Certificate In Horticulture (Ornamental Horticulture)


Learn practical garden & horticulture skills.. Propagate & cultivate hundreds of different ornamental plants -science & plant knowledge beyond most other courses. Improve your long term career & employment prospects.

Course CodeVHT002
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)700 hours
QualificationCertificate


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The Certificate in Horticulture (Ornamental Horticulture) is a vocationally oriented course comprising core studies (general horticulture) and stream studies specific to ornamental horticulture.
  • develop general and broad based skills in horticultural practices and plant identification.
  • build more specific knowledge in areas of ornamental horticulture including garden maintenance,
    turf care, arboriculture, landscaping and nursery work.
  • connect with the industry as you study, building contacts and networking skills 
Quote from our principal:
"This is beyond what you would learn in a Trade Certificate in Horticulture. It teaches you everything a tradesman would learn about plant culture; and more science, plus more plant identification than what an average trades person would" - John Mason Dip.Hort.Sc., Cert.Supn, FIOH, FPLA, Garden Author and educator.

 

The Certificate in Horticulture involves the areas of work:

  • CORE STUDIES - this involves at least 300 hours, divided into 15 lessons, approx. half of the course.
  • ELECTIVE STUDIES - this involves a further 300 hrs of study going into greater depth in the areas of garden maintenance, nursery practices and landscaping.

CORE STUDIES

1.  Introduction to Plants - Nomenclature and taxonomy, the plant kingdom, genus, species, hybrids.

2.  Parts of the Plant - How plants grow, plant structure, parts of the flower and leaf, modification of stems and roots.

3.  Plant Culture - Planting - How to plant and protect newly planted specimens, terms like: annuals, biennials, perennials, deciduous, evergreen and herbaceous plants.

4.  Plant Culture - Pruning - Purpose for pruning, rules for pruning, how to prune.

5.  Plant Culture - Irrigation and Machinery - Different irrigation systems, components of an irrigation system, designing an irrigation system, selection, use and maintenance of machinery and tools.

6.  Soils & Media - Soil classifications, testing soil, potting mixes, the U.C. System, ingredients of potting mixes.

7.  Soils & Nutrition - Fertilisers - deficiencies and toxicities, N:P:K ratios, salting, fertiliser programming, compost.

8.  Propagation - Seeds & Cuttings - How to propagate plants by seed and cuttings, propagating mixes, cold frame construction, after care for young plants. 

9.  Propagation - Other Techniques - Other methods to increase plant numbers - budding, grafting, layering, division and tissue culture.

10. Identification and Use of Plants - How are plants used in the landscape, how to choose and purchase plants, selecting plants suitable for the climate and site.

11. Identification and Use of Plants - Problems with plants and choosing plants for problem sites.

12. Identification and Use of Plants - Indoor and tropical plants, flowers, herbs, bulbs, ferns.

13. Pests - Identifying and controlling pests, chemical and natural methods for control, chemical safety precautions.

14. Diseases - Identifying and controlling diseases, plant pathology, fungi, viruses, non-pathogenic problems, interactions with the host and the environment.

15. Weeds - Identifying and controlling weeds, chemical terminology.


STREAM STUDIES - ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE

This part of the course involves four main areas of study, as follows:

1.    Landscaping

    • Lesson 1  Introduction to Landscaping
    • Lesson 2  Landscape Design Procedure
    • Lesson 3  Landscape Construction A
    • Lesson 4  Landscape Construction B

2.    Plant knowledge  

    • Lesson 5  Plants for Problem Areas
    • Lesson 6  Flowers, Indoor and Tropical Plants
    • Lesson 7  Herbs

3.    Plant Care

    • Lesson 8  Different Growing Techniques
    • Lesson 9  Arboriculture
    • Lesson 10 Planning Garden Maintenance
    • Lesson 11 Turf Care

4.    Nursery Practices

    • Lesson 12 Introduction to Nursery Management
    • Lesson 13 Nursery Stock Production and Quality Control
    • Lesson 14 Operating a Garden Centre
    • Lesson 15 Marketing and Management in Ornamental Horticulture

Scope of stream studies:

