Lay the foundation for a career in Professional Horticulture.
Why this Course?
- This is a fully professional course with a very broad focus.
- Designed to learn, remember, and have a foundation that serves you for life (Too many courses today are shorter, only focused on getting you through an exam - but then you forget. A shorter course may give you a qualification; but what is the value in that if your capability to succeed at work is diminished later on)
- Horticulture today is more changeable than ever
- Be ready to change direction in your career every time opportunities change (You can't do that as well with shorter and more specialised qualifications).
Unlike some other horticulture qualifications, this course provides an opportunity to study across a wide variety of sub disciplines within horticulture; and in doing so, that allows you to move from one industry sector to another throughout your career.
If you love horticulture and don't want to lock yourself into a career in just crops, landscaping, parks, turf or nursery .... take this Proficiency Award 3 and set yourself apart from most other horticulture diploma graduates by having a broader base of knowledge
Study this Proficiency Award for a full and rewarding, lifelong career in the "green industries".
Choose a a more diverse selection of subjects and prepare to be able to move from one industry sector to another as trends and opportunities change throughout your career.
We have been teaching Horticulture internationally since 1979
Our staff are better qualified and experienced than you find at many other colleges; our courses are longer and more in depth, and our student support stronger and not restricted by the uncertainties of change in government policy and funding.
ACS has a unique international reputation and offers you the opportunity to be tutored by horticulturists in both Australia and the UK; giving you a valuable international perspective on horticulture.
What makes the ACS Proficiency Award unique?
The proficiency awards offer a tiered award system - so you don't have to wait until the end of your qualification to have an award.
How does that work?
Once you have completed 6 modules, you can receive an ACS Certificate. Complete 8(plus 100hrs work experience), and receive an ACS Advanced Certificate. Complete 10 and receive a ACS Proficiency Award 1. Complete 14 (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 2. Complete 20 modules (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 3. Complete 24 modules (plus 100hrs Work Experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 4.
Note that each module in the Proficiency Award 3 in Horticulture is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
The Future of Employment in Horticulture is Bright
Plants are essential to the survival of man kind. They provide us with food, clothing, fuel, building materials and many of the other commodities that are essential to our day to day well being.
Plants are also essential to the sustainability of our environment. They stop cities from getting too hot or too cold; they prevent land degradation, they reduce carbon pollution and they contribute to air quality.
It is an absolute certainty that there will always be work for people who know how to grow plants.
In the 1970's, a typical Australian horticulture diploma was more than 2,000 hours in duration. Over the years though, education funding has come under pressure and many diplomas offered in the 21st century are shorter. Quite obviously; you cannot learn as much in 1000 hours as you do in 2,000 hours.
We have chosen to keep our courses longer and stronger; and in doing so; we are finding our graduates are in very strong demand. As the 1970 graduates go into retirement, we are facing a severe shortage of well trained horticulturists. With a
growing population and increasing focus on issues such as sustainability and carbon pollution; one must ask....
- Who is going to grow the plants in the future?
- Is our capacity to grow plants well simply going to diminish?
This is professional training for a sustainable, high level career in horticulture requires much more than just passing exams - You need a course that builds your capacity to understand the science and technology, apply a high level of knowledge, think creatively, identify & know thousands of plants and be connected with industry. Our Proficiency Award 3 does that! This course provides a different approach to preparing for a career -not a diploma or degree - something totally different - designed to give you unique skills and a unique foundation to build a sustainable business or employment.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN HORTICULTURE
1. Recognise where the jobs are
Some horticulture jobs are in the public sector (ie. working for government or non profit organisations); but most are in private enterprise. If you are the sort of person who likes to be self employed; your range of opportunities may be greater. If you want to work for someone else; recognise that you may find more opportunities in private enterprise than the public sector; and work on making yourself attractive to businessmen just as much as to public service managers.
2. Recognise that training is most important for what you learn.
Sometimes, having a diploma can be important; but more often, being able to identify and grow plants is what employers and clients value more.
