Qualification - Advanced Certificate In Applied Management (Crops)

Course CodeVBS001
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

Learn to Manage Crop Production

  • Learn the skills required to manage a horticultural farm (e.g. market garden, orchard),
  • Develop the knowledge in the identification, growing, processing and marketing crops and crop related products.
  • Combine these skills and discover opportunities for employment and business in the cropping industry




Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Advanced Certificate In Applied Management (Crops).
 Business Operations VBS006
 Management VBS105
 Marketing Foundations VBS109
 Office Practices VBS102
Stream ModulesStudied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
 Crops I (Outdoor Plant Production) BHT112
 Protected Plant Production BHT223
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 1 of the following 11 modules.
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241
 Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
 Cut Flower Production BHT221
 Fruit Production - Warm Climate BHT217
 Fruit Production -Temperate Climate BHT218
 Hydroponics I BHT224
 Nut Production BHT219
 Viticulture BHT220
 Mushroom Production BHT310
 Warm Climate Nuts BHT308

Note that each module in the Qualification - Advanced Certificate In Applied Management (Crops) is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

This course involves eight units, plus a 200 hr workplace project.


This is normally done after completing all of the other modules. It is intewnded as a "learning experience" that brings a perspecive and element of reality to the Modules you have studied. The school is very flexible in terms of how you achieve this requirement, and can negotiate to approve virtually any situation which can be seen as "learning through involvement in real life situations that have a relevance to your studies"

Some of the options, for example might be:

Option 1. Work Experience
This involves working in a job that has relevance to what you have been studying. For some students this may be a job they already have. (In some instances, credit may be even granted for work prior to studies). In other instances, this may be either paid or voluntary work which is found and undertaken after completing the other modules. Proof must be provided, and normally this is done by submitting one or more references or statements from an employer. It may also be satisfied by a discussion between the employer and the school in person or on the phone. The must be an indication that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility.

Option 2. Project
This project may be based on applications in the work place and specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study.

Students will design this project in consultation with a tutor to involve industry based activities in the area of specialized study which they select to follow in the course. The project outcomes may take the form of a written report, folio, visuals or a mixture of forms. Participants with relevant, current or past work experience will be given exemption from this project if they can provide suitable references from employers that show they have already fulfilled the requirements of this project.

Students will be assessed on how well they achieve the goals and outcomes they originally set as part of their negotiations with their tutor. During a project, students will present three short progress reports. These progress reports will be taken into account when evaluating the final submission. The tutor must be satisfied that the work submitted is original.

Other Options
Workplace learning hours may also be satisfied through attending or being involved with meetings conducted by industry bodies such as professional associations; or attending seminars which are attended by industry professionals. Any opportunity for observation and networking may be seen as a valid option.


Graduates from this course have a foundation for growing just about any crop they choose to grow.

Even if you don't study the specific crop plant that you end up growing; the principles you learn and the scientific and commercial understanding which you develop, will lay a foundation that allows you to adapt to any type of job or any type of crop you find yourself confronted with.

This course lays a very solid foundation for business or employment in any type of Horticultural Crop Production.

For a farm to remain sustainable, certain minimum productivity levels must be maintained, using preferred plant species on an ongoing basis. These plants may be pasture species, fodder crops, grain, vegetables, fruit or other harvested plants



  • Those working in crop growing and want a management role
  • Those looking to start up a crop growing farm
  • Those already working in the industry that want to extend their knowledge





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