Landscaping Courses

ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN HORTICULTURE - LANDSCAPING (VHT009) Duration icon 2500 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Modules icon 25 modules

HOME STUDY - LANDSCAPE QUALIFICATION
 
Become a Skilled Professional Horticulturist and specialise in landscaping and landscape design.  This course provides comprehensive training to a professional level for employment as a garden designer, landscape technician, contractor or manager.
 
HOW IS THIS COURSE DIFFERENT?
  • The emphasis in this course is equally on both horticulture and landscaping. As such it makes it a little easier to move your career into different areas of landscaping; if better opportunities present in another sector.
  • As an Advanced Diploma, it is more in depth and a more academically advanced level than a standard diploma. It prepares you better for more technically challenging work, than shorter courses.
 
This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.
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ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN LANDSCAPING VHT026 Duration icon 2500 hours Qualification icon Advanced Diploma Modules icon 23 modules

An outstanding qualification - the best training you are likely to find for working as an elite garden designer.

Knowledge is only part of what makes a landscape designer exceptional. You also need a flair for design, a passion for gardens and a practical touch (including some management and business abilities). This course works hard at developing all of these capabilities, as much as any course can; and provides interaction with leading landscape professionals in both Australia and the UK.

How this Course is Different 
  • The emphasis is more on landscaping, and less on horticulture. As such it makes it is more robust preparation for working in landscape construction or garden design.
  • Advanced Diplomas develop you to a more academically advanced level than a standard diploma. This course prepares you better for more technically challenging work, than shorter courses.

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CARPENTRY Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Study Carpentry at Home

This is a very solid introduction to carpentry techniques. It provides an understanding of most aspects of carpentry that are important for developing practical skills as a handyman, landscaper, property manager, farmer or other such
situations.

Learn about working with wood in landscaping, building construction, furniture making, fencing or any other application.

This course is not a substitute for the practical instruction one might obtain over a long apprenticeship, internship or other such experience; but it does provide a balanced and broad understanding of wood work; exploring the broad range of applications; and in doing so, complements and enhances the development of your knowledge about carpentry

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CERTIFICATE IN GARDEN DESIGN VHT012 Duration icon 600 hours Qualification icon Certificate

Recommended for anyone wanting to be a Garden Designer

This course has operated for many years as an effective training program for people working, or wishing to work, in the landscape industry; either in their own business, or at a supervisory level for someone else. It is a course which both develops the students design skills, as well as basic knowledge in other areas of concern to the landscaper (eg. horticultural practices, management, plant identification and use, and marketing). On completion of this course the student should be able to draw landscape plans, compile specifications, and prepare cost estimates.

Start your garden design business - most students undertake this course with the purpose of setting up their own business. It covers quoting, estimating and other business associated information needed to succeed in this field - plus landscaping, design, plant culture and plant identification. Streets ahead of most other similar courses which seem to concentrate on design - however you cannot design a workable garden without knowing about plants and landscaping techniques as well!

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CERTIFICATE IN HORTICULTURE (LANDSCAPING & GARDEN DESIGN) VHT002 Duration icon 700 hours Qualification icon Certificate Lessons icon 31 lessons

If your interest is in all areas of landscaping: design, contracting and construction then this course is for you.

Coupled with this you will also gain a sound understanding of horticultural principles and practice - most important for the designer! An effective garden cannot be designed without this knowledge.

A 600-700 hour course designed to train landscape contractors and/or designers. This course develops skills in general horticulture, plant identification and use, designing, costing and constructing gardens. This course is similar to other VHT002 horticulture certificates in its introductory (core) units, but devotes 50% of the course to topics specifically related to landscaping.

OUR MOST POPULAR COURSE FOR ANYONE JUST STARTING OUT IN HORTICULTURE & LANDSCAPING

Graduate Profile

Jamie Speeding, an ACS alumni, speaks on studying at ACS, his industry knowledge and experience which lead him to success.

Jamie Speeding ACS Student

After being employed in various local horticultural businesses and becoming frustrated at the lack of quality and knowledge displayed by many landscape orientated businesses in the area, Jamie decided to go it alone and formed Greenhort Design which is now entering its fifth year of existence.

During the early years of Greenhort, Jamie was busily gaining further knowledge by achieving formal qualifications at Australian Correspondence Schools. He was encouraged to join key industry organisations as a part of his studies.

A year later, Jamie became a member of The Australian Institute Of Horticulture (AIH) and was elected inaugural Chair of the Gold Coast branch, a position he held for three consecutive terms. Jamie's dedication to the industry saw him appointed on various industry advisory committees, form strong ties between the local nursery industry and help initiate the move to establish a botanic garden on the Gold Coast.

Jamie has also spent time lecturing at TAFE, a local vocational college, and spent several years hosting a radio show on the local ABC. Jamie has written garden features for a local internet magazine and The Gold Coast Bulletin daily newspaper as their garden columnist. He served as the Gold Coast selector for the Australian Open Garden Scheme for 5 years, and retains a keen involvement in local horticultural projects.

