ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA IN HORTICULTURE -Home Study Course
Learn the skills needed to grow and identify over 1,000 different plants; and build a successful career or business as a professional horticulturist.
- Start any time; and study at your own pace.
- Relevant to all horticultural sectors in both amenity and production horticulture.
- Learn from a team of professionals with decades of experience; in both Australia and the UK. This gives you a very unique and practical education, from people who actually work in the industry, as well as being teachers. Many of our teaching staff still also operate their own successful horticultural businesses.
- We've been educating horticulturists across Australia, and around the world, since 1979; and have helped thousands forge a successful business or career in the industry.
- Let us help you to be our next success story.
THE BASIC COURSE STRUCTURE
This Associate Diploma has two parts to it:
Stage 1: Nine Modules
Most of these are available either online or by correspondence (printed notes). Practical Horticulture I is only available online.
These nine modules form the Advanced Certificate in Horticulture.
If you simply complete these nine modules and go no further you may attain an Advanced Certificate. Each module takes approximately 100 hours to complete, so the estimated duration for the nine modules is 900 hrs (minimum).
NOTE: Other Advanced Certificates at ACS are DIFFERENT - This was previously a UK developed RHS Advanced Certificate and we have retained this as a study option. The content and duration is different to other courses, because the course came from a different education system.
Stage 2: Six Modules
All of these are available online, or by distance education. Once again, each module takes approximately 100 hours to complete, so the estimated total duration of the six modules is 600 hours (minimum).
In order to obtain this ACS Associate Diploma in Horticulture, you need to:
Show proof of a prerequisite certificate (eg. Submit a photocopy of an acceptable certificate obtained prior to these studies)
Satisfactorily complete all set assignments
Successfully complete exams with ACS in all of the 15 modules
Stage 1 - Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (VHT004)
To complete this you must under take all of the modules listed below. The Practical Horticulture module may be studied online from anywhere in the world, but the RHS Exam for this can only be taken in the UK.
The RHS Exam is not essentail in order to achieve an ACS Advanced Certificate, You can simply complete 9 of the modules listed below and undertake ACS examinations for each in your home locality. After successfully completing your exams, you can then continue on to Stage 2 and upgrade the Certificate into an Associate Diploma.
Modules to be studied in Stage 1:
- Plant Propagation I
- Soil Management (Horticulture)
- Botany I
- Horticulture II
- Practical Horticulture I
- Planning Layout and Construction of Ornamental Gardens
- Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens
- Turf Care
- Wholesale Nursery Management
Stage 2 - Associate Diploma in Horticulture ( formerly RHS Diploma in Horticulture )
The Advanced Certificate is considered to be the first half of this Associate Diploma, and as such you are expected to have studied everything in that course (Stage 1 above) before commencing Stage 2.
Stage 2 requires that you complete all of the following additional modules.
- Plant Ecology
- Horticultural Resource Management
- Plant Breeding
- Botany II
- Outdoor Plant Production (Crops I)
- Protected Plant Production
For further details on each of the modules in this course, follow the links in the Modules section below.
Note that each module in the Associate Diploma In Horticulture is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
You can design your own Associate Diploma with us
This is a unique and very flexible opportunity that is not offered by many other schools
Use our Free Course Counselling Service to find out how -click http://www.acs.edu.au/advice/course-counselling.aspx
OTHER OPTIONS -LOTS!
There are other options to complete an associate diploma in horticulture as well.
If you wish to design a "tailor made" course, we cater for that too.
You can select 15 modules for a total of 1500 hours of study with us, and provided the structure of those selected is approved by an academic officer at our school; we will accept you into that study program for an associate diploma in horticulture
WHERE MIGHT THESE STUDIES LEAD YOU?
Horticulture involves “growing plants with a known purpose”. The purpose may be obvious (eg. food, decoration); but it could also be more obscure, such as filtering pollutants from the air, reducing the negative effects of storms, or creating an environment that is friendly to people or animals.
