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What is Landscaping?
LANDSCAPING IS SO MUCH MORE THAN PLANTS AND PAVERS!
There has been an increasing demand for landscaping products and services, with signs that customers intend to continue and expand their personal and community gardening efforts. As a result, professional landscaping workers are in demand.
For those working in this industry it is about changing the environment in home gardens, street gardens, parks and rural settings to make them more pleasant and practical to live in.
The Landscaping profession incorporates many aspects including:
In each area there is plenty of room to grow new skills, explore new opportunities and add-on once you have your initial qualification.
Why Become a Landscape Professional?
This is a great question with many answers. Landscape professionals have many different reasons why they love their jobs, but some of the most common reasons include:
Ultimately being a Landscaper is a highly rewarding profession, it allows you to be part of projects from the planning phase through to completion, with all the benefits of working outdoors. completion, with all the benefits of working outdoors.
What are the Career Pathways?
The Landscaping sector comprises of three sub-sectors:
Landscape Designers assess, design and prepare landscape projects for a variety of clients from all size residential projects through to larger commercial and industrial projects.
Landscape Designers work closely with landscape contractors, in fact once you have a landscape contractor qualification, it is relatively easy to continue your studies and qualify as a landscape designer.
Qualified landscape contractors are the licensed tradesmen and women who are responsible for constructing almost everything on a property that is outside of the main buildings or home.
They may, once the landscape is completed, be responsible for the maintenance, however, this is usually left to the landscape maintenance team.
Qualified horticulturalists may work in the residential and/or public parks & gardens sector of the industry. They specialise in maintaining greenlife (plants including lawns) in gardens and parks ranging from small residential gardens to large industrial estates, local council parks and gardens, and through to botanical gardens.
In fact, with a horticultural qualification, landscape maintainers have more chance of working in some of Adelaide’s finest residential properties!
What qualifications do I need?
While landscapers are not required to have specific educational requirements to practice, we strongly recommend completing a Certificate III or IV in landscaping and/or horticulture. This gives you a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the construction of outdoor spaces and/or softscapes.
Where do I start?
If you want to get started in any area of this amazing industry, the best option is to find a job. Visit landscapesa.com.au/Jobs-Board to view available positions or add your resume to the Resume Library.
Interested in becoming a Trainee?
Landscaping is a rich and rewarding career where no two days are the same, and you get to make the most of the beautiful outdoors. And let's be honest… the grass will be greener on your side!
Getting into the great outdoors, getting your hands dirty, working hard and keeping fit are all part of being a landscaper. Let alone knowing about plants and designing and creating natural or man-made masterpieces. So why not get paid to learn?
Undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship allows you to learn real skills in the workplace, become qualified in a trade or vocation and be paid a wage while you're learning. You'll enter into a training contract with an employer and a training provider that will allow you to combine hands-on training in the workplace with off-job study in a classroom or workshop.
When you take on a Traineeship, you'll: