ACS Distance Education Newsletter

February 2007 
Inside this Issue:

What's New

Careers Advice

Bookshop News


Affiliates News

New Staff
Survey Question


What's New Up

    • New Handbook available this month
      handbook 2007 ACS Administration is now taking orders for the 2007 handbook. Contact us and we’ll send one out to you as soon as it arrives!
    • New Courses
      • 2005 March Vanuatu John 496
        Associate Diploma in Photography
        Comprised of 15 modules, including Photographic Practice, Photographic lighting, Photoshop, Photo Journalism, and more. Click here for more info.
        Associate Diploma in Equine Studies
        Made up of 15 modules, including Event Management, Equine Behaviour, Animal Breeding, Animal Health, and more. Click here for more info.
        Diploma in Landscaping
        Comprised of 21 modules, this exciting new diploma includes subjects such as Landscape Construction, Playground Design, Project Management, Permaculture Systems, and more. Click here for more info.

Career Advice Up

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FREE advice from highly qualified and experienced industry professionals – yours FREE for the asking.

  • For careers / course advice from Australian based experts, click here to fill out the online form.
  • For more ideas about your career options, take a look at the career profiles on


    Bookshop News Up

    Best Sellers to help your career into top gear… by our Principal John Mason.

    Starting a Garden or Landscape Business
    Starting a Garden or Landscape Business – There are a number of specialised areas within gardening and landscaping that offer expanding business possibilities. John’s latest title tells you how to get started in such a business. Click here for more information.
    Profitable Farming
    Profitable Farming – Profitable Farming shows that for the farmer who is willing to think laterally and has planned ahead, there are many new opportunities for making money from the land. Click here for more information.
    Farm Management
    Farm Management – Farming is rapidly changing. Mechanisation and computerisation are just two things which are having a great impact on the way farms are managed. As new tehnologies develop and world economies merge; the new global community impacts increasingly upon the farmer. For more information, click here.
    Nursery Management
    Nursery Management – The nursery industry is literally a growing industry. It produces billions of plants every year making major contributions to the forestry, vegetable, fruit, landscape, cut flower and parks industries. There will always be a demand for plants and in turn there will always be a need for nurseries. For more information, click here.


    Drought and Rural Industries in Australia – Opportunities Up

    Australian Horticulture and Agriculture have been hurt by several years of extended drought. As a result jobs have disappeared, businesses have shrunk and much of the industry has been reorganized and restructured.
    Despite the doom and gloom being spoken by some, the fact remains that over 10% of Australia’s GDP still comes from agriculture; people still need agricultural produce (unless eating is about to go out of fashion), and with increasing concerns over the environment, the need for plants and landscape work is likely to increase rather than fade away.
    The future actually looks bright for anyone remaining in, or coming into these industries. There are less schools training fewer people; and as the demand starts to turn a corner and increase, it appears we are facing a real shortage of agricultural and horticultural experts in Australia over the next decade.

    Now is the time to train –particularly in higher level courses with a strong science or management component.

    New course available - Water Conservation and Management. For more information click here.

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    Affiliates News Up

    ACS Courses are offered through a network of highly respected affiliate institutions around the world. One of the unique advantages of study with ACS is the mutual recognition of your credentials that flows between these institutions and across international boarders.

    • Warnborough College
      Warnborough’s new web site is now up and running. Check out

      Congratulations to Warnborough on recently achieving ISO Info Security Certification!

      In October, Warnborough College became the first college in the UK to achieve IS027001:2005 certification. IS027001 is the new international standard for an Information Security Management System (ISMS).

      The Pre Med Diploma offered jointly by Warnborough and ACS offers entry into medical degree courses at WHO approved Universities! Warnborough College offers an intensive Pre-Medical Diploma, jointly delivered with ACS, that offers direct entry to several World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised medical universities!
    • Lifestyle Learning Direct
      Congratulations on recently achieving recognition for their Bookkeeping course through the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

      The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers is the largest bookkeeping institute in the world. It promotes and maintains the standards of bookkeeping as a profession, through the establishment of a series of relevant qualifications and the award of grades of membership that recognise academic attainment, working experience and competence.

      See for more details on ICB, and visit Lifestyle Learning Directs site to see their great range of courses:
    • ACSEduAmerica
      This new institution has been established as a new company in New York State, with affiliations to both ACS in Australia and the UK, and AERO (Alternative Education Revolution Network.) See the AERO web site

      ACSeduamerica's web site will be published soon!

      ACSEDUAmerica Web Site


    ACS Welcomes New Staff Up

    Yvonne Sharpe 
    RHS Cert.Hort, Dip.Hort, M.Hort, Cert.Ed., Dip.Mgt.

    Yvonne is an ACS Academic Officer / Tutor, and brings over 30 years of experience in horticulture, education and management to ACS. Yvonne has traveled widely within and beyond Europe, and has worked in many areas of horticulture from garden centres to horticultural therapy. She has served on industry committees and been actively involved with amateur garden clubs for decades. 
    Yvonne Sharpe

    Samira Abbosh B.Computer Eng., M. Multimedia

    Samira joins ACS as an IT and Academic Officer, and has worked for 13 years in software development and IT consulting; both in her own business, and in a range of small and large companies from the Middle East to Australia.
    Samira Abbosh


    Survey Question Up

    The idea of establishing a student loans system has been suggested. We are interested to determine how many people might use such a scheme. If you would be interested, email


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