General Horticulture Courses

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Understand Amenity horticulture

“This is the place to start for anyone with an interest in amenity horticulture or who wishes to understand the industry. Graduates will develop knowledge of the industry at both a global and local level of the different sectors of the industry and become familiar with responsible environmental management strategies of natural and created landscapes.” Gavin Cole - B.Science, Psych. Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA - ACS Tutor.

As an amenity horticulturist, you will promote and implement strategies that conserve soil, water, air and biodiversity for the benefit of future generations, whether you work in backyard gardens to those or in the management of national parks covering thousands of hectares. This course will develop your ability to establish and manage sites responsibly and with sensitive consideration of both human and environment requirements.


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Amenity horticulture is the fastest-growing area of horticulture

There are excellent opportunities for employment or self-employment in different aspects of horticulture. Plan, design and manage land sites that are used for recreation, pleasure, visual enhancement, or environmental improvement rather than for the production of economic crops. This course will give you the skills and knowledge to ensure all relevant concerns are identified and appropriately considered when planning amenity sites.


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Duration icon 1500 hours Qualification icon Associate Diploma Modules icon 15 modules This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning

Study Horticulture at home Distance Learning Course

Learn to Grow Plants

Learn to Manage Gardens and Crop Production

Work in Technical Horticulture or Management

Expand you career opportunities with generalist horticultural training.

This course provides a broad-based foundation to allow you to adapt to and work in different sectors of the industry, as a technician, business owner, consultant, etc. Horticultural staff need to have a strong foundation in both science and plants. They will need to know: what affects plant growth (soils, nutrition, water, temperature, pests etc), cultural techniques (propagation, pruning, planting, shelter, etc), plant knowledge (plant family characteristics, classification system, etc).

“Flexibility is the key to this course - it won’t pigeon hole you into one area but develops the broad skills and flexibility required by horticulturists in all sectors of the industry. An excellent course for those not necessarily wanting to specialise. More employment opportunities exist for those with broad knowledge and skills.”  Adriana Fraser - Cert. Horticulture, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert IV Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Horticulture - ACS Tutor.

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Duration icon 1500 hours Qualification icon Associate Diploma Modules icon 15 modules This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning
Train to be a Parks Manager
 
Parks managers may work either in government (eg National or municipal parks, Botanic gardens, Zoos), or in the private sector (eg. for resorts, sporting  clubs, theme parks, or other commercial facilities such as residential or commercial estates).
 
Competent parks managers need to work across both horticulture and management and career opportunities can be significantly expanded by taking a course such as this, which broadens their range of skills significantly.

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Duration icon 700 hours Qualification icon Certificate This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence

Do this course to place yourself ahead of the field!

A broad knowledge of the fundamentals of horticulture is key to employment and advancement in horticulture - irrelevant of the industry sector.
 
This course sets itself apart from others on offer. It is comprehensive, provides students with a challenge and builds the knowledge required for success in this field.
 
Employers are looking for this in graduates - and are so disappointed by the poor output of many horticulture graduates.

“This course is equivalent to doing a Trade Certificate. It focuses on the requirements for growing and maintaining plants in ornamental display gardens. A good course for people who want to work in parks and gardens where there are display beds to maintain.” - Tracey Morris Dip.Hort., Cert.Hort., Cert III Organic Farming, ACS Tutor.

 Accredited through International Accreditation & recognition Council
A 600 hour course that provides initial training for anyone working, or intending to work in ornamental horticulture. This course is similar to other VHT002 horticulture certificates in its introductory (core) units, but devotes 50% of the course to topics specifically related to ornamental horticulture. The course is designed to teach the basics of how to identify, grow, and maintain ornamental plants and gardens in any climate. Emphasis is placed on the plant varieties which are horticulturally most valuable. Topics covered include garden maintenance, turf care, arboriculture, landscaping, and nursery work.

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Duration icon 2400 hours Qualification icon Advanced Diploma Modules icon 25 modules This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning
This is a comprehensive course that provides training for people to work in the care and development of gardens, parks, or other areas of amenity horticulture (e.g. Tree management, Turf management, interior plantscaping) at a Technician or Management level, in positions such as: Managers, Technical officers, or Consultants. It opens up so many new areas of opportunity in Horticulture.

