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Introduction to Horticulture & Permaculture

This accredited course has units from and that can contribute to Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416) & Permaculture (AHC21716)

This 16-session accredited course will run on the following dates in 2021:

12 Jul – 8 Nov /10 Aug – 7 Dec

Note: The July course is currently at capacity.

16 weeks

If you’re interested in finding out details about this course, please contact Karen Mengell, VET Co-ordinator on 9389 0127 or via email at CERES welcomes applications from those with disabilities.

Happy to announce that we’ve had great interest in this course!

Since our July course is full, we’ve made plans for an August course running on Tuesdays, commencing 10th August until 7th December 2021.

To help make this happen, please email Karen ( with any expression of interest as soon as possible.

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 Certificate II in Horticulture and Certificate II in Permaculture are nationally recognized qualification from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package. Completing these qualifications, in part or in their 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 and/or permaculture.


This course will be run at CERES Community Environment Park located at CERES Community Environment Park, corner of Roberts & Stewarts Streets, East Brunswick.

Course Design

CERES Taster course offers 3 units*

In 2021 we have two courses scheduled to be delivered on-site:

  • Course One, Thursdays 25 February to 17 June 2021 10-3pm (no class 08 April 16 sessions)
  • Course Two, Mondays 12 July to 08 November, 2021, 10-3pm (no class 20 September, 01 November 16 sessions)Please note all courses may be subject to change should government restrictions be imposed.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 workStudents 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.

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, work overalls or similar 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.

On successful completion graduates may wish to enrol in qualifications such as the full Certificate II in Horticulture or higher qualifications such as a Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716), Certificate III in Landscape Construction (AHC30916) Certificate III in Parks and Gardens (AHC31016). Units obtained through this course may be credited towards these qualifications.
Those wanting to continue accredited training in Permaculture may wish to consider the Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set (AHCSS00048) or the full Certificate II or III Permaculture (AHC33816).

Taster course – Full Fee breakdown:

Tuition – $750

Amenities – $ 42

Materials – $43

Total – $835

Applicants are asked to contact Karen Mengell, VET Co-ordinator on 9389 0127 or via email at
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.

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

Read the full RTO FEES and Refund Policy HERE.