ACS is formally recognised by a range of organisations and authorities; however, the greatest value in studying our courses comes from the fact that we are widely known and respected in the world of horticulture, by employers and colleagues.
Our staff and principal are well known as garden writers and professionals of high standing.
ACS has been established since 1979, and has established a high level of respect in academic circles within a range of disciplines in the UK, Australia and beyond. Staff include world renowned academics from several countries, and it maintains active partnerships with respected institutions in several countries including Ireland, Australia and Singapore. Many of these affiliates are formally recognised by government education authorities in their respective countries. ACS is affiliated with a group of around a dozen other colleges, located in Australia, the UK, Singapore, France and Ireland (see Educational Affiliates). Many of these colleges hold government accreditations and offer articulation for ACS graduates into accredited qualifications. Affiliates in the UK include Warwickshire College (incorp. Pershore College) in the Midlands and Warnborough College in Kent.
The school’s credentials are varied, and include:
ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC). Most ACS courses (certificate and higher) are accredited by IARC.
You can see the standards that endorse and adhere to on the IARC site: click here
International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC)
ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC). Most ACS courses (Certificate and higher) are accredited by IARC.
Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
Accredited Training Centre with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.
Accreditation Board of the Maldives
ACS is accredited by the Accreditation Board of the Maldives
Institute of Horticulture (UK) Careers Advisory Board
ACS is a member of the Institute of Horticulture (UK) Careers Advisory Board.
Royal Horticutural Society
ACS conducts RHS qualifications, including Certificate II to M.Hort. qualifications, which are awarded by the RHS after passing RHS conducted examinations. These awards include ones accredited through the Qualifications Curriculum Authority.
Complementary Medicine Association
College Member of Complementary Medicine Association assessed to teach a range of areas including Counselling, Nutrition, Natural Therapies.
Association of Coaching (U.K.)
Life Coaching is accredited through the Association of Coaching (U.K.)
ACS Global Partners Network
Member of ACS Global Partners Network – committed to Ethical Education
ACS and its staff are members of many UK and overseas industry bodies, including :
ACS is formally affiliated with a number of other institutions spread across a number of countries.
Our affiliates include both government and industry recognised institutions.
IS THE COURSE RECOGNISED?
This is a common question for students and colleges and not always so simple to answer.
If you look at dictionary definitions of recognition, you see thinks like “being acknowledged”, “a growing realization”, “acceptance of something being true” or even “understanding”.
Recognition of education is in fact a complex and multi faceted property. Recognition is in fact made up of a number of components; and education that is recognised in one way, is not necessarily recognised in other ways.
What then are some of the components of recognition?
Usefulness –What is the purpose of the course and how well does it serve that purpose. What are the capabilities of graduates a year or two after graduating. A course that passes students is only useful if the students do not forget what they have learnt a year or two after graduating. Some courses can implant temporary skills, while others can implant more permanent skills
Understanding - Is there a clear understanding of what the course involves. If the course outlines & documentation are unclear or scant; there can be uncertainty about whether understanding is strong.
Visibility –How visible is the course? What people are aware of it’s existence, and where are those people? Are they locals only, or spread around the world?
Acknowledgement –Who acknowledges the course? Who endorses it, not only formally but informally? Also who criticizes it? While courses might be supported by some, they can also be criticized by others. If you only become aware of one group, you cannot form a balanced understanding of it’s worth.
These may be…. Employers, Academics, Individuals, Professional bodies, Politicians, Government bureaucrats, Experts in the field, etc.
How well does someone understand this question when they ask it?
Over 40 years of involvement in post secondary education, I have come to conclude that most people don’t really appreciate what they are asking.
Most people have a sub conscious desire to feel that a course they enter is safe and appropriate, and are looking for a yes or no answer.
Most colleges are looking to be able to give a yes or no answer; because that makes selling a course easier.
At the end of the day though; you can never accurately and clearly say that a course is or is not recognised without qualifying that answer.
To be ethical and honest, you should say such things as who it as and is not acknowledged by, and how well the course is both understood and visible by the world at large, etc
How Well then Are ACS Courses Recognised?
The short answer is that our courses are more useful than many if not most of a similar duration; highly visible (you will see that from our web profile); endorsements are mixed as is the case with almost every course on the planet; and as far as understanding -you need to read our outlines and judge that for yourself