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Amenity Horticulture I BHT324

What is Amenity Horticulture? What are the opportunities if I study amenity horticulture?

Amenity horticulture covers diverse sectors in the horticulture industry and because of this studying amenity horticulture is beneficial to anyone working or wanting to work in the industry (irrelevant of the sector).
Learn to manage gardens, parks and other forms of amenity horticulture.
Major sectors within the amenity horticulture industry typically include the following:
  • Arboriculture
  • Landscape industry
  • Parks and gardens
  • Turf management
  • Nurseries – retail and wholesale
  • Interior landscaping
  • Floriculture
As an amenity horticulturist, you will promote and implement strategies that conserve soil, water, air and biodiversity for the benefit of future generations, whether you work in backyard gardens to those or in the management of national parks covering thousands of hectares. This course will develop your ability to establish and manage sites responsibly and with sensitive consideration of both human and environment requirements.
Understand Amenity horticulture

“This is the place to start for anyone with an interest in amenity horticulture or who wishes to understand the industry. Graduates will develop knowledge of the industry at both a global and local level of the different sectors of the industry and become familiar with responsible environmental management strategies of natural and created landscapes.” Gavin Cole - B.Science, Psych. Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA - ACS Tutor.


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Arboriculture I BHT106

Learn to Grow, Manage, Repair and Assess Trees

This course is not only for the arborist - it is relevant to anyone working in the horticulture or environmental  industries.
Knowledge of trees helps many people do their job properly including:
  • Arborists
  • Gardeners
  • Tree technicians
  • Council workers/contractors
  • Environmentalists
  • Those doing environmental reports
  • Those assessing sites or specified trees during development work
  • Those working in re-vegetation
  • Those working in rehabilitation of sites e.g. farms, mining areas, reafforestation etc.
  • Those assessing trees for public safety
Study Arboriculture online
Be guided by a team of highly qualified and experienced horticulturists led by John Mason, FIOH, FPLA, Horticulturist for 40 yrs, author of 45 books

This course develops your skills and understanding in diagnosis and treatment of tree disorders, whether pests, diseases, nutritional or water problems, or something else. You learn about the standard tree surgery practices, to prune and train both young and established trees, and safety measures to follow.

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Arboriculture II BHT208

Learn More about Growing, Managing and Assessing Trees

  • Further your career in arboriculture or more broadly, horticulture
  • Start an arboriculture business, become a consultant or a tree assessor
  • Improve your capacity to identify trees and determine treatments for their care and maintenance
  • Work in the environmental industry using your knowledge of trees to advise on retention or rehabilitation.

“This course provides graduates with more in-depth knowledge than Arboriculture I  focussing on such topics as transplanting techniques, environmental control, environmental tolerance, and strengthening techniques, as well as felling and stump removal. The course culminates with a lesson on establishing and designing a tree plantation geared at the serious professional.” - Gavin Cole B.Sc., Psych.Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA, ACS Tutor

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Aromatherapy VHT104

Use Herbs for Physical and Psychological well-being

Learn what Herbs can be Used for Aromatherapy, and How they are used

A great course for anyone wishing to learn more about the safe use of aromatherapy essential oils for healing and relaxation. This course provides an introduction to the safe use of Aromatherapy oils. Essential oils are the backbone of Aromatherapy. Their effectiveness is dependent on their safe and proper use, as well as on the quality of the oil used. Oils work in a more subtle way than many commercially prepared products and in many situations are more suitable for preventative treatment rather than cure.

This course is ideal for those:
  • Wanting to become and aromatherapist
  • Already working in alternative medicine
  • Those working in the health food industry
  • The enthusiast just wanting to know more about aromatherapy

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Australian Native Trees VHT115

casuarinaLearn about different Australian trees
Learn to Identify Australian Native Trees
Learn to Propagate Australian Native Trees
This Australian Native Trees course covers:
Plant identification, information sources, planting, feeding, soils, pests and diseases, watering, propagation and transplanting. The course deals with selected varieties of trees, windbreak planting, agroforestry, tree maintenance and tree selection.  This course could be a valuable training program for people working in plant nurseries, land management (forests, parks, farms);  carbon trading/environmental repair, or any other area of horticulture.
A course for:
      -Land Managers
      -Environmental Managers
      -Forest Workers
Or any one with a passion for Australian native trees.

