The Advanced Diploma in Horticulture (Landscaping) is a diverse qualification which allows you to work across several professional industry sectors.
On completion this course opens your career up to management positions in landscaping, general horticulture and garden design as well as teaching.
Enrol in one of the most comprehensive landscape horticulture courses available. Understand plant science, plant identification, plant care, irrigation, soils and nutrition, horticultural management and all aspects of landscaping and landscape design. Choose electives in fields of interest that will help you to realise your ambitions.
“Not too many courses are this comprehensive! When you complete this course you will understand all the aspects associated with landscaping and design. Most landscaping courses only focus on design - but without the fundamental knowledge of plants and landscape construction a designer cannot truly design a workable garden. This course covers all the design and construction aspects plus botany and horticultural skills enabling you to understand how plants will perform and work for you in your designs.” - Adriana Fraser , Adv.Dip.Hort, Cert.Hort., Adv. Cert. App. Mgt., Cert 1V Assessment and Training., Cert.Child Care., ACS Tutor.
Develop a strong foundation for a career in planing and/or management of landscaping projects.
a/ Compulsory core modules (400 hours)
The following FOUR modules are compulsory: Biochemistry (Plants), Instructional Skills, Business Studies, and Workplace Health and Safety A.
Workplace Health and Safety
b/ Stream Core Modules (800 hours)
800 hours of study in compulsory modules (normally 8 x 100 hour modules):
Horticultural Resource Management
c/ Stream Elective Subjects (600 hours)
600 hours of study in modules (normally 6 X 100 hour modules), selected from the following:
Advanced Permaculture Design
Australian Native Plants I
d/ Optional Electives (200 hours)
Study in modules (normally 2 X 100 hour modules), which can be chosen from any advanced diploma accredited modules, from a wide range of disciplines (excluding Recreation Administration & Management II, II & IV.)
e/ Workplace Oriented Research (200 hours)
Two Research Projects modules must be undertaken to satisfy the 200 hour nominal duration.
f/ Industry Meetings (100 hours)
The student must provide evidence of participation in 100 hours of relevant industry meetings, seminars, workshops, or work experience. Any fees incurred are the responsibility of the student.
g/ Workshops (200 hours)
Two PBL based workshop modules build your practical knowledge and ability to apply what you learn in the real world.
Normally 3 years full time or 5-7 years part time; but may be completed in 1-2 years with extra effort. Total hours - 2500.
HOW THIS COURSE CAN BENEFIT YOU
You will develop the skills and knowledge required to work as a professional landscaper.
This course is different to many others. It is an "experiential based" learning program; designed to get you involved with the horticulture industry as you study. The industry is changing faster than ever; and will continue to change; and for ongoing success you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to recent changes, and ongoing changes as your career moves forward.
Many landscapers have no formal education, but those wishing to make sure they have the right mix of knowledge and practical skill should choose a course that is well respected in industry (for example, does the course provide a solid foundation of basics like plant identification knowledge?). The next consideration is how much will it cost? Opting for a government-recognised course will more often than not mean you will be paying a high price, and that price does not necessarily mean you’ll get the right education. Paying a higher price for education means it will take a lot longer to see a return on your education investment, despite the high average hourly rate. Because ACS Distance Education doesn’t have the high overheads brought on by the high cost of maintaining accreditation, we can pass that saving on to our students with affordable but high quality education.
ACS Distance Education has been delivering horticultural education since the 70’s, and is remains prominent and well regarded in industry circles. All horticulture tutors hold at least a degree, and five years industry experience, but many also additionally bring decades of experience to ACS horticulture students. Tutors take an active interest in students’ plans for their businesses, and can offer practical advice on how to get started in industry.
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