A HORTICULTURE Certificate III program has been recently developed and is being offered at the Bass Coast Adult Learning Centre (BCAL) in Wonthaggi.

The Certificate III is the horticulture industry standard qualification and is nationally recognised.

This program is well suited to school leavers interested in exploring a career in horticulture, those looking for a change in direction and people who are developing a new business and would like to hone their horticultural expertise.

Bass Coast Adult Learning (BCAL) is a local Adult Education Provider which prides itself on providing quality education and training in a supportive and flexible learning environment. Class sizes are small and all training is provided both face-to-face and online, providing a balance of flexibility and support.

A feature of this program is the emphasis on learning through practical and hands-on experiences, while presenting opportunities to develop industry contacts. The field-based training utilises training venues throughout the Bass Coast and provides participants with ideal opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the horticulture industry.

Local horticulture trainer and assessor, Adrian James, has been delivering horticulture training throughout the Bass Coast for 10 years and is excited about providing vocational training and learning opportunities that are local and accessible.

“This program is great because it creates an opportunity for local residents to access an industry recognised accredited training program locally, something they would otherwise have to travel significant distances to for,” he said.

The Certificate III Horticulture program will be conducted from the Bass Coast Adult Learning (239 White Road, Wonthaggi). Training commences on Monday, February 14, and runs three days per week (Mon, Tues, Wed) 9.30am-3pm. Transport to venues, support and flexible learning arrangements are provided.

For more information, contact Bass Coast Adult Learning – Bill Street on 5672 3115 or visit bcal.vic.edu.au.

Also, don’t forget the Bass Coast Edible Gardens weekend which is on February 19 and 20, with a community dinner on the Saturday night at Corinella Hall. Go to basscoastediblegardens.com for more informaiton.