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Distance Learning Landscaping Course

An outstanding qualification -the best training you are likely to find for working as an elite garden designer. Outstanding learning is of course only part of what makes a landscape designer exceptional. You also need a flair for design, a passion for gardens and a practical touch (including some management and business abilities).

This course works hard at developing all of these capabilities, as much as any course can; and provides interaction with leading landscape professionals in both Australia and the UK.


More info & enrolment: ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN LANDSCAPING VHT032 »

Garden Design Certificate

This course has operated for many years as an effective training program for people working, or wishing to work, in the landscape industry; either in their own business, or at a supervisory level for someone else. It is a course which both develops the students design skills (drawing plans, landscape principles, history and styles, planting design, etc), as well as basic knowledge in other areas of concern to the landscaper (eg. horticultural practices, management, plant identification and use, and marketing). On completion of this course the student should be able to draw landscape plans, compile specifications, and prepare cost estimates. There are thirty lessons taking around 6-700 hours to complete.

  • Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council
  • Ideal Training to work as a Garden Designer

"If your focus is on design rather than contracting or construction, this or our Diploma in Landscaping are the best options you are likely to find anywhere

Principal: John Mason FIOH, author of Starting a Garden or Landscape Business (Simon & Schuster), designer of over 500 gardens, & parks.

 


More info & enrolment: CERTIFICATE IN GARDEN DESIGN VHT012 »

Home Study Garden Design and Landscaping Course

An ideal course for anyone wanting to work as a landscape contractor, supervisor or landscape gardener.

Ideal for people wanting to either:

  • start their own landscape business, or
  • find employment with someone else in landscaping

This course develops skills in general horticulture, plant identification and use, designing, costing and constructing gardens. 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 landscaping.


More info & enrolment: CERTIFICATE IN HORTICULTURE (LANDSCAPING & GARDEN DESIGN) VHT002 »

Home Study Cottage Garden Design Course

"What is a cottage garden and what are the primary elements"

Learn what a cottage garden is, and how to apply the principles of this concept to garden design and garden renovation. Discover  the History of Cottage Gardens, Planting Design for Cottage Gardens, Features and Components of Cottage Gardens (eg. Arches, furniture, lattice, sundials, barriers and walls) and more.


More info & enrolment: COTTAGE GARDEN DESIGN BHT110 »

Home Study Train to be a Landscaper Distance Learning

This course provides comprehensive training to a professional level for employment as a garden designer, landscape technician, contractor or manager.  Core modules include: Biochemistry, I.T.,  Business Studies, Instructional Skills, Workplace Health & Safety, Horticulture I, Landscaping I, Landscape Construction, Soil Management, Engineering I, Plant Science I, Horticultural Management, Horticultural Marketing.
This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.

More info & enrolment: DIPLOMA (ADVANCED) IN HORTICULTURE - LANDSCAPING VHT009 »

Home Study Landscaping Diploma

Looking for the most comprehensive training you can get as a garden designer.

It's hard to go past this diploma with 2,100 hours of intensive, highly practical learning, guided by a team of 12 expert garden designers and horticulturists from both the UK and Australia. Other colleges offer landscaping diplomas, but few are 2100 hours or more.

This has been designed to be extensive training for an exceptional career a landscape contractor or garden designer.  An experiential learning program incorporating lots of practical experience together with sound training in foundation knowledge required for a successful  and sustained career. Learn to design all types of landscapes, manage projects and to adapt and confront new problems as they arise.

This course has been developed by a team of highly respected, qualified and experienced landscape professionals from the U.K., Spain, Australia, and several other countries.


More info & enrolment: DIPLOMA IN LANDSCAPING -VHT025 »

Distance Learning Garden History Course

An understanding of garden history can provide a wonderful foundation for improving your garden design skills.
 
ACS Student Comment:  The course has been fabulous because it really made me think beyond my own planting ideas. I have particularly enjoyed the research into noted garden writers and considering the legal aspects of conservation for the future.  Melanie Veasey, UK - Garden History Course.

This is a course for not only students of garden design, but also practicing professional designers, and horticulturists who wish to broaden their understanding of gardens across many countries and over the centuries.

Based upon curriculum prepared by the RHS for the Master of Horticulture (This can be taken also as part of that Masters degree), the course has been written by highly qualified garden designers from both the UK and Australia, to present different styles of gardens and demonstrate the evolution of gardens across the world.

