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Introduction to Horticulture and Permaculture

Introduction to Horticulture and Permaculture

This course is comprised of Selected units from Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20422)
& Certificate II in Permaculture (AHC21722).

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

The units offered have been selected from the Certificate II in Horticulture and Certificate II in Permaculture which are nationally recognised qualifications from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package. Completing these units in our 4.5-hectare urban farm here at CERES Community Environment Park provides students with a range of skills and knowledge that are transferable to further study or a career in horticulture and/or permaculture.

Course Content

This CERES taster course offers three units*

In 2024 we have scheduled three courses of 15 sessions to be delivered on-site*:

  • Course One, Wednesdays 14 February to 05 June 2024 10-3pm (no class 03 & 10 April)
  • Course Two, Thursdays 02 May to 22 August 2024, 10-3pm (no class 04 & 11 July)
  • Course Three, Thursdays 07 August to 20 November 2024, 10-3pm (no class 25 September)

There is a maximum of 15 places per class available in this program.

Course delivery includes a range of activities and methodologies including:

  • Practical demonstration and hands-on learning
  • Class discussion
  • Use of a range of written materials
  • Individual and group work

Students are advised that in addition to class time the course may require some additional hours of independent learning.
Work placement is not a formal requirement, however students will be working alongside a range of social enterprises at CERES including our Honey Lane organic market garden, propagation area, permaculture and bushfood nursery.

Course Requirements and Pre-requisites

Student Resources

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, gloves, hi-viz and sun protection.


Assessment will be conducted in line with the Training Package’s requirements and will be through a range of practical demonstrations and some written assignments.
Students who successfully complete all 3 units will be issued with formal Statements of Attainment in recognition of partial completion.

Course Pre-requisites

Whilst there are no formal pre-requisites, prospective students should have:

  • Language, literacy and numeracy skills at a sufficient level to participate
  • A commitment to attending all classes and undertaking all course requirements.

Meet your trainer

Abigail Jabines has volunteered and worked for the horticulture industry in different capacities and work environments. She started as a volunteer propagator at CERES in 2015 before studying horticulture. After studying, she became a horticulturist for a hydroponics company. Abi started working at CERES in 2019. She enjoys encouraging people from different backgrounds, especially women and young people, to work with plants and help improve the connection between people and our natural environment.

Employment and Further Study Pathways

On successful completion graduates may wish to enrol in qualifications such as a Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30722), Certificate III in Landscape Construction (AHC30921), Certificate III in Nursery Operations (AHC31120), Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management (AHC31420),  Certificate III in Parks and Gardens (AHC31021).

Those wanting to continue accredited training in Permaculture may wish to consider the full Certificate III Permaculture (AHC33822).

Course Fees

2024 full-fee breakdown:

Tuition: $955
Materials: $95

Total: $1050

Application Process

Applicants are asked to contact adultlearning@ceres.org.au for any queries or enrolment.

CERES welcomes applications from those with disabilities. It is important to us that our students receive training, assessment and support services that meet their individual needs where appropriate. As part of this commitment, and in line with our access and equity policy, all applicants will be interviewed by the VET Coordinator prior to enrolment to determine needs.

Registered Training Organisation

CERES is the registered training organisation offering this training – RTO no 3686. CERES School of Nature and Climate is the trading name of CERES Inc.

RTO Fees and Refund Policy

Read the full RTO fees and refund policy here.

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August 7 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

5 Hours
CERES Brunswick, Corner of Roberts & Stewart Streets, Brunswick East, Victoria.


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