 

This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C


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Duration icon 2500 hours Qualification icon Advanced Diploma Modules icon 25 modules This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning
An outstanding course of study

“This course stands above the rest when it comes to management skills – you will have the confidence to manage parks and gardens (as well as staff) upon completion of this course. It enables you to develop and apply informed decisions rather then to just follow orders. In the future the demand for Parks and Gardens experts at management level will increase; be amongst those that are ready to take up the challenge.” Adriana Fraser - Adv. Dip. Horticulture, Cert. Horticulture, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert IV Assessment and Training - ACS Tutor.

This is the ultimate course in providing training for people to work in the management and development of recreation and park facilities and services. It is relevant to all types of situations including municipal parks, national parks, tourist parks, resorts, etc. It is about creating the very best in Horticulture.

This is a substantial and unique course, requiring a 5 year part time or 2 to 3 year full time commitment.

 The course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning

Learn to Maintain a Garden  --- in the most efficient way!

Over ten lessons, you learn how to effectively maintain a garden while reducing the amount of time, labour and costs involved.

A course for garden horticulturists, gardeners and garden owners.

We usually think of garden maintenance as a summer priority when lawns, weeds and plants grow vigorously but even in winter a garden may deteriorate without regular maintenance. Proper maintenance however costs both time and money. Fortunately, there are shortcuts but these require knowledge and the right materials and equipment.

 


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Learn to Market Plants and Horticultural Products with a Distance Learning Course

In any business, including horticulture, success depends upon good marketing of your product. This subject covers the theoretical and practical importance of marketing in the horticultural industry, including topics such as advertizing, promotions, signs, customer relations, pricing strategy, labelling, transport, product presentation, and more!

"This course has made a big difference to many businesses in the past. Learn strategies pertinent to this kind of business that you had never thought of!” - Tracey Morris Dip.Hort., Cert.Hort., Cert III Organic Farming, ACS Tutor.


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Develop the skills and knowledge needed to plan, conduct and report on research in social, technological and environmental issues that impact on Horticulture today and which are needed for strategic business planning.

 

  • This course has been developed by professionals in both Australia and the UK, with the aim of being relevant throughout the world.
  • This is a module in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Master of Horticulture

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Want to be a horticultural researcher? 
 
This course will further develop your ability to research and present a critical, written and numerical assessment of information related to social, technological, environmental and economic issues that impact on Horticulture today.
 
With more advanced research skills, you will be able to contribute new insights into the field of horticulture, and our understanding of issues that affect it.

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Resource management for successful horticulture businesses. 
Planning for efficient and economical management in horticulture includes such things as work procedures and programming, budgeting and staff supervision. The course is relevant to all areas of horticulture including nurseries, parks, private gardens, market gardening and fruit production.

“Horticultural knowledge and skill may guarantee employment; but you need more to be successful in business or effective as a manager. This course provides you with that extra!" - John Mason  Dip Hort Sc, FIOH, FPLA former Parks Director, Principal ACS Distance Education


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Interested in horticulture?

Want to help others?
 
Empower people to experience the joys and miracles of gardening
 
Horticultural therapy (also known associal and therapeutic horticulture’) uses the activities associated with horticulture such as gardening, plant propagation, plant care, visits to natural environments and gardens and parks etc. in personal development; to engender a feeling of well-being, improve physical health and encourage social interaction.
 
Involvement with plants and time spent in gardens has also been used for many years as a viable part of aged care, particularly for patents with dementia and for patients convalescing in hospitals or in care a pleasant view of a landscape and / or garden has proved to significantly reduce the recovery time for patients lucky enough to have a landscape of plants and greenery to look at each day.
 

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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 13 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning


Start Your Horticulture Career Here

Join thousands of graduates that have enrolled in this most popular course and gone on to be horticulturists and gardeners!

This course isn't about ticking you off against a list of basic competencies. This course establishes sound horticultural skills and knowledge and importantly develops problem solving skills that are so valued by employers, but rarely found in graduates from competency based courses.

This is a 'Problem Based Learning' course not just competency based!

What will studying Hort 1 do for you?
Give you a sound grounding in the principals of horticulture.
Develop your practical skills so you can apply these principles.

What will Horticulture 1 teach you?

To scientifically identify around 100 plants
To understand soils
To propagate plants
To prune plants
To identify and control pests and diseases
To control weeds
To establish, repair and care for turf
To plan and draw a simple garden design

As you can see this course is an 'all-rounder' - A great starting point for any budding horticulturist or garden enthusiast.


