Living classroom a perfect venue for horticulture course

February 9, 2017

Advance your gardening skills and earn a national accreditation at the same time!

The AHC30716 Certificate III Horticulture course is a wonderful example of how multiple organisations are partnering to offer residents a rare chance at gaining a fully nationally recognised course without having to leave the area.Bingara Community College has coordinated with ATAC to ensure the course results in a national qualification.

Planting at the TLC

Rick Hutton from the Gwydir Learning Region has offered The Living Classroom as a venue. “It’s wonderful that these three organisations are working together, rather than in competition to provide quality training not normally available in the small rural towns”, said Lynne Sheather, Executive Officer at Community College-Northern Inland.

The Living Class Room is a state of the art facility giving access to a wide variety of plants and enabling hands-on practical learning. The Living Classroom venue provides scope for some indoor activities and the chance to make use of the expansive grounds at the site, including the utilisation of the new nursery block and the several themed food system storyboards onsite.

“We are lucky to have Sean Handsaker from Manilla, awarded Highly Commended Trainer of the Year in last year’s Training Awards, coming to Bingara to deliver this course”, Lynne Sheather added.

If sufficient numbers enrol, the course will commence in March, 2017 and conclude in about seven (7) weeks. This course is for people wanting to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge needed to work in the amenity horticulture industry. Industry positions include horticulturist and gardener.

It is also a great chance for those people with a general interest in gardening and food production to participate in a nationally recognised course with lots of hands-on activities.

The course will cover plants and soils, pest management, landscaping, parks and gardens, irrigation and water, nursery practices and industry work safety practices. Tina Simpson at the Bingara Community College is keen to hear of anyone interested in the course as the college will be looking at bringing other courses to the area based on the success of this course. You can contact Tina on 02 67241965 or call into the Riddell Street premises Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.