  • Landscape design (including pre-planning and drawing plans).
  • Principles and styles of landscape designs.
  • Analysis of garden designs.
  • Graphic skills, materials and techniques.
  • Estimating costs for landscape jobs.
  • Surfacing materials and their effects.
  • Quality and cost of different landscape materials.
  • Plant knowledge, both native and exotic, suitable for local conditions.
  • Plant selection for difficult sites and conditions (including treating degraded sites and interior plantscaping).
  • Tropical and indoor plants.
  • Environmental factors important for indoor plant culture.
  • Bulbs, perennials and annuals.
  • Planting design for flower beds (annuals and bulbs) suitable for your locality.
  • Herb culture and garden design.
  • Miscellaneous growing techniques including; bonsai, terrariums, pot culture, baskets and hydroponics.
  • Describe the importance of trees to humans.
  • Procedures for the proper and safe removal of a limb from a tree.
  • Tree problems and their treatment.
  • Compartmentalisation, and its effect on the spread of disease in trees.
  • Preparing a detailed maintenance program for a garden.
  • Seed selection, storage, preparation and spreading (sowing).
  • Preparation, planting and establishment of a lawn.
  • Establishing turf on a steep slope.
  • Turf maintenance techniques.
  • Analysis of nursery production systems.
  • Preparing a flow chart for the production of a particular plant, from propagation to marketing.
  • Preparing a maintenance program for green life in a garden centre.
  • Preparing guidelines for the disposal of surplus or below standard stock in a nursery.
  • Write an advertisement for a nursery or garden maintenance business.
  • Basic management procedures for a single person nursery or garden maintenance business.
  • Basic communication skills.
  • Health and safety requirements for a nursery or garden maintenance workplace.


THE TUTORS
  • Learn from an international team or renowned horticultural experts led by John Mason, Fellow Institute of Horticulture (UK), Fellow Australian Institute of Horticulture, Fellow Parks and Leisure Australia.  John is also a former nurseryman, parks director, and is one of the most prolific gardening authors from Australia -many of his books being used by other schools and universities to teach horticulture across Australia and beyond.
  • A unique opportunity to connect and learn from our international faculty that includes Rosemary Davies (formerly Garden Advisory Service, and Age Garden Writer, Melbourne),  Maggi Brown (former Education officer for Garden Organic, UK), Gavin Cole (former Operations Manager for the Chelsea Gardener, London), and Dr Lyn Morgan (renowned Hydroponic expert from New Zealand); and a host of other equally qualified professionals. 
  • See profiles of our faculty at http://www.acs.edu.au/about-us/staff/default.aspx
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    Exams:   There are two exams for the core and 2 for the stream (4 in total for this certificate


     

    Rationale of this Certificate

    The Certificate in Horticulture is a vocationally oriented course comprising a common core of studies and a specialized stream of studies in one of several elective areas.

    The ability to choose a major stream of study allows the student to develop both skills which are in demand in a chosen sector of industry as well as providing participants with general horticultural knowledge and skills

    Original Curriculum Documentation

    The following documentation was developed initially in 1992 as a basis for developing this certificate. Since then, the certificate has been continually revised and added to, in order to keep in step with changes in industry

    CORE STUDIES:

    INTRODUCTION TO PLANTS

    Minimum 40 hours instruction

    AIMS

    The purpose of this study area is to explain the binomial system of plant classification and demonstrate identification of plant species through the ability of using botanical descriptions for leaf shapes and flowers.

    STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

    • Describe the relevant identifying physical features of flowering ornamental plants.
    • Demonstrate how to use prescribed reference books and other resources to gain relevant information.
    • Dissect, draw and label two different flowers.
    • Collect and identify the shapes of different leaves.
    • Demonstrate how to identify between family, genus, species, variety and cultivar.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

    (1) A collection of plant specimens reviewing the physical characteristics of both foliage and flowers.

    (2) A written report up to two pages long explaining the scientific system by which plants are classified.

    (3) Definitions of a selection of terms relevant in the industry.

    (4) A written test (1 hour) to the specified standard.

    All responses should meet the criteria stated in the reference material and documentation.

    All written information should:

    • contain all relevant information which is accurate and up to date;
    • meet the requirements of the task;
    • use a style appropriate for the purpose;
    • use conventions of written expression.

    MODULE RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

    The student will be provided with:

    • several folders of printed computer notes and photocopies written by A.H.C.S.;
    • a text book, normally being selected from the references listed on the previous page, or alternatively a substitute of similar content selected by a tutor.

    In addition to these reference materials, the student will also require:

    • access to work places (assistance is available to students who have difficulty);
    • small quantities of horticultural materials such as soil or potting mix, garden tools etc;
    • access to a variety of different plants either through nurseries, farms or gardens.

