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A key philosophy of the school, since its establishment, has been that tutors should not only be tertiary qualified, but also actively working in the industry. This allows the student to gain the benefits of the tutors "professional" experiences and up-to-date knowledge of their industry. All tutors:
  1. Hold a tertiary qualification (diploma or degree equal to three years or more of full time post secondary study in a relevant discipline).
  2. Have a minimum of 5 years of industry experience (average over 20 years)
  3. Are still working in industry (at least part time). 

COMPARE WITH OTHER COLLEGES -By setting a higher benchmark for tutors than most other colleges, , we believe we are able to offer you a  more reliable and valuable service.

We endeavour to employ tutors who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their respective fields. Current tutorial staff include former presidents and secretaries from professional associations, managers and department heads from a variety of organisations, and successful owner operators of a wide variety of businesses.

A Big Part of Learning Involves Interacting with Tutors

Support for students at ACS is exceptional in quantity and quality; and comes from exceptional professionals at the top of their industry.



THE PRINCIPAL

John L. MasonDip.Hort.Sc., Sup'n Cert., FIOH, FPLA, MAIH, MACHPER, MASA

Mr Mason has had over 40 years experience in the fields of Horticulture, Recreation, Education and Journalism. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. He has held positions ranging from Director of Parks and Recreation (City of Essendon) to magazine editor.

John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles. Even today, John continues to write books for various publishers including Simon and Shuster, and Landlinks Press (CSIRO Publishing). 
Even now, he still works as "garden editor" for an independent green living magazine (Home Grown) , published quarterly in Australia.

John founded ACS in 1979, and has built an international reputation as an author, educator and horticulturist. He has been honored with fellowships from three professional bodies (in both Australia and the UK), and continues to be actively involved with many others around the world.

TUTORS & COURSE WRITERS

Thady Barrett M.Hort

Horticultural consultant, former lecturer at Writtle Horticultural College, 30 years experience in the UK horticulture industry.


Miriam ter Borg B.Sc., DipRem.Massage, Cert Ourdoor Rec.

Previously Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Youth Worker, Surfing Collage Program Coordinator, Massage Therapist, Business Owner/Manager.


 

Maggi Brown
Maggi 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 them three decades.

Bob James

June Colbert B.A., Dip.Ed., Dip.TESOL, Dip Bus.Mgt, Cert.  June is a well published author and teacher, with extensive experience in childrens writing and community education. She has, amongst other things, published two childrens novels with Lothian/Time Warner Books. She also has an extensive background in writing tenders, contracts, quality procedures and other technical documentation. June was contract manager for 10 years in Network Design and Construct at Telstra, and a quality auditor.

 

Gavin Cole B.Sc., Psych.Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA
Gavin has over 18 years of industry experience in Psychology, Landscaping, Publishing /and Education. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own firm. He spent the best part of three years working in our Gold Coast office, partly as a writer for Your Backyard (gardening magazine), and partly as a tutor in both psychology and horticulture. Gavin is now based in the UK, working with ACS and pursuing studies toward a Masters Degree in Psychology.

 Gavin Cole

 Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), Higher Dip. (Garden Design), RHS Advanced Cert. Horticulture, Cert Admin.Mgt., Dip. Inst. Personnel Management

In addition to her RHS horticulture, garden design, City & Guild construction, NPTC pesticide/legislation and business/management qualifications, Diana has a variety of skills drawn from setting up Arbella Gardens, a landscape gardening business. She also has administrative, management and training delivery experience drawn from her employment in other organisations such as the NHS and other educational institutions such as schools & universities. She has augmented her training expertise having gained the Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector qualification. She also has experience gained through working as a volunteer in a number of different roles including amenity style gardening in parks and practical conservation work.

 
Gabriella Vogt BAnVetBioSc, Dip Ed
Gabriella has a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience degree from The University of Sydney. Majoring in animal welfare and behaviour she has recently been involved with research into layer hen welfare with the University of Sydney Poultry Research Unit.She has worked in both the domestic animal and production animal (mainly beef and poultry) industries for a number of years.  
 
She was employed for three years by The University of Sydney Marketing and Student Recruitment Unit. She is currently completing her teaching qualifications at Southern Cross University.

 

Rosemary Davies  Dip Hort Sc. Originally from Melbourne, Rosemary trained in Horticultural Applied Science at Burnley, a campus of Melbourne University. Initially she worked with Agriculture Victoria as an extension officer, taught horticulture students, worked on radio with ABC radio (clocking up over 24 years as a presenter of garden talkback programs, initially the only woman presenter on gardening inVictoria) and she simultaneously developed a career as a writer.     She then studied Education and Training, teaching TAFE apprentices and developing curriculum for TAFE, before taking up an offer as a full time columnist with the Herald and Weekly Times and its magazine department after a number of years as columnist with the Age. She has worked for a number of companies in writing and publications, PR community education and management and has led several tours to Europe.    In 1999 Rosemary was BPW Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and is one of the founders and the Patron, of the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic gardens.  She has completed her 6th book this year and is working on concepts for several others.


