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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Learn about Orchids - be conversant with the production and evaluation of plants and cropping systems.

  • Understand the plant naming and classification systems.
  • Gain an insight into the appropriate way to grow a range of different orchid species.
  • Learn about greenhouse management.
  • Study commercial and marketing techniques.
  • Study and advance your own career or gain the knowledge to set up your own business.









Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the PROFICIENCY AWARD IN ORCHIDS VHT046
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 1 of the following 2 modules.

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Study the Proficiency Award In Orchids and become an Orchid expert!

  • Learn more about orchid culture and cut flower orchids.
  • Then choose to study more about cut flower bulbs or Crops.
  • Increase your job and career prospects in the horticultural industry by becoming an expert in orchids.  
  • This could lead you to work in a variety of fields, such as garden centres, horticultural journalism and so on.
  • Improve your knowledge of how to grow and care for these beautiful flowers.
  • Course Duration: 500 hours of self paced study.  Start at any time, study when and where you want to.

You can start studying the Proficiency Award in Orchids at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, online or by eLearning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home or wherever you choose. 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.

Why Should You Study This Course?
This course offers you the opportunity to increase your knowledge of orchid care and production and use that knowledge to improve your job and career prospects.

  • Gain a good foundation knowledge in the different types of cropping.
  • Understand good horticultural practices and environmental requirements for a wide variety of crops.
  • Advance your own career, or learn to produce and market your own crop.
  • Become an orchid expert.

So why delay? Enrol today!

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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.
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.

Check out our eBooks

Growing & Knowing Flowering BulbsContaining 187 pages of great facts on growing bulbs and stunning colour pictures, the Growing and Knowing Flowering Bulbs ebook is an essential read for students, professional horticulturalists, hobby gardeners and anyone who is interested in knowing more about flowering bulbs.
Growing and Knowing NutsDiscover the many different varieties of nuts that you many not have ever heard of. Learn unique ways of using nuts and cooking with nuts.
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.
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.