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Australian Natives I BHT113

Study Australian Native Plants
Learn to Identify and Grow Australian Plants anywhere in the World.  
Australia has one of the oldest and most diverse varieties of plants of any country. Australian natives come from tropical areas to cold temperate snow covered mountains, and from inland deserts to fertile wet rainforests. Develop your ability to identify, select, cultivate and plan a management program, for appropriate varieties of Australian native plants, in a wide variety of situations. This course is relevant to any part of Australia, and equally to most other parts of the world.
  • Work with Australian natives in a nursery
  • Work on an Australian native flower farm
  • Use Australian native in a landscape business or garden
  • Start your own Australian natives business or enhance your career opportunities working for someone else
  • Work in public parks and gardens
  • Work in environmental rehabilitation
Purchase our Principal's New Book: Growing Australian Natives by John Mason publisher: Kangaroo Press. It covers over 2000 plants, plus chapters on culture, landscaping, propagation etc.) 252 pages for only $29.95  available at bookshops or click here for mail order

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Australian Natives II BHT225


Suited to those:

  • Wanting to extend their knowledge of Australian native plants (a good follow on course to Australian Natives 1)
  • Working in Australian Native Plant nurseries
  • Wanting to set up a business using Australian native plants
  • Working in re-vegetation
  • The Australian Native enthusiast
  • Those working in Conservation and Management of Australian National Parks and Gardens
Comment from one of our Australian Natives II students:

"The plant recognition assignments were challenging and a great help for the future" D. Sydenham

This course deals with both woody (hard wooded) and herbaceous (soft wooded), low growing Australian Native Plants, which bear showy wild flowers.
  • Learn about Australia's beautiful wild flowers including cultivation and commercial applications.
  • Develop your ability to identify, select, cultivate and explain commercial applications for appropriate varieties of low growing Australian native flowering plants in a variety of situations.

Comment from one of our Australian Natives II students:
"The plant recognition assignments were challenging and a great help for the future" D. Sydenham

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Bonsai BHT320

Learn about Bonsai and Grow your own Bonsai 

  • Set up a nursery
  • Extend your hobby

Learn the ancient art of bonsai in this practical and comprehensive course.  You will cover selection of plants suited to bonsai, understanding the history and classic shapes which form the basis of the art, techniques of planting, training, pruning, watering & feeding and ways of using bonsai both indoors and outdoors. During the course you will have the opportunity to develop your own personal bonsai style and techniques with the support of your tutor.

  • 100hr self-paced course
  • Suitable for passionate hobbyists through to bonsai nursery operators

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Bush Tucker Plants BHT328

Australian Bush Tucker Plants

Learn about identifying, growing and using Australian indigenous plants for food.
This is a growing industry - there is a mounting interest currently in using Australian bush tucker plants in restaurants, cafes and in preserves.
Use the knowledge gained from this course to:
  • Promote Australian native plant foods
  • Introduce bush tucker food into a restaurant or cafe
  • Produce preserves or other foods using native bush tucker plants
  • Teach others about bush tucker plants

There are many Australian plants that are edible, and even some that are in very high demand as foods throughout the world. The Aborigines lived off the land before white civilization came to Australia. Plants contributed significantly to their diet.

There are many different types of bush tucker foods:

  • Nuts and seeds (eg. Acacia, Macadamia, bunya nuts)
  • Drinks (eg. hot teas, infusions of nectar laden flowers, fruit juices)
  • Flavourings (eg. lemon scented myrtle)
  • Berries (eg. Astroloma, some Solanum species)
  • Fruits (eg. quandong, Ficus macrophylla, Syzygium)
  • Vegetables
  • Wattle seeds ground to produce ‘flour’
  • Plant roots ground to produce a paste or flour.

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Certificate in Garden Maintenance Services (VHT036)

Become your own boss in the gardening industry!

Do you want to own and operate a garden maintenance business or maybe you are thinking about becoming a franchisee of an established business? You will learn everything you need to know to start and run a business in gardening ...

Gardening can be a lucrative business once you have established your client base and developed business connections... you can do that by carrying out excellent customer service skills and making gardens beautiful...

Learn from our horticulture experts with over 30 years experience in this industry!

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Certificate in Horticulture - VHT002

Want to be a Horticulturist?

Become an Exceptional Horticulturist!
  • Learn to identify hundreds of plants
  • Discover what makes plants thrive or die
  • Build contacts within the industry that will help a business or career grow
  • Be guided by a team of highly qualified and internationally respected professional horticulturists

ACS Student Comment: "Yes, [the course is a valuable learning experience] the reading is informative, the assignments are practical and the feedback is great. I find the assignments challenging and a lot of work to do properly, which is great. Overall, really enjoying the learning experience." Penelope Parsons, Australia, Certificate in Horticulture course.

