Landscaping Courses

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

Work in Garden Design or Landscape Development

in management, as a technician, designer or set up your own business.
This qualification  is unique in many ways:
*Tutors come from many countries, creating greater diversity in what you learn.
*A stronger training in plant knowledge and science than many other schools
*Much more than a standard Vocational course focussing on competencies ... helping you develop industry contacts, solve problems, and  adapt to changes in an industry.
 
Students can gain recognition in the horticulture industry when studying with ACS: The AIH (Australian Institute of Horticulture) has given ACS Distance Education Training Provider status - we are now listed as a Preferred Training Provider with the AIH.  
  • Choose electives in fields of interest that will help you to realise your ambitions. 
  • Understand plant science, plant identification, plant care, irrigation, soils and nutrition, horticultural management and all aspects of landscaping and landscape design.

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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

Carpentry Skills and Knowledge are a Big Advantage for Landscapers

Landscapers do  need to use wood, and understand how to use it properly and appropriately; whether they actually do the carpenty themselves or not.
 
Wood is used for walls, buildings, pergolas, trellising, garden furniture, decking, paving, fencing, planter boxes, sculpture, and much more in gardens.

The course has practical projects included; and 
is a very solid introduction to carpentry techniques.
 
It provides an understanding of most aspects of carpentry that are important for developing practical skills.
 

This course is not a substitute for the practical instruction one might obtain over a long apprenticeship, internship or other such experience; but it does provide a balanced and broad understanding of wood work; exploring the broad range of applications; and in doing so, complements and enhances the development of your knowledge about carpentry


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Duration icon 600 hours Qualification icon Certificate 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 garden design business - most students undertake this course with the purpose of setting up their own business. It covers quoting, estimating and other business associated information needed to succeed in this field - plus landscaping, design, plant culture and plant identification. Streets ahead of most other similar courses which seem to concentrate on design - however you cannot design a workable garden without knowing about plants and landscaping techniques as well!

This course provides effective training for people working, or wishing to work, in the landscape industry; either in their own business, or at a supervisory level for someone else. It is a course which both develops the students design skills, as well as basic knowledge in other areas of concern to the landscaper (eg. horticultural practices, management, plant identification and use, and marketing); and on completion of this course the student should be able to draw landscape plans, compile specifications, and prepare cost estimates. There are thirty lessons taking around 600 hours to complete. The main difference between this Certificate and the Certificate in Horticulture ( Landscaping and Garden Design) is the emphasis on the various styles of garden design, such as cottage, playground and bush garden design for example.  

 Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council

“People working in garden design or as landscape gardeners will find this to be a very comprehensive course. Not only will you learn about construction techniques, garden features, and landscape detailing, but you will also learn how to draw plans and design different types of gardens. Add to that; plant, soil, and maintenance knowledge, and you can appreciate the diversity and completeness of this compelling course.” - Gavin Cole B.Sc., Psych.Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA, ACS Tutor.
 
Use the link below ('read more') to view more comprehensive details of this course, then let us help you choose the best course to suit your needs, now and into the future - find the link to: Talk To an Expert - at the end of that page.



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Duration icon 700 hours Qualification icon Certificate Lessons icon 30 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

Become a Professional Landscaper - learn how plants grow, how to identify them, how to care for them. All important aspects if you want to succeed in this field. If you have limited plant knowledge you cannot build or design a workable garden.

 
GET A WORTHWHILE QUALIFICATION
ACS holds Training Provider status with the AIH (Australian Institute of Horticulture) and is now listed as a Preferred Member Training Provider. This means that ACS students who meet AIH criteria are entitled to subscribe to AIH as the Category 2 Student member. ACS principal, John Mason, is a fellow of AIH

Another advantage is that with this qualification you can work in most fields of horticulture as the first half of the course provides you with broad  foundation knowledge. This keeps your options open for the future as well as giving you an 'edge' in the landscaping field where most employees or contractors do not possess this knowledge.

This course develops skills in general horticulture, plant identification and use, landscape design, costing and construction, features and landscape business management. A 700 hour accredited course designed to train landscape contractors and/or designers. This course is similar to our other horticulture certificates in its introductory (core) units, but devotes 50% of the course to topics specifically related to landscaping. This course is the best place for a beginner to the industry to start. It covers all the important aspects of Horticulture, as well as the basis for good landscape design .

Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council.

Use the link below ('read more') to view more comprehensive details of this course then let us help you choose the best course to suit your needs now and into the future  -  find a link to Talk To an Expert at the end of the page.


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 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

Create romantic and dreamy cottage gardens! 

This course is landscape designer or home garden enthusiast that loves to have that magic and romantic touch only a cottage garden can create.
 
Learn what a cottage garden is, and how to apply the principles of this concept to garden design and garden renovation.
 
Learn about the Horticultural aspects of creating a successful garden and the landscaping techniques to establish it.
 
