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CERES VET Programs

CERES is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO TOID 3686) and offers Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20410) and Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (SIT20312) as part of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) program. Training programs are available for the full school year and are tailored to suit the needs of individual students and schools. Courses are held between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Cert II in Horticulture (AHC20410)

Completing Cert II in Horticulture at CERES Community Environment Park provides students with a range of skills that are transferable to a career in horticulture. Students may be involved in propagation, planting and pruning trees and shrubs, landscaping and building, using a chainsaw, plant and weed identification, laying irrigation systems, harvesting plants, working in the industry and applying environmentally sustainable work practices. This course is perfect for students who enjoy working in the outdoors. It can be an introduction to a career, further study or apprenticeship in gardening, vegetation management and restoration, landscaping, parks and gardens management, nurseries and propagation. 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.

CERES VET Programs Brochure

CERES Horticulture can come to you!
Schools can have training in their school ground where CERES can help to create a kitchen garden or indigenous oasis at your school linked to completing their certificate.

Hands on Horticulture Non-accredited Training

CERES also provides non-accredited training for groups. Ask about horticulture programs for Year 7-10 that can be run at CERES and at your school. Minimum program duration of 1 term.

15 units must be completed for the full qualification including 5 core units and 10 electives .

CERES offers:

  • Wednesday VETIS 1.30 – 5.00pm (1st year Units 1 & 2 and 2nd year Units 3 & 4) for individual student enrolment commencing 7th February
  • Tailored courses for school groups for half or full days covering an agreed selection of units

Other individual school applicants may be able to join school groups where there is space availability and with the consent of the primary booking school.

There is a maximum of 15 places per class available in this program.

Classroom 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 work

Students 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 in this qualification, 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.

Courses may include the following units:

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds C
AHCNSY201 Pot up plants E
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices E
AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities E
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities E
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work E
AHCPER208 Harvest permaculture crops External Elective

The suggested nominal hours for the completion of Certificate II in Horticulture are between 290 –730.  Contact hours will vary from group to group depending on length of program, learning ability, scheduling and independent learning.

For School Groups > School groups can enrol in the complete Certificate II in Kitchen Operations which can be completed over 2 years, 1 session per week. Training programs are run Monday to Friday

We can tailor the program to each group’s needs. Non-accredited training or partial completion of the Certificate II in Horticulture is available groups.

VETiS Cert II in Horticulture for Individual VET and VCAL students.

Wednesday Classes – 1:30 – 5pm, Full Certificate is achieved over 2 years.

Individual enrollment for Youth (early school leavers) and Adults

VETiS Cert II in Horticulture –  Young Adults (18-25) – ($1250pp)

Wednesday Classes – 1:30 – 5pm, Full Certificate is achieved over 2 years.

If you would like to discuss this program further our VET Co-ordinator, Karen Mengell, can be contacted on 9389 0127 or by email via karen.mengell@ceres.org.au.

Register your interest in upcoming courses click on contact VET programs above right.

Contact Karen Mengell on karen.mengell@ceres.org.au or 03 9389 0127 for more information.

Cert II in Kitchen Operations (SIT20312)

Completing Cert II in Kitchen Operations at CERES Community Environment Park provides students with a range of skills that are transferable to a career in hospitality. Hospitality students learn kitchen skills whilst preparing freshly harvested produce from our gardens and locally sourced organic produce from our own Market and Grocery. After their hard work in the kitchen students get to enjoy their own cooking and celebrate newly developed skills over shared meals.

CERES Community Kitchen, our hospitality classroom, is a registered commercial kitchen with green technology and sustainable design. Students participate in a range of projects and activities across the CERES site including: Enterprise activities, Pop-Up Restaurants/ Cafes, Cooking and Service.

Please contact Karen Mengell – karen.mengell@ceres.org.au 9389 0127 for more information

Courses may include the following units:

Code Unit Title Nominal Hours Core/elective
1 BSBWOR203B Work effectively with others 15 Core
2 SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety 15 Core
3 SITXWHS101 Participate in safe work practices 12 Core
4 SITHCCC201 Produce dishes using basic methods of cookery 45 Core
5 SITHCCC101 Use food preparation equipment 25 Core
6 SITHCCC207 Use cookery skills effectively 50 Core
7 SITHKOP101 Clean kitchen premises and equipment 13 Core
8 SITXINV202 Maintain the quality of perishable items 10 Core
9 SITHCCC102 Prepare simple dishes 25 Elective
10 SITHCCC103 Prepare sandwiches 10 Elective
11 SITHCCC202 Produce appetisers and salads 25 Elective
12 SITHFAB203 Prepare and serve non alcoholic beverages 20 Elective
13 SITHFAB204 Prepare and serve espresso coffee 30 Elective
14 BSBCMM201A Communicate in the workplace 30 Elective

To gain a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations students must complete a total of thirteen units comprising of eight core units and five electives from units 3 -14.

The suggested nominal hours for the completion of Certificate II in Kitchen Operations are between 280 –415.  Contact hours will vary from group to group depending on length of program, learning ability, scheduling and independent learning.

For School Groups > School groups can enrol in the complete Certificate II in Kitchen Operations which can be completed over 2 years, 1 session per week. Training programs are run Monday to Friday 9 – 5pm. Applications are now open for 2017 enrollments.

We can tailor the program to each group’s needs. Non-accredited training or partial completion of the Certificate II in Kitchen Operations is available groups.

Contact Karen Mengell on karen.mengell@ceres.org.au or 03 9389 0127 for more information.

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CERES runs courses for school groups between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, with most courses running from 10am until 2pm.  CERES courses cater for mixed abilities and can be tailored to the learning needs of the group.
School groups are subject to a per session cost. Refer to our course information for pricing.

CERES is running Cert II in Horticulture on Wednesday afternoons 1:30 – 5:00pm in 2017. This is for students wanting to complete the full certificate over 2 years or Units 1 & 2 over 1 year. Prices are subject to per student per year cost. See course information for more details.

At the completion of the training program, students will receive either a Statement of Attainment or a completed Certificate II in Horticulture or Kitchen Operations.
 A Statement of Attainment program is anticipated to be completed over 12 months, this will vary depending on the units selected.
 A Certificate program is anticipated to be completed over 2 years.

 Students may be required to complete homework and assessment activities outside of nominated contact hours, to ensure adequate completion of all curriculum activities. This will be negotiated between CERES Training and participating school/organisation support teachers. Regular attendance is required if competency is to be achieved.

VETiS Cert II in Horticulture –  Young Adults (18-25) – ($1250pp in 2017)

Wednesday Classes – 1:30 – 5pm, Full Certificate is achieved over 2 years.

For further information on CERES VET programs or to book a program please fill out the inquiry form above or contact the Education and Training Manager, Lorna Pettifer on (03) 9389 0123 or via email lorna@ceres.org.au or VET Coordinator, Karen Mengell on 03 9389 0127 or via email karen.mengell@ceres.org.au

CERES VET Programs Brochure

Cert II in Horticulture Course Information

Cert II in Kitchen Operations Course Information

Student Handbook

CERES Fees and Refund Policy

Our RTO is closed from Monday 18th December 2017 –  Thursday January 18th 2018