The Certificate in Horticulture (VTHT002) is a vocationally orientated course providing specialised training for employment in the horticultural industry.

The core (50%) of this course provides a broad based  foundation in all areas of horticulture, with particular emphasis on taxonomy (plant identification); but also covering culture, soils, nutrition, pruning, propagation, landscaping, crops, turf, arboriculture and more.
Following these broad-based core studies you have the opportunity to choose a stream or specialisation to develop more focused knowledge in the second half of the course.
Accredited by the International Accreditation & Recognition Council.
This course has been the starting point for hundreds of successful horticulturists now working in industry across Australia, the UK and beyond.

This course has two parts. The first half (Core) may be studied on line. The second half (you choose a specialist stream) may or may not be taken on line depending upon the stream you select. 

This has been the most popular starting point for horticultural training since the early 1990's. The course is reviewed and updated twice annually. Feedback from graduates is overwhelming -the most common comments being
  • "practical" and "hands on" the course is, and
  • .... how much one on one support they have received from the tutors.
If you want a career in horticulture, this is one of the best starting points you will find!

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Cutting Propagation BHT211

Learn to efficiently propagate a wide variety of plants by cuttings.

This course lays the foundation for a career as a professional propagator; or to start your own production nursery.
This course is great for those that:
  • Work in a nursery
  • Have an interest in propagation
  • Are looking to improve skills in taking cuttings
 ACS student comment: "[The course] is teaching me a lot about propagation that I did not know. Your courses are very good, easy to understand, full of lots of valuable information. My tutor is very good, fair and always there if needed." Pauline Ross, Australia - Cutting Propagation course.

Propagation is a particularly valued skill in today's nursery industry, and while no course alone is going to make you into an exceptional propagator, this training provides a necessary foundation needed to build these skills.

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Deciduous Trees BHT244


  • Learn about the major deciduous tree groups
  • Become an expert on deciduous trees
  • Save time and money by home study
  • Extend your knowledge and confidence
  • Save money by making the right choices - choose plants that are right.
This Deciduous Trees Course is suitable for:
  • Horticulturists
  • Arborists
  • People working in public parks and gardens
  • People working as gardeners in private estates
  • Those wanting to extend their knowledge in amenity horticulture
  • Those wanting to create more energy efficient homes by using deciduous trees to keep out summer sun and allow in the winter sun.

Not only are deciduous trees beautiful, but they play an important role in providing summer shade and winter sun.

Deciduous Trees are widely planted in both hemispheres. They are very important for both amenity horticulture and forestry. This course is a great foundation study for new or experienced horticulturists, landscapers, arborists, nursery workers, gardeners, parks managers; or anyone else concerned with the selection, propagation, care, maintenance or harvesting of deciduous trees.

8 Lessons each with a set task, 8 assignments.

There is such a range of uses for these beautiful additions to a garden, and this detailed course provides specialist knowledge. The course will provide specialised information on these trees; which arms you with a great resource, either for your own garden, or others’ gardens.

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Diploma - Associate Diploma in Horticulture VHT005

Associate Diploma in Horticulture (formerly RHS Diploma in Horticulture).
Set yourself apart as a professional horticulturist
This course:
  • Operated for several years as the RHS Diploma in Horticulture (NB: RHS replaced this with shorter diplomas -in order to align with reduced standards adopted by the UK government -we still offer the course though, because it is too good to not be offered).

  • Taught by leading horticulturists from across Australia and the U.K.

  • Graduates will have a set of knowledge and skills that will set them apart as an exceptional horticulturist; and guarantee an opportunity to forge a career as a leader in this industry.

Prerequisites: Anyone enrolling in this diploma is assumed to have first completed either: The RHS General Certificate in Horticulture, RHS Certificate 2,  Certificate in Horticulture (VHT002)or an equivalent qualification (containing sound, extensive broad based studies in horticulture including relevant science and extensive plant identification).

Requirements to Receive the Qualification
Awarded upon successful completion of exams in all modules
Theory exams may be undertaken across the world.

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Diploma in Horticultural Science VHT027

Be a Plant Science Professional:
  • Work in plant science research
  • Work as a plant science teacher
  • Work as a horticultural consultant
This is a serious professional qualification, equivalent to 2 to 3 years of full time study. Because it is self paced, you may work harder and fast track your studies; or if time is limited, spread your study over as many years as is needed.