    CORE STUDIES:

    PLANT CULTURE

    Minimum 60 hours instruction

    AIMS

    The purpose of this study area is to demonstrate the ability to care for plants so as to maintain optimum growth and health while considering pruning, planting, and irrigation.

    STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

    • Describe how to prune different plants.
    • Demonstrate how to cut wood correctly, on the correct angle and section of the stem.
    • Describe how to plant a plant.
    • Demonstrate an awareness of different irrigation equipment, sprinklers, pumps and turf systems available by listing their comparative advantages and disadvantages.
    • Demonstrate competence in selecting an appropriate irrigation system for a garden, explaining the reasons why that system would be preferred.
    • Define water pressure and flow rate and how to calculate each.
    • Explain the need for regular maintenance of garden tools and equipment.
    • List factors that should be considered when comparing different types of machinery for use in garden maintenance.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

    (1) A collection of plant specimens reviewing cultural requirements.

    (2) Explain the procedures necessary for planting selected specimens.

    (3) Illustrate how selected plants may be pruned for different purposes in full detail.

    (4) A written report of two thousand (2000) words for a garden maintenance schedule.

    (5) A written report or table listing of approximately one page covering irrigation systems and equipment suitable in the garden situation.

    (6) A written test (1 hour) to the specified standard.

     All responses should meet the criteria stated in the reference material and documentation.

    All written information should:

    • contain all relevant information which is accurate and up to date;
    • meet the requirements of the task;
    • use a style appropriate for the purpose;
    • use conventions of written expression.

    MODULE RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

    The student will be provided with:

    • several folders of printed computer notes and photocopies written by A.H.C.S.;
    • a text book, normally being selected from the references above,
    • or alternatively a substitute of similar content selected by a tutor.

    In addition to these reference materials, the student will also require:

    • access to a variety of different plants either through nurseries, farms or gardens;
    • a razor blade, tweezers and a magnifying glass.


     

    CORE STUDIES:

    SOILS AND PLANT NUTRITION

    Minimum 50 hours instruction

    AIMS

    The purpose of this study area is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to identify, work with and improve the soil condition and potting mixes, and to evaluate fertilisers for use in landscape jobs to maximize plant growth.

    STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

    • Describe the soil types commonly found in plant culture in terms of texture, structure and water holding and nutrient holding capacity.
    • Describe methods of improving soil structure, infiltration rate, water holding capacity, drainage and aeration.
    • List the elements essential for plant growth.
    • Diagnose the major nutrient deficiencies that occur in ornamental plants and prescribe treatment practices.
    • Describe soil pH and its importance in plant nutrition.
    • Describe the process by which salting occurs and how to minimise its effect.
    • Conduct simple inexpensive tests on three different potting mixes and report accordingly.
    • Describe suitable soil mixes for container growing of five different types of plants.
    • List a range of both natural and artificial fertilizers.
    • Describe fertilizer programs to be used in five different situations with ornamental plants.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

    (1) List a number of plants and their optimum soil conditions.

    (2) Identify a sample of soil using a simple soil test such as structure and devise a plan (up to 500 words) on how to improve its growing ability.

    (3) Make up three potting samples and test the water holding ability and drainage of these mixes. Write a brief report up to 500 words.

    (4) List ingredients and proportions of popular fertilisers. Write a small paragraph on the chemical make‑up of three popular fertilisers.

    (5) Recommend appropriate fertilisers for a given number of plants at different growth stages of development. Explain why a particular fertiliser is recommended.

    (6) Identify and submit a number of nutrient deficiencies and toxicities on a range of plants.

    (7) A written test (1 hour) to the specified standard.

    All responses should meet the criteria stated in the reference material and documentation.

    All written information should:

    -contain all relevant information which is accurate and up to date,

    -meet the requirements of the task,

    -use a style appropriate for the purpose,

    -use conventions of written expression.

    MODULE RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

    The student will be provided with:

    • several folders of printed computer notes and photocopies written by A.H.C.S.;
    • a video produced on soils and nutrition, by A.H.C.S.
    • or alternatively a substitute of similar content selected by a tutor.

    In addition to these reference materials, the student will also require:

    • access to work places (assistance is available to students who have difficulty);
    • small quantities of materials which are used as components of horticultural soils and potting media;
    • access to a variety of different plants either through nurseries, farms or gardens;
    • simple and inexpensive equipment to mix and conduct simple tests on potting mixes.


