General Horticulture Courses

Course Listings

Foundation Certificate in Horticultural Studies

Grow Your Gardening Skills 
This is a mid level certificate; providing a solid broad based training as a foundation for either work or further studies in any area of horticulture (eg. garden care, landscaping, turf, nursery, market gardening, fruit growing, etc)
Total Duration is 300 hours 
This course is made up of the first half of our long established and highly successful Certificate in Horticulture (VHT002).
If you choose, you can upgrade with a further 300 hrs of study following this course; to obtain that qualification.

Garden History

Learn about the history of landscaped Gardens and Cultivated plants, in the UK, Europe and elsewhere.

See how gardens have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your perspective on what is possible and appropriate in garden design today. Garden history will enlighten you, and vastly expand the scope of possibilities you have before you as a modern garden designer. Lessons cover garden designers, great gardens and gardeners of the world, private and public gardens, globilisation of gardens, scope and nature of modern garden conservation, the roles of organisations in garden conservation and much more.

Horticultural Management

Lessons covering planning for efficient and economical management in horticulture: including such things as work procedures and programming, budgeting and staff supervision. The course is relevant to all areas of horticulture including nurseries, parks, private gardens, market gardening and fruit production.

Horticultural Marketing

In any business, including horticulture, success depends upon your ability to successfully  market your product  - so that you stay ahead of your competitors.

This is a comprehensive well-rounded course that offers the horticultural marketing manager or small business owner what they need to be successful in this essential component of business management.

This subject covers the theoretical and practical importance of marketing in the horticultural industry, including topics such as advertizing, promotions, signs, customer relations, pricing strategy, labelling, transport, product presentation, and more.

Horticultural Therapy BHT341

Do you have a passion for helping others? And you are also Passionate about Horticulture?

Combine the two for a rewarding career in horticultural therapy.

Horticultural therapy is a powerful way for working therapeutically with people.

An exciting, emerging industry - step outside of the norm, follow your passions, and develop an interesting and highly rewarding career - become a Horticultural Therapist.

Horticultural therapy (also known as‘social and therapeutic horticulture’) uses the activities associated with horticulture such as gardening, plant propagation, plant care, visits to natural environments and gardens and parks etc. in personal development; to engender a feeling of well-being, improve physical health and encourage social interaction.

Horticulture Foundations (Horticulture I)

The ideal course for the beginner, this is a basic, yet thoroughly practical course which gives you a sound broad technical grounding in horticultural principles and practices. A section of each lesson involves plant identification.

  • To identify, propagate and care for 80 different types of plants.
  • The systematic way plants are classified.
  • Structure and parts of a flower.
  • To identify different leaf shapes.
  • Different ways to control weeds.
  • Simple soil tests.
  • Making propagating and potting mixes.
  • Identifying pest and disease problems.
  • How and why to prune different plants.
  • Drawing a simple garden sketch plan.
  • To plant or repair a lawn; and lots more.

Nature Park Management I

Start your training to work in zoos, national parks or wilderness area management here.

Learn Parks Management

Over 15 lessons the student will develop an understanding of the natural environment and basic ecological principles, and learn a variety of skills ranging from basic gardening and nature park design, to erosion control, weed control and tree surgery.

Nature Park Management II

This course is a natural progression from Nature Park Management I, but can be taken in its own right. It concentrates more on native plants and using them to create natural, balanced ecosystems. Over 15 lessons you also learn to create nature trails, build rockeries and pathways, construct ponds and watercourses, design picnic grounds and animal enclosures, market a nature park, and lots more.

Practical Horticulture 1

Learn to be a Horticulturalist with the best practical skills!

A practical approach to horticultural education.. How do you learn the practical side of horticulture by distance education? Although all ACS courses are practically and well as theoretically focussed - this course was developed for those people who feel that they will gain more from a course that places MOST of the learning experience on learning theory - through practice. There are lots of practical horticultural tasks to develop your skills and knowledge covered in this course. So if you are a student that prefers practical learning, then this course is the ANSWER, and it really does work! Best taken online, or on CD, where you can make full use of interactive learning tasks and coloured photography on the computer. This course has been written to satisfy curriculum developed by the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK (Advanced Certificate and Diploma level).

Practical Horticulture 2

Take the next step in your career: develop practical skills in the management of a variety of horticultural situations required of the horticultural manager or the management of your own business that you would normally learn working under the supervision of a horticultural expert. A step on from Practical Horticulture 1 but a course that can be taken in its own right by those with fundamental horticultural knowledge.

Following is an excerpt from lesson 1.

