Professional training in Hydroponics - a highly detailed course now available at a special price
- Learn to grow hundreds of different plants in hydroponics.
- Learn about different systems, equipment, nutrients and their applications.
- Learn about disease and pest control.
- Gain an understanding of the hydroponic industry, including equipment and services.
- Explore business and work opportunities.
- Start at any time - self-paced studies mean you decide when and where you study - learn with full tutor support from our experts.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
The Certificate In Hydroponics comprises 30 lessons. The lessons for the course are listed below.
- Introduction to Hydroponic Technology
- Plant Growth Requirements (Light)
- Plant Growth Requirements (Nutrition)
- Plant Growth Requirements (Temperature)
- Hydroponic Growing Systems
- Growing Media
- Hydroponic Nutrient Solutions
- Hydroponic Equipment
- Growing Structures
- Environmental Control A (Heating/Cooling)
- Environmental Control B (Lighting, Shading)
- Environmental Control C (Carbon Dioxide Enrichment)
- Plant Culture In Hydroponics A
- Plant Culture In Hydroponics B
- Aggregate Culture
- Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) Culture
- Rockwool Culture
- Other Techniques
- Irrigation Systems
- Plant Propagation
- Market Gardening (Cut Flowers)
- Market Gardening (Vegetables)
- Other Plants In Hydroponics
- Pest and Diseases
- Managing A Commercial Hydroponics Farm
- Special Project - Prepare a detailed report of at least 2,000 words, plus photos or diagrams, on a particular aspect of technology which you have studied that significantly assists growing.
- Discuss the range and scope of hydroponics.
- Explain the role of light in plant growth and ways to provide it.
- Identify the nutritional requirements of plants and how these can be met hydroponically.
- Discuss the effects of temperature and plan growing strategies for different temperature conditions.
- Design and conduct a trial to evaluate the commercial prospect of growing a chosen hydroponic crop.
- Identify different hydroponics systems and evaluate their qualities.
- Investigate the varieties and properties of different growing media.
- Identify nutrient requirements for different situations and describe solutions that will provide them.
- Describe and explain the used of the equipment used in main hydroponics systems.
- Compare and select growing structures for different growing situations.
- Explain the role of heat and light control and methods of achieving them.
- Determine different hydroponics practices, including careful planning of crop production.
- Explain benefits and manipulation of carbon dioxide to promote plant growth.
- Describe methods of aggregate culture.
- Describe the uses and applications of NFT.
- Understand the uses of rockwool in hydroponics.
- Explain the properties of soil and their behaviour when irrigated.
- Describe other techniques of hydroponic growing, including aeroponics.
- Explain various methods of propagating plants.
- Identify and describe the components and design of various irrigation systems.
- Describe the range of commercial plants produced hydroponically.
- Identify potential pests and diseases, and describe method to control them.
- Describe methods of hydroponically producing cut flowers for the cut flower market.
- Describe methods of hydroponically producing vegetables for the market.
- Discuss a range of cultural practices for hydroponics.
- Outline key strategies for managing a business and effective supervision.
- Identify marketing and market research strategies relevant to your business.
- Use your knowledge of hydroponics and business to carry out.
WHAT IS HYDROPONICS?
Hydroponics can simply be said to be the process used to grow plants without soil. It literally means ‘working water’. The grower is taking ‘control’ of the plant's root environment, and losing the benefit of 'mother nature's' finely-tuned mechanisms which normally control that part of the plant's environment. A hydroponic grower provides the optimal levels of food and water that plants need for growth in the form of nutrient solutions. They can also control the environment in a variety of ways to influence plant growth, such as by providing artificial light, humidity, or by manipulating temperatures.
- It is a more controlled way of growing plants - the grower provides an environment most suitable to growing the crop.
- It is an efficient approach to growing, using less water, which, in addition, can also be recycled.
- It makes efficient use of land, providing higher yields per square metre.
- If using a closed system - waste products do not escape into the environment.
WHY STUDY WITH ACS
- Our courses are written and taught by experienced professionals - our Principal, John Mason is the bestselling author of Commercial Hydroponics - so you know you will receive high quality teaching and support.
- Our courses and study are flexible - you can start at any time, and you decide when and where you study; fitting your studies around your own busy lifestyle.
" Having completed the Advanced Hydroponics Course, I have since gone on to open my own successful hydroponics retail shop, now in it's third year of trading."
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR YOUR CAREER OR BUSINESS
The Certificate In Hydroponics offers detailed, high quality studies, covering all areas of Hydroponics. It will provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of hydroponic production, management, and marketing.
The course can be started at any time.
If you are thinking of studying Hydroponics, but are not sure if this is the right course for you, or you would like to know more about the course, please get in touch with our expert Hydroponic tutors today. They will be able to explain the composition of the course in more detail, and will discuss the course options we have available to suit your goals.