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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Study irrigation and irrigation managment with this 500 hour course.

  • Learn about irrigation and irrigation management in different applications to suit your area of interest - agriculture and horticulture.
  • Develop a sound knowledge of irrigation systems and practices.
  • Apply your knowledge to improve your business or career prospects.






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Become an irrigation professional.

This 500 hour course enables you to develop a solid foundation of knowledge about irrigation in horticultural and agricultural applications.

This course is suitable for students looking to:

  • Work in the field of irrigation - in horticulture, agriculture or crop production.
  • Become professional consultants in irrigation.
  • Learn more about effective and successful irrigation and apply their knowledge to their existing work or business.


Course Duration: 500 hours.

Start Date:
Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

The course comprises three Core Modules, as summarised below, followed by a Workplace Project.

1. Students are to select one of the following:

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.

Irrigation - Horticulture 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 (Agriculture) 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.

2. Followed by:

Irrigation Management (Agriculture) 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.


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.

3. Students will then complete a 200 hour Workplace Project.


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.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.


The Proficiency Award In Irrigation 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.



  • Our courses are written and taught by experienced professionals, so you know you can expect a high quality of teaching and support.
  • You can start the course at any time and study at your own pace.
  • Fit your studies around your own busy lifestyle - we provide full tutor support for all the time you are studying.
  • Study where you want to - the choice of online studies or eLearning (USB stick) offer you the flexibility to choose where and when you will study.


Being an irrigation expert could be your next step in expanding and improving your career.  Improve your job and career prospects in your existing job by being an expert in irrigation or set up your own business consulting with others on their irrigation needs.

If this sounds like you, then why delay? Enrol today.



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Meet some of our academics

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.
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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