Certificate in Plantsmanship

Become a professional plantsman; training as a horticulturists, nurserymen, environmental managers. Unique in depth course for skills that set you apart among the most valued in your profession.

Course Code: VHT033
Fee Code: CT
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
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PLANTSMEN have been the backbone of horticulture for hundreds of years.

These are highly respected experts who can identify, describe and manage a very large range of plants (commonly thousands of varieties). Plantsmen are not created overnight though, they require a very solid foundation in plantsmanship, then experience on top of that.

This course gives you a foundation well beyond what you get in most modern horticulture courses; then sets you on a path to extend your knowledge and experience, and in time, carve out an exceptional place for yourself in the world of horticulture.


What will this course give YOU?

  • Sharpens your knowledge and skills for identifying plants
  • Extends the rage of plants you can identify
  • To scientifically identify plants
  • To differentiate characteristics that distinguishes one plant from others
  • Select the right plant for the right place
  • Understand soils
  • Develops techniques for the growing of a range of plant types including natives, food crops, indoor plants, ornamentals etc.
  • The opportunity to choose 4 electives units that best suit your interests and needs.
  • Be an expert plantsman or plantswoman.


WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE?


  • Nursery staff (both retail and wholesale)
  • Landscapers
  • Garden Designers
  • Workers in public parks and gardens (amenity horticulture)
  • Parks managers 
  • Environmental officers.
  • Garden designers
  • Gardeners
  • Garden enthusiasts

Virtually any career that deals with plants will be advanced by studying this course i.e.  knowing how to identify plants, knowing what a plant needs to grow well and knowing how to make the right choice for the right place is invaluable to any horticulturist or gardener.

 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Plantsmanship.
 Botany I (Plant Physiology And Taxonomy) BSC104
 Horticulture II (Plant Knowledge) BHT102
 Plant Taxonomy BHT344
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 25 modules.
 Acacias VHT114
 African Violets VHT105
 Australian Native Trees VHT115
 Australian Natives I BHT113
 Azaleas & Rhododendrons VHT106
 Cacti & Succulents VHT108
 Carnivorous Plants VHT107
 Eucalypts VHT117
 Fuchsias VHT112
 Growing Annuals BHT115
 Growing Camellias VHT109
 Growing Grevilleas VHT118
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Australian Natives II BHT225
 Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
 Deciduous Trees BHT244
 Fruit Production - Temperate Climate BHT218
 Lavender BHT228
 Orchid Culture BHT232
 Palms & Cycads BHT233
 Roses BHT231
 Tropical Plants BHT234
 Bonsai BHT320
 Ferns BHT314
 Proteas BHT318
 

Note that each module in the Certificate in Plantsmanship is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


What's involved in these Modules?

 

HORTICULTURE II

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. The Groups of Plants ‑ setting a framework for the whole subject. Learn to identify plants from a wide range of taxonomic and cultural groups, using a range of different techniques.
  2. Use of Plants ‑ plant selection, soils.
  3. Australian Native Plants -The growing of native shrubs and trees, including the selection, culture and use of different species.
  4. Exotic Ornamental Plants -Techniques for the growing of exotic ornamental shrubs and trees, including the selection, culture and use of different species.
  5. Indoor & Tropical Plants -Growing indoor plants, including selection, culture and use of different varieties
  6. Bedding Plants -Bedding plants...growing, selection, culture and use of different varieties.
  7. Vegetables -Techniques for the growing of edible crop plants, including selection, culture and use of vegetables, fruit, berries and nuts (Part A).
  8. Fruits, Nuts & Berries
  9. Herbs
  10. Alternative Growing Techniques ‑ hydroponics, container growing, terrariums. Determine appropriate applications for a range of alternative growing methods

 

BOTANY I

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Taxonomic Classification of Plants
  2. Cells and Tissues
  3. Specific Vegetative Parts of a Plant
  4. Flowers and Fruit
  5. Seed and the Developing Embryo
  6. Photosynthesis and Growing Plants
  7. Respiration
  8. The Role of Water
  9. Movement of Water and Assimilates through a Plant
  10. The Effects of Tropisms and Other Growth Movements

 

ELECTIVES

Choose from dozens of options.
These are designed to build extra skills which compliment job in plant identification and broader knowledge of the characteristics and cultural requirements for a large number of different plants.

Graduates of this course will have specialised plant knowledge relating to at least four different groups of plants, and the ability to identify dozens of plant families and over 400 different plant species.

A range of options are offered, to provide students the chance of studying areas of specific relevance or interest to them. This way every student can build a slightly different set of skills, differentiating themselves from others in industry, and allowing them to develop a reputation as a "specialist" fulfilling a niche that is different to others.
 

PLANT NAMES NEED TO BE UNDERSTOOD BETTER

Plants are often given common names; but common names can be many and varied for the same plant. Scientific Names are far more accurate; but there can still be inconsistencies.

As with many plant families, the names you are likely to encounter with different references and experts may sometimes appear to be in conflict. It is not uncommon to encounter two different names for the same plant. To understand and appreciate this, you need to recognise the fact that the scientific naming of plants is despite being a very accurate system; it is also a system that is constantly changing. 

As scientists discover more and more things about plants; the need arises to alter the way we classify different plants. Sometimes this may result in different genera or species being split to create new classifications; and sometimes amalgamated to eliminate old classifications

Occasionally old names are replaced with new ones, in an effort to adopt a more “sensible” name that better reflects something about the plant.

If you are referring to something written by someone in the past; you may well be looking at an old name.

Some experts may not always or immediately adopt name changes either; so even things written today by one expert, might not always be identical to that written by another.

 


EXTEND KNOWLEDGE IN YOUR CURRENT CAREER OR START A NEW CAREER virtually any career that deals with plants will be advanced by studying this course.

 

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

Member of Study Gold Coast Education Network.

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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If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

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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.

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This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding in your selected discipline. 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).

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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 (6 exams) and you will be able receive your course certificate- a 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.

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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.
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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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Course Contributors

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

Maggi Brown

Maggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture

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

John Mason (Horticulturist)

Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant.
Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK.
He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world.





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Parita Shah

M.Sc Horticulture, B.Sc Horticulture, Cert in Greenhouse management

Parita has a Masters Degree in Horticulture specializing in Plantation, Spices, Medicinal and Aromatic crops and Organic farming. She has worked as a freelance consultant, and in an Avocado nursery in NSW as grafting and preparing avocado clones.

Diana Cole

Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), RHS Diploma in Horticulture, BTEC Higher Diploma in Garden Design, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector), P.D.C.
In addition to the qualifications listed above, Diana holds City & Guild construction qualifications and an NPTC pesticide spraying licence (PA1/PA6). Diana runs her own landscape gardening business (Arbella Gardens). She also has skills gained through leading a group of volunteers renovating a local park on behalf of a local council and has been a volunteer leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. She continues to teach the Royal Horticultural Society qualifications (Levels 2 and 3) at her local college. She is a member of The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd.

Gaynor Hartley

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