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Duration (approx) 1000 hours
Qualification Foundation Diploma

Study this irrigation management course and learn about irrigation in different industries. Study the management of projects and irrigation systems.

  • Go beyond studies in irrigation and add water conservation, operations and project management to your skill set.
  • Study to further your career prospects as an employee, consultant or business owner.
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Become an expert in irrigation systems and management with this distance learning course.

Fulfill your ambitions and move your career forward -

  • Study the Foundation Diploma In Irrigation Management to learn about and understand the use of irrigation in different industries.
  • Understand the management of irrigation systems.
  • Learn about water conservation and management.
  • Learn about the management of operations and projects.

Course Duration: 1000 hours of self paced study.



The Foundation Diploma comprises 10 Core Modules as follows:

1. One of the following three foundation subjects in irrigation:

 Irrigation - Gardens BHT210

 A 10 lesson module, concerned with watering in established gardens.  Students will learn about estimating the water needs of different plants, along with soil characteristics and related problems, and drainage.  Students will then look at the different types of systems and determining the most suitable types of systems and their specifications.

 Irrigation (Agricultural) BAG213

This is a 10 lesson module.  Students will learn about the objectives of irrigation and potential problems associate 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.

2. One of the following two Irrigation Management Subjects:

 Irrigation Management (Horticulture) BHT305

This is an 8 lesson module looking at larger scale irrigation systems.  It includes lessons on drainage and measuring water usage but also considers the aspects of water wastage and recycling water.  Students will consider the design, control and management of irrigation systems as well as looking at the delivery of fertilizers, and soil amendments through an irrigation system.  In addition to evaluating the design of a large scale system, students will learn how to design a large scale system including considerations of water use and drainage.

 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.

3.The following eight modules

Soil Management

The type and mature of soil has a hige impact upon irrigation. To understand irrigation, you must understand soil.


Understand atmospheric conditions, which caused by factors such as temperature, wind, air pressure and water vapour; all of which impact on patterns and quantity of rainfall

 Water Conservation and Management BEN302

This 10 lesson module is highly relevant to those studying irrigation; providing adequate water to crops and the like is crucial to their healthy survival, but understanding more about water itself is equally important.  The module looks at sources of water, how to store water, re-use it and conserve it.  Being able to use natural water supplies or recycled water will form part of the designs and schedules for an irrigation system.

 Hydroponics I BHT224

This 10 lesson module provides a sound introduction to Hydroponics – growing plants in a closed system and without soil.  Over the last few decades it has seen significant take up in the commercial sector due to potential high yields and the fact that being a closed system means environmental and pest/disease controls are much easier to implement and maintain.  Added to this, Hydroponic farming offers a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way of producing crops (compared with traditional methods of horticulture).  Serving as an introduction to Hydroponics, the module is broadly based with lessons including the global industry and comparisons with traditional growing methods, the design and management of Hydroponic systems, and plant culture.  The module is completed with a special assignment where the student will plan a Hydroponic enterprise.

The Foundation Diploma In Irrigation Management seeks to provide students with a deep level of knowledge enabling them to effectively operate in a management capacity within an irrigation related field.  Having specifically studied irrigation, water conservation, and Hydroponics up to this point, the last 3 modules of the qualification concentrate on the management element. 

 Operations Management VBS201

Operations Management is a 9 lesson module which is concerned with the overall management of a business – strategic planning and management, the management of information, business control systems, and marketing.  The module teaches students to consider the economic environment within which a business operates, and how a business can effectively develop and operate.  This takes into account not only external factors, but also by ensuring that proper systems and controls are in place to maintain planned implementation of development strategies and the correct daily operation of the business.

 Project Management BBS201

The Project Management module comprises 9 lessons.  In order to develop a business, or operate within a contractual environment, managers need to possess the skillset that enables them to introduce and manage projects of change.  The module covers key areas which include the identification and planning of projects, and the strategy for the implementation of projects.  The lessons will impart the knowledge for students to develop their leadership and personnel skills, considering the different types of leadership skills as well as looking at how conflicts and problems may be effectively resolved.  The module is concluded with a special assignment where the student will develop a full suite of documentation for a planned project.

 Professional Practice For Consultants BBS301

Professional Practice For Consultants is an 8 lesson module.  This looks at the practicalities of setting up of a consultancy practice.  You will need to be aware of market conditions and the legal and resource requirements for setting up a practice.  Being a consultant offers the opportunity to utilise your knowledge and experience in business which you can then use to share with others and develop their businesses, with an appropriate financial return to you.  The module includes lessons which look at the sustainability and maintenance of a consultancy.

Workshop I

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.

To complete the course -

There is an assignment at the end of each lesson. So if there are ten lessons in a course, there will be ten assignments.

At the end of each module, there is also an examination which you can take at a time and location to suit you.

To pass the course you are required to pass all assignments and exams.

Each of the modules mentioned can also be studied as a standalone course if you prefer.



  • Learn extensively about the use of irrigation and irrigation systems in different applications and industries - a broad understanding provides a depth of knowledge that will better help in managing systems and resolving issues.
  • Suitable for those looking to work on irrigation systems in a variety of applications - including golf courses, professionally maintained gardens, nurseries, or agriculture.



  • Promotion? You will have a greater span of knowledge than colleagues - this will be beneficial in your career development.
  • What could this course lead to? Be a project manager, or start your own consultancy.
  • You want to be a manager of operations or special projects, to succeed you will need passion, persistence and a willingness to do whatever it takes.
    If this describes you, studying with us will help you to get a start.

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Meet some of our academics

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.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
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.

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