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PROFICIENCY AWARD IN HARDY TREES VHT250

Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Study Hardy Trees by Distance Learning with this Proficiency Award from ACS.

  • Learn about the classification and characteristics of conifers and deciduous trees.
  • Understand the processes of cultivation, development, and maintenance.
  • Develop skills in the selection and cultivation of trees.
  • Study two Core Modules, plus one Elective Module covering either:

    • Tree physiology and disorders.
    • Or,
    • Environmental systems and the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes.

     

     

     

 

 

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

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Study Tree Classification, Cultivation and Maintenance of Conifers and Deciduous Trees.

  • Learn about the classification and characteristics of conifers and deciduous trees.
  • Understand the processes of cultivation, development, and maintenance.
  • Learn about the uses of trees in the landscape, as well as other purposes such as building.
  • Students will devise processes for tree selection, cultivation, and maintenance.
  • Elective modules enable students to choose between studying the areas of tree physiology and disorders, and environmental systems and the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes.

Trees give a garden a three dimensional structure throughout the year.  They can also give a garden an undeniable age.  However, one of the most important early decisions in the design of a garden is which trees to plant.  There are many variables to consider such as final size, soil-type, and colour of flowers.  If you get this right then your garden will be off to a flying start.  This course focuses on all aspects of the cultivation of big woody plants and is a great addition to the education of anyone who looks after gardens or who works on a large estate.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Course Duration: 500 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Content: Study two core modules and then choose one elective module.

The Core modules cover Conifers and Deciduous Trees.

Then choose one elective from – Arboriculture or Trees For Rehabilitation.

The Proficiency Award In Hardy Trees is then completed with a 200 hour Workplace Project.

Summaries of the Core and Elective Modules are shown below, follow the links in the module titles to access further information on each.  Details of the Workplace Project are given lower down this page.


THE CORE MODULES

 
Conifers BHT230
Conifers are important commercial crops in many parts of the world, providing wood for building, use in medicines in some cultures, materials for crafts, edible nuts, and use as garden plants, and, of course, Christmas Trees.  Through this 8 lesson module, students will learn about the classification of conifers and the general characteristics of this group of plants.  The module looks at the culture of conifers – planting, maintenance, protection from pests, diseases and weather.  There are lessons focusing on different types of conifer – those that grow to larger tree sizes, and small and medium sized shrubs.  The module concludes with lessons looking at the use of conifers and using conifers in landscaping.

Deciduous Trees BHT244
An 11 lesson module which teach students about the classification, propagation, and uses of deciduous trees in the landscape.  The module covers the growing of trees from cuttings, seeds, and grafting, with notes on soils and nutrition of trees.  There are lessons focusing on specific types of deciduous tree – including Acer / Maple, Birch, Ash, Oak, Prunus.  The module is concluded with a Special Project where students will devise a selection method for cultivars of deciduous trees, and then determine those suitable for cultivation in a chosen location.  They will then apply their knowledge of plant establishment techniques and create a 12 month maintenance programme for a selected collection of deciduous trees.



THE ELECTIVE MODULES
Students are to select one of the following modules for study.

Arboriculture I BHT106
This is an 8 lesson module which looks at the cultivation and physiology of trees.  Students will learn about the selection of the right trees to grow in a garden – the variety, the selection of a good specimen of the chosen variety, where to plant it, and how to plant it.  As they work through the course, students will understand about the biology of trees – their physiology, how they grow, photosynthesise, seed, and so on – and will then build upon this knowledge by learning about soil types – including texture, content/nutrition, drainage.  The module also contains lessons which look at the diagnosis of tree problems, pruning of trees, tree surgery, and the equipment used in arboriculture.

Trees For Rehabilitation BHT205

This 10 lesson module is concerned with environmental systems and the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes. Students will learn about seed collection, storage and germination, propagation, plant selection, establishment techniques, and the control of pests and diseases.  Through the module, students will be able to identify types of land degradation, and how land may be rehabilitated and made suitable for the propagation of selected trees.  Relevant practical elements within the module include the requirement for students to prepare schedules, calculate costs, prepare risk assessments, and perform comparisons.



HOW THE COURSE WORKS
You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.

Each of the modules shown on this page are also available to study as individual courses.  Details of the individual courses and prices are given on the pages accessable via the links in the module titles.


HOW THE PROFICIENCY AWARD IS ASSESSED
The Proficiency Award  In Hardy Trees requires 500 hours of study. It is made up of three 100 hour modules and a Workplace Project.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the three 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass three examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.
  3. Complete a Workplace Project.  The project should last around 200 hours.  There are four options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  Don’t worry if you are not sure at this stage, your tutor will be there to help you every step of the way. This includes evidence of work experience or other studies or workshops, a research project or completion of Workshop I.




WHY STUDY HARDY TREES WITH ACS?

  • Quality - our courses are developed and tutored by experienced professionals, with real world experience.
  • Relevant - our courses are relevant to today's world, with teaching that you can apply to real life situations.
  • Independent - ACS were established in 1979 and remain an independent distance learning school, meaning we remain fully focused on the development and teaching of our students.
  • Flexible - our courses can be started at any time and studied at your own pace, and therefore fitted around your existing commitments.
  • Choice - other than offering a wide range of courses in a multitude of disciplines, we provide the options of either online studies or eLearning - you choose the option which best suits you, so you can determine where and when you study.


WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
The Proficiency Award In Hardy Trees will equip students with a wealth of knowledge about the classification, characteristics, cultivation, and maintenance of Conifers and Deciduous Trees and is an ideal course for:

  • Amateurs and professionals.
  • Plant collectors and breeders.
  • Nurserymen.
  • Botanists.
  • Landscapers.
  • Gardeners.
  • Horticulturists.

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Dr Lynette Morgan (Horticulture)Lyn worked with Rivendell Mushroom Farm between 1986 and 88; and then as a research assistant and technician for a few years while undertaking university studies. In 1991 she graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Horticultural Science (Hons) which covered broad horticultural sciences, as well as nursery vegetable and fruit production. Throughout the 90's she worked in both the nursery industry and horticultural crop production, before establishing her own business "Suntec" which has built an exceptional international reputation providing consulting services; particularly in hydroponic crop production. Dr Morgan has a broad expertise in horticulture and crop production, and a keen appreciation of the global scene. She travels widely as a partner in Suntec Horticultural Consultants, and has clients in central America, the USA, Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Diana Cole (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Permaculturist, Landscaper, Environmentalist. Holds a Diploma in Horticulture, degree in geography, permaculture certificate and various other qualifications. Between 1985 and 94, Diana was a task leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Since 2001 she has been chairperson of the Friends of Mellor Park (with Stockport MDC). From 2005 she has worked exclusively in horticulture as proprietor of her own garden design and consultancy business in and around Derbyshire; and at the same time as part time manager of a small garden centre. Diana has been an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor with ACS since 2008.
Yvonne Sharpe (Horticulturist)Started gardening in 1966, studied a series of horticulture qualifications throughout the 1980's and 90's, culminating in an RHS Master of Horticulture. Between 89 and 1994, she worked teaching in horticultural therapy. Founded the West Herts Garden Association in 1990 and exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show in 1991. In 1994, Yvonne joined the staff at Oaklands College, and between 1996 and 2000 was coordinator for all Amenity Horticulture courses at that college. Since leaving Oakland she has been active as a horticultural consultant, retail garden centre proprietor and sessional lecturer (across many colleges in southern England). In 2000, she also completed a Diploma in Management.


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