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Vocational Education & Training Programs

Vocational Education & Training Programs are designed to provide individuals with opportunities to:

  • Gain practical entry level industry skills and experience under the guidance of industry experts

  • Build on and further develop existing industry knowledge and experience

  • Explore and get a taste of a range of possible industry training and employment pathways

CERES is committed to providing innovative programs in the areas of Horticulture, Permaculture, Hospitality and Environmental Education that meet the diverse needs of our varied learners and are informed by and delivered alongside our dynamic social enterprises. Below is further information on our wide range of VET programs.

Accredited Training

CERES is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO TOID 3686) and currently offers the nationally recognised Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416) and the Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set (AHCSS000048)

PLEASE NOTE we are only able to enrol domestic students in these courses.

Introduction to Horticulture and Permaculture

We also offer 3 units selected from Certificate II Horticulture/Permaculture as a Taster program for individual adults who are not sure 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. Further information for this Introduction to Horticulture program including dates and fees can be downloaded here: Intro to Horticulture and Permaculture Course Information 2022

This course will be offered again in 2022

Call 9389 0127 or email

“I loved the class discussions, learnt a lot from seeing what and how others approached things. I enjoyed it all – it was a great way to see if I want to continue study which I will” 2018 Participant

“I really enjoyed the content, the balance of hands on and theoretical work. … a wonderful trainer and the group work was terrific” – 2018 Participant

“The Trainers knowledge and the varied content from week to week kept it always interesting” – 2018 Participant

“Overall, It’s been such a wonderful learning experience, and I’ve really enjoyed being part of the group undertaking this course” – 2018 Participant

Cert II in Horticulture (AHC20416)

Undertaking the Cert II in Horticulture at CERES provides students with a range of skills and units that are transferable to further study or a career in horticulture and other allied fields such as parks and gardens, nurseries and landscaping. Students may be involved in propagation, planting and pruning trees and shrubs, landscaping and building, plant and weed identification, laying irrigation systems, harvesting plants and applying environmentally sustainable work practices. This course is perfect for students who enjoy working in the outdoors. CERES Community Environment Park, a 4.5 hectare farm in East Brunswick, provides the perfect outdoor classroom for a hands-on, immersion learning experience. Our Honey Lane Organic Market Garden, Propagation Area, Permaculture and Bushfood Nursery and extensive productive site provides a unique learnscape for students. Horticulture students are involved in the full garden cycle from planting the seed to harvesting the crops and building and landscaping projects.

For Schools – VETDSS & tailored group programs

We currently offer tailored programs for school groups as well as a Wednesday VETDSS program for individual Years 10-12 students undertaking VET or VCAL. Contact our VET Co-ordinator Karen Mengell via or phone 9389 0127.

CERES Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set (AHCSS000048)

This 4 unit Skill Set equips learners with the basic knowledge and practice of permaculture principles, how to select and maintain permaculture plant and animal systems, and ultimately how to research, communicate and demonstrate permaculture practices to learners. This skill set was designed to teach you how to understand and teach about permaculture. It is perfect for teachers in schools, community educators, people with passion for permaculture or who want to build their confidence and practice in sharing knowledge with others.

The course gives you a 4 unit credit in Cert III in Permaculture and qualifies you to teach Cert I and II Permaculture levels in combination with a Cert IV Training and Assessment. This course will be starting in Term 1 and Term 4 next year. Dates to be announced.

Pre-accredited Training

CERES is an approved Learn Local Organisation (LLO) registered with the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board. ACFE funds places on approved pre-accredited courses for those who meet eligibility criteria. To check eligibility for ACFE subsidy please click here.

These short courses run over 8 to 14 sessions and are designed to provide industry tasters and stepping stones into further training and/or employment.

Courses available to eligible students in 2022 through this program are: