Foundation Certificate in Horticulture SPECIAL OFFER

The Foundation Certificate in Horticulture provides students with a solid knowledge of plants.

Course CodeVHT003
Fee CodeSOS3
Duration (approx)150 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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For anyone with a solid knowledge of plant culture, plant identification and the basic science that underpins horticultural practice

This course has the potential to be the best investment you ever make, in both time and money.

This course was originally developed to fit the requirements of a Royal Horticultural Society Certificate in England; covering everything that anyone might need to learn to launch a business or career in horticulture.

It has been updated and expanded over the years, retaining the original scope of study set down by the RHS, but going beyond. Very few of our courses are deemed appropriate for a certificate level award with only 150 hours of study; but this course is exceptional, and as such, anyone who completes all of the assignments successfully, and then passes an examination, will be awarded a certificate.

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Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. The Plant Kingdom (part a)
    • The classification and taxonomic hierarchy of seed-bearing plants
    • The use of botanical keys to identify plants
    • Stages of plant growth and life cycles
    • The structure and function of plant cells and tissues
    • The processes of meiosis and mitosis
    • The differences in the external and internal structure of monocotyledons and dicotyledons.
  2. The Plant Kingdom (part b)
    • The identification and function of the external vegetative parts of higher plants: roots, leaves, stems and buds
    • The identification and function of flowers
    • The identification and function of fruits and seed.
  3. The Plant Kingdom (part c)
    • The importance of photosynthesis and respiration
    • Transpiration and translocation of water throughout the plant
    • Pollination and fertilisation
    • Seed formation and germination
    • Growth regulation including phototropism and photoperiodism.
  4. Plant Propagation
    • How to differentiate between plants produced by seed (sexual) and plants produced by vegetative propagation methods (asexual)
    • Seed propagation
    • Cutting propagation
    • Propagation aftercare
    • Layering
    • Propagation tools
    • Grafting
    • Propagating plants in a greenhouse
  5. Outdoor Food Production
    • Growing outdoor food crops
    • Timing crops
    • Making gardens more productive
    • Sustainable land management
    • Composting
    • Companion planting
    • Vegetable crowing
    • Fruit crops
    • Pests and diseases of crops
    • Windbreaks
    • Crop harvesting
  6. Garden Planning
    • Collecting pre-planning information
    • Preparing landscape plans
    • The principles, elements and procedures of landscape design
    • Creating landscape effects
    • Using hard and soft landscaping materials.
  7. The Root Environment and Plant Nutrition
    • The physical properties of soil
    • Techniques for improving soil
    • The importance of organic matter in the soil
    • Soil water
    • Watering systems
    • Drainage systems
    • Soil pH
    • Carbon and nitrogen cycles
    • Soil nutrients and their effect on plant growth
    • Fertilisers
    • Properties of growing media
  8. Protected Cultivation
    • Greenhouse types and shade houses
    • Environmental controls in protected environments
    • Irrigation and nutrition control
    • Containers and growing media in protected environments
    • Care and display of indoor plants
    • Production of selected crops in protected cultivation (tomato, lettuce, begonia, rose).
  9. Horticultural Plant Selection, Establishment and Maintenance
    • The selection of plants for different purposes
    • Guidelines for selecting plants
    • Environmental factors affecting plant selection
    • Selecting particular plants (which ones to buy)
    • Planting techniques
    • Selection, establishment and maintenance of turf, annuals, herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees, hedging plants and climbing plants
    • Pruning in the home garden
    • Mulching
  10. Horticultural Plant Health Problems
    • Plant problems and their identification
    • Pests
    • Diseases
    • Environmental problems
    • Chemicals and their use
    • Non-chemical controls
    • Weed problems and their identification control

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Comment from a Graduate of this course:

"I have found the course material to be comprehensive and informative and have learnt a lot and really enjoyed my year of study. The office staff at ACS have always been helpful and efficient and quick to respond to requests or queries. My tutor, Adriana, was encouraging and supportive, as well as being really thorough in the way she marked my assignments. I had not studied for 20 years before I started my (Horticulture study) and the feedback and reassurance I received from my tutor made all the difference." Katherine Parry, Australia - Foundation Certificate in Horticulture.


Online course normally $825.55 (in Aus)

NOW $705.38
SAVE over $120 plus four BONUS e-Books

Online course normally $750.50 (outside Aus)

NOW $641.25
SAVE over $100 plus four BONUS e-Books


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

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Member Nursery and Garden Industry Association

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ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council

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Marie Beerman

Marie has over 7 years in horticulture and education in both Australia and Germany. Marie has been a co author of several ebooks in recent years, including "Roses" and "Climbing Plants". Marie's qualifications include B. Sc., M.Hort. Dip. Bus. Cert. Ldsc
Rosemary Davies

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
John Mason

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; author of more than 70 books and edito
Adriana Fraser

Over 30 years working in horticulture, as a gardener, propagator, landscape designer , teacher and consultant. Adriana has spent much of her life living on large properties, developing and maintaining her own gardens, and living a semi self sufficient li