Advanced Certificate in Applied Horticulture VHT079

Develop Skills for Different Horticulture Jobs

Prepare yourself for a range of potential jobs and careers in horticulture by studying this broad-based course.

Sometimes people choose very narrow or focused courses of study which could limit the opportunities that are open to them. This course is designed to provide a wide spectrum of skills and knowledge so that students are able to apply what they learn to different tasks and positions.

Comprehensive Study Program in Horticulture

  • 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.


Core Modules These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Applied Horticulture.
  Garden Maintenance VHT100
  Horticulture I BHT101
  Horticulture III (Plant Health) BHT116
  Plant Selection And Establishment BHT107
  Workshop I BGN103
  Horticultural Resource Management BHT203
Elective Modules In addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 53 modules.
  Arboriculture I BHT106
  Australian Natives I BHT113
  Cacti & Succulents VHT108
  Engineering I - Machinery & Equipment BSC105
  Herb Culture BHT114
  Horticultural Research I BHT118
  Horticulture II (Plant Knowledge) BHT102
  Landscaping I BHT109
  Outdoor Plant Production (Crops I) BHT112
  Propagation I BHT108
  Turf Care BHT104
  Arboriculture II BHT208
  Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
  Culinary Herbs VHT242
  Cut Flower Orchids VHT240
  Cut Flower Production BHT221
  Cutting Propagation BHT211
  Engineering II - Engineering Applications BSC205
  Fruit Production - Temperate Climate BHT218
  Fruit Production - Warm Climate BHT217
  Garden Centre Management BHT255
  Green Walls and Roofs BHT256
  Greenhouse Cut Flowers VHT239
  Hydroponic Management (Hydroponics II) BHT213
  Hydroponics I BHT224
  Irrigation -- Agricultural Irrigation BAG213
  Landscaping II BHT214
  Landscaping III (Landscaping Styles) BHT235
  Medicinal Herbs BHT227
  Permaculture Systems BHT201
  Planning Layout And Construction Of Ornamental Gardens BHT242
  Practical Horticulture 1 BHT238
  Project Management BBS201
  Protected Plant Production BHT223
  Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens BHT243
  Trees For Rehabilitation BHT205
  Tropical Plants BHT234
  Viticulture BHT220
  Wholesale Nursery Management BHT212
  Advanced Permaculture BHT301
  Amenity Horticulture I BHT324
  Amenity Horticulture II BHT325
  Berry Production BHT309
  Cut Flower Bulbs BHT317
  Horticultural Marketing BHT304
  Horticultural Therapy BHT341
  Interior (Indoor) Plants BHT315
  Irrigation Management BAG303
  Organic Plant Culture BHT302
  Perennials BHT316
  Practical Horticulture 2 BHT323
  Turf Repair And Renovation BHT303
  Water Conservation And Management BEN302

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Applied Horticulture is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Why Choose This Course?

  • Course notes and materials are unique (written by our staff) and up to date (most revised annually) –our graduates are more up to date with what they learn than many other institutions.
  • We don’t just present you with information; we also work to help you understand and remember it, develop an ability to apply it in the real world, and build networks with others who work in this field.
  • Start any time, study at your own pace, study from anywhere
  • Don’t waste time and money travelling to and from classes
  • More choices in your assignment work –courses are written to allow you more options to focus on parts of the subject that are of more interest to you.
  • Tutors more accessible than many colleges – academics are hard at work in both the UK and Australia, 5 days a week, 16 hours a day, and answering individual queries from students are top priority and always attended to within a day –often within an hour.
  • Be treated like an individual –don’t get lost in a crowd of other students. Our tutors interact with you one to one.
  • Extra help at no extra cost where needed.. If you find a task you can’t do, we will help you through it or give you another option.
  • Support after graduation –We will advise on getting work, starting a business, putting a CV together. We will promote students and their businesses through our extensive profile on the internet. Any graduate who asks will be helped.

How You Study

  • When you enrol, we send you an email that explains it all.
  • You are given a short orientation video to watch, where our principal introduces you to how the course works, and how you can access all sorts of support services
  • You are either given access to your course online, or sent a CD or course materials through the mail (or by courier).
  • You work through lessons one by one. Each lesson has at least four parts:
    • An aim -which tells you what you should be achieving in the lesson
    • Reading -notes written and regularly revised by our academic staff
    • Set Task(s) -These are practicals, research or other experiential learning tasks that strengthen and add to what you have been reading
    • Assignment -By answering questions, submitting them to a tutor, then getting feedback from the tutor, you confirm that you are on the right track, but more than that, you are guided to consider what you have been studying in different ways, broadening your perspective and reinforcing what you are learning about
    • Other - Your work in a course rarely stops at just the above four parts. Different courses and different students will need further learning experiences. Your set task or assignment may lead to other things, interacting with tutors or people in industry, reviewing additional reference materials or something else. We treat every student as an individual and supplement their learning needs as the occasion requires.
  • You are given access to and encouraged to use a range of supplementary services including an online student room, including online library; student bookshop, newsletters, social media etc.
  • You are provided with a "student manual" which you can refer to if and when needed. It provides a quick solution to most problems that might occur (some people never need to use this; but if you are studying late at night & have a problem, the manual provides a first port of call that can often get you moving again).