ACS Student Comment:  "I have found the course to be interesting and challenging, with great learning materials that really make you research the industry and get involved. It has been a great way to study because it has allowed me to work in the industry and study at the same time. I have found the online resources to be fantastic, the tutors feedback constructive and the fact that assignments can be submitted online makes the process so easy." Tom Wood, Australia - Diploma in Horticultural Science course.

Through this course you will develop a strong foundation in both horticulture and science; plant culture, garden design, plant identification; and the botany and chemistry that underpins an understanding of how to grow different plants, wherever you live in the world.


Graduates may find employment as

  • A consultant
  • A technician
  • A teacher
  • A research assistant.

This course has a unique global focus and provides an opportunity to be tutorwed by highly qualified horticulturists based in Australia, the UK and NZ. Unique factors such as this help to arm our graduates with a skills set and perspective that is rare to find in other institutions.

IARC Accredited

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Foundation Certificate in Horticulture -VHT003

A Fast Track Horticulture Certificate for Anyone wanting to Work in Gardening 

  • Start your own horticultural business
  • Get a job in horticulture

This vocationally-oriented course comprises core studies in general horticulture plus specialised elective studies. The course is designed to lay a foundation for a long-term career in horticulture by developing the ability to identify a large range of plants, knowledge of essential horticultural principles and practices and practical skills in plant propagation, growth and care.

This course was developed and run as the RHS Certificate II up until July 2010, when it was replaced by the RHS due to changes in the UK accreditation system. Due to popular demand from students, we continue to offer this as a "foundation certificate" examined and awarded by ACS Distance Education in Australia (It no longer holds any endorsement from the RHS).

Student Comments (K.Eastwell):  "I am very impressed by the standard of the core materials, by the professional and ever helpful and supportive admin ......" ..."I also like the green, environmentally sensitive approach to the course"

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Garden History BHT329

Study Garden History
A great course for:
  • Garden history enthusiast
  • Garden designer
  • Those restoring old gardens
  • Those looking for great planting schemes and ideas


ACS student comment: "The course has been fabulous because it really made me think beyond my own planting ideas. I have particularly enjoyed the research into noted garden writers and considering the legal aspects of conservation for the future." Melanie Veasey, UK - Garden History course

Study great gardens and gardeners of years past. Learn about how gardens have evolved over time, and gain inspiration for ways to integrate this in to modern garden design. Garden history will enlighten you, and vastly expand the scope of possibilities you have before you as a modern garden designer.


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Garden Maintenance -VHT100

Join the best Online Garden School

Learn Garden Maintenance 
  • Great training for the gardening professional
  • For the garden enthusiast
  • For the beginner gardener
In this course you will:
  • Learn to Fertilize, Water, Prune, Control weeds, Pests and Disease, and more
  • Learn how to start a gardening business, or seek work as a gardener
  • Learn to better manage your own garden

We usually think of garden maintenance as a summer priority when lawns, weeds and plants grow vigorously but even in winter a garden may deteriorate without regular maintenance. Proper maintenance however costs both time and money. Fortunately, there are shortcuts but these require knowledge and the right materials and equipment.

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Home Garden Expert - AHT101



ACS student comment: "Great course, tutor was really good with explaining and marking. [She] gave me new ideas for my garden and hints for it too. Learning so many new things about growing different vegetables, how to grow them and what to do. All about soils and garden plots." Kathryn Crossfield, Australia - Home Vegetable Growing course.

This course contains hundreds of pages of notes, hundreds of photos and illustrations, and (for the online & CD version) large numbers of automated self assessment tests. Become the gardening expert of your family with this comprehensive home gardening course. There are eight units each comprising 2 or 3 lessons, with each lesson involving both reading and practical work. This is a "blue ribbon" course for home gardeners who want the best.

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Horticultural Resource Management - BHT203

Aimed at:
  • The horticultural professional at management level
  • Those working in a professional capacity as a horticulturist looking to improve their career prospects.
  • Those running their own horticultural business and wanting to better manage their resources
Good management will make or break any horticultural enterprise; whether a business or even a government department! Whether small or large, this course covers critical studies for anyone who is in charge of a horticultural resource.
Develop management strategies appropriate to specific enterprises in the horticultural industry.
Planning for efficient and economical management in horticulture includes such things as work procedures and programming, budgeting and staff supervision. The course is relevant to all areas of horticulture including nurseries, parks, private gardens, market gardening and fruit production.