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Learn  to identify, care and use of plants in a systematic way.

 

  • Plant knowledge is the foundation of all good horticulture
  • People who can identify plants impress employers and clients
  • Graduates know what to look for when examining plants; how to work out what family a plant belongs to, and ways of narrowing a plant down to determine genus and species after that.
  • Plants within a family or genus share common management requirements: learn identification and you have a foundation for managing plants.

Identifying plants is something prized by employers, but all too often minimized in modern courses due to financial constraints.

Student Comment: "I have found the course to be interesting and challenging, with great learning materials that really make you research the industry and get involved. It has been a great way to study because it has allowed me to work in the industry and study at the same time. I have found the online resources to be fantastic, the tutors feedback constructive and the fact that assignments can be submitted online makes the process so easy." Tom Wood, Australia - Diploma in Horticultural Science course.

"This course is great for expanding your knowledge of a variety of plants that you will come across in all aspects of Horticulture. Plant Id skills are an absolute requirement of being a Professional Horticulturalist, and this is a good place to gain that knowledge.”- Tracey Morris Dip.Hort., Cert.Hort., Cert III Organic Farming, ACS Tutor.


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Want to know how to keep your plants alive?

Study pest and disease identification and management online or by correspondence.
  • Learn to identify pest and diseases in plants
  • Develop a deep understanding of plant health
  • Study the systematic identification of health problems in plants 
  • Learn how to control plant pests and diseases 
  • Learn how to maintain high quality gardens for business or home

There is always more than meets the eye and problems can be solved easily with this course.

Student Comment: "I have found the course to be interesting and challenging, with great learning materials that really make you research the industry and get involved. It has been a great way to study because it has allowed me to work in the industry and study at the same time. I have found the online resources to be fantastic, the tutors feedback constructive and the fact that assignments can be submitted online makes the process so easy." Tom Wood, Australia - Diploma in Horticultural Science course.

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IRRIGATION - HOME STUDY COURSE

Learn how to build and maintain an efficient irrigation system. 

This is a ten lesson course that covers the design, installation, maintenance, operation and evaluation of simple irrigation systems. This course is similar to BHT304 and BAG213, but focuses on irrigation for parks, home gardens, and other ornamental horticulture areas.

 


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GAIN VALUABLE IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT SKILLS

FOR THE PROFESSIONAL HORTICULTURIST IN CHARGE OF IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT OR THOSE WANTING TO EXPAND THEIR CAREERS.

The following topic areas are covered:
  • Ways to optimise water efficiency
  • Scheduling irrigation for nurseries, gardens, turf and horticultural crops.
  • Drainage system design
  • Operating irrigation controllers
  • Managing system maintenance
  • Managing fertigation
  • Evaluating irrigation designs
  • Design of different systems

This course builds on skills achieved in Irrigation (BHT210 and BHT204) modules to develop students’ skills to manage the design and operation of large scale irrigation systems for horticultural applications.


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Learn to manage significant landscapes and gardens of note. This course will:

  • Discuss appropriate management strategies to ensure the long term survival of plants and garden features.
  • Identify and evaluate sources of funding and associated issues.
  • Identify and discuss the issues concerned with the presentation of a site to visitors.

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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 12 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning

DO YOU WANT TO WORK WITH ANIMALS AND NATURE?
Then this course is for you!
This course has been specifically designed for people working or wishing to work in nature parks and reserves, in managerial or technical positions. Learn about natural environments, and the management of zoos, wildlife parks, nature reserves. Develop an understanding of the natural environment and basic ecological principles, and learn a variety of skills ranging from basic gardening and nature park design, to erosion control, weed control and tree surgery.
The course covers many of the fundamental tasks which people who work in such parks need to do; including weed control, soil management, land rehabilitation, landscape construction, etc.

"A great course, prepare to be challenged! This is a growth area and more specialists will be required in the future. This is sound course that will encourage you to start gaining the skills and knowledge required to work in this field.” - Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert IV Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort, ACS Tutor


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Be  A Nature Park Management Expert
 
This course is a natural progression from Nature Park Management I, but can be taken in its own right. It concentrates more on plants and using them to create natural, balanced ecosystems. Also learn to create nature trails, build rockeries and pathways, construct ponds and watercourses, design picnic grounds and animal enclosures, market a nature park, and lots more.

