Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS AVAILABLE

Proficiency Award (Prof.Awd.)
A proficiency award is a specialist qualification, for people who already have a “foundation” knowledge of a subject; but who wish to undertake limited specialist study in that field. This award allows you to attain a formal qualification without needing to make as much of a commitment as a full certificate.
Requires: 3 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 300 hours).
Plus 200 hours of work experience or industry meetings.

Prerequisites: A reputable certificate or higher qualification; or significant industry experience which demonstrates a foundation knowledge in the subject; or over 21 years of age; or equivalent (contact school for more information).
This qualification is not accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council, though it’s modules can be used as credits toward higher, accredited qualifications
 
RHS Certificates 
These are certificates (level 2 and 3) developed by the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK. The RHS control the standard, duration and content of work in these qualifications. Exams are conducted at set times each year in the UK; and may be arranged outside of the UK in some other locations around the world; provided those locations meet the requirements of the RHS and accreditation authorities in the UK.
Anyone can do these courses, but if you wish to obtain the accredited qualification; you must sit and pass the exam with them. If you are unable to sit and pass an RHS exam, we will always offer another option for obtaining some type of qualification or recognition for the study you complete.

Certificate (Cert.)
This would be generally considered equal to or higher than a trade level qualification.
Requires: 6 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 600 hours)
Prerequisites: Year 10; or 1 year of relevant full time work following year 9; or over 21 years of age; or equivalent (contact school for more information).
This award is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

Advanced Certificate (Adv.Cert.)
This would normally be considered equal to, or higher than a supervisory qualification.
Requires: 8 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 800 hours)
Plus 100 hours of work experience or industry meetings

Prerequisites: Year 11; or 1 year of relevant full time work following year 10; or a reputable certificate; or over 21 years of age; or equivalent (contact school for more information)
This qualification is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

Foundation Diploma (F.Dip.)

This is considered in particular, appropriate to prepare for self employment at a professional level. It allows a deep, but more focused study of the discipline, and in doing so can be completed faster than other types of diplomas. It can prepare someone for managing their own enterprise, or operating as a specialist contractor or consultant.

Requires: 10 modules - which all relate to a specialist industry sector. 

Prerequisites: Some experience or knowledge of the industry plus year 11; or 1 year of relevant full time work following year 10; or a reputable certificate; or over 21 years of age; or equivalent.

 

 

Associate Diploma (Assoc.Dip.)
This would normally be considered appropriate training for lower levels of management or technician training.

Requires: 14 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 1400 hours)
Normally including Research Project I
Plus 100 hours of work experience or industry meetings
Prerequisites: Year 12, or 1 year of full time work following year 11; or a reputable certificate; or over 21 years of age; or equivalent (contact school for more information).
This qualification is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

Diploma (Dip.)
This would normally be considered a management or professional qualification.
Requires: 20 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 2000 hours)
Normally including Research Project I and II
Plus 100 hours of work experience or industry meetings

Prerequisites: Year 12; or a reputable certificate; or over 21 years of age; or equivalent (contact school for more information)
This qualification is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

Advanced Diploma (Adv.Dip.)
This may in some situations be considered similar to a foundation degree or associate degree.
Requires: 24 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 2400 hours)
Normally including Research Projects I, II and III
Plus 100 hours of work experience or industry meetings
Prerequisites: Year 12; or a reputable certificate (of 600 hrs); or over 21 years of age; or equivalent (contact school for more information)
This qualification is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.