     

    CORE STUDIES:

    INTRODUCTORY PROPAGATION

    Minimum 40 hours duration

    AIMS

    The purpose of this study area is to improve the student's understanding of propagation techniques with particular emphasis on cuttings and seeds. Other industry techniques such as grafting and budding are also explained.

    STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

    • Demonstrate propagation of six (6) different plants by cuttings and three from seed.
    • Construct a simple inexpensive cold frame.
    • Mix and use a propagation media suited to propagating both seed and cuttings.
    • Describe the method and time of year used to propagate different plant varieties.
    • Describe and demonstrate the steps in preparing and executing a variety of grafts and one budding technique.
    • Explain the reasons why budding or grafting are sometimes preferred propagation methods.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

    (1) Explain a range of appropriate propagation definitions.

    (2) Demonstrate propagation techniques on six plant specimens. Write a report of approximately one thousand (1000) words explaining procedures taken after propagation to improve strike rate.

    (3) Develop a mixture suitable for propagating cuttings. List ingredients and proportions.

    (4) Discuss a selected number of plants in relation to propagation. Each written review should be approximately five hundred (500) words.

    (5) A collection of plant specimens reviewing identification, cultural requirements and propagation techniques.

    (6) A written test (1 hour) to the specified standard.

    All responses should meet the criteria stated in the reference material and documentation.

    All written information should:

    • contain all relevant information which is accurate and up to date;
    • meet the requirements of the task;
    • use a style appropriate for the purpose;
    • use conventions of written expression.

    MODULE RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

    The student will be provided with:

    • several folders of printed computer notes and photocopies written by A.H.C.S.;
    • a text book, normally being selected from the references listed on the previous page,
    • or alternatively a substitute of similar content selected by a tutor.

    In addition to these reference materials, the student will also require:

    • access to work places (assistance is available to students who have difficulty);
    • small quantities of horticultural materials such as soil or potting mix, garden tools etc;
    • a protected place (eg. inside a house, greenhouse or shade house) to propagate plants;
    • access to plants which seed can be collected from;
    • access to a variety of different plants either through nurseries, farms or gardens.


     

    CORE STUDIES:

    IDENTIFICATION AND USE OF PLANTS

    Minimum 60 hours instruction

    AIMS

    The purpose of this study area is to improve the student's range of plant knowledge and the plant use in landscaping and the ornamental garden, and the realization that plants have optimum and preferred growing conditions.

    STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

    • Select plants appropriate for growing in different climates.
    • Select plants appropriate to use for shade, windbreaks, as a feature, and for various aesthetic effects.
    • Categorize priorities which effect selection of plants for an ornamental garden.
    • Explain the differences in the way plants perform in different microclimates within the same area.
    • List and analyze the situations where plants are used.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

    (1) A collection of plant specimens each containing details including;

    • family, scientific and common names,
    • height, width, flower colour and season,
    • cultural practices, preferred climatic region and hardiness.

    (2) List plants suitable for growing in a range of particular situations.

    (3) Identify plants grown in appropriate and inappropriate positions. Write a report on each up to four hundred (400) words.

    (4) Describe features of a plant that should be looked for when purchasing plants.

    (5) A written report of fifteen hundred (1500) words discussing the influence of buildings, established trees and other factors that influence the growth and development of plants.

    (6) A written test (1 hour) to the specified standard.

    All responses should meet the criteria stated in the reference material and documentation.

    All written information should:

    • contain all relevant information which is accurate and up to date;
    • meet the requirements of the task;
    • use a style appropriate for the purpose;
    • use conventions of written expression.

    MODULE RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

    The student will be provided with:

    • several folders of printed computer notes and photocopies written by A.H.C.S.;
    • a text book, normally being selected from the references above;
    • or alternatively a substitute of similar content selected by a tutor.

    In addition to these reference materials, the student will also require:

    • access to work places (assistance is available to students who have difficulty);
    • small quantities of horticultural materials such as soil or potting mix, garden tools, etc;
    • access to a variety of different plants either through nurseries, farms or gardens;
    • secateurs.


     

    CORE STUDIES:

    PESTS, DISEASES AND WEEDS

    Minimum 50 hours instruction

    AIMS

    The purpose of this study area is to introduce and help the student in identifying, describing and controlling a variety of pests, diseases and weeds in ornamental situations and safety procedures when using agricultural chemicals are explained.

    STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

    • Explain in general terms the principles of pest, disease and weed control and the ecological (biological) approach to such control.
    • Explain the host‑pathogen‑environment concept.
    • Describe a variety of pesticides for control of pests, diseases and weeds of ornamental plants in terms of their active constituents, application methods, timing and rates, and safety procedures.
    • Photograph or prepare specimens, identify and recommend control practices for at least five insect pests of ornamental plants.
    • Photograph, sketch or prepare samples, identify and recommend control practices for three non‑insect ornamental plant health problems (e.g. fungal, viral, bacterial).
    • Describe the major ways in which diseases (fungal, viral, bacterial and nematode) affect turf, the life cycle features that cause them to become a serious problem to turf culture and the methods available for their control.
    • Identify, describe and recommend treatment for three different weed problems.
    • Collect, press, mount and identify a collection of ten different weeds, and recommend chemical and non-chemical treatments which may be used to control each.
    • List and compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of different weed control methods.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

    (1) A collection of plant specimens each containing details including;

    • family, scientific and common name,
    • height, width, flower colour and season,
    • cultural practices,
    • major pest problems and control method.

    (2) Explain a range of definitions applicable to the lesson.

    (3) Collect and identify damaged plant tissue and identify the pest and recommend appropriate control measures.

    (4) Summarize a selected number of fungicides with regard to active ingredient, application rates, target diseases and method of effectiveness.

    (5) List all safety procedures and explain why they are used.

    (6) A written report to approximately 1000 words summarizing herbicides commonly purchased through nurseries and hardware stores.

    (7) A written test (1 hour) to the specified standard.

    All responses should meet the criteria stated in the reference material and documentation.

    All written information should:

    • contain all relevant information which is accurate and up to date,
    • meet the requirements of the task,
    • use a style appropriate for the purpose,
    • use conventions of written expression.

    MODULE RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

    The student will be provided with:

    • several folders of printed computer notes and photocopies written by A.H.C.S.;
    • a text book, normally being selected from the references listed on the previous page;
    • or alternatively a substitute of similar content selected by a tutor.

    In addition to these reference materials, the student will also require:

    • access to work places (assistance is available to students who have difficulty);
    • access to a variety of different plants affected by pests or diseases either through nurseries, farms or gardens;
    • access to weeds to collect and press;
    • access to herbicide labels to look at.


     

    SPECIALIST STREAM STUDIES:

    ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE

    Part 1. LANDSCAPING

    Minimum 75 hours instruction

    AIMS

    The purpose of this specialist study is to introduce the principles and practices which are used in the design of ornamental gardens. Students are instructed in the use of graphic materials and techniques; an awareness of the various design components; ground surface treatment; and hard and soft landscape construction. 

    STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

    • Obtain appropriate information required prior to preparing a landscape design.
    • Draw a sketch plan for an ornamental garden.
    • Describe various ways container plants can be used to create different landscape effects.
    • Inspect, analyze, and describe different garden settings which demonstrate different design principles.
    • Use a range of graphic materials and techniques correctly in design exercises.
    • Prepare a base plan, site analysis and planting plan.
    • Demonstrate how to estimate materials and labour in order to quote for a landscape job, and costing and specification documents.
    • Analyze existing garden designs and report how the design impacts the gardens effectiveness.
    • Prepare detailed drawings for the construction of at least one garden feature (eg. a seat, wall, fence, table, etc).
    • Explain the differences between alternative furnishings and other features which can be incorporated into a garden.
    • Analyze an existing park and show how redevelopment would improve the facility.
    • Compare available surfacing treatments, their comparative advantages and disadvantages, and where it might be most appropriate to use each.
    • Be familiar with alternative materials and their respective characteristics in terms of quality and cost.


     LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

    (1) Draw a plan based on the information obtained from the pre‑planning details. The plans should demonstrate graphic skills, use of graphic tools and layout design.

    (2) List and explain the purposes of trees in the landscape and how they can be used to create different design effects.

    (3) Explain the principles of landscape design with the aid of diagrams or photographs.

    (4) A written report to one thousand (1000) words covering the topic of landscape history in the student's locality or state.

    (5) Review the timbers used in construction in landscapes and relevant treatments of preservation.

    (6) Evaluate a number of landscape constructions in relation to safety, durability, materials, etc.

