Joining a Professional or Industry organization is a very real way of benefiting your career.

How memberships may benefit you:

  • Provides additional credentials (Often membership is only open to people who meet certain criteria such as an approved qualification and or certain)
  • Often allows you to put additional letters after your name
  • Provides networking opportunities
  • Provides business opportunities
  • Gives you a say in development of an industry (eg. Such bodies are often given opportunities to input into government)
  • Information or advisory services

Note: Every organization has it’s own distinct purpose and mix of services that are provided to the membership. Some are geared to support their members businesses more than others. Others may focus more strongly on professional development opportunities

A range of professional bodies accept ACS students (from appropriate courses) as members.

ACS encourages students to join and become active (where relevant) with the following organizations.

ACS or one (or more) of it's staff hold membership with most of the bodies listed.


British Institute for Learning and Development

The school has been a member for many years

Nursery and Garden Industry Association

The school has been a member of the Nursery Industry Assoc. since 1992

nursery affiliation

International Plant Propagators Society

The principal, John Mason, has been a member of IPPS since the late 1980's

Institute of Horticulture

The principal, John Mason, is a fellow of IOH

Australian Institute of Horticulture
The principal, John Mason, is a fellow of AIH. ACS holds Training Provider status with the AIH and is now listed as a Preferred Member Training Provider. As such, ACS students who meet AIH criteria are entitled to subscribe to AIH as the Category 2 Student member.

Royal Horticultural Society

ACS has been delivering RHS Qualifications by distance education since the 1990's

Parks & Leisure Australia

The principal, John Mason is a fellow of PLA, and has been a member since 1974.

International Society of Horticultural Science

The principal is a member of ISHS.
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International Herb Association

Permaculture Association (UK)

The school is a member of the Permaculture Association

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

ACS Distance Education has been recognised as an Accredited training centre by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. So students who do the bookkeeping course with us can become members of this highly respected organisation

Alternative Technology Association

The school has been a member of the ATA sine the 1990's

Association for Coaching

ACS is an Organisational Member of this body.

Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

The principal, John Mason, has been a member of ACHPER since 1977

Complementary Medicine Association ACS is a member of the Complementary Medicine Association (CMA) in the UK

ACS students in the UK and Aus can join NOW. Find out how you can be a member here .

Australian Society of Authors

The principal, John Mason has been a member of ASA, since 1988

Horticultural Media Association

Our principal, John Mason is a foundation member of the HMA

Garden Media Guild (UK)
The principal, John Mason is a full member of the GMG

Study Gold Coast (Australia)

The school is a long term member of Study Gold Coast