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Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Gardening
  • Irrigation
  • Harvesting

Certificate I in AgriFood Operations

Assist with the cultivation, growing and harvesting of trees and plants, you will learn skills in maintaining plant growing areas, providing plant care and safety in the workplace.

Course Overview

Course Code:D450 (National ID: AHC10210) 

Horticultural Assistant


1 semester (168hrs)

How:Full time, Apprenticeship/Traineeship 

Intake:Semester 2 
International study available:No 
Online study available:No 
Uni pathway available:No 

About the course

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Gain a sense of satisfaction by nurturing and watching something grow with a career in horticulture. This access and equity qualification will provide you with the skills to grow and harvest trees and plants. You'll also learn about maintaining your workplace and OHS.

If you are Aboriginal and are personally motivated to attend and actively participate in hands on outdoor class environment then the Central Institute of Technology's Leederville campus horticulture program is for you.

It is a course delivered by culturally sensitive trainers who tailor training to suit the Industry needs and learning needs of Aboriginal students. Aboriginal students have access to a common area enhanced by a beautiful bush tucker garden called ‘Sense of Place’, a computer lab equipped with current and relevant software as well as many other specialised support services available to Indigenous students at Central Institute of Technology.

Applications are to be made directly to Noongar Kadadjiny Kulark Kart the Aboriginal Centre at Leederville Campus which caters for Indigenous Australians. Nyungar - People; Kadadjiny - Listening, Learning, Hearing; Kulark - House; Kart - Head for Thinking Please contact the Aboriginal Student Support Officer on 9202 4745.

For enrolment details and information as the Centre offers a specialised support and counselling service for Indigenous students enrolled in S333 Certificate I in Horticulture and can also advise you about pathways onto higher level related certificates or any other pathway that might interest you.

Where this course can lead you

Central's disability and community learning & partnerships qualifications will provide you with the skills to work in basic or assistant roles in a variety of workplaces. The practical training will ensure you become an integral part of any organisation and have the skills to meet their needs.

Your Certificate I in Horticulture prepares you for roles such as a Horticultural Assistant.

Skills you will gain from this course

Central's disability and community learning & partnerships qualifications will provide you with the skills to work in basic or assistant roles in a variety of workplaces. The practical training will ensure you become an integral part of any organisation and have the skills to meet their needs.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Maintain plant growing areas

  • Provide plant care

  • Attend to gardening tasks

  • Install and operate irrigation

  • Harvest

  • Understand and implement safety in the workplace

Connected with industry

As a part of our access and disabilities qualifications you may have the opportunity to take part in work placements, giving you real experience in the industry which could lead to employment post-study. Some industries where access and disabilities students have worked are:

  • Retail

  • Business

  • Mining

  • Horticulture

At Central we place an emphasis on quality training, that is why we ensure our lecturers are experienced, innovative and caring. We also ensure industry partners are involved in the development of our courses and curriculum, so the skills obtained are relevant in the workforce. Some of our access and disability industry associates are:

  • People With Disabilities WA

  • Disability Services Commission WA

Course Structure

Plan:D450 - CU1211 - PSC 
Description:Complete 6 units: 2 core and 4 elective units 

Available Groups


Description: Central Institute of Technology offer the units listed below. Please note: previously completed units may count towards this qualification. Please discuss with the teaching area to determine eligibility.

NumberNational IDTitle
D7297AHCOHS101AWork safely
D7298AHCWRK101AMaintain the workplace


Description: Learners to complete four (4) elective units. Below is an example

NumberNational IDTitle
D6705AHCBAC101ASupport agricultural crop work
D6755AHCCHM101AFollow basic chemical safety rules
D6865AHCIRG101ASupport irrigation work
D7102AHCPGD101ASupport gardening work

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a structured employment based training program that allows you to have a job and be paid while you learn. In most instances practical experience at work is combined with complementary off-the-job training provided by Central Institute of Technology. 

Apprenticeships lead to trade certification and nationally recognised qualifications.

Traineeships focus on entry level training in non-trade areas and lead to nationally-recognised qualifications. Some school based traineeships are available to year 11 and 12 students who combine part time work with secondary studies via an approved training schedule. Apprenticeships and Traineeships are not available as an option for  International students.

Please Note: The process for actually getting into an apprenticeship/traineeship (which involves finding an employer) is very different to the application process for normal study.  

For more information about apprenticeships or traineeships please contact Central Institute of Technology'sTraineeship, Apprenticeship and Workplace Training (TAWT)  on 6211 2111, visit the Apprenticeships & Traineeships section of the Training WA site or

Getting into this course

Entrance Requirements

In order to gain entry into this course you must demonstrate basic communication skills.

This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement.

The Application Process

The process for applying for a course at Central depends on whether you are a local or international student and the way that you will be studying: full time, part time, as an apprentice or trainee.

Our future students area of the website includes a handy guide to help you through the process depending on what type of student you are, and how you are planning on studying.

Visit our apply, enrol and pay guide

Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.

Find out more here

Fee information

The cost of this course is yet to be calculated so are not publishable at this time, however, you will be advised of your exact fees upon enrolment. For an estimate of costs, you may wish to contact our call centre on 1300 300 822. Paying your fees You will be  expected to pay your course fees in full at the time of enrolment. Fees can be paid at our student services offices at any of Central’s campuses. You can also pay by credit card over the phone, however, if you wish to pay by instalments, you will need to make your first payment in person and sign the payment plan terms and conditions. Assistance may be available for those students experiencing financial hardship. Find out more details about payment options  

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