Peter Douglas Dip Animal Husbandry
Peter has over 40 years of experience in Agriculture and resources management. He is a former lecturer with the University of Queensland (Gatton), and manager of Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. He also established and managed the wildlife park for Dreamworld, one of Australia's largest theme parks. Peter has both wide ranging experience in farming and wildlife management, and continues to apply that knowledge both through his work with ACS, and helping his adult children who have pursued careers of their own in similar areas.

 Peter Douglas

Dr James Euclid B.Vsc.(Hons), B.VBiol (Hons), PhD.
Dr James Euclid graduated with honours in Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland , Australia in 1985. After 5 years in mixed practise, he undertook a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology at James Cook University in Queensland . Upon completion, he tutored at the University of Melbourne . After a year, he returned to general practise. He has since written two books on veterinary clinical practise and runs his own practise in Melbourne , Australia.

Peter Douglas

John Edwards BA(Hons) Photography, BSc (Hons) Env.Mgt, PGCE

25 years industry experience in Photography and Environmental Management/Water services. John is today a professional photographer, with a particular interest in fine art photography. Recent projects have included travelling to and photographing deserted gulag towns in Siberia.


Marius Erasmus B.Sc.Agric., B.Sc.(Wildlife), M.Sc.Agric.   Subsequent to completing a BSc (agric) degree in animal science, he completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa; in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming. 

 

 Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Adv.Dip.Hort.
20 years of experience in horticulture, business and journalism.
Adriana has written regularly for a range of publications (including Australia's national Grass Roots Magazine) since the early 1980's.She operated a commercial display herb garden in her previous home, hosting visits regularly for all types of groups. She is developing a similar venture at her new property and continues to be actively involved in writing, tourism and practical gardening; in addition to her work for ACS.

Adriana

Kate Gibson BSoc.Sc, PostGrad Dip Org
With 4 years experience as a marketing advisor and previous experience as a project manager. Kate has traveled and worked in a variety of locations including: London

Bob James

Denise Hodges   Adv.Dip.Bus., Dip Clothing Design, Adv.Dip.Naturopathy (completing)  formerly Promotions Manager ABC Retail, Fitness Programmer/Instructor, Small Business Owner, Marketing Coordinator (Laserpoint).   After trying out a number of career directions Denise studied Marketing, and honed her skills by working in promotions for the ABC for 10 years. However, Naturopathy studies have allowed her to share and further indulge her real passion, which lies in health and wellness. Denise continues to enjoy learning and sharing her interests with others.

Rosalie Hofman H Dip Ed (Wits); F Dip. In Eduation (Computer Science); Cert. IV in Workplace Assessment and Training. Rosalie has 20 years experience in various subjects and fields in several countries. She has been the National Examiner for Business Economics for the Independent Examination Board for 2 years

 

Bob James Dip.Animal Husb, B.App.Sc., Grad.Dip.Mgt, PDC
40 years experience in industry, having held a wide variety of senior positions in both government and private enterprise.
Bob's experience and knowledge is diverse, encompassing fields of Horticulture, Agriculture, Environmental Management, Business and professional writing.

Bob James

Tracey Jones - Academic Officer & Tutor (U.K.)
B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies). Tracey has around 15 years experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects.
She is a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work. Tracey has also written a text book on Psychology and has had several short stories published

 

Ian Kerr Dip.Photog, ABIPP 
Freelance photographer based in Coventry (UK). Photographer of the year in 1982 for Commercial Sector within Midlands Region of UK from BIPP. Recently was awarded 3 merits in the architectural Sector within Midlands Region of UK from BIPP

  

Simon Lennard M.Hort.Sc  
Over 20 years experience in commercial horticulture and research. Simon has a Bachelors Degree in Horticultural Science and a Masterate in Horticultural Science from Massey University New Zealand

Karen Lee  BSc. Hons (Biological Sciences), Postgraduate Diploma Nutrition and Dietetics Karen graduated with a first class degree in Biological Sciences from Lancaster University and subsequently completed a Postgraduate diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics from Leeds Metropolitan University. Karen is a registered dietitian with over 10 years of experience of working in the NHS. Karen has undertaken a number of research projects and has lectured to undergraduate university students.

 

David Mason Dip.Comp.Prog., AACS
15 years experience in the I.T. industry. David has held major positions over the years such as Head Technical Support Analyst for Pacific Access (Yellow & White Pages) Queensland, software and hardware technician for Data#3, S.T.O. and programmer for Coles Myer Ltd, head technician for Corporate Clones (Melbourne) and primary web developer for QLDNET, Technet 2000 and Acenet. David is the IT consultant for ACS, and has his own very successful Web Site Development business.