  • ACS is known and highly respected internationally: by employers and academics alike:
  • ACS has been training people around the world since 1979
  • Over 100,000 have now studied ACS courses, across more than 150 countries
  • Formal affiliations with colleges in five countries
  • A faculty of over 40 internationally renowned academics –books written by our staff used by universities and colleges around the world.

WILL DOING A COURSE HELP ME to be a Professional Horticulturist?

Not necessarily – not all courses are equal, not all people doing courses graduate with industry transferable skills. Having a qualification may not be a guarantee of work, but what you learn from a good course does greatly increase your opportunities to be employed. Acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to be a professional means that when you study you need to absorb what you are learning, retain it and be able to recall it later.

Many people study just to get a qualification, they rush their studies and just manage to scrape through their exams. In the workplace these people are found wanting as they just have not taken the time to gather the theoretical and practical ability to be true professionals. Advancing in a career or becoming a professional horticulturist isn’t just about horticultural skills and knowledge though - the industry needs graduates with:

  • Sound demonstrable knowledge and skills across horticulture industry sectors but also pertinent to the job. A qualification is just one part of that, many people have qualifications - but it is how you are able to apply and demonstrate your knowledge that will count most to your potential employer.
  • Good communication skills: verbal, written and IT skills are the very basis of a professional in any industry and horticulture is no exception. You need to be able to communicate effectively at all levels – with workers, your peers, your employers and importantly your clients.
  • Problem solving skills: this is so lacking in many graduates from competency based courses, as their range of skills is limited to what is on the ‘list’ of competencies for that course, rather than expanded through the development of problem solving skills like ACS courses. In the work place, and as a professional, you will need to problem solve all the time – you need to be able to think on your feet, come up with quick solutions and make sure that those solutions are carried through and actually work.
  • Efficiency: Being efficient doesn’t necessarily mean doing things quickly – efficiency is more linked to being a good organiser, a good planner, performing tasks in the correct, logical order and applying skills with adeptness and expertise.
  • Professional attitude: be well presented and a team player, most employers are looking for people who can work with others effectively and work as a team.They prefer people with a demonstrable passion for the industry and those that network within industry; volunteering to get experience, memberships to clubs, societies, associations; reading literature all help you gain a good profile and make you stand out from others applying for the same positions.

What Can You do to Improve Your Career Prospects?
When you study do it for the right reasons; open yourself up to learning, rushing through a course won’t give you a sound basis of knowledge and skills you need to succeed. When you study know that this is the first step – these days you need to continue learning throughout your entire career to advance.

  • Technology also changes rapidly so being open to learning also keeps you abreast of new industry developments. Read, attend conferences, check the news in your industry, read industry papers, network and so on.
  • Learn from a variety of sources - reading and learning from a variety of perspectives expands your knowledge, building a mix of skills that will make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make sure your C.V. is well written and presented and set out to current preferences, get help if you need it (tutors at this school will help our students with their C.V.'s if you ask - no cost. Resume writing services can also be used, but they charge).
  • Recognise your weaknesses, and work on improving them - not just academically.


Tutors and course writers from ACS include a team of leading horticulture professionals with a combined experience of many years within the industry.
John L. Mason Dip.Hort.Sc., Sup'n Cert., FIOH, FPLA, MAIH, MACHPER, MASA
Mr Mason has worked in horticulture since 1971 when he graduated from Australia's leading Horticultural College -Burnley. He has worked extensively around the world, in both Victoria and Queensland (Australia) and the UK. Former nurseryman, landscaper, parks director and horticultural consultant. Editor of 5 gardening magazines, author of more than 70 books, including 'Trees and Shrubs for Small Gardens' and 'Orchids: A beginners Guide'. John
started teaching in the early 1970's.
Dr Lynette Morgan B.Hort.Tech(Hons), PhD in hydroponic greenhouse production
Partner in SUNTEC International Hydroponic Consultants
, Lynette is involved in many aspects of production horticulture production, including remote and on site consultancy services for new and existing commercial greenhouse growers worldwide as well as research trials and product development for manufacturers of hydroponic products. Lynette is also the author of 6 hydroponic technical books
Bob James QDAH. B. Applied Sc(Hort Tech),Grad Dip. Mgt, M;Sc (Enviro Sc.), PDC.
Bob has over 50 years experience in Government and Private Horticulture and Environmental Management Consulting.
His work is diverse across most branches of horticulture including nurseries, landscaping, horticultural education, environmental assessment, land rehabilitation; and more.

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 from groups of students for plant propagation and identification lessons. She worked as a TAFE teacher in community education and as a project manager for the establishment of public parks and gardens. She continues to be actively involved in writing,consultancy and organic gardening; in addition to her work for ACS.
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. She has exhibited at Chelsea Flower show and worked widely as a consultant for decades.
Gavin Cole B.Sc., Cert.Garden Design, MACA
Gavin has three decades of industry experience in Landscaping, Publishing and both the UK and Australia, across landscaping and the amenity plant sector. 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

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.

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.

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Prices in Australian Dollars

PlanAust. PriceOverseas Price
A 1 x $4,581.28  1 x $4,164.80
B 2 x $2,473.52  2 x $2,248.65
C 3 x $1,780.68  3 x $1,618.80

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