and the trees and wildlife disappeared.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

CERES Education requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email CERES Education to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellations and Refunds

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

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