“This is a fantastic course for anyone with an interest in cottage gardens or for landscapers and designers wishing to broaden their repertoire. All aspects of cottage gardening are covered from the historical perspective through to plant selection and plans, and students are able to exercise their knowledge by designing their own cottage garden.” - Gavin Cole B.Sc., Cert.Garden Design, MACA, ACS Tutor.  
 
 

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Duration icon 2100 hours Qualification icon Diploma Modules icon 21 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

Become a Garden Designer

Start a business or find a landscaping job; working in the garden design or landscape architecture industries.

Gain a truly solid landscaping qualification from one of the most respected schools in this field.

Plus in the same course qualify as a Permaculture Designer, Project Manager, Plant Expert and Landscape Contractor.

The demand for skilled landscapers and landscape designers is booming right now! Give yourself a truly competitive edge with this unique landscaping course. It not only covers all that you need to know about landscaping; it also gives you essential and extensive training in horticulture fundamentals and workplace practices and requirements.

Use the link below ('read more') to view more comprehensive details of this course, then let us help you choose the best course to suit your needs, now and into the future - find the link to: Talk To an Expert - at the end of that page.

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


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 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 ABOUT THE HISTORY OF OUR GREAT GARDENS AND GARDENERS

  • Love gardens and garden history?
  • Want to improve your knowledge and add scope to your designs as a garden designer?
  • Want to emulate planting designs from the past?
 Throughout this course you will study garden history and gain an insight and understanding of how gardens have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your perspective on what is possible and appropriate in garden design today.
 
Garden history will enlighten you, and vastly expand the scope of possibilities you have before you as a modern garden designer.
 
Lessons cover garden designers, great gardens and gardeners of the world, private and public gardens, globalisation of gardens, scope and nature of modern garden conservation, the roles of organisations in garden conservation and much more.
 
 
ACS Student Comment: 

The course has been fabulous because it really made me think beyond my own planting ideas. I have particularly enjoyed the research into noted garden writers and considering the legal aspects of conservation for the future.

Melanie Veasey, UK - Garden History Course. 
 
 

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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 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

Help beautify our cities and suburbs!

A professional development course for:
  • Landscapers
  • Architects
  • Horticulturists
  • Designers
 
City-scapes need not be grey and boring - vertical gardens are being developed world-wide as designers realise that there are many roles these types of gardens can play in our city and suburban environs.
  • House lots are shrinking but you can use vertical spaces to create greenery and interest.
  • Vertical and roof top gardens help clean the air as well as beautify bare walls and underused rooftops.
Learn to develop roof gardens and green walls for residential, commercial and public landscapes.

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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
Building the Landscape
 
This course develops your knowledge of how to construct or build a landscape - as distinct from designing a landscape.
Learn to construct or build a garden the "right" way.
 
This course provides a good grounding for someone entering the landscape industry.
 
This course is also great for those:
  • Working in garden maintenance and would like to add small construction jobs to what they offer their clients.
  • Interested in working in landscape construction.
  • Garden designers who need to understand more about the construction components so that they can produce effective designs.
  • Landscape designers that want to supervise the implementation of their designs or who project manage garden construction.
 
 

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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

What is Landscaping?

Landscaping involves designing and constructing home gardens, commercial sites and public open spaces (sports grounds, parks, playgrounds, street-scapes).
 
Some landscapers do not get involved with the design aspects and 'build' the garden rather than design it. However every professional landscaper  should understand the design processes  and be able to read and implement a designer's plans. Conversely every designer needs to understand landscape construction techniques in order to produce effective designs, and to make sure that their designs are implemented correctly.  This course covers all these aspects and is relevant to all landscaping professionals and would be a great starting point towards further studies to gain a qualification in this field.
 
Through distance learning, and with mentoring from experienced professionals you learn the principles that underpin both design and construction for all types of landscapes and be a Professional Landscaper.
 
At the end of this 100 course you will be able to design a garden, see how garden styles have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your understanding of how to use different garden components to create varying effects.
You will understand basic landscape construction techniques that are important to producing a usable landscape.
 
Student Comment: [The course] gave me an insight into a subject that I have been interested in for a long time. Plus it has helped me in my current job with a local landscape/nursery company. [The structure] was done in a way which was very easy to understand and this helped when you hit a subject which was hard to get a grip with.. All feedback from the tutors was very constructive and helpful. David Painter, Landscaping 1, UK.



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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

What are the components that make up a garden?

.... and how do you use them.

“Less generic than Landscaping I, this course is more heavily weighted towards individual landscape components such as specific types of plants, paths, paving, walls, and garden features. It also covers landscape planning and management. This course need not follow its predecessor as it serves well as a stand alone module for landscapers, designers, and garden enthusiasts.” - Gavin Cole B.Sc., Psych.Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA, ACS Tutor.

A natural progression from Landscaping I, but a self contained study unit in its own right, that concentrates on the detail of creating individual components in a landscape. You learn to design and build such things as walls, rockeries, steps, ponds, & paving; and you develop skills to create specific effects in a garden.


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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

ADVANCE YOUR LANDSCAPING STYLING SKILLS

Learn to apply the principles, design features and elements that make up many types and styles of gardens. This is an outstanding course for even experienced landscape designers, developing skills in developing everything from a formal to an eclectic garden, and a Mediterranean to an oriental landscape.

This course explores the many styles of garden that can be found across the globe; and the ways in which a garden designer can recreate gardens that reflect a particular style.


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 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 a business, get a job, or learn to create a great natural garden for your own property.

A self paced course (100hour), for landscape professionals or students training to work in landscaping.
  • Learn about the inter-reactions in natural environments.
  • Create innovative plans for natural (or bush) gardens
  • Create habitats for insects, animals  and birds
  • Develop interesting low maintenance, environmentally sound gardens
  • Develop your ability to design a bush garden (totally native, or using a mixture of both indigenous and other plants)

Natural Gardens are popular both because they can require less maintenance, and because they create a more "relaxed" ambience. It today's fast paced world; the natural garden has become very popular. This course shows you how to create all types of natural gardens, from woodlands and rainforests, to xerophytic landscapes. Over more than 20 years, I've seen many a person take this course, and go on to a very successful career in landscaping  -John Mason Dip.Hort.Sc. FAIH, FIOH, FPLA, garden author and principal


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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

Do you work in landscaping or as a garden designer or very knowledgeable and experienced gardening enthusiast that wants to plan a new garden?

A Course for Landscapers or Garden Designers who want to build on existing knowledge.

 

Develop in-depth understanding of the principles and procedures of all aspects of planning for development of a hard landscape; including: site assessment, plan drawing, plan interpretation, project specification and construction planning.
 
It assumes a foundation knowledge of landscape and horticultural management.

  • It is a valuable study program for even those who have worked in landscaping for some time, but who seek a deeper and broader knowledge of garden renovation.
     
  • This course has been developed by professionals in both Australia and the UK, with the aim of being relevant throughout the world.

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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

Are you selecting the best plants for the job?

Are you a gardener, landscaper, garden designer or just sick of buying plants that turn up their toes or don't perform as expected?
 
Do you want to create great gardens and know how to choose the  right plants?
 
Develop a firm basis for the selection, establishment and maintenance of a range of commonly used garden plants. There is more than meets the eye when selecting plants and establishing them successfully. Learn more so that you can create the best reputation for eye catching gardens.

“It’s interesting how much difference the correct establishment of plants can make to the long term health of a garden. Learn how to get it right the first time with this course.” - Tracey Morris Dip.Hort., Cert.Hort., Cert III Organic Farming, ACS Tutor.


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 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 Design Playgrounds
 
Understand the concepts behind designing children's playgrounds.
 
Learn to Create a Play Ground that is Sympathetic to the Play Experience. 

This course emphasises the design and construction of playgrounds and small community parks; but is equally relevant to homes, schools and child care centres. 

This is a seven lesson course of approx. 100 hrs study This is a valuable course for parks managers or landscape designers. It includes playground philosophy, design of play structures (for function & safety), materials selection, community participation and park design.

"Children learn more from play than they do from school. It is crucial to their social, physical and intellectual development. Anyone (Parent to landscaper) who develops a landscape that is to be used by children, has a responsibility to understand the full implications of what they are creating. It is critical that we enhance the play opportunities for future generations; and that involves understanding what play is, how children play, and then applying that knowledge to forming a play friendly environment" John Mason Author, the Environment of Play, former Playground Designer with Playgrounds and Recreation Assn of Vic. 


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 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

Become an Expert at Garden Restoration

 
This valuable study program is relevant for even those who have worked in landscaping for some time, but who seek a deeper and broader knowledge of garden renovation.

 

  • For those working in landscaping.
  • For designers wanting to expand their knowledge and skills and business opportunities.
  • For experienced gardeners and home gardening experts
It assumes a foundation knowledge of landscape and horticultural management.

Learn to survey, analyse and plan sensitive and appropriate renovation of established gardens, generally of 2 hectares or less in size.

This module has been developed and accredited in the UK as an elective in the RHS Diploma in Horticulture.
  • This course has been developed by professionals in both Australia and the UK, with the aim of being relevant throughout the world

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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 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 Design Water Gardens
 
Well designed water features add ambience to a garden - a professional touch and a feeling of peace and tranquility.
 
A great course for:
Landscape designers
Landscapers
Gardeners
The gardening enthusiast
 
 This course develops your skills in designing, constructing and maintaining water features and gardens -everything from ponds to fountains and waterfalls..
 
 Study Water Gardening from Home


“If you are keen to learn about creating gardens with water features, this is a good place to start! It is not as simple as it seems to create a water garden, and it is imperative to learn the basics of how to create and care for them before you begin.” - Tracey Morris Dip.Hort., Cert.Hort., Cert III Organic Farming, ACS Tutor.


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