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Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate

Study Horticulture and Hydroponics in this Advanced Course by Distance Learning

An Advanced qualifiation merging hydropnics and horticultural management. This 900 hour advanced certificate will provide you with detailed knowledge on plant breeding and horticulturally valuable crops, such as vegetables and cut flowers, whilst also providing detailed knowledge on the business and management skills required to make a success of a horticultural technology business. Learn more about supervision and management of staff and horticultural businesses.




Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED MANAGEMENT (HORTICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY) VBS001
Stream Modules
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 1 of the following 3 modules.

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Hydroponics and Horticultural Technology Course - Online Course

Hydroponics was obscure and almost unheard of until the late 20th century.

Today it is a significant and expanding sector of the horticulture industry; offering lucrative opportunities in many branches of production horticulture. Hydroponic farming can be costly to set up; but it can also be conducted in places where other horticultural options are difficult; and it has the potential to provide much higher returns per acre than any other form of horticulture.

Comment from a Student -"Horticultural management and hydroponics"" Having completed the Advanced Hydroponics Course, I have since gone on to open my own successful hydroponics retail shop, now in it's third year of trading"  - Ted

In Summary Hydroponics involves:

  • Less land but more produce per acre
  • More technology, more equipment, but less water, less need for chemical pest control and less waste products
  • Growing plants for more of the year; but a need to watch your plants more closely
  • Growing without soil means you can grow in cities, in otherwise unusable areas -and often closer to the end user (which means less transport costs)

Duration – 900 Hours, self pace learning

The course is studied by distance learning and you can start at any time to suit you.

This Advanced Certificate involves three areas of work:

  • CORE STUDIES - four units of compulsory subjects for all students.
  • ELECTIVE STUDIES - three stream units for the development of knowledge in the chosen specialisation or industry sector.
  • PROJECT - a "management in the workplace project" of 200 hrs involving approved work experience in a small business. The project specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study.

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Meet some of our academics

Marie Beerman B.Sc.,M.Hort.Marie has been involved in horticulture since 2003. She completed a Masters degree in Horticulture at Hannover University in Germany in 2007, and has worked with ACS since 2011 She has co-authored of several ebooks including one on Roses and has a very sound knowledge and experience with horticultural science and research ranging from plant taxonomy and plant breeding to pest, disease and soil management.,
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. Lynette MorganBroad expertise in horticulture and crop production. She travels widely as a partner in Suntec Horticultural Consultants, and has clients in central America, the USA, Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
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 & Using Capsicums & ChilliesDiscover the ideal growing conditions for the plants that will see you producing healthy plants and bumper crops. Learn to identify different varieties of chillies and capsicums and cook some great recipes with the fruit.
Aquaponics eBookThe Aquaponics ebook will give you a great understanding of how to start your own aquaponics production. This 65 page ebook provides you with enough information to start your own home production and even manage issues as they arise. This is a great way to become more self-sufficient and produce a sustainable food source for your own household. Aquaponic farming allows individual families to grow a much wider range of produce, in a much smaller space. They can provide the protein needed for their diet (from fish), as well as the vegetables and fruit they need. Aquaponic systems can be as small as a few cubic meters; or as large as many acres. They are an ideal way of improving productivity on a hobby farm; can be used by restaurants to produce the freshest produce on site, or established inside buildings, in big cities, for urban farming.
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.
Plant Pests & DiseasesAre you one of those people that kill every plant you touch? Perhaps it's not you. Perhaps it's a pest or disease. A little bit of reading might just turn your garden into an oasis. Learn how to identify pests and diseases and bring the spring back into your plant...visit the bookshop to find out more...