Certificate I in Transition Education – Garden to Plate

Course Name Certificate I in Transition Education – Garden to Plate
Course Code 22301VIC
Course Length 18 months
Nominal Hours 1130

Course Overview

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Garden to Plate supports learners developing everyday living skills through fun hands-on activities.


Equal measures of nurturing and learning

Cups of literacy

Spoonfuls of numeracy

Litres of language

Kilos of technology

‘Heaped’ potential for each individual

This program incorporates necessary language, literacy, numeracy and technology components in a creative way to maximise each student’s potential.

SGAE provides a supportive and inspirational learning environment enhancing each person’s life skill development.

Click here to download the Garden to Plate full course brochure!

What is the Garden to Plate program?

The Garden to Plate program is based on Certificate I in Transition Education. This course supports learners with a permanent intellectual disability to develop the skills to find the most appropriate option for them in the community after leaving school. Options for involvement may include employment, volunteer work or further study.

Garden to Plate includes areas of study for personal development, life skills and planning for the future. Whilst participating in real-life activities of preparing and cooking meals the students learn more about language, literacy, numeracy and technology relating to everyday living.

SGAE delivers Certificate I in Transition Education in different formats for various groups. The Garden to Plate program is one example of how this course has been adapted to build the daily living skills of students.

Through activities including growing vegetables, shopping, budgeting and reading labels the course has been tailored to explore and address personal health, the effect of healthy eating and meal preparation in a weekly practical cooking class. There are added social benefits for participants coming together as a group to plan, prepare, cook and share a meal together in a supportive and caring environment.

Many people with a disability can feel isolated and disconnected from their community. The Garden to Plate program provides a safe, caring, fun and positive learning environment which is learner focussed. SGAE is a place students can feel at ease with a real sense of belonging; a place they can be themselves. The program is tailored to suit each individual learner to enable them to work at their own level and enhance their own abilities.

Who can participate?

The Certificate I in Transition Education is restricted to post compulsory school aged learners with evidence of a permanent cognitive impairment or intellectual disability.

Entry to this program is therefore restricted to adult learners who can provide evidence of having a permanent cognitive impairment or intellectual disability. The permissible documents of evidence include:

  • Formal assessment by a registered medical practitioner
  • Doctors/Specialist reports
  • Attendance at specialist school/SDS
  • Integration support at school
  • Integration support at school with modified curriculum
  • A letter from a registered medical practitioner stating the student has a
    permanent cognitive impairment or intellectual disability

There are no educational entry requirements for this course, however a pre-training interview will be conducted to gain necessary background information on all students to determine this program is appropriate for them. Individuals are assessed for relevant language, literacy and numeracy levels for this program.

Carers are encouraged to attend the sessions.

What are the available pathways from Garden to Plate?

While there are no formal pathways from the Certificate I in Transition Education, there are a number of other training options available:

What resources will be made available to the student?

  • A student handbook and program materials
  • An exercise/communications book
  • A safe supportive learning environment with appropriately resourced training areas, including kitchen
  • Assignment activities, practical assessments and program materials
  • Assessment information and expectations regarding assessment
  • Positive classroom and community-based experiences
  • Appropriately qualified and experienced trainers

Delivery principles

The course is delivered through:

  • Building on student’s interests, abilities and strengths
  • Practical ‘hands on’ learning
  • Recognition of student achievement and contributions both formal and informal
  • Supporting students to learn at their own pace
  • Encouraging personal development and growth
  • Training targeted to different learning styles


  • Assessments are designed so learners are provided with the appropriate level of support and sufficient time to meet their needs.
  • Assessment methods for competency will include, observation, demonstration
    and participation.
  • Assessment includes activities relevant to the individual students.

What learning support will be provided?

Students will be provided training under close supervision with high levels of
support. SGAE trainers are dedicated to:

  • Providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment;
  • Working collaboratively with people who have an intellectual disability to assess their current language, literacy and numeracy levels;
  • Designing, developing and implementing training plans targeted towards the student’s requirements;
  • Using repetition and reinforcement for learning consolidation;
  • Providing regular opportunities to practice spelling and numeracy;
  • Utilising information and digital technology to enhance all learnings and increase technological competency;
  • Strengthening learning using visual and tactile aids to boost word identification;
  • Using real community and workplace literacy and numeracy situations as
    examples in training sessions and learning resources;
  • Reinforcing life skills learning with scenario examples of everyday
    life circumstances and practical community-based activities;
  • Developing practical evidence based resources to support learnings;
  • Designing a range of assessments to accommodate individual student capabilities and requirements.

How long does the program run for?

The Garden to Plate program is delivered for one (1) full day per week from 9.00 AM – 3:00 PM during school terms for 18 months. The Garden to Plate program includes sharing a meal each week.

New courses commence in Hamilton and in Bendigo, based on demand. SGAE takes rolling enrolments into this program so you can start at any time.

Where will the courses be delivered?

Hamilton: 9.00 AM until 3:00 PM at the Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL) – 333 North Boundary Rd, Hamilton.
Bendigo: Monday – Thursday 9.00 AM until 3.00 PM – 14 Keck St, Flora Hill.
Note: this course has an 18 month delivery period (dependent on date of student commencement). Students enrolling after course has already commenced are provided with additional support.
Classes are delivered through:
  • Face-to-face training
  • Demonstration
  • Practical activities
  • Group classroom activities
  • Workbook exercises
  • Assessment Sheets
  • Oral assessments
  • Excursions

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Name
VU21780 Participate in the community
VU21781 Use technology for a range of purposes
VU21776 Develop and document a learning plan with support
VU21778 Participate in travel activities
VU21779 Investigate future options for further training, work or community activities
VU21777 Enhance self-development

Elective Units

Unit Code Unit Name
VU21782 Explore personal health issues
VU21044 Use recipes to prepare food
VU21786 Participate in creative activities
VU21788 Apply numeracy for a range of purposes


Concession Tuition Fee
(Subject to eligibility. Proof of concession required)
$350.30 ($0.31 per nom. hour)
Government Subsidised Tuition Fee
(If eligible for funding)
$1,751.50 ($1.55 per nom. hour)
Government Contribution to Training $15,820 ($14 per hour)
Full Tuition Fee
(If not eligible for Govt. subsidy)
Materials Fee
(All participants to pay)
$580 Materials | $100 Excursion
Administration Fee

Education Allowance Supplement for eligible students:

The Australian government’s Education Allowance Supplement goes towards covering the costs of training for eligible students. Students can only receive one (1) Education Allowance Supplement payment at any one time.

Concession rates for Skills First Program eligible students:

The concession rate of 20% of the Standard Tuition fee up to and including
Certificate IV level qualifications, as listed above is applicable to an individual who,
prior to the commencement of training, holds a current and valid concession card:

  • Health Care Card issued by the Commonwealth
  • Pensioner Concession Card; or Veteran’s Gold Card; or An alternative card or concession eligibility criterion approved by the Minister.
  • Individuals who self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (applicable to all levels of qualifications)

These concessions also apply to a dependent spouse or dependent child of a card holder.

Enrolments, Fees & Refunds

All enrolments must be confirmed by payment of fees. Payment plans may also be available. Cancellation fees may apply. Please refer to our Fees & Refund Policy.