Advanced Certificate in Horticulture

Gain the skills to practice horticulture and the knowledge to manage the work for productivity and efficiency. Choose from 3 streams – crops, landscaping or amenity horticulture.

Course Code: VHT004
Fee Code: AC
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate
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 Let us help you toward a successful career in Horticulture!
Learn from experienced horticulturalists! This comprehensive course will provide you with a strong foundation in horticulture.

  • Learn to identify and grow a wide range of different plants
  • Study the science that underpins all knowledge of horticulture
  • Enrol any time, study from anywhere, learn at your own pace
  • Interact one on one with highly qualified and experienced tutors
  • Access tutors whenever you need them - Our faculty of horticulturists are accessible 5 days a week, 50 weeks of the year by phone or email)

COURSE CONTENT

This course consists of 5 core modules and 1 elective stream consisting of 3 modules.  These are listed below.


Core Modules
 

Propagation I

Soil Management

Botany I

Horticulture III

Practical Horticulture I

 
Elective Streams
 
Crops Stream
 
 
 
Plus one other Crop subject of your choosing

Landscaping Stream
 

Planning Layout and Construction of Ornamental Gardens

Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens

Plus one other Landscaping subject of your choosing

Amenity Horticulture Stream
 

UNDERSTANDING SOILS


Understanding soil is important if you are to succeed in maintaining its quality as a growing medium for plants and also to make sure you are provided the soil conditions plants need.

Soil is important to plants in providing the following:

  • Nutrition, as the plant derives its food from nutrients in the soil.
  • Support, as the soil holds the plant firm.
  • Water and air, as roots absorb both water and air, so the soil must contain both. Soil with too much air leaves the plants starved for water; soil with too much water leaves the plants starved for air.

Soil is made up of the following components:

  • mineral particles, including sand, silt, clay, and other minerals
  • organic matter, including humus and the remains of plants and animals
  • water and dissolved nutrients
  • air supplying oxygen to the plants
  • living organisms (worms, fungi, insects, micro-organisms etc)

Soil Texture
Different soils have different quantities of sand, silt and clay. The proportions of these three materials dictate the texture of the soil. Sand particles are the largest and feel "gritty." Sandy soils therefore have more air between the soil particles. Silt particles are medium sized and feel soft, silky, or "floury." Clay particles are the smallest and have therefore less air between the soil particles. They feel "sticky".  

You should also be able to distinguish by the amount of grittiness, whether it is coarse sand, medium sand, fine sand or very fine sand. You will also find varying grades of other soil types by how well they bind together, etc. For example, clay soil will bind so tightly that it can be rolled into a ball and formed into shapes (just like potter’s clay).

Organic soils are ones which have a large proportion of organic matter (more than 25%). The organic content in soils tends to bind other soil particles together.  These soils are usually black or brown in colour and feel silky. It is possible to get organic types of all of the above soils. Also, these soil types may be distinguished from others by placing a small amount in a glass of water. If most of it floats on top, then it is organic soil.

The ease with which nutrients are able to enter a plant is greatly affected by pH.  Extremely acid or alkaline soils can often stop the nutrients present being absorbed and used by the plant. The plant will suffer a nutrient deficiency, not because the required nutrient is not in the soil, but because the plant cannot get it (i.e. it is not available).

Learn the Theory then How to Apply it
You will learn things like this, about soils (and other aspects of horticulture), early in your advanced certificate. Armed with a foundation of knowledge, you will then deepen your knowledge and develop your ability to apply and problem solve in "real world" horticulture. Your understanding of soils (and other things) will strengthen and deepen; and we will help you to see an ever increasing range of ways that this developing knowledge can be applied, in order to grow plants better.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?


Developed by expert horticulturists with years of experience, this course will provide you with a strong foundation in horticulture.

It is an "experiential based" learning program, designed to get you involved with the horticulture industry as you study. The industry is ever-changing. For ongoing success you need to become and remain connected, so that you can see and adapt to changes as your career moves forward.

If you are seeking a solid training to underpin a lifelong career in horticulture, this is a course that will serve you well!