These days, however, Jamie has turned his full attention to commercial design. "For the past 18 months I have been mainly designing/drafting ACAD residential development landscape plans and childcare centers nationwide for Council submission. I now employ several full-time drafters and designers as the demand for our services has increased ten-fold."

These days Jamie is still a member of the AIH as well as the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM), the Horticultural Media Association of Queensland (HMAQ), and recently has joined the Nursery and Garden Industry of Queensland (NGIQ).

Jamie believes that a lot of his success in the horticulture industry can be attributed to ACS Principal John Mason and past tutor Paul Plant who both encouraged and supported his directions.

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COTTAGE GARDEN DESIGN BHT110 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

DEVELOP A BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE GARDEN

Everyone knows just how beautiful a cottage garden can be.  Learn to develop your own or others.  Learn what a cottage garden is, and how to apply the principles of this concept to garden design and garden renovation.
Learn about:
  • the history of cottage gardens
  • landscape design
  • planning landscape changes
  • appropriate plants
  • garden rooms
  • landscape features and much more.
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DIPLOMA IN LANDSCAPING (VHT021) Duration icon 2100 hours Qualification icon Diploma

Give yourself a truly competitive edge with this unique landscaping course.

It not only covers all that you need to know about landscaping; it also gives you essential and extensive training in horticulture fundamentals and workplace practices and requirements. Gain a truly solid landscaping qualification from one of the most respected schools in this field.

 

This course is hands on and relevant to the needs of today's world; and for the right candidate, will lay an outstanding foundation for a professional career in landscaping.

Garden Design is both an art and a science. Being a good garden designer requires several things (as follows), and this course focuses strongly on just that.

  • An understanding of horticulture and how the component parts of nature fit and interact together.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of garden components (eg. Knowledge of thousands of different plants, different building materials features etc). The more components you know intimately; the more you can select from an use to compose a garden.
  • Knowledge of artistic and design principles and ways of using them to achieve a pre conceived goals
  • Knowledge of a wide range of garden styles, in different countries and throughout history.

 

This is a comprehensive course developed by a team of highly reputable and qualified landscapers from Australia and the UK; headed by our principal John Mason (Editor Landscaping Your Backyard Magazine; author of Starting a Garden or Landscape Business -published by Simon and Shuster).

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GARDEN HISTORY BHT329 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

TAKE A TOUR THROUGH HISTORY

Learn about the history of landscaped Gardens and Cultivated plants, in the UK, Europe and elsewhere.

See how gardens have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your perspective on what is possible and appropriate in garden design today. Garden history will enlighten you, and vastly expand the scope of possibilities you have before you as a modern garden designer. Lessons cover garden designers, great gardens and garderners of the world, private and public gardens, globilisation of gardens, scope and nature of modern garden conservation, the roles of organisations in garden conservation and much more.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN BIT205 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Graphic Design is a key skill for all Garden Designers; and a valuable asset for anyone who is running a landscaping business and wants to improve their business marketing.
Graphic Design skills allow you to better conceive how the components of a garden should be composed together; and represent your concept accurately and clearly; whether as an electronic image, or on paper.
 
Not all landscapers are graphic designers, but good graphic design skills are a very definite asset for anyone who is designing or creating landscapes. 
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GREEN WALLS AND ROOFS BHT256 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

Learn to develop appropriate and functional roof and vertical gardens, for residential, commercial and public landscapes.

There are lots of different reasons for creating a vertical garden or roof garden, and the way you develop the garden may be affected by the reason you create it. Common reasons might be:

    Lack of space for a more extensive garden
    Improve aesthetics of an ugly place (wall or roof)
    Improve physical environment (eg. Reduce glare, modify temperature, filter air pollutants, reduce water run off and mitigate flood problems)
    Urban farming –growing crops in an urban area
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LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION VHT084 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

LEARN SOUND LANDSCAPING TECHNIQUES

This course develops your knowledge of how to construct or build a landscape - as distinct from designing a landscape. Learn to construct or build a garden the "right" way. This course provides a good grounding for someone entering the landscape industry.
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LANDSCAPING I BHT109 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

START LEARNING GARDEN LANDSCAPING

At the end of this 100 course you will be able to design a garden, and will have a foundation for further studies in specific areas of landscape design, development or management. Learn the principles that underpin all design.

See how garden styles have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your understanding of how to use different garden components to create varying affects.

Comment from one of our students:
I thought the course was well designed with relevant course modules and information. My tutor's comments were helpful and encouraging. I am considering what course to do next (diploma in horticulture) so that is a good sign that I am very happy with all aspects of the school. Patrick studying Landscaping

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LANDSCAPING II BHT214 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 12 lessons

HOME STUDY - PRACTICAL LANDSCAPING SKILLS
 
Create those detailed individual components of the landscape that are the difference between a good and a great garden.