Work planning and project management is an important aspect of the type of work that would be generally carried out by the professional horticulturist. It may be in diverse areas within the horticulture industry i.e. a planting program, plant sales program, landscape project, re-vegetation project, sports or turf management, irrigation and drainage systems implementation, production planning (crops and nursery), conservation of natural resource areas, conserve a heritage area and so on. Project management may be under the broad direction of superiors in certain situations however self directed application of knowledge that has substantial depth is expected at this level.

Some supervision is required for this course by an independent horticultural expert such as your work manager or other expert. The course contains all the tips to develop excellent practical skills in the management of a variety of horticultural situations. It covers subject areas such as: horticultural calculations, propagation management, hard and soft landscape management, planning - identifying needs for management of horticultural sites, identifying plant tissue and much more.

This course will help you to stay ahead of the competition and fulfill your managerial or business aspirations.


Qualification -Advanced Certificate In Applied Management (Horticultural Technology)

Training for managers of horticultural operations which utilise an advanced level of technology.

There are eight units plus a 200 hr workplace project in this course. (A 900 hour course).

These are core units common to all streams of this Advanced Certificate C12CN001 (ie. Management, Office Practices, Marketing and Business Operations. Three stream units (as shown below) involve another 300 hours of study. A workplace project relating to some aspect of horticultural technology involves the final 200 hrs of study.This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.

Qualification -Advanced Diploma Horticulture - Ornamental Horticulture

This course provides training for people to work in the care and development of gardens, parks, historic properties, private estates, or other areas of amenity horticulture (eg. Street trees, interior plantscaping), at a technician or management level, in positions such as: managers, technical officers, or consultants.

This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.

Qualification -Advanced Diploma Horticulture - Parks & Recreation

This course provides training for people to work in the management and development of recreation and park facilities and services. It is relevant to all types of situations including municipal parks, national parks, tourist parks, resorts, etc.

This is a substantial and unique course, requiring a 5 year part time or 2 to 3 year full time commitment.

Qualification -Certificate Horticulture (Nature Park Management)


For people working or intending to work in nature parks such as zoos, wildlife parks, national parks, forests and reserves. Develop a foundation in plant identification and horticulture as well as a basic understanding of such things as botany, ecology, land care and rehabilitation, weed management, wildlife management, etc.  Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council

Qualification -Certificate in Horticulture (Grounds Management)

A 700 hour course that provides initial training for gardeners, groundsmen and others involved in the care and maintenance of parks, gardens and turf facilities.

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 grounds maintenance.

Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council

Qualification -Certificate in Horticulture (Ornamental Horticulture)

The course is designed to teach the basics of how to identify, grow, and maintain ornamental plants and gardens in any climate., with emphasis placed on the plant varieties which are horticulturally most valuable. Topics covered include garden maintenance, turf care, arboriculture, landscaping, and nursery work

A 700 hour course that provides initial training for anyone working, or intending to work in ornamental horticulture.

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 ornamental horticulture. Accredited through International Accreditation & recognition Council

Qualification -Diploma In Horticulture (By Mentoring)

This Diploma is designed for people with extensive industry experience who wish to fast track a qualification. It does still require the candidate to show sound theoretical knowledge of science and management at an ACS diploma level through examinations. Exam preparation largely involves a mentor guided program of learning. For some candidates this may require minimal effort, and for others, it may be extensive. The mentor will assess and monitor progress to ensure preparation for the exams is appropriate.

Qualification -Proficiency Award In Horticulture

A "Specialised Qualification". This comprises a set syllabus consisting of 3 X 100 hour modules that relate to a particular specialist theme. (For example "Garden Management", "Natural Garden Design", "Propagating Tropicals", "Market Gardening" , etc)

A Proficiency Award allows you to study subjects in a highly specialised area.

You select and study three short courses of your own choice, which relate to each other (eg. Three crops or three landscaping short courses). In addition, you must complete 200 hrs of approved work experience before receiving the award. Approval of course structure must be obtained before enrolling.

Weed Control

Learn about effective weed control

In horticultural practice, if weeds are to be controlled, it is critical that they are accurately identified when young. However, weeds are notorious for their diversity and resilience. These two characteristics have made weeds attractive as garden plants in countries to which they are not native.

Young weeds are far easier to control than older and more established weeds. There are many different ways of controlling weed growth, and the effectiveness of each technique is related to the varieties of weeds being controlled. Some chemicals, for instance will effectively kill certain weeds when they are in the early stages of growth, but will not control other types of weeds. You may need to be able to distinguish between types of weeds to determine whether the chemical will or will not work.

Over eight lessons you will learn to identify and effectively control weeds using both chemical and non-chemical control methods (mulching, burning, mowing); how to use spray equipment and the safety procedures which should be followed.