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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Study Hydroponics in detail - with a reduced course price for a limited time only

  • Understand modern technology and its applications in growing plants.
  • Learn to grow plants commercially in hydroponics.
  • Study different growing systems.
  • Learn about different types of growing media.

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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.


The Certificate In Hydroponics comprises 30 lessons. The lessons for the course are listed below.

  1. Introduction to Hydroponic Technology
  2. Plant Growth Requirements (Light)
  3. Plant Growth Requirements (Nutrition)
  4. Plant Growth Requirements (Temperature)
  5. Hydroponic Growing Systems
  6. Growing Media
  7. Hydroponic Nutrient Solutions
  8. Hydroponic Equipment
  9. Growing Structures
  10. Environmental Control A (Heating/Cooling)
  11. Environmental Control B (Lighting, Shading)
  12. Environmental Control C (Carbon Dioxide Enrichment)
  13. Plant Culture In Hydroponics A
  14. Plant Culture In Hydroponics B
  15. Aggregate Culture
  16. Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) Culture
  17. Rockwool Culture
  18. Other Techniques
  19. Irrigation
  20. Irrigation Systems
  21. Plant Propagation
  22. Market Gardening (Cut Flowers)
  23. Market Gardening (Vegetables)
  24. Other Plants In Hydroponics
  25. Pest and Diseases
  26. Weeds
  27. Managing A Commercial Hydroponics Farm
  28. Management
  29. Marketing
  30. 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.


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.


  • 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." 


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.

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

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Meet some of our academics

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.
John Mason (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Nurseryman, Landscaper, Garden Writer, Parks Manager and Consultant. Over 45 years experience; working in Australia and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 100 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
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.

Check out our eBooks

Commercial HydroponicsThe Commercial Hydroponics ebook is ideal for students, professional horticulturalists and those who want to build a strong foundation knowledge in hydroponics. The commercial hydroponics ebook explains how to set up a commercial hydroponics system, including growing techniques and equipment that you will need. The topics covered in this book include an introduction to hydroponics, site considerations, alternatives, plant nutrition, nutrient film technique culture, rockwool culture, aggregate culture, other techniques, hydroponics equipment, greenhouse operation, plant culture in hydroponics, Vegetable crops, berry and other fruit crops, flower crops, other crops, managing a commercial hydroponic farm and a troubleshooting guide.
Getting Work in HorticultureExplore what it is like to work in horticulture; how diverse this industry is, how to get a start, and how to build a sustainable, long term and diverse career that keeps your options broad, so you can move from sector to sector as demand and fashion changes across your working life.
Organic GardeningFor decades farmers have relied upon chemicals to control pests and diseases in order to produce saleable crops. In the ornamental, vegetable and fruit gardens reliance on chemical controls has also been the mainstay for many gardeners.
Water GardeningThis book is designed to inspire and educate presenting you with a wide range of possibilities and at the same time, raising your awareness and understanding of how water can be used in any size garden to add interest, coolness and life.