The broad scope of horticulture means that there are many different industry offshoots including, but not limited to:
- Landscaping Gardens and other areas
- Cut Flower Production
- Indoor Plantscaping
- Home gardens
- Plant Nursery Production
- Garden Centre Retailing
- Allied Trades -manufacturing and supplying hardware, equipment, machinery
- Providing education, media, consulting or other services
- Fruit and Nut production
- Mushroom production
- Growing Vegetables or Herbs
- Oil production (cooking oils, perfumes etc)
- Medicinal plants
- Fuel crops (bio-fuels)
- Horticultural Therapy
- Soil improvement crops – for production of composts, fertility supplements, etc.
Careers in Horticulture will Always be With Us -but they may change
The world is changing fast; and we know 50% of all jobs today are under threat from new technologies like robotics and computerization. This is evident in all aspects of life, in business, in industry, and in our personal lives. Almost every week we are offered new and more sophisticated technology to help us communicate or to perform common tasks. The horticulture industry too has not been exempt in this evolution; plant propagation, plant care, harvesting techniques, growing systems, the way we care for golf courses and parks and even our approach to home gardening, have all changed dramatically over recent decades. These changes will continue as new techniques and new technologies are formulated and introduced.
For a sustainable career in horticulture, you need to recognise the inevitability of change. You must be able to adapt and excel, embracing and taking advantage of change. To achieve this, your knowledge and skills in horticulture must be broad based. If you understand the fundamental skills needed - across all sectors of horticulture - you will be able to see opportunities as they arise and confidently move from one sector to another, throughout your career. As an example, anyone with underpinning knowledge of plant science and plant cultural practices: plant growth and identification, soil management, pruning and pest control and the associated technologies, will be able to work in landscaping for a few years, then move to turf management or nursery production and later work in crop production.
Sound, broad-based training in the fundamentals of horticulture is a good starting point for entering this industry. However, not all courses on offer will be broad enough or in-depth enough to set you up for a sustainable, lifelong career – so you need to understand the fundamentals required in horticulture (in general) and then choose a diverse course, that enables you to achieve these aims.
WHY STUDY WITH US?
- We've been teaching horticulture since 1979 -we've helped tens of thousands around the world. We can help you.
- Support from a team of a dozen horticulturists, in three countries including some of the industries leading experts. The principal John Mason is the only person to have been made a fellow by both the Australian Institute of Horticulture, and the UK Institute of Horticulture. Long time tutor, Dr Lyn Morgan is one of the world's leading hydroponic experts. Gavin Cole has worked in landscaping across both Australia and the UK, and was operations manager for one of England's most prestigious landscape companies. Maggi Brown is a life member of Garden Organic in the UK, and one of England's most respected organic gardening experts. Bob James has over 50 years of experience in horticulture as a consultant, local government manager, university lecturer, nurseryman, permaculturist, and more.
- Above all; our courses are unique, and they work. They take longer to complete than certificates in some colleges; but our graduates learn more, and because there are lots of choices throughout the course; every graduate will have a different mix of knowledge and skills to everyone else -as well as all of the basics that everyone needs to learn. This uniqueness sets our graduates apart from the crowd, and that gives you an edge on everyone else.
Why Study This Course?
This course is a natural upgrade to our Advanced Certificate
in Horticulture (VHT004) but can be taken as a stand-alone course. The course
provides a solid foundation in all the key areas of horticulture which are
needed for entry into a broad range of jobs in horticulture. On top of that it
provides insight into higher end horticultural skills such as plant breeding
and advanced botany. The course meets with the curriculum of the old RHS (Royal
Horticultural Society) diploma in horticulture and as such meets with the high
standards of the RHS.
This course is ideally suited to people working in, or
hoping to work in:
- Horticulture management
- Propagation & nursery work
- Conservation & restoration of historical gardens
- Public gardens
- Botanic gardens
- Horticulture research
- Horticulture consultation
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|Member of the Institute of Horticulture Careers Advisory Bureau|
|These studies satisfy curriculum developed by the Royal Horticultural Society|
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|Member Nursery and Garden Industry Association|
|ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council|
|ACS is a Preferred Member Training Provider with the Australian Institute of Horticulture. ACS students meeting AIH criteria can join AIH as a Category 2 student member. http://www.aih.org.au/|