Advanced Certificate in Horticultural Science

Course CodeVHT084
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

Develop Your Passion for Science

Science underpins so many of our industries and horticulture is no exception. Gain professional skills in applied horticultural science.

This course gives opportunities to the students looking 'outside of the square' and expand their careers in horticulture. Opportunities exist in management, teaching, research etc. Very appealing to those that have already worked in the field for many years and are looking for a new challenge. Also as relevant to those interested in horticulture but wanting to broaden their options.

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This provides learning for an exceptional foundation for a career in horticulture. Applied biological science is integral to good horticulture; and all too often under taught in today's "fast tracked" qualifications. Long term though, the horticulturist who has a stronger foundation in science will have an edge over those who don't.

This course will open possibilities for a career in virtually any area of the horticulture profession: either production or amenity horticulture.

Student Comment:  "I have found the course to be interesting and challenging, with great learning materials that really make you research the industry and get involved. It has been a great way to study because it has allowed me to work in the industry and study at the same time. I have found the online resources to be fantastic, the tutors feedback constructive and the fact that assignments can be submitted online makes the process so easy."  Tom Wood - ACS 2100hr learning bundle in Horticultural Science course.

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Horticultural Science.
 BIOCHEMISTRY I - PLANTS BSC102
 BOTANY I - PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY BSC104
 HORTICULTURE I BHT101
 PLANT SELECTION AND ESTABLISHMENT BHT107
 BOTANY II BSC204
 TISSUE CULTURE BHT306
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 35 modules.
 INDUSTRY PROJECT I BIP000
 ACACIAS VHT114
 ARBORICULTURE I BHT106
 CELL BIOLOGY BSC110
 EUCALYPTS VHT117
 HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH I BHT118
 HORTICULTURE II BHT102
 HORTICULTURE III (PLANT HEALTH) BHT116
 WORKSHOP I BGN103
 BIOCHEMISTRY II BSC203
 CUTTING PROPAGATION BHT221
 ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS (ENGINEERING II) BSC205
 FRUIT PRODUCTION -TEMPERATE CLIMATE BHT218
 FRUIT PRODUCTION -WARM CLIMATE BHT217
 HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH II BHT241
 HYDROPONIC MANAGEMENT (HYDROPONICS II) BHT213
 HYDROPONICS I BHT224
 IRRIGATION - GARDENS BHT210
 LANDSCAPING III (Gardening Styles) BHT235
 PLANT BREEDING BHT236
 PLANT PATHOLOGY BHT206
 ROSES BHT231
 SEED PROPAGATION BHT237
 SPORTS TURF MANAGEMENT BHT202
 VITICULTURE BHT220
  PERMACULTURE - ADVANCED BHT301
 AQUAPONICS BHT319
 BIOCHEMISTRY III (Plants) BSC302
 FERNS BHT314
 IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT BHT305
 PERENNIALS BHT316
 PLANT ECOLOGY BEN302
 STATISTICS BSC304
 TURF REPAIR AND RENOVATION BHT303
 WATER CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT BEN302
 

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


How is this Course Structured?

Stage 1 Core Studies

The following six modules are undertaken first as a foundation for further studies:

  • Horticulture I

  • Biochemistry I

  • Tissue Culture

  • Plant Selection & Establishment

  • Botany I

  • Botany II

Note: Modules from stage II may be undertaken after stage I is complete.

Stage II Electives

Three modules chosen from any relevant modules not studied elsewhere. 

Other options may be considered, though the above are generally considered the better options for this particular course.

Course Duration:   900 hours (Self paced: commonly 1 year full time; 2-3 years part time)

Prerequisites:   Either Year 12 (passed), an acceptable certificate (e.g. completed apprenticeship) or over 21 years of age.
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OUTLINES OF SOME MODULES

Horticulture I

There are twelve lessons in this course, as follows:

1. Plant Identification: Naming plants; distinguishing the taxonomic divisions of plants including family, genus, species and variety or hybrid; identifying the different parts of a flower; distinguishing the morphological characteristics of leaves.

2. Planting: Planting methods used for different types of plants including annuals, perennials, evergreen and deciduous plants; influence of environmental factors on planting techniques.

3. Soils: Classifying soils; sampling and testing soils; chemical and physical properties of soils; soil improvement techniques; composting; potting mixes.

4. Nutrition: Major and micro elements necessary for plant growth; nutrient deficiencies and toxicities; fertilisers.

5. Water Management: Irrigation systems – characteristics, advantages and disadvantages; drainage systems; waterwise gardening.

6. Pruning: Pruning techniques; importance of pruning to growth, flowering and fruiting; pruning tools.

7. Weeds: Identifying common weeds; characteristics of weeds; control techniques; herbicides.

8. Pests and Diseases: Identifying common insect and disease problems; control methods; Integrated Pest Management; pesticides; hygiene procedures; chemical safety.

9. Landscaping: Stages of landscaping; design procedures; collating pre-planning information; preparing plans; selecting plants for specified sites.

10. Propagation: Asexual and sexual propagation; taking cuttings; sowing seeds; aftercare of propagated plants.

11. Lawns: Turf grass varieties; laying a new lawn; cultural techniques including watering, fertilizing, topdressing, aerating, pest and disease control.

12. Arboriculture: Tree management techniques including pruning, removal and tree surgery; identifying tree problems.

Horticulture II

The content of each of the ten lessons is outlined below:

1. The Groups of Plants ‑ setting a framework for the whole subject.

To identify plants from a wide range of taxonomic and cultural groups, using a range of different techniques.

2. Use of Plants ‑ plant selection, soils.

3. Australian Native Plants

To determine techniques for the growing of native shrubs and trees, including the selection, culture and use of different species.

4. Exotic Ornamental Plants

To determine techniques for the growing of exotic ornamental shrubs and trees, including the selection, culture and use of different species.

5. Indoor & Tropical Plants

To determine techniques for the growing of indoor plants, including selection, culture and use of different varieties

6. Bedding Plants

To determine techniques for the growing of bedding plants, including selection, culture and use of different varieties.

7. Vegetables

To develop techniques for the growing of edible crop plants, including selection, culture and use of vegetables, fruit, berries and nuts (Part A).

8. Fruits, Nuts & Berries

9. Herbs

10. Alternative Growing Techniques ‑ hydroponics, container growing, terrariums. Determine appropriate applications for a range of alternative growing methods

Horticulture III (Plant Health)

There are ten lessons in this module, as follows:

1. Introduction

2. Overview of Preventative Controls

3. Insecticides

4. Other Pesticides

5. Spray Equipment

6. Insect Biology

7. Fungal Biology

8. Environmental Problems

9. Viruses

10. Nematodes, Molluscs and Crustaceans

 

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