Technology, Hydroponics, Greenhouses Courses

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Advanced Certificate In Applied Management (Horticultural Technology)

Become a Manager in Hydroponics

Train in both business management and horticultural technology skills (including hydroponic management), at the same time.

Learn to understand how technology can make horticultural production more efficient; and at the same time how to operate a horticultural enterprise for commercial success.

This course is developed by leading international experts including John Mason, author of Commercial Hydroponics (now in it's 8th printing) and Dr Lyn Morgan, author and commercial hydroponic consultant. This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.

Aquaponics

  Aquaponics is the integration of hydroponics with aquaculture technologies.
  •  Hydroponics is the horticultural process of growing plants in mediums other than soil.
  • Aquaculture is the culture of aquatic organisms (such as fish and crustaceans) for commercial purposes under controlled or partly controlled conditions.

In an aquaponics system the nutrient-rich waste from fish tanks is used to provide plant food to vegetables and herbs grown in hydroponic beds. Chemicals (including nutrients) naturally increase in any water in which fish or other aquatic animals live. Some of these chemicals are the result of excrement from the animals, and others may result from decomposition of dead animal tissue or left over food (such as ammonia). Because of its nutrient composition, water that is used for aquaculture is a useful source of nutrition for growing plants.

Certificate In Horticulture (Horticultural Technology)

A 700 hr accredited course that develops knowledge and skills in the application of modern technology to horticulture; with particular emphasis on hydroponics and plant breeding.
er: Introduction to Plants, Plant Culture, Soils and Nutrition, Plant Identification and Use, Propagation & Pests, Diseases and Weeds. Accredited through International Accreditation & recognition Council. This course is similar to other C12CN002 horticulture certificates in its introductory (core) units, but devotes 50% of the course to topics specifically related to horticultural technology. 

Certificate In Hydroponics

This course provides an understanding of modern technology and its application to growing plants, with emphasis on hydroponic production. Learn about hydroponic systems (NFT, Rock wool, aeroponics, gravel culture); plant growth requirements, growing structures (greenhouses), nutrients,  management of vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, berries, and more. A great foundation for working in hydroponics (eg. a hydroponic shop, farm, consultant business, etc). Accredited through the International Accreditation & recognition Council

Engineering Applications

This course complements Engineering I, developing skills to apply appropriate and innovative engineering solutions, to improve efficiency and productivity in agriculture and horticulture. It covers: surveying, earthworks, water management, environmental control (eg. heating, cooling, ventilation, etc.), fencing, chemical applications, mechanising manual tasks, improving engineering efficiency/operations and developing engineering solutions to different workplace tasks/problems.

Greenhouse Cut Flowers

Greenhouse Cut Flower Production is intensive horticulture. It requires less land but a greater investment inequipment (compared with production in the open). This form of proddiction can also be more complex -requiring not only an understanding of the plants and related horticultural skills; but also an understanding of how to provide and manage artificial environments.

This course is unique and ideal training for anyone looking to work in this exciting and rewarding field of horticulture.

Home Hydroponics

This is a good starting point for those who have little experience in horticulture or hydroponics; whose main interest is in growing AT HOME. Unlike our other courses, this course is NOT intended for commercial growing in any way. You will learn the theory behind hydroponic culture, as well as receive first hand practical experience as you set up your own basic hydroponic system.

Hydroponic Management - Hydroponics II

Take Your Hydroponic Knowledge to the Next Level

Develop your capacity to make informed decisions regarding the management of commercially significant hydroponic crops. This course was developed to cover key issues which have been identified as recurrent problems for many experienced growers. It is suitable for anyone who has either completed hydroponics I, or alternatively, has significant prior experience.

Hydroponics I

Get Serious about Hydroponics

The content of this course does overlap with the other two short hydroponic courses to some degree, but assumes you have a greater knowledge of hydroponics to start with, and therefore goes into greater depth than the Hydroponics or Home Hydroponics course. Emphasis is placed on the horticulturally valuable crops such as cut flowers and vegetables.

There are ten lessons which outline :
The course covers all types of systems including NFT, gravel bed, capillary, flood & drip feed, growool, & vertical bags. All types of media are dealt with including scoria, gravel, sand, vermiculite, perlite, expanded clay, polystyrene, stone chip, and rockwool. Major techniques and problems are dealt with, including salinity, nutrient balance, disease control, temperature and humidity, light requirements, pest control, pruning, propagation, harvesting, and more.

Hydroponics III

Learn more about Managing Hydroponic Systems
This course has been developed to complement Hydroponics I and II; and is intended for people who already have some experience and understanding of hydroponics.
 
 
 
 

Machinery and Equipment

An introductory subject which aims to develop an ability to manage the selection, operation and maintenance of tools and machinery, with particular reference to agriculture and horticulture. Learn the use and operation of tools, equipment and machines.

Protected Plant Production

Develop your broad understanding of practices and processes involved in successful plant cropping. It will develop a clear understanding of environmental control and plant growth within a protective environment, together with a practical knowledge of plant husbandry techniques.