How do I become a qualified landscaper?

This is an often-asked question that also comes with some other common questions around this.

  1. What do landscapers do?
  2. Is there a trade in Landscaping and how long does it take?

Landscaping is a diverse trade that involves a lot of other different trades in the one. A landscaper’s responsibilities’ can be and are not limited to:

  • Earthworks
  • Drainage
  • Irrigation
  • Garden construction
  • Planting
  • Turfing
  • Retaining
  • Bricklaying
  • Concreting
  • Paving
  • Garden edging
  • Stonemasonry
  • Timber structures
  • Fencing
  • Garden and lawn maintenance

During your trade, you are best to learn as many aspects as you can and then once you are qualified you may choose to just specialize in 1 or 2 areas. The choice is yours.

Yes, there is a trade in landscaping. There are a couple of different directions to go depending on what you would like to specialize in.

If you are more interested in soft landscaping (gardens, Planting, Lawns and maintenance) you would be looking at doing a Cert 3 in horticulture – Parks and Gardens.

But if you liked more of the structural side and a little more of all aspects of landscaping, I would suggest doing a Cert 3 in Landscape Construction. This course will still give you a lot of knowledge around plants, soil, and turf etc. but will also concentrate on the structural side of things like timber structures, concreting, retaining walls, stonework and bricklaying etc.

Although you can finish your trade in as little as 2 years if you have prior experience, in most cases especially if you have no previous experience it is going to take between 3 and 4 years to complete. In this time, you will need to complete your theory components in most cases with a registered training company and your practical components with a licenced employer.

Join the JRL team

If you would like to become a landscaper or maybe just looking for a change of environment or change of industry, Jason Reading Landscapes may be the company for you.

Career Opportunities

  1. Operations Manager
  2. Construction Manager
  3. Designer
  4. Estimator/Sales
  5. Landscape supervisor
  6. Landscape leading hand – position available, please contact us
  7. Structural Landscaper
  8. Horticulturalist – position available, please contact us
  9. Apprentice Landscaper
  10. Trade Assistant
  11. Carpenters
  12. Bricklayer
  13. Concreter
  14. Yard’s person/Delivery driver
  15. Earthworks Operator
  16. Office Manager
  17. Accounts Manager
  18. Administration
  19. Media & Marketing

If you would like to be a part of a team that is valued and has a shared vision and values that they live and work to every day this is the place for you.

At Jason Reading landscapes our purpose is to create beautiful memories through landscaping. We do this by working towards our mission: “To be the leading landscape construction team in the Hunter Valley through collaboration, innovation and education whilst creating outdoor spaces for people to meet, relax and play.”

And we work together to achieve our mission whilst living by our 10 core values:

  • Family
  • Health
  • Achievement
  • Loyalty
  • Integrity
  • Fun
  • Personal development
  • Ambitious
  • Creative
  • Contribution

Once you are a part of the JRL team you will be held to a high standard by your teammates to achieve ambitious goals that will improve your working and personal skills.

You will also become a part of a family as we catch up every month for a BBQ together to connect and to check in on how everyone is going.

We also catch up once every 3 months to plan the businesses future and to resolve any challenges we are having throughout the business, and as Fun is one of our values, we organize a social day twice a year and everyone has a paid day off for their birthdays.

So, if you like to work to a high standard are ambitious and like to achieve goals higher than the average landscaper, we would love to have you in our team.

So please contact us and we will organise a time to have a chat with you.

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