David Mason

Jennifer McAnanyB.HSc (Nursing), B.Naturopathy
We are very pleased to welcome Jennifer to our team of Academics. Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge to ACS. A Registered Nurse with 15 years experience to her name, Jennifer is also a registered Naturopath, specialising in Herbal Medicine. She is also a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS). Jennifer has a special interest in children’s health. 

 

Dr. Lynette Morgan B. Hort. Tech., Ph.D. in Horticultural Science
Dr Morgan has a broad expertise in horticulture and crop production, and a keen appreciation of the global scene. 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.

Lyn Morgan


Dr. Gareth Pearce
BSc(Hons), BVSc, MA, MVetS, PhD, GradCertEd(HE), PGCertAqVetS, PGCertWLBio&Cons, DiplECPHM, MRCVS. Gareth has over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in a variety of colleges and universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the Universities of Melbourne and Bristol, having previously graduated in Agricultural Science and gained a PhD in Livestock Behaviour and Production. He also has post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation. 

Jade Pollock   B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Professional Education, Cert Food Hygiene       Former Business Coordinator, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Administrator (Recruitment), Senior Supervisor (Youth Welfare)

Lyn Quirk M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy
Lyn has 25 years of experience in the Fitness, Health and Leisure Industries. She has a string of qualifications that are far too long to list here; being qualified and registered to teach, coach or instruct a wide range of different sports and other skills.
Lyn established and managed Health clubs at three major five star resorts on Queensland's Gold Coast, including the Marriot. She was a department head for a large government vocational college (TAFE), and has conducted her own aquafitness business for many years. Lyn has amongst her other commitments worked as a tutor for ACS for almost 10 years, and over that time, participated in the development or upgrading of most courses in her fields of expertise.

Lyn Quirk


 

Yvonne Sharpe  RHS Cert.Hort, Dip.Hort, M.Hort, Cert.Ed., Dip.Mgt.
Over 30 years of experience in horticulture, education and management, Yvonne hastravelled 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.  

Rachel Syers B.Journalism
Rachel has worked as a newspaper journalist for the past 15 years, in a range of roles from sub-editor and social columnist to news reporter, covering rounds such as education, health, council, music, television, court, police, Aboriginal and Islander affairs, and agriculture. Her current role is Fashion Editor, features writer and features sub-editor with The Gold Coast Bulletin. She has co-authored a successful biography Roma: From Prison to Paradise about former prisoner-of-war turned yoga guru, Roma Blair, as well as freelanced as a writer, reviewer and researcher for Australian music and celebrity magazines such as WHO Weekly, Rave, Australasian Post and New Idea. Rachel has tutored for ACS for the past 10 years. 

Bob James

Anna Sylvester  B.Sc.Hons.(Human Biology), M.Sc.Equine   Anna graduated with a degree in Human Biology from Loughborough University and then went on to complete an MSc in Equine Science at The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and has a high level of expertise in equine science. She has since spent time in managerial, research and lecturing positions. She also has practical equine experience, and still competes nationally whenever the opportunity arises.

 

Cheryl Wilson B.Sc.(Hons), HND Horse Mgt, C&G Teaching Cert

Cheryl has worked for more than two decades in  agriculture, education and equine industries, in  England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. She is an accomplished writer, having contributed to several published books; an experienced educator, having managed the distance education courses for Warwickshire College; and a passionate animal scientist , having worked as a Sports Horse Stud Groom, Stable Manager, Yard Manager, and Equine industrial Training Manager.

Dr. Mark L. Berman
Dr.Berman is a psychological consultant who operates out of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Prior to that he was on the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Washington for a number of years.
He has been a member of the American Psychological Association for thirty-two years, and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology for nearly twenty-six years. Dr. Berman has served as a Contributing Editor to Educational Technology, as a Field Reader for the U.S. Office of Education, and as a Manuscript Reviewer for Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, as well as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. His professional interests and experiences are widespreead, and include comprehensive psychotherapy, evaluations of persons from ages four through ninety, and personal energy management. His fifth book is due for publication this coming Spring, and he has more than sixty articles, invited chapters, etc.

Mark Berman

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Leonie Mason - Administration Director
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Kerry Smith - Administration/Student Services
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AFFILIATED COLLEGES

ACS has formal affiliations with a number of colleges around the world, including the following

Health Schools Australia

Warnborough College

Australian College of Sports and Fitness

Southern Cross International Learning Institute

Health Academy Australia

Courses Direct UK

Garden Design Academy

Australia College QED

Academy of Distance Learning

Warwickshire College

NSW School of Massage

Courses Direct (Australia)

E-ducational.com

College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies

Careerline Courses

Careerline Courses Asia

Why Study Here?

ACS has been running distance education courses since 1979; and has built a unique range of resources and services that you simply cannot get from other schools. We have learnt over the years that every student needs to be treated as an individual if they are to develop a unique set of attributes that sets them apart as an employee or business owner.

Education simply does not work as well when you take short cuts -which is why our modules are each around 100 hrs (longer than many other schools).

Study more, learn more, be more successful.

 


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