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Horticultural Therapy BHT341

Interested in horticulture?

Want to help others?

Help people heal, learn and grow through the power of horticulture.

Gardens and gardening have been found to be deeply therapeutic for a wide range of people. Horticultural therapy addresses a range of psychological, physical, emotional, social, developmental and cognitive factors to aid in healing, rehabilitation and a host of other benefits.

This is a course for the budding horticulturist, looking to share their horticultural knowledge to benefit others, or for the care professional who is looking to broaden their scope of therapies to include horticultural therapies... or purely for interest!

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Horticulture I - BHT101

Thousands Have Started their Horticulture Career Here

  • This course has been running since 1979
  • Revised and upgraded every year
  • Learn ALL the basics -and have a foundation that makes learning on the job much easier
  • Build your contacts in the industry, be tutored by internationally renowned garden experts

ACS student comment: "Yes, [the course has been a valuable learning experience] definitely. I’m learning a lot of things that I find useful straight away, and there are lessons that I can practically apply to help me to learn." Rowena Headlam, Australia - Horticulture 1 course.

The ideal course for anyone who has not studied horticulture before; this is a basic, yet thoroughly practical course which gives you a sound broad technical grounding in horticultural principles and practices.
This course can be the first step toward either a certificate or diploma; or simply a stand alone foundation for a career in horticulture.
It doesn't matter if you have experience or not -if you have never studied this subject before; this is an excellent place to begin.

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Horticulture II - BHT102

Learn to Identify Plants and How to use them effectively in gardens;
Your employability in horticulture will take a big leap forward!
Our surveys over more than 25 years, continually show that identifying a large range of plants is what nurserymen, landscapers and other horticultural employers continually rate as one of the most important skills for employees.
This course teaches just these skills, concentrating on the identification, care and use of plants in a systematic way.
Take it on its own, or together with Horticulture I.

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Horticulture III ( Plant Health ) - BHT116

Become a Plant Doctor

  • Learn to identify pests, diseases and other ailments
  • Learn to treat plant problems and restore health and vigour

Develop your ability to detect health problems in plants, and determine appropriate control methods.

This course is relevant to either natural gardening, or gardening with responsible use of chemicals. It is useful and appropriate for both crop production or amenity horticulture.
Whatever approach you take to plant health management, prevention is always preferable to cure; and the systematic understanding of plant health that comes from studying this course will provide the basis for better prevention in any horticultural situation.

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Interior (Indoor) Plants BHT315

Expert in Indoor Plants

Be a Professional Plantscaper
  • Learn to identify, select, pot up and maintain indoor plants
  • Indulge a passion for indoor plants; or train to work with indoor plants
  • Start a business, or nurture a career in nursery or interior plantscaping

This is a course equally applicable to the professional interior plantscaper or the home owner (or interior decorator) who aspires to achieve the very best results with their indoor plants.

You will learn about the main family groups indoor plants fall into, the cultural requirements and general characteristics of each of those groups, and from there develop the ability to select the right plant for the right situation. Many types of growing methods are covered (in pots, baskets, hydroponics, terrariums, greenhouses), as well as soil mixes, propagation, pest control, feeding and lots more.


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Medicinal Herbs BHT227

Herbal Medicine - Understand the Medicinal Properties of Herbs
Learn the basics of how to identify and correctly administer herbs for medicinal purposes.
Many plants or plant combinations are poisonous. For this reason, it is essential that before using an herb, you are able to POSITIVELY identify it.
This course provides an excellent foundation for developing a sound knowledge of medicinal herbs.

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Nursery Sales Assistant VHT103

  • Be an expert in Nursery Sales
  • Get a job at a Nursery
Learn about plant identification, plant care and how to really sell plants to customers!
This wide-ranging course will teach you all the sales secrets you need to know, plus give you the necessary knowledge required to advise customers on plants.
This course was developed in response to a request from a retail nurseryman who was finding it difficult to find staff with appropriate skills. As he put it, job applicants were either over qualified or lacked the basic skills needed: to be able to identify plants, advise customers on their use and to understand some basic sales techniques and procedures.

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Operational Business Management I BHT326

Study Operational Business Management Online!

Learn to Plan for Economic and Marketing Success in a Horticultural Enterprise of any type.
For keen Horticultural Professionals who want to get ahead in their career!

Focusing on managing Economics, Planning and Marketing of operations in horticulture.
Your ability to manage a business can make a huge difference to your success in horticulture. In this course, you will learn to the business side of horticulture, including how to plan and implement effective strategies for your business and/or services. This is a module in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Master of Horticulture

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Orchid Culture BHT232

Know how to grow Beautiful Orchids
Develop your knowledge of orchids, their culture and uses.
Get the broad picture of what orchids are all about and learn how to improve your results and grow flowers which will be the envy of all who see them.
Course developed by John Mason (author of Growing Orchids, published by Hyland House). Tutors include expert professional horticulturists from Australia, N.Z. and the U.K.

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Organic Plant Culture - BHT302

Understand Organic Plant Growing Principles and Practice
Natural Plant Growing Methods are studied in detail
For the professional and backyard grower alike.
Great course for the horticultural consultant - the interest in organic growing  and natural chemical free methods is increasing at an amazing speed. 
  • Learn to grow using organic methods and show others how to do the same.
  • Set up gardens for those that lack the time.
This course shows you how to grow plants naturally, developing a solid understanding of the principles and procedures underlying the cultivation of plants by natural methods, working with the environment and without the use of artificial fertilizers or sprays.
  • An Outstanding and Extensive Foundation Course
  • Globally focussed.
  • Regularly revised by experts from both Australia and the UK.

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Plant Breeding BHT236

Join the exciting world of creating new plant varieties
Gain a reputation as a plant breeder - learn how the best cultivars are bred and marketed. 
Plant breeding is a bigger industry than most people realize.
In some places, earnings from plant breeding rights can equal or exceed earnings from actually producing plants. 
Today's nurseryman needs to understand plant breeding and selection; and to this end, this course is a very valuable and unique course for anyone working in the modern industry.


"I am very pleased and impressed with the way that ACS recently handled my submission. This included acknowledgement of receipt of my answers, finding a specialist to answer a specific subject enquiry, and a tutor to mark the work in the temporary absence of Katie.

All three were both professional and helpful, contributing to my enjoyment and acquisition of interesting, useful knowledge from the Plant Breeding course".


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Plant Pathology BHT206

What is Plant Pathology?
What is the difference between plant pathology and plant pest and disease problems?
PLANT PATHOLOGY is about problems in plants caused by physiological damage or irritation at a cellular level. It is concerned with problems which affect parts of the plant cell, leading to malfunctions in the normal processes which occur within the plant.
Do you work in agriculture, horticulture, parks management, grounds keeping, as a pest and disease control contractor?
Do you want to learn more about plant problems at cellular level?

This course would also benefit you greatly if you're currently registered to work with chemical sprays but want to understand more about plant pathology to increase your knowledge and confidence when distributing chemicals in your area...  

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Practical Horticulture 1 - BHT238

We have spent 35 years making sure that all our courses cover both practical and theoretical skills.
This course though really concentrates on the practical side of horticulture!
And is the answer for anyone who prefers to be even more 'hands-on in their learning
It develops the capacity to perform a range of practical horticulture skills, focusing particularly on plant establishment, soil management, propagation and dealing with problems (pests, diseases and weeds).
This course forms part of the RHS Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Horticulture;  but is also a valuable and unique stand alone course in its own right.

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Practical Horticulture 2 - BHT323

Would you love to know more about plants - how to recognise them, how to grow and care for them? 
  • Do you learn better by concentrating on practical skills?
  • Are you  interested in getting out there and getting your hands dirty?
This horticulture course is the right course for those that love learning more of the hands-on stuff!
Develop practical capabilities in relation to both:
  • the plant classification system, general terminology and identification techniques. 
  • growing techniques including selection, growth and culture for a wide variety of plants.

This is a stand alone course. It can be taken by itself, or as a complement to Practical Horticulture I

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Propagation I - BHT108

Plant Propagation is Exciting!
Plant Propagation is also a sought after skill within the horticulture industry
Good propagators are hard to find.
  • For those looking to work in the nursery industry
  • For those already in the horticulture industry and wanting to further develop their skills and career prospects
  • For the backyard enthusiast who loves growing plants for free!
Develop your broad skills in plant propagation.
Learn to propagate by:
  • Cuttings
  • Seed
  • Budding and Grafting
  • Layering and Division
The module is excellent for people who work (or plan to) in the nursery industry, but will be of value to anyone with a broad interest in propagating plants.

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RHS Certificate III -Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

Advanced level Horticulture Course for Working in Landscaping!