“This course will help you to round off your skills! Couple this course with the previous one to provide you with broader plant skills. It also enables you to understand all the components that make up a nature park.” - Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert IV Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort, ACS Tutor.


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Learn to Plan for Economic and Marketing Success in a Horticultural Enterprise of any type

A study focussing on managing Economics, Planning and Marketing of operations in horticulture. Your ability to manage a business can make a huge difference to your success in horticulture. In this course, you will learn to the business side of horticulture, including how to plan and implement effective strategies for your business and/or services. This is a module in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Master of Horticulture.

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Learn to manage Legal, contractual and staffing aspects of a Horticultural Enterprise.

Develop a capacity to apply legal, contractual and staff management considerations to demonstrate informed interpretation and analysis, critical thought processes and an understanding of complex issues in relation to the management of a range of different sectors of the horticulture industry. Prerequisite: Operational Business Management I

Building on the first operational business module this course delves into the prominent legal aspects of the horticulture industry in terms of contract and employment law as well as sound financial practices. In addition, man management techniques designed to improve productivity are discussed. Ideal for anyone in a horticultural management position.” - Gavin Cole B.Sc., Psych.Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA, ACS Tutor.


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Learn to Grow Organic Plant Crops and Manage Organic Gardens with a Distance Learning Course

This course shows you how to grow plants naturally with organic methods. Develop a solid understanding of the principles and procedures underlying the cultivation of fruit and vegetables by natural methods. Work with the environment and without the use of artificial fertilizers or sprays. It is a similar course to commercial organic vegetable growing, but has more on fruit trees/crops in course content.


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Learn how to treat plant health problems correctly!

A must course for horticulturalist that want to boost their plant health and prevent damage by pests and diseases. This course develops your understanding of all types of plant diseases (fungal, viral, bacterial, non-infectious); their life cycles, and ways they can be controlled both with and without chemicals. This knowledge is vital for all practising Horticulturalists.

Garden School -Distance Learning Course


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Learn to identify diseases, insects and weeds
Learn to select and use appropriate treatments.
 
Control techniques and safety are both covered in detail. A course for technicians, gardeners and horticulturalists that need to know (in detail) horticultural pest and disease identification and control, with chemical and biological solutions and safety procedures and practices.   

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Practical Gardening Skills can be learnt by Distance Education.

This course has been teaching hands on horticulture, through self paced home studies, for over 10 years.

Can you learn the practical side of horticulture by distance education?  This course is the ANSWER! It really does work, particularly if done online, or on CD, where you can make full use of interactive learning tasks and coloured photography on the computer. This course has been written to satisfy curriculum developed by the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK (Advanced Certificate and Diploma level) It will give you a great background to start your career or to enhance your current skills.


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Learn Practical Skills by Home Study: Distance education IS Practical -more than most people think!

A course to develop all the practical skills that you learn when working under the supervision of an horticultural expert. The course contains all the tips to develop excellent practical skills in the management of a variety of horticultural situations. You will feel confident to take on tasks and achieve good skills in your field.


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Learn to Manage Soils to Keep  it Healthy and to Grow  Healthy Plants

Distance Learning Course

Good soil conditions are critical to the healthy growth of most plants. Over eight lessons this course will develop an understanding of physical and chemical properties of soils, the ability to carry out simple tests and determine soil characteristics, and to decide ways of treating a soil to improve its ability to grow plants.
The course is specifically designed for:

  • Ornamental gardens
  • Landscaping
  • Container growing
  • Turf situations
 
This course provides a credit in ACS qualifications, accredited through IARC, and also prepares you to sit for RHS modules and acquire credits in the RHS advanced certificate or diploma.

“It may be obvious to most that healthy soils produce healthy plants, but what is a healthy soil when it comes to crop production? This course goes deep into the chemical and physical aspects of soil composition, testing, and management to provide the student with the necessary skills to manipulate soils for optimal crop yields.” - Gavin Cole B.Sc., Psych.Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA, ACS Tutor.


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WEED MANAGEMENT

LEARN:

  • To identify and effectively control more than 100 weeds
  • To design management strategies and programs 
  • To apply control techniques efficiently and safely.
  • Chemical and non-chemical control methods (mulching, burning, mowing)
  • The use of spray equipment and safety procedures which should be followed.
Learn to identify and manage weeds for Farms, Gardens, Public Open Spaces, Wilderness Areas or any other places where weeds are an issue - in eight lessons, through distance education - with lots of practical components.
 

 

 


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