For a garden to be good it needs well nourished soil and healthy plants. However a great garden comprises many other components that include furnishings, buildings, water features, fences, drainage and irrigation systems, paths, driveways, entertainment and other outdoor living areas.  This course can either fine tune the important landscaping skills you acquired upon completion of Landscaping 1, or it can be taken as a self contained study unit. It is equally suited to those already working or looking to work in the industry, or enthusiastic gardeners with good basic landscaping knowledge.
 
In this course you learn to design and build such things as walls, rockeries, steps, ponds, and paving; and you develop skills to create specific effects in a garden.
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LANDSCAPING III - BHT235 (Gardening Styles) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

LEARN TO CREATE THEMED GARDEN DESIGNS

Gardening is an ancient art; throughout history people have created gardens around their homes in a combination of practicality and style. They filled spaces with plants, water and rocks, and made places to walk and to rest. Many beautiful gardens were created this way.

Studying the gardens of the past and the present, the importance of design principles, design elements and features, helps the garden designer to combine the best of these to create the most beautiful gardens.

There are many elements that contribute to the ambiance and mood of a garden. Colour is a significant component however the choice of plants, the amount of plants, the permanent structures and ornamentation are also important.

Gain knowledge of :

  • Historic, Formal, Oriental, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Coastal, Modern, Eclectic and other garden styles
  • draw inspiration from the most beautiful garden styles in the world.
  • creating mood
  • modern gardens
  • bush gardens
  • attracting birds
  • and more
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NATURAL GARDEN DESIGN BHT215 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

Learn Natural Garden Design by Home Study

CREATE NATURAL LOW MAINTENANCE GARDENS

Creating innovative plans for low maintenance natural gardens can be readily achieved once you develop an understanding of how the natural environment works.

A natural garden frequently makes use of the indigenous flora, or native plants of a particular area. It might make use of other plants as well. Your choice of plants for a natural garden will largely depend upon what affect you are trying to achieve. To appear informal a natural garden should have curves rather than being angular; is informal rather than formal and tends to incorporate nature rather than manipulate it.

This course develops your ability to design any type of natural garden (bush garden, woodland garden, using either indigenous plants or a mixture of both indigenous and other plants).

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PLANNING LAYOUT AND CONSTRUCTION OF ORNAMENTAL GARDENS BHT242 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

Develop an in depth understanding of the principles and procedures for all aspects of planning for development of a hard landscape; including: site assessment, plan drawing, plan interpretation, project specification and construction planning.

  • It assumes a foundation knowledge of landscape and horticultural management.

  • It is a valuable study program for even those who have worked in landscaping for some time, but who seek a deeper and broader knowledge of garden renovation.

  • This course has been developed by professionals in both Australia and the UK, with the aim of being relevant throughout the world.

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PLANT SELECTION AND ESTABLISHMENT BHT107 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

GET IT RIGHT - FIRST TIME!

Develop a firm basis for the selection, establishment and maintenance of a range of commonly used garden plants.

Learn about: Woody plants, Windbreaks, Hedges and Screens, Alpine and water plants, Annual and herbaceous plants, Turf, Maintenance Pest and disease concerns, Weed control and Risk assessment.

The success of a garden is largely determined by three interconnected factors:

  • The suitability of selected plants to the conditions in which they are expected to grow.
  • The use of optimum plant establishment techniques.
  • The garden maintenance regime.

A well-selected plant is more likely to survive establishment and be easily maintained.

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PLAYGROUND DESIGN BHT216 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

LEARN TO DESIGN PLAYGROUNDS FOR CHILDREN

This course emphasises the design and construction of playgrounds and small community parks. This is a valuable course for parks managers or landscape designers. It includes playground philosophy, design of play structures (for function & safety), materials selection, community participation and park design.

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RESTORING ESTABLISHED ORNAMENTAL GARDENS BHT243 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

LEARN TO MANAGE ESTABLISHED GARDENS

Learn to survey, analyse and plan sensitive and appropriate renovation of established gardens, generally of 2 hectares or less in size. This module has been developed and accredited in the UK as an elective in the RHS Diploma in Horticulture.

  • It assumes a foundation knowledge of landscape and horticultural management.
  • It is a valuable study program for even those who have worked in landscaping for some time, but whio seek a deeper and broader knowledge of garden renovation.
  • This course has been developed by professionals in both Australia and the UK, with the aim of being relevant throughout the world.
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WATER GARDENING BHT307 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

Develop your skills in designing, constructing and maintaining a variety of different types of water gardens.

Water gardens can be simple or complex, large or small, and in a huge variety of styles. Depending on the theme or style of the garden you might perhaps decide to have straight-edged or geometrical designs for a formal garden, smooth curved designs for a modern garden, or irregular-shaped designs for less formal and natural-style gardens. You might choose to have a single pond or a series of ponds with water cascading from one to another. As you work through this course and look at different styles of water gardens, you will find there are many possibilities, any of which will enhance your garden.

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