ACS student comment: "I have found the course material to be comprehensive and informative and have learnt a lot and really enjoyed my year of study. The office staff at ACS have always been helpful and efficient and quick to respond to requests or queries. My tutor, was encouraging and supportive, as well as being really thorough in the way she marked my assignments. I had not studied for 20 years before I started my RHS Certificate 2 in Horticulture and the feedback and reassurance I received from my tutor made all the difference." Katherine Parry, Australia - RHS Certificate II in Horticulture course

Take your knowledge of horticulture to the next level

  • Learn about garden planning, construction and planting
  • Find a job, start a business, work in landscaping
  • 150,000 words of unique course notes developed by our staff
  • 200 hour self paced course
  • Builds on the RHS Level II Certificate
  • Support from an international team of highly qualified horticulturists and landscape professionals based both in the UK and Australia

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RHS Certificate III Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

Study the next level of Horticulture

  • Qualify as a gardener or nurseryman with an internationally recognised qualification
  • 200 hour, flexible, self paced course to build stronger knowledge of plant identification, horticultural science and the day to day techniques used in plant nurseries and garden management.

This is one of several new RHS Qualifications being phased in to replace older courses over the second half of 2010. Level III is the fourth level in the UK qualifications framework (Higher than Australia's level 3). This course can be studied, and exams sat, anywhere in the world, through this school.

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RHS Level II Certificate in Plant Growth, Propagation and Development VHT040

Learn the science  of plants and the plant kingdom. This new certificate level course is comprehensive (very comprehensive!) - your knowledge at the end will exceed most people's studying at this level. A stand alone course with the prestige of an RHS backing. Great value!
If you complete both this course and the RHS Certificate Level 11 in Garden Planning (see following course) and pass all the exams - the RHS will award you with a third combining qualification The RHS Level 11 Certificate in The Principles of Horticulture.
RHS Level II Certificate in Plant Growth, Propagation and Development

This course covers 4 units...

  • The Plant Kingdom (Unit 1)
  • Plant Nutrition, The Root Environment (Unit 2)
  • Pests, Diseases and Weeds (Unit 3)
  • Sexual and Asexual Propagation (Unit 4)

This is one of several new RHS Qualifications being phased in to replace older courses over the second half of 2010.

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RHS Level II Certificate in Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance

Get a great horticultural qualification in garden design
Be prepared to work hard in this course and be prepared to learn a lot!
Join other students that have started successful businesses on completion of this comprehensive and challenging course.

This course provides a route to employment in professional horticulture by assessing knowledge of the scientific principles and underpinning horticultural practices, and supports career development for those already working in the profession. It also provides a foundation for further learning or training in the field of horticulture.

There are no prerequisites required for entry into this course.

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Rose Growing BHT31

Want to be an Expert Rose Grower?
  • Do you work in the rose growing industry?
  • Are you an enthusiastic backyard rose grower?
  • Do you want to learn more about growing roses in your garden?
This is arguably the most comprehensive formal training in Rose Growing you are likely to find anywhere.
It is equally relevant to rose enthusiasts whether:
  • Professional rose growers
  • Amateur rose growers
  • Nurserymen
  • Gardeners
  • Cut flower farmer
 Roses are historically one of the most popular ornamental plants in a garden, valued highly for their blooms which many would claim are the most beautiful flowers in existence.
Roses are grown for many reasons, including:
  • As a cut flower
  • As a landscape specimen (garden plant)
  • For perfume extraction
 This course is relevant in all these situations

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Seed Propagation BHT237

Seed propagation course; home study, online.Propagating Plants from Seed

  • Do you have problems growing plants from seed?
  • Do you think it is difficult or have many failures?
  • Want to understand all the problems associated with seed and seed propagation?
  • Would you like to collect and save your own seed?
  • Would you like to become an expert at seed propagation?
This is a course for:
  • Nursery Professionals and nursery workers
  • Seed company staff, plant breeders
  • Environmental or re-vegetation officers
  • Anyone else interested in developing a deeper understanding of seed propagation including the backyard enthusiast.

Some seeds germinate easily, and others don't. Discover how should seed be stored and how seeds should be treated to encourage germination. How do you get seedlings to survive? Seed propagation can be complex, but doing this course will lay a foundation for working more effectively with all types of seed, to achieve better results wherever you live. You can grow just about anything when you know how to propagate your own plants. It is a valuable part of saving money for your landscape and nursery business. A skill you will have for always.