 

Principal of ACS Distance Education, John Mason, is fellow of the CIH.

ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.

Member Nursery and Garden Industry Association.

Since 1999 ACS has been a recognised member of IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre). A non-profit quality management organisation servicing education.

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.


How can I start this course?

You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

Please note that if a student is being assisted by someone else (e.g. an employer or government subsidy), the body offering the assistance may set deadlines. Students in such situations are advised to check with their sponsor prior to enrolling. The nominal duration of a course is approximately how long a course takes to complete. A course with a nominal duration of 100 hours is expected to take roughly 100 hours of study time to complete. However, this will vary from student to student. Short courses (eg. 100 hrs duration) should be completed within 12 months of enrolment. Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Awards (eg. over 500 hours duration) would normally be completed within 3 -5 years of enrolment. Additional fees may apply if a student requires an extended period to complete.
If a student cannot submit their assignments for 6 months to ACS, they should advise the school to avoid cancellation of their student
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What do I need to know before I enrol?

There are no entry requirements that you need to meet to enrol in our courses, our courses are for everyone.
If you are under 18, we need written permission from your parent/ guardian for your enrolment to continue, we can arrange that after you have enrolled.

You don’t need to purchase any additional resources to complete our courses.

We aim to teach you the essentials without you having to purchase any specific computer program.
We recommend that you have access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, so that you can easily complete and submit your assignments.

You sure can. We are here to help you learn whatever your abilities.

Yes, if you are enrolling in a Certificate or Advanced Certificate, you might be eligible for credits if you have evidence of your previous studies or relevant experience. More information is here.

We recommend that you are able to browse websites, send emails and conduct online research. You will need to be able to type and submit your assignments.
If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

This is possible, it depends on the institution. We recommend that if you would like to use our courses that you contact the institution first. Our Course Handbook is a good resource for this.

Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding of the subject. It has been designed to take 600 hours, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and more. When you complete the course, will have a good understanding of the area/ industry you want to work in.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

Yes, if you don’t have access to the internet, you can receive the course as paper notes or on a USB stick for an additional fee. We can also make alternative arrangements for you to send your assignments to us.

We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

Yes, your tutor is here to help you. Simply post any questions you have in your login.training portal or contact the office and we can pass on a message to your tutor.

We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $55 (AUS) $50 (O/S) for each exam.
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There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exams (8-9 exams) and you will be able receive your course certificate- an Advanced Certificate. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

Yes, our courses are built to be applicable for people living anywhere in any situation. We provide the fundamentals, and each student can apply their own unique flair for their own interests, region and circumstances with the one-on-one guidance of a tutor. There is also a bit of student directed research involved.

Employers value candidates with industry skills, knowledge, practical skills and formal learning. Our courses arm you with all of these things to help prepare you for a job or start your own business. The longer you study the more you will learn.

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Who are ACS Distance Education?

ACS Distance Education have been educating people for over 40 years.

We are established and safe- we have been in education for over 40 years.
We are focused on developing innovative courses that are relevant to you now and what you will need to know in the future.
We are focused on helping you learn and make the most of your experience.
You can enrol at any time, you can work on your course when it suits you and at your own pace.
We are connected to many industry bodies and our staff participate in continuous improvement and learning activities to ensure that we are ahead of what learning is needed for the future.

Our courses are not accredited by the Australian Government. However many of our courses are recognised and held in high regard by many industry bodies.

Our courses are written by our staff, who all have many years experience and have qualifications in their speciality area. We have lots of academic staff who write and update our courses regularly.


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We can arrange bulk discounts for your course enrolment, please get in touch with us to discuss your needs.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Rosemary Davies (Horticulturist)

Leading horticultural expert in Australia.
Rosemary trained in Horticultural Applied Science at Melbourne University. Initially she worked with Agriculture Victoria as an extension officer, taught horticulture students, worked on radio with ABC radio (c

Jacinda Cole (Horticulturist)

B.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer.
She was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up her own landscaping firm. She spent three ye

Dr. Lynette Morgan

Broad expertise in horticulture and crop production. She travels widely as a partner in Suntec Horticultural Consultants, and has clients in central America, the USA, Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

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