Advanced Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture

Course CodeVHT077
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

TRAIN TO BE A HORTICULTURE PROFESSIONAL

This collection of courses provides professional training for people to work in the management, care and development of gardens, parks, sports grounds, or other areas of amenity horticulture (e.g. tree management, turf management, interior plantscaping).

It is an extremely comprehensive course that is aimed at technician or management level, for people  working or looking to work in positions such as: managers, technical officers, or consultants.

This course is designed to assist the graduate to gain employment in any area of ornamental horticulture; for example: Garden Company Manager, Technical Officer, Marketing Manager, Consultant, Teacher, Gardens Manager, Horticultural Writer.

ACS was founded by John Mason, former parks director, nurseryman and landscape designer, in 1979 as Australian Horticultural Correspondence School. Mr Mason heads a faculty of more than a dozen highly qualified and experienced horticulturists, spread across Australia and beyond. 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture.
 HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH I BHT118
 HORTICULTURE I BHT101
 LANDSCAPING I BHT109
 SOIL MANAGEMENT - HORTICULTURE BHT105
 TURF CARE BHT104
 IRRIGATION - GARDENS BHT210
 AMENITY HORTICULTURE I BHT324
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 36 modules.
 ARBORICULTURE I BHT106
 BIOCHEMISTRY I - PLANTS BSC102
 BOTANY I - PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY BSC104
 COTTAGE GARDEN DESIGN BHT110
 HERB CULTURE BHT114
 HORTICULTURE II BHT102
 LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION BHT111
 MACHINERY and EQUIPMENT (ENGINEERING I) BSC105
 NATURE PARK MANAGEMENT I BEN120
 ARBORICULTURE II BHT208
 BOTANY II BSC204
 CUT FLOWER PRODUCTION BHT221
 CUTTING PROPAGATION BHT211
 GARDEN CENTRE MANAGEMENT BHT255
 HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH II BHT241
 HORTICULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT BHT203
 PERMACULTURE SYSTEMS BHT201
 PLANNING LAYOUT AND CONSTRUCTION OF ORNAMENTAL GARDENS BHT242
 PLANT PROTECTION BHT207
 PLAYGROUND DESIGN BHT216
 PROJECT MANAGEMENT BBS201
 ROSES BHT231
 SPORTS TURF MANAGEMENT BHT202
 TROPICAL PLANTS BHT234
  PERMACULTURE - ADVANCED BHT301
 AMENITY HORTICULTURE II BHT325
 BERRY PRODUCTION BHT309
 BUSH TUCKER PLANTS BHT328
 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT BEN301
 HORTICULTURAL MARKETING BHT304
 MANAGING NOTABLE GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES BHT340
 OPERATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT I BHT326
 OPERATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT II BHT327
 ORGANIC PLANT CULTURE BHT302
 TURF REPAIR AND RENOVATION BHT303
 WATER GARDENING BHT307
 

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


What is Involved in Managing Ornamental Horticulture?

The ultimate goal of anyone doing this course will be to be involved in the provision and management of landscapes. This always starts with planning the landscape, then moves on to building the landscape, and following that, managing it's ongoing maintenance and use.

This course will develop your awareness, understanding, knowledge and skills in all of these areas for all types of landscapes.

Some graduates will go on to work across a broad scope of these tasks (e.g. a parks manager), while others may become specialists (e.g. garden designers, nurserymen, irrigation consultants).

What to Plan For?

The first planning decision is to allocate land for amenity horticulture purposes. This involves deciding the different types of sites then their location and size. Initial planning for amenity horticulture sites may involve the following:

Home gardens – factors to consider include deciding the minimum and maximum sizes of residential properties that will be permitted; what uses will be allowed on zoned land, and whether single or multiple dwellings will be allowed on properties.

Streetscapes and car parks – consider how much land should be allocated to public car parks, road verges or nature strips, whether traffic islands will be landscaped or hard sealed (concreted), etc.

Public facilities (e.g. schools, community centres, public swimming pools) – such facilities can add to the overall quantity of land within a locality that is used for amenity horticulture. Provision of facilities may be shared by the wider community, and if so, reduce usage pressures on other local facilities.

Reserves – some sites need to be reserved for one reason or another; for example, land might be set aside for watercourses, pipe lines, access roads, or because the land is prone to flooding. Though the primary reason for restricting development might not be for amenity horticulture, these sites are often allocated for amenity horticulture purposes.

Commercial properties – factors to consider include minimum sizes be, what percentage of the property is reserved for landscaping, to what extent buildings will be allowed, what types of use will be designated (e.g. golf course or office building, hotel, shopping centre).

Parks – these may be allocated on the basis of type of use, size or even the clientele they serve. For example, on the basis of clientele: 

  • neighbourhood parks serve the local neighbourhood or areas within easy walking distance
  • community parks serve a larger but still local community

  • regional parks serve a wider area with clientele being drawn from a number of communities.

 

 

 

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