3. Recognise that training is only one piece of the puzzle.
Just as a car cannot run without petrol; a horticulture qualification does not guarantee a career without experience and networking. It doesn't matter whether your experience is voluntary or paid; working for yourself, or someone else; manual labour or something more than that -any experience in horticulture is a big advantage over no experience.
WHY CHOOSE DISTANCE EDUCATION TO STUDY HORTICULTURE?
We used to place one teacher with four students, all with their own equipment, and give them plenty of time to not only learn a task once; but come back and practice it time after time until it was perfect. Horticulture diplomas could involve thousands of hours of instruction, practical and theory. These things often do not happen any more. Courses are shorter, funding in government courses is tight and numbers enrolling in classroom based horticulture is diminishing.
In contrast; distance education is growing rapidly.
Ibis consulting reported in late 2009 that Online Education would be one of the fastest growing sectors in the Australian economy over 2010.
ACS Distance Education enrolments in horticulture in Australia increased last year by 21.8% on the previous 12 months Enrolments in ACS through affiliate college, Courses Direct, grew even more.
How Can Distance Education Work in Horticulture?
Think about it. The internet, video streaming, interactive self assessment tests, social networking, email and other technological innovations have made a virtual classroom experience not only possible but able to deliver services at a cost that could never be achieved face to face. In a nut shell, as technology makes distance education better and better; funding pressures have been making face to face education worse and worse.
There’s no doubt that the best learning experience happens when you place a fantastic teacher face to face with a small group of students, and give them all the time in the world to learn.
This may have happened in the 60’s and 70’s (sometimes); but in today's world, it is simply not a viable economic proposition for many colleges. Too many people need to be trained, the world is changing too fast, and government finances simply cannot cope with funding this type of education any more.
We have been exploring and refining techniques for distance learning; and doing so since 1979.
Our horticulture Proficiency Award 3 does work. If you apply yourself, do the work and pass the exams; you will have the ability top identify a wide range of plants; the knowledge to understand how to grow plants in a wide range of situations, and both skills and awareness of different sectors of the industry as a foundation for building a lifelong and flexible career in the horticulture profession
How Can This Course Help Me
Our Proficiency Award 3 in Horticulture is the ideal qualification to get a career off the ground in horticulture. It opens doors that are not open to those who complete lower level courses. A Proficiency Award 3 tells employers that you have committed a lot of time and effort to your studies and that you should have a deeper level of understanding of your field of study. If you have previously studied at a basic level but are now ready to enhance your knowledge and skills then an ACS Proficiency Award 3 in Horticulture is the next logical step.
Study this course to help you get positions in:
- Horticulture parks & gardens management
- Head gardening
- Landscape foreman
- Horticulture research
- Horticultural marketing & sales
- Horticulture retail management
This course is also suited to those wishing to refresh their skills as well as for personal development and growth within current businesses and work roles.
The school's online book store offers a range of printed books and ebooks that have been chosen because they are both accurate and appropriate references for anyone studying our courses.
If you are enrolling in a course, you might consider the following titles for supplementary reading. If you are not sure yet about whether or not to commit to a course, perhaps a good starting point is to buy and read one of these books.
Click on any of the titles below to see an outline of that book in our bookshop.
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Start a Landscaping Business
or a Gardening Business
Printed Book by John Mason
Start a Plant Nursery
or a Herb Farm
Printed Book by John Mason
Start & develop a career
or business in Horticulture
An E book by John Mason
Plant knowledge is key to a
successful career in
horticulture and this book
is an excellent starting point,
as well as a great reference
for people already working
in the industry.
An e book by John Mason
Growing Australian Natives
by John Mason
an ebook by John Mason
-specific advice on organic
techniques to use with lots
of different types of herbs,
vegetables and other plants.
- Titles are written by our principal and staff
- Other titles come from major international publishers, and are selected for their excellent and relevant content.
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|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|
|ACS is a Member of the Permaculture Association (membership number 14088)|
|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/|