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Soil Management - Horticulture BHT105

Soil is our life blood!
Learn how to care for soils
Learn how to identify soil types
Understand the fundamentals of soil structure and texture
  • Knowledge of soil is the foundation of good horticulture.
Without a sound understanding of soils, you simply cannot realise your full potential as a horticulturist or gardener.
Develop your abilities to apply knowledge of soil properties at a management level.

Note: This course was written to satisfy requirements for Growing Media and Plant Nutrition Units from Module A of the Royal Horticultural Society (former) Advanced Certificate in Horticulture and Diploma in Horticulture (U.K.) , and Diploma courses accredited with IARC.

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Sports Turf Management BHT202


  • Do you work in turf management and want to extend your knowledge?
  • Are you a gardening contractor looking to extend your business into sports turf management?
Caring for turf is a science.
This course will help you to develop the skills needed to correctly chose the right turf varieties and maintenance techniques for sports turf.
  • Gain specialised turf care knowledge
  • Increase the scope of your business
  • Learn maintenance, greens, sports grounds and cultivation techniques
This course assumes a basic knowledge of turf care; either through experience or prior study (eg. Our Turf Care course) From there it develops your ability to manage the maintenance of sports turf. It is relevant to the maintenance of all sports turf including golf courses, bowling clubs, playing fields, cricket wickets and other sporting facilities.

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Tissue Culture BHT306

Tissue Culture is one of the most exciting modern developments in horticulture.
It started small but has expanded into a huge industry.
Do this course to:
  • Get into this exciting and expanding industry
  • Further develop your interest
  • Increase your employment opportunities 
  • Set up a small operation.
Tissue culture involves growing plants from very small sections (sometimes microscopic) in a laboratory. It is a propagation method which is being increasingly used. Tissue culture is not appropriate for many plants, but for others such as orchids, some indoor plants and in particular, many new plant varieties, it is a very popular propagation method.

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Trees for Rehabilitation

This could be one of the most important courses you ever take!
  • Are you interested in the environment?
  • Do you want to help rehabilitate polluted or degraded sites?
  • Do you think trees are important to our health and well-being?
  • Did you know that trees can be used to capture and hold pollution within them?
  • Do you want to extend your knowledge of the environment and know how we can help to save it by using and planting trees?
 This course is relevant anywhere and everywhere, including: 
  • Farms
  • National Parks
  • Urban parks
  • Roadsides
  • Mine sites
  • Coastal sites
Trees are a critical tool in achieving sustainability on farms, maintaining quality environments in cities, rehabilitating degraded sites and reversing environmental problems of all types from carbon pollution to flooding. This course provides insights into these issues, and a practical foundation for using trees to counter such problems.

This course complements other courses well, including Arboriculture I and Australian Native Trees.

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Turf Care

Turf Care is a course for: 
  • Gardeners
  • Grounds-keepers
  • Trainee greenkeepers
  • Landscapers
  • Estate managers
Or anyone needing a solid understanding of establishment and maintenance of  lawns
Learn online - great for the busy worker who wants to extend their knowledge but wants to do it in their own home at their own pace with tutor guidance on a one to one basis.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the identification, selection, culture and management of turf for commercial, recreational or home use.
This course can be an excellent foundation for employment as a greenkeeper, groundsman or gardener; or a starting point for further and more advanced studies in turf grass science and management.

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Turf Repair and Renovation BHT303

TURF REPAIR COURSE - ONLINE study at home at your own pace and with lots of tutor support.

Are you a:

  • Gardener
  • Turf worker
  • Landscape professional
  • Home gardener
  • Ground's keeper
  • Estate manager
This course is specifically designed for people working with turf and for every gardener that has extensive or fine turf areas to care for. The course develops your ability to diagnose and treat problems in turf efficiently.
  • Learn turf repair
  • Renovate old lawns
  • Learn to replace old turf
  • Save money by learning preventative care
  • You can save time by studying at home
  • Make more money now - extend your business or skills at work.

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Weed Control BHT209

Weed Control - weeds are the bane of our lives as gardeners or gardening professionals!
The more you know about weeds and how to identify them, their life cycles and control methods the easier your job will be.
A great course for:
  • Gardeners
  • Contractors
  • Home gardeners
  • Grounds keepers
  • Horticulturists
  • Agriculturists
  • Environmentalists
Learn to identify and effectively control more than 100 weeds, to design management strategies and programs and apply control techniques efficiently and safely. In the eight lessons covered in the book you learn about both chemical and non-chemical control methods (mulching, burning, mowing), the use of spray equipment and safety procedures which should be followed.

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