 


More info & enrolment: GARDEN HISTORY »
Green Walls and Roofs Course
Learn to develop appropriate and functional roof and vertical gardens, for residential, commercial and public landscapes.  Green walls and roofs are increasingly popular in landscaping and environmental management for various reasons, including:
•Greening areas where there is lack of space for a more extensive garden
•Improving aesthetics of  unsightly places
•Improving the environment (eg. Reduce glare, modify temperature, filter air pollutants, reduce water run off and mitigate flood problems, etc)
•Urban farming –growing crops in an urban area

More info & enrolment: GREEN WALLS AND ROOFS BHT256 »

Home Study Landscape Construction Course

"Study the practicalities of building a garden landscape"

This course develops your knowledge of how to construct or build a landscape - as distinct from designing a landscape. Learn to construct or build a garden the "right" way. This course provides a good grounding for someone entering the landscape industry.


More info & enrolment: LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION BHT111 »

Distance Learning Landscaping Course

" An introduction to the concepts of landscape design"

Student Comment: [The course] gave me an insight into a subject that I have been interested in for a long time. Plus it has helped me in my current job with a local landscape/nursery company. [The structure] was done in a way which was very easy to understand and this helped when you hit a subject which ws hard to get a grip with. All feedback from the tutors was very constructive and helpful. David Painter, Landscaping 1, UK.
Learn to design a garden, and will have a foundation for further studies in specific areas of landscape design, development or management. Learn the principles that underpin all design. See how garden styles have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your understanding of how to use different garden components to create varying affects.

More info & enrolment: LANDSCAPING I BHT109 »

Home Study Landscaping Course

"Study in detail the components of landscape design"

This course can either fine tune the important landscaping skills you acquired upon completion of Landscaping 1, or it can be taken as a self contained study unit. It is equally suited to those already working or looking to work in the industry, or enthusiastic gardeners with good basic landscaping knowledge.

In this course you learn to design and build such things as walls, rockeries, steps, ponds, and paving; and you develop skills to create specific effects in a garden.


More info & enrolment: LANDSCAPING II BHT214 (Landscape Components) »

Train to be a Landscaper at Home

"Investigate the style of different types of gardens"

Learn to apply the principles, design features and elements that make up many types and styles of gardens. This is an outstanding course for even experienced landscape designers, developing skills in developing everything from a formal to an eclectic garden, and a Mediterranean to an oriental landscape.


More info & enrolment: LANDSCAPING III - BHT235 (Themed Gardens) »

 

Home Study Natural Garden Design Course

"Using the natural environment to design gardens"

Create innovative plans for low maintenance natural gardens (bush garden, woodland garden, using either indigenous plants or a mixture of both indigenous and other plants).

 

 


More info & enrolment: NATURAL GARDEN DESIGN BHT215 »

Home Study Ornamental Gardens Course

"Learn the design, construction and maintenance considerations of ornamental gardens"

Develop an in depth understanding of the principles and procedures for all aspects of planning for development of a hard landscape; including: site assessment, plan drawing, plan interpretation, project specification and construction planning.


More info & enrolment: PLANNING LAYOUT AND CONSTRUCTION OF ORNAMENTAL GARDENS BHT242 »

Home Study Plant Selection Course

"Study the selection and maintenance of garden plants"

Develop a firm basis for the selection, establishment and maintenance of a wide range of commonly used garden plants; woody trees and shrubs, hedges and screening plants, alpines, water plants, turf varieties, herbaceous plants etc).


More info & enrolment: PLANT SELECTION AND ESTABLISHMENT - BHT107 »

Distance Learning Playground Design Course

"Learn how to design and construct 'effective' playgrounds"

This course develops a sound understanding of the design and construction of small community parks and playgrounds.  A valuable course for parks managers or designers, .the course covers playground philosophy, design of play structures (for function and safety), materials selection, community participation and park design.

This course was developed by John Mason, author of "The Environment of Play" and former Playground Designer with PRAV. Mr Mason was Australia's representative for the International Play Association in the late 1970's, and has maintained a keen interest in children's playground design since that time.


More info & enrolment: PLAYGROUND DESIGN - BHT216 »

Home Study Restoration of Ornamental Gardens

"The history, design and restoration of ornamental gardens"

Learn to survey, analyse and plan sensitive and appropriate renovation of established gardens, generally of 2 hectares or less in size. This module has been developed and accredited in the UK as an elective in the RHS Diploma in Horticulture.  


More info & enrolment: RESTORING ESTABLISHED ORNAMENTAL GARDENS BHT243 »

WATER GARDENING COURSE - DISTANCE LEARNING - DEVELOP SKILLS IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OF WATER GARDENS

Develop your skills in designing, constructing and maintaining a variety of different types of water gardens (fountains, streams, ponds, waterfalls, etc). Water gardens may be small or large, and when used properly can bring movement, sounds and a character to a garden that cannot be found any other way.


More info & enrolment: WATER GARDENING BHT307 »