Landscaping Courses

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 An outstanding Landscaping Course from ACS


  • 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.


Design Landscapes to be more people friendly.

  • Discover and learn about the relationship between outdoor environments and human well-being.
  • Learn about considerations of design concepts and the components of the landscape.
  • Understand how to integrate biophilic practices into existing landscapes.




More info & enrolment: BIOPHILIC LANDSCAPING BHT343 »

Garden Design Certificate - a course covering all areas of garden design, development, and maintenance, developed and taught by specialists.

The Certificate in Garden Design covers a wide area of subjects; students will:

  • Gain skills in design, through studies in drawing plans, learning garden and landscape principles, history and styles.
  • Develop knowledge in horticultural practices and management.
  • Understand how to draw and develop plans, compile specifications, estimate costs.

This course has been developed over many years and has been an effective training program for people working, or wishing to work, in the landscape industry.  It is suitable for someone looking to operate their own business, or who may be working at a supervisory level in a business.



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.




Learn the Principles Behind Authentic Cottage Garden Design

These days the best cottage gardens are carefully designed to give a pleasing arrangement of ornamental plants, herbs, vegetables, garden ornaments and accessories.

This is an ideal course for people with an interest in landscape design. Develop the skills to feel confident offering cottage garden design or restoration as part of your landscaping service.

 Study this course and find out what a cottage garden is. Learn 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 (e.g. arches, furniture, lattice, sundials, barriers and walls) and more.




More info & enrolment: COTTAGE GARDEN DESIGN BHT110 »

Train to be a Landscaper 

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.



An exceptionally detailed and extensive course from ACS


  • 2,100 hours of intensive, highly practical learning.
  • Your guides - a team of 12 expert garden designers and horticulturists from both the UK and Australia.
  • 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 »

Discover How Gardens Represent Our Past

Learn more about the history of gardens - An understanding of garden history can provide a wonderful foundation for improving your garden design skills.

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

This 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 BHT329 »
Improve the environment! 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 »

Study the practicalities of building a garden landscape

  • Develop 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 »

An introduction to the concepts of landscape design

Learn the principles that underpin all garden and landscape design and use it to design a garden.

  • Understand how to use different garden components to create varying effects.
  • See how garden styles have evolved over the centuries.
  • The course will provide you with a foundation for further studies in specific areas of landscape design, development or management.

More info & enrolment: LANDSCAPING I BHT109 »

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 stand-alone 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 with a particular focus on plants, and you develop skills to create specific effects in a garden.

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

Investigate Different Styles 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) »

Learn how to use 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).
  • Study the concepts and planning of natural garden design



More info & enrolment: NATURAL GARDEN DESIGN BHT215 »

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.
  • Learn about site assessment, plan drawing, plan interpretation, project specification and construction planning.


Study the selection and maintenance of garden plants

In order to choose appropriate plants for gardens and other landscapes it is important to have a sound knowledge of how plants are affected by the environment such as soil types, nutrients, wind, extremes of weather, altitude and latitude, weed competition, pest and diseases, and so forth.

Study this course to develop a firm basis for the selection, establishment and maintenance of a wide range of commonly used garden plants including woody trees and shrubs, hedges and screening plants, alpines, water plants, turf varieties, and herbaceous plants.



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 »
Study playground design and learn more developing a concept, materials and structures, child psychology, the environment of play, green walls and roofs and landscaping. The course requires around 500 hours of study. Work through the course by distance learning supported by our excellent playground design and development tutors.

Become a water gardening expert with this thorough course on water garden design and care, and water garden usage.

Study three core modules of Water Gardening, Water Conservation and Management and Irrigation in Gardens. Then complete a 200 hour research project - all supported by our excellent landscaping tutors.

More info & enrolment: Proficiency Award in Water Gardening and Garden Water Usage VHT066 »

Learn to Save and Rebuild Old Ornamental Gardens

The original planting design of any garden will commonly change over time. When you are faced with the task of restoring an old garden, it may be a significant challenge to discover and recreate plantings as close to the original design as possible.

Find out how an understanding of garden history and styles can be significant and different ways to access records. Learn to survey, analyse and plan sensitive and appropriate renovation of established 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 »