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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Study Irrigation Management in Agriculture to improve the use and effectiveness of irrigation with this specialist course.

  • Learn about optimising water use.
  • Learn effective irrigation management
  • Evaluate and determine different irrigation systems.
  • A detailed specialist course concerned with developing a student's knowledge of irrigation systems and practices, with a particular focus on crop irrigation.

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Study Irrigation Management in Agriculture with this specialist course.

  • Learn about optimising the efficiency of water use in agriculture.
  • Learn about soils - their characteristics and how to improve them.
  • Develop an understanding of irrigation systems to be able to compile, analyse and evaluate data.
  • Learn about evaluating a site and determining when to irrigate.
  • Learn about water drainage and how to manage water conservation - recycling, re-use or disposal.
  • Understand about procedures for and the maintenance of water quality.
  • Learn about the components of different irrigation systems.
  • Learn about the design, installation, maintenance, operation and evaluation of irrigation systems.

The optimum use of water is vitally important in any commercial operation where plants are being grown for sale.  The quality of the water, the amount applied, and the timing of that application are determined not only by the crop but by the time of year.  Irrigation equipment can now be very sophisticated with computer-controlled application.  Furthermore, irrigation water can also be exploited as a means to apply fertilisers at carefully controlled rate.  In short this course is a must for anyone who is growing crops commercially on an agricultural scale.


  • The Proficiency Award in Irrigation Management with Specialism in Agriculture comprises 3 Core Modules plus a 200 hour Workplace Project.
  • The course duration is approximately 500 hours of study.
  • The course is available to study online or by eLearning and can be started at any time.
  • Work with industry experts. Our tutors are there to help you throughout the course - marking assignments and answering any questions.


Irrigation Management (Agricultural) BAG303
This 8 lesson module looks at irrigation in agricultural applications.  The module considers the efficiency of water use and wastage, including elements such as evaporation, run off and over spray, with particular reference to scheduling and evaluation of rainfall statistics and evaluation of soil characteristics.  Students will evaluate and consider recommendations for an existing irrigation system as well as preparing plans and costings for an irrigation system.

Irrigation (Agricultural) BAG213
This is a 10 lesson module.  Students will learn about the objectives of irrigation and potential problems associated with it.  The module looks at soil types, suitability and properties, and how soil may be improved.  As well as irrigation, the module covers drainage, including how drainage may be improved.   Students will look at the design, operation and management of irrigation systems in agricultural applications.

Irrigating Crops BHT304
This is a 10 lesson module.  As with our other irrigation modules, this module looks at soils and different irrigation systems, but with a specific focus on practical application and the watering of crops.  The module includes lessons on all areas of water handling, including drainage.  The module is completed with the student designing and operating an irrigation system for crops.


You are also required to complete a 200 hour workplace project.

The Proficiency Award in Irrigation Management with Specialism in Agriculture requires the completion of a workplace project lasting 200 hours.

There are 4 options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  The options will be different dependent upon whether or not you currently work within the industry. The project can be work experience, voluntary experience, a project you carry out, other training you have already undertaken and there are other options. Don’t worry if you are not sure how to proceed at this stage, as your tutor will be there to discuss how to proceed and help you every step of the way.



The Proficiency Award 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 This Course?

This course -

  • Provides a detailed knowledge of irrigation management, specialising in agriculture
  • Can be studied at any time to suit you. The course is self-paced, so we do not set deadlines.
  • You can start the course when suits you.
  • Is studied by online or distance learning.
  • Is useful for anyone wanting to learning more about irrigation, focussing specifically on irrigation.

Who Should Study This Course?

  • farmers
  • farm staff
  • smallholders
  • anyone wanting to develop or improve their knoweldge of irrigation

Study this course if you would like to gain detailed and thorough knowledge of irrigation management in agriculture.

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Meet some of our academics

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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