Chisholm Institute of TAFE RTO 0260
VET in schools multiplies opportunities for students. They enable students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification as well as contribute towards their VCE or VCAL Certificate. Classroom learning is combined with structured hands-on training and practice in industry. The aims of the program are to provide students with the knowledge and skills to achieve competencies that will enhance their employment prospects. Students will need to choose for the following strands
- Parks and Gardens
Students however obtain a number of industry based skills that will prepare them for entry into this dynamic industry with an emphasis on transferable skills which allow for movement into other areas of horticulture.
Course Code and Course Title
- AHC20416 – Certificate II in Horticulture
This program is delivered at Chisholm Institute of TAFE in Cranbourne. Classes are conducted using a mixture of practical and theoretical sessions.
Classes are run on a Wednesday or Fridays for 8.30am – 4pm.
Students are required to have safety footwear for every lesson:
- Purchase of pruning secateurs required
- Sunscreen and a hat is also recommended
Structured Workplace Learning
A minimum of 200 hours of SWL is required for this program, however 120 hours is provided by Chisholm in a simulated workplace environment. Students need to complete 80 hours of SWL to make up the full 200 hours. It is recommended that students time their SWL to experience different season conditions if possible.
Contribution to the VCE and VCAL
Students who complete the Certificate II in Horticulture qualification will be eligible for up to five units credit towards their VCE: up to three units at Unit 1–2 and a Unit 3–4 VCE sequence. Students who receive a Unit 3–4 sequence will be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR calculated using 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four.
Further information on the increment process can be found on the VCAA website: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vet/general/recognition/vetcredit.html
This program will also satisfy the learning outcomes for the VCAL Industry Specific and the Work Related Skills strand.
Units of Competency
Units will vary depending on the strand but could include
Unit of Competency Name
|RTC2026A||Undertake propagation activities|
|RTC2307A||Operate machinery and equipment|
|RTC2705A||Work effectively in the industry|
|RTF2017A||Prune shrubs and small trees|
|RTF2019A||Renovate grassed areas|
|RTF2024A||Tend nursery plants|
|RTC2701A||Follow OH&S procedures|
|RTC2012A||Plant trees and shrubs|
|RTC2404A||Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders|
|RTC2702A||Observe environmental work practices|
|RTC2801A||Participate in workplace communication|
|RTE2606A||Maintain pressurised irrigation systems|
|RTF2014A||Prepare and maintain plant displays|
|RTF2504A||Determine basic properties of soil|
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Students who complete this course will be well equipped to enter the horticultural industry as a general hand, but will also be well placed to articulate to an apprenticeship position as a:
- Nursery assistant
- Gardening assistant
- Landscape assistant
- Diploma of Horticulture (Landscaping, Turf, Parks and Gardens)
- Advanced Diploma of Horticulture
- Diploma of Diploma of Horticulture (Wholesale Nursery); or Production Horticulture;
- Advanced Diploma of Production Horticulture
- Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture; or
- Bachelor of Environments (Landscape Architecture) or (Environments)
- Bachelor of Environments (Urban Design and Planning)
- Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning)
- Bachelor of Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture