Accreditation and Recognition

ACS is an Internationally Recognised College; affiliated with many other institutions.

Accreditation and recognition is an extremely complex issue, given that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of accreditation bodies around the world, and no course is ever going to be accredited or recognised everywhere.

The important thing is that you choose education that is going to be meaningful for what you need.

  • ACS courses are highly credible. 
  • The best indicators of our credibility are the quality of our staff, the testimonials from our students, and the background of other institutions we are affiliated with.
  • We have established relationships with Tower Insurance (UK) and OAMPS (Australia) for our students to access professional indemnity insurance.
  • Credibility with employers take precedence over accreditation with government recognition systems. Over more than three decades in education, we have found that success for the graduate comes from what they have learnt, rather than whether a qualification has more or less accreditations. Our courses are focused on helping you learn, not providing qualifications or resource libraries. We aim to bring about a change in how you think, and much of the recognition we hold is because we put learning above all else.
  • We also have a selection of formal accreditations (some indicated below).

COMMENT FROM ACS STUDENT who previously completed University Bachelors degree.
"The main difference between my experience of studying at University and studying with ACS is that at University you're basically regurgitating text books. In contrast ACS assignments can be quite involved requiring hands-on application of principles, creative thinking and analysis." 
Dennis - Certificate in Garden Design graduate.


ACS has been established since 1979, and has established a high level of respect in academic circles within a range of disciplines in the UK, Australia and beyond. Staff include world renowned academics from several countries, and it maintains active partnerships with respected institutions in several countries including Ireland, Australia and Singapore. Many of these affiliates are formally recognised by government education authorities in their respective countries.

The school’s credentials include:

International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC)
ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC).

Accreditation Board of the Maldives
ACS is accredited by the Accreditation Board of the Maldives

Institute of Horticulture (UK) Careers Advisory Board
ACS is a member of the Institute of Horticulture (UK) Careers Advisory Board.

Complementary Medicine Association
College Member of Complementary Medicine Association assessed to teach a range of areas including Counselling, Nutrition, Natural Therapies.

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

Association of Coaching (U.K.)
ACS Distance Education is an organisational member of the Association For Coaching. Students on the course are eligible to join the association as student members.

ACS Global Partners

ACS Global Partners Network
Member of ACS Global Partners Network – committed to Ethical Education


ACS and its staff are members of many UK and overseas Industry bodies, including:

  • Alternative Technology Association
  • Permaculture Association (UK)
  • Australian Nursery Industry Association
  • Complimentary Medicine Association (UK)
  • Gold Coast Education Network (foundation member)
  • Institute of Horticulture
  • Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (UK)
  • International Herb Association
  • Permaculture Association (UK)


Articulation Arrangements

ACS has established articulation and partnerships with various other highly credible institutions. Through these formal arrangements graduates may obtain various types of formal recognition and accreditation for studies undertaken through ACS, and advance standing in selected courses at vocational or higher education levels that directly or indirectly are accredited through various industry or government bodies in a range of countries.

These articulation arrangements are varied from course to course and can be investigated in more specific detail by contacting the school.

Formal articulation or accreditation and recognition arrangements are always changing - as they do with other colleges and universities around the world. As with any credible institution though, we maintain high standards and in doing so, we have always maintained a high level of credibility with colleagues.


Professional & Industry Associations

Joining a Professional or Industry organisation 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.
  • 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 (e.g. such bodies are often given opportunities to input into government).
  • Information or advisory services.

Note: Every organisation has its 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 organisations:

The British Institute for Learning & Development
ACS is a member of The British Institute for Learning & Development. Members of the BILD commit to the principles of the BILD code of conduct which indicates the standards of professionalism expected of members.
Australian Institute of Horticulutre 
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 a Category 2 student member.
Institute of Horticulture
The Institute of Horticulture is the authoritative organisation representing those professionally engaged in Horticulture in the UK & Ireland.
Nursery and Garden Industry Association
Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is the peak industry body for the Australian nursery and garden industry and is responsible for overseeing the national development of this diverse and essential industry.
Parks & Leisure Australia
Parks and Leisure Australia is an association for professionals working in the Parks and Leisure sector in Australia, representing over 2500 members.
International Herb Association
The IHA is a professional trade association providing educational, service and development opportunities for those involved in herbal endeavours.
Alternative Technology Association
The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation promoting sustainable technology and practice.
The Permaculture Association
Established in 1983, The Permaculture Association is a charity that supports people all around the world to learn about and use permaculture.
Complementary Medicine Association
ACS is now a member of the Complementary Medical Association (CMA) in the UK.
ACS students in the UK and Aus can join NOW. Find out how you can be a member here .
Study Gold Coast (Australia)
SGC is the peak industry body for the education and training industry on the Gold Coast.
Will these Courses Help me get Work?
Yes - they are developed with that in mind!

Employability is affected mostly by what you learn through studies thogh, rather than the qualifications.

There are more university graduates than ever; who are unemployed or under employed. Many employers find great difficulty getting staff. There is a clear mis-match between mainstream education and employability.

We suggest you always do learning first, second and third, and the qualification fourth!  That's the way the real world has been trending for the last decade, and if the trend continues; qualifications will be relatively meaningless in 10 or 20 years; but learning will be valued even more than it is today

Use our free career and course counselling service.