Foundation Passport - Horticulture (Online)

This four-hour entry level fully online course is designed to ensure learners new to the horticulture industry can fulfil their health and safety responsibilities based on the good industry practices when onsite.

The Foundation Passport – Horticulture course introduces learners to:

  • Why health and safety is important.
  • Workplace culture and playing your part.
  • How to keep yourself and others safe onsite.
  • Looking after your mental wellbeing.
  • Are you doing everything to go home safe?

Target Audience

People who are about to enter, or are new to the New Zealand horticultural industry, or are unfamiliar with the basics of health and safety on a horticultural site including: 

  • Young workers, apprentices or those undertaking a pre-trade or pre-employment course.
  • Workers who have shifted careers to work in the horticultural industry.
  • Migrant workers who may or may not have international horticultural experience.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this course are: 

  • Describe why it is important to create a healthy and safe working environment in the horticulture industry.
  • Describe what a healthy and safe working environment looks like.
  • Describe what the workers responsibilities are to ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy at work.
  • Describe what workers are legally entitled to expect, or ask for, from their employer to make sure that there is a compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) and that there is a positive attitude to safety in the workplace.
  • Describe ways that workers can keep themselves physically and mentally healthy and safe.

How you will be assessed

You will need to complete a Review of Understanding at the end of the course.

What the course covers

  • Why is health and safety important?
  • Workers’ part in health and safety.
    • Getting ready to work.
    • What to expect on the first day of a new job.
    • The impact of unsafe working.
    • Workplace health and safety culture.
  • How can you keep yourself safe.
    • Understanding the dangers.
    • Controlling the risks.
    • Pause – Think – Act.
    • Your personal protective equipment.
    • Identifying and controlling risks.
    • When controls don’t work.
  • Looking after your mental wellbeing.
    • Managing mental health.
    • Maintaining mental wellbeing.
    • What to do when things aren’t as they should be.
  • Are you doing everything to make sure you go home safe?

Language and Technology requirements

To complete this course successfully, learners must be able to read and understand conversational English. If you are not comfortable with English comprehension, please contact us if you need assistance in choosing the right course for you.  

Please use your own individual email address as our online learning platform can only register one person per email address. Sharing email addresses and login details will negatively impact your ability to complete course requirements and the administration of your course.  

For the optimum online learning experience, please use the Chrome web browser on the latest version of Windows 10 or Mac OS. Use of mobile phones is not recommended. We cannot guarantee you will receive the best performance if you use other browsers or mobile phones.

What you'll get at the end of the course

  • A digital Site Safety Card/Passport (valid for two years). The Site Safety Card will include a green 'Horticulture' indicator so anyone can see that foundational level training has been completed. 

With over 60,000 New Zealand construction workers attending a Site Safe Passport course each year, most major New Zealand contractors require a Site Safety Card for entry to their sites, and as a prerequisite in their tender process.

As Site Safety Cards become more recognised by the horticulture sector, this may become a site access requirement, or a tender prerequisite.

Book your seat on the next course today, or contact us for more information.

For a full list of our training courses visit our Training Courses page.

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