    (7) Draw a detailed construction drawing necessary for a landcape construction.

    (8) A written test (1 hour) to the specified standard.

    All responses should meet the criteria stated in the reference material and documentation.

    All written information should:

    • contain all relevant information which is accurate and up to date;
    • meet the requirements of the task;
    • use a style appropriate for the purpose;
    • use conventions of written expression.

    MODULE RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

    The student will be provided with:

    • several folders of printed computer notes and photocopies written by A.H.C.S.;
    • a text book, normally being selected from the references listed on the previous page,
    • or alternatively a substitute of similar content selected by a tutor.

    In addition to these reference materials, the student will also require:

    • .access to work places (assistance is available to students who have difficulty);
    • .small quantities of horticultural materials such as soil or potting mix, garden tools etc.;
    • .access to a variety of different plants either through nurseries, farms or gardens.


     

    Part 2. PLANTS

    Minimum 75 hours instruction

    AIMS

    To gain an appreciation of problems faced by plants in a variety of different situations. Annuals, bulbous perennial flowers, and herbs will be discussed in ways in which they can be used in an ornamental garden.

    STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

    • *Develop a list of contacts to provide local knowledge of ornamental plants.
    • *Select plants appropriate to use in problem areas (e.g salt affected, coastal, windy, dry situations).
    • *Provide detailed descriptions of two genera of tropical or indoor plants, including identifying characteristics, culture, propagation and species profiles.
    • *Describe the environmental factors that are important in affecting plants grown indoors (e.g. shade, air conditioning, dust).
    • *Explain the difference between bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes.
    • *Describe and provide cultural information for six perennial flowering plants.
    • *Prepare a yearly planting list of annuals suitable for planting in the student's locality.
    • *Prepare simple planting designs for at least three different situations.
    • *Prepare a design for an ornamental herb garden.
    • *Identify and prepare labelled drawings of five different herbs.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

    (1) A written report of approximately one thousand (1000) words discussing factors that affect interior plant culture and health.

    (2) List a specific number of indoor plants and provide all necessary cultural details for successful growing.

    (3) List a specific number of perennial plants and provide all necessary identification and cultural details.

    (4) In a table or calendar form, draft up planting and maintenance routines for annuals suitable for locality of choice.

    (5) A collection of herbs;

    • .family, scientific and common name,
    • .cultural practices,
    • .application,
    • .height, width, flower colour and season.

    (6) A written test (1 hour) to the specified standard.

    All responses should meet the criteria stated in the reference material and documentation.

    All written information should:

    • -contain all relevant information which is accurate and up to date;
    • -meet the requirements of the task;
    • -use a style appropriate for the purpose;
    • -use conventions of written expression.

    MODULE RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

    The student will be provided with:

    • .several folders of printed computer notes and photocopies written by A.H.C.S.;
    • .a text book, normally being selected from the references listed on the previous page,
    • or alternatively a substitute of similar content selected by a tutor.

    In addition to these reference materials, the student will also require:

    • .access to work places (assistance is available to students who have difficulty);
    • .small quantities of horticultural materials such as soil or potting mix, garden tools, etc;
    • .access to a variety of different plants either through nurseries, farms or gardens.

    Part 3. PLANT CARE

    Minimum 75 hours instruction

    AIMS

    The purpose of this study area is to provide an introduction to a wide variety of growing techniques. The student will learn how to plan and manage a maintenance program.

    STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

    • *Describe in detail how to create a garden using one of the methods reviewed (e.g.hydroponics,terrarium, bonsai).
    • *Prepare labelled sketches of three gardens created using different growing methods reviewed, and select plants suitable for use in each situation.
    • *Photograph or draw, and identify at least four (4) different problems with trees.
    • *Recognise and recommend control practices for several different problems.
    • *Describe the correct procedures for the proper and safe removal of a limb from a tree.
    • *Explain compartmentalisation, and its' effect on the spread of diseases in trees.
    • *Explain simply how a tree grows.
    • *Describe maintenance procedures for a variety of different ornamental garden situations.
    • *Explain the soil (seedbed) treatments for a range of soil types.
    • *Explain the process of seed selection and preparation.
    • *Demonstrate the ability to prepare an area and then sow a new lawn.
    • *Explain how to establish turf on a steep slope.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

    (1) Create a garden using a technique discussed in this section. Fully report on the materials used, time taken, tools used, plant media used, plant selected (and why), etc.

