If you dream of a career that surrounds you with plants and trees, cultivate a career in horticulture. Get your hands dirty and find fulfilment in maintaining outdoor spaces in the community that are enjoyed by so many.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Identify plants and understand how best to tend to them
Implement a plant nutrition program
Use your keen eye to troubleshoot and report on plant health
Conduct specialist transplanting, pruning and mowing operations
Control weeds, plant pests, diseases and disorders
Improve soil quality
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Experience working on parks and gardens constructed or rejuvenated in an outdoor space
The opportunity to visit botanic gardens, parks, campus surroundings or nurseries through excursions to support your learning
The ability to conduct specialist pruning techniques on a range of vines, hedges and small trees
The opportunity to become affiliated with the Australian Institute of Horticulture upon graduating
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship
This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An interest in the natural environment
Comfortability working outdoors, in different environments, terrains and in a range of weather conditions
A reasonable level of fitness to use wheelbarrows, do repetitive lifting and be on your feet for long periods
Literacy, numeracy and computer literacy at Year 10 level
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: horticulturist, gardener , parks and gardens worker and sporting ground garden maintenance.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Parks and Gardens qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 11 core and 5 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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