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Horticulture courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Our Horticulture courses are for those seeking employment in horticultural fields such as nurserys, farms, garden centres, grounds and greenhouses. This hands-on, practical course gives you knowledge to design, grow, irrigate and harvest horticulture systems.

Come along and learn Horticulture with us at Byron Community College. See what’s on offer at our Mullumbimby and Byron Bay campuses below.

A student experience: Terry Gray

"I moved to the Bryon Shire about 6 years ago after falling in love with the area on surfing trips from Sydney. What started out as an interest in organic gardening led me to the college as I had discovered Permaculture and the college was offering the Cert III in Permaculture, which, through life circumstances, I was unable to complete the first time. The college gave me the opportunity to come back and give it another go. I completed my Cert III in Permaculture and went on to recently complete the Certificate III in Horticulture.

I have just had the most incredible learning experiences here at the college. The college staff and trainers have given me all the support that I have needed and I have made some life- long friends. The buildings here and the grounds are really inspiring also. One day I would love to be able to teach Permaculture and I believe the college is giving me the opportunity to reach that goal. I am excited to be doing the Certificate IV in Permaculture this year and could not recommend the Cert III in Permaculture and Cert III in Horticulture highly enough."

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Kickstart your Micro Farming Enterprise

About This government subsidised short course delivers an introduction to a micro farming enterprise, planning and operation, providing students with the ability to start a small urban farm. This course will assist participants in learning how to undertake market analysis and design a marketing strategy (that includes using social media) and plan small business finances. Students are encouraged to develop an ‘elevator pitch’ – to develop their ability to express clearly what their... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Micro Business Operations BSB30315.
  • Establish networks (BSBREL401)
  • Investigate micro business opportunities (BSBSMB301)
  • Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business (BSBSMB305)
  • Maintain financial records (BSBFIA301)
  • Use digital technology for routine workplace tasks (FSKDIG03)
  • Use strategies to plan simple workplace tasks (FSKLRG05)
  • Use strategies to respond to routine workplace problems (FSKLRG09)
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Certificate III in Horticulture

Do you enjoy working outdoors and have a keen interest in plants? If so, horticulture is a diverse industry which could prepare you for work with local councils, government authorities, schools, hospitals, nurseries and landscaping. It is also ideal if you are considering self-employment and with more and more people either not having the time, the interest or the skills to maintain a garden, these skills are likely to grow in demand. About The training program has been developed... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL301)
  • Perform pruning operations (AHCARB303)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG331)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Maintain nursery plants (AHCNSY301)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER301)

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