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Qualification - Certificate in Plantsmanship

Course CodeVHT033
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours
QualificationCertificate

Develop Your Plant Knowledge 

 
Knowing how to identify and differentiate between the growing needs of plants is the cornerstone of any good horticultural practice.
Most of the worlds leading horticulturists recognise and continually promote this idea; and horticultural employers are often heard complaining that they cannot find staff with good plant knowledge.
 
If you want to progress in the horticultural profession, you need to learn and know a lot about plants, and not just a few -but hundreds if not thousands of cultivars.
 
This course is unique and is squarely focused in building plant knowledge.
 
It is ideal for someone starting out in their career. It is equally valuable for someone attempting to develop and improve their existing career.
 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Plantsmanship.
 Botany I - Plant Physiology And Taxonomy BSC104
 Plant Identification and Knowledge (Horticulture II) BHT102
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 30 modules.
 Acacias VHT114
 African Violets VHT105
 Annuals -for Landscape Display Bedding or Cut Flowers BHT115
 Australian Native Trees VHT115
 Australian Natives I BHT113
 Azaleas And Rhododendrons VHT106
 Cacti And Succulent Culture VHT108
 Carnivorous Plants VHT107
 Eucalypts VHT117
 Fuchsias VHT112
 Geraniums & Pelargoniums VHT113
 Growing Camellias VHT109
 Growing Carnations VHT110
 Growing Grevilleas VHT118
 Growing Iris VHT111
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Australian Natives II BHT225
 Conifers BHT230
 Fruit Production (Temperate Climate) BHT218
 Fruit Production (Warm Climate) BHT217
 Growing Lavender BHT228
 Medicinal Herbs BHT227
 Nut Production BHT219
 Orchid Culture BHT232
 Pasture Management BAG212
 Roses BHT231
 Scented Plants BHT229
 Cut Flower Bulbs BHT317
 Perennials BHT316
 Proteas BHT318
 

Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Plantsmanship is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Recommended Reading

 

Working in Horticulture

by John Mason (Our Principal) -click for details

 

 

 

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Career Opportunities

Study alone can never guarantee career success; but a good education is an important starting point.

Success in a career depends upon many things. A course like this is an excellent starting point because it provides a foundation for continued learning, and the means of understanding and dealing with issues you encounter in the workplace.

When you have completed an ACS course, you will have not only learnt about the subject, but you will have been prompted to start networking with experts in the discipline and shown how to approach problems that confront you in this field.

This and every other industry in today’s world is developing in unforeseen ways; and while that is unsettling for anyone who wants to be guaranteed a particular job at the end of a particular course; for others, this rapidly changing career environment is offering new and exciting opportunities almost every month.

If you want to do the best that you can in this industry, you need to recognise that the opportunities that confront you at the end of a course, are probably different to anything that has even been thought of when you commence a course.



Meet some of our academics

Adriana Fraser Businesswoman, writer, teacher, consultant, horticulturist and sustainable living expert for more than 30 years. Adriana has worked with ACS for over 30 years. She has contributed to dozens of books(including Australia's national Grass Roots Magazine) since the early 1980's and continues to be actively involved as a contributor to Home Grown magazine and other publications. Adriana has a Cert.Child Care., Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert in Assessment and Training., Cert.Hort., Adv.Dip.Hort.
Gavin ColeB.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own landscaping firm. He spent three years working in our Gold Coast office, as a tutor and writer for Your Backyard (gardening magazine) which we produced monthly for a Sydney punlisher between 1999 and 2003. Since then, Gavin has contributed regularly to many magazines, co authored several gardening books and is currently one of the "garden experts" writing regularly for the "green living" magazine "Home Grown".
John Mason Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 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) .


Check out our eBooks

Proteas and their RelativesWonderfully illustrated, this ebook on Proteas is great for a garden enthusiast or professional gardener. Explaining the different varieties of proteas and the ideal growing conditions.
Growing & Knowing AnnualsGet to know your Annual plants better. Learn to identify and grow Annuals with Growing and Knowing Annuals. This ebook has 141 pages and stunning colour pictures and is ideal for home gardeners, students, professional horticulturalists and nurserymen.
Growing ConifersConifers have elegant foliage that comes in an array of colours from blues to yellows, dark to acid greens and variegations. They look great all year round and provide a garden with structure, foundation, formality and elegance, especially in winter when other plants are leafless. This is a comprehensive text covering: growing, propagation, container growing, hedges, topiary, landscaping, uses for food, timber and oils plus a directory that explores 32 conifer genera and hundreds of species. 88 colour photos 80 pages
Climbing PlantsDiscover which climbers to use to hide unsightly walls; how to grow green, flowering boundaries for privacy; and which climbers are the best for growing on the roofs of pergolas, arches and arbours. Chapters cover how plants climb, how to use them, and landscaping. The bulk of the book, however, is given over to an encyclopaedia covering 54 genera and hundreds of species, followed by two separate and more in-depth chapters: one on Bougainvillea and the other Clematis.