    (2) Illustrate the correct and safest method to remove limbs from a tree.

    Define terminology related to tree surgery.

    (3) Organize a detailed maintenance program for an ornamental garden and explain how it would it be different for other themed gardens.

    (4) Explain seedbed preparation, sowing and after care.

    (5) Describe the steps in preparing an area for turf.

    (6) A written test (1 hour) to the specified standard.
    All
     responses should meet the criteria stated in the reference material and documentation.

    All written information should:

    • -contain all relevant information which is accurate and up to date;
    • -meet the requirements of the task;
    • -use a style appropriate for the purpose;
    • -use conventions of written expression.

    MODULE RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

    The student will be provided with:

    • several folders of printed computer notes and photocopies written by A.H.C.S.;
    • a text book, normally being selected from the references listed on the previous page,
    • or alternatively a substitute of similar content selected by a tutor.

    In addition to these reference materials, the student will also require:

    • access to work places (assistance is available to students who have difficulty);
    • small quantities of horticultural materials such as soil or potting mix, garden tools, etc.;
    • access to a variety of different plants either through nurseries, farms or gardens. 

    Part 4 NURSERY PRODUCTION

    Minimum 75 hours instruction

    AIMS

    The purpose of this study area is to obtain an appreciation of the processes which occur in the production of ornamental plants, and the factors which are of most importance in achieving a cost effective high quality product.

    STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

    • *Analyze nursery production systems.
    • *Prepare a flow chart for the production of one type of plant, from propagation to marketing.
    • *Compile a list of plants which are particularly viable products in the nursery industry.
    • *Prepare a routine maintenance program for green life in a garden centre.
    • *Prepare guidelines for disposal of surplus or below standard nursery stock.
    • *Review the scope of work in a retail garden centre, with particular reference to green life.
    • *Analyze and report on the operation of two different garden centres.
    • *Prepare a floor plan for the interior layout of a garden shop.
    • *Design a promotional leaflet to promote a plant variety.
    • *Explain basic management procedures.
    • *Explain healthy and safety requirements for a nursery.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

    (1) A written report of five hundred (500) words each for two plants from propagation to sale. This report is a summary of the step-by-step processes involved.

    (2) Identify quality characteristics when purchasing plants to ensure good sales. What options are available to dispose of surplus stock in both good and poor condition.

    (3) Observe a nursery or garden centre and report on the scope of employees and operation of two businesses.

    (4) Given dimensions of space for a garden centre, plan the layout of the business.

    Explain the reason for the layout.

    (5) A written report of up to five hunded (500) words on occupational, health and safety in a garden centre.

    (6) A written test (1 hour) to the specified standard.

    All responses should meet the criteria stated in the reference material and documentation.

    All written information should:

    • contain all relevant information which is accurate and up to date;
    • meet the requirements of the task;
    • use a style appropriate for the purpose;
    • use conventions of written expression.

    MODULE RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

    Upon enrolment the student will be provided with:

    • all necessary course materials (in printed or electronic form

    In addition to these reference materials, the student will also require:

    • access to work places (assistance is available to students who have difficulty);
    • small quantities of horticultural materials such as soil or potting mix, garden tools, etc;
    • access to a variety of different plants either through nurseries, farms or gardens.

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    How Can This Course Help You?

    The crucial learning for anyone who works in horticulture is a solid foundation in horticultural principles and practices. It involves understanding soils, plant nutrition, where to position different species of plants, how to prune and maintain them, and how to detect and deal with pests and diseases. You learn all this in the core part of this course but then get to focus on different areas of ornamental horticulture. The outcome is you have a very well-rounded understanding of applied horticulture.

    This course is targeted towards people who want to make a start in horticulture. It can serve as a solid foundation for moving on to specialised studies in other areas of interest but will also provide students with sufficient knowledge to seek employment in various fields including:   

    • General horticulture
    • Parks & gardens
    • Botanic gardens
    • Garden maintenance
    • Landscaping
    • Garden design
    • Nursery hand




    Credentials

    This course is accredited by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.
    This course is accredited by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

    ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development
    ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development

    Member of the Institute of Horticulture Careers Advisory Bureau
    Member of the Institute of Horticulture Careers Advisory Bureau

    Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network
    Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network

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

    Member Nursery and Garden Industry Association
    Member Nursery and Garden Industry Association

    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/
    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/



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