Landscaping Courses

BIOPHILIC LANDSCAPING Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Biophilic Landscapes have a primary purpose to be people friendly

  • They accommodate the needs of people
  • Risks to health and wellbeing are minimised
  • Psychological and physical health is supported
  • People are consciously and sub consciously better for having visited those environments
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CARPENTRY Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Study Carpentry at Home

If you want to know more about carpentry or to enhance your current skills then this course is perfect for you. as 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. It explores 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 Lessons icon 30 lessons

Be A Professional 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 develops the student's design skills, as well as basic knowledge in other areas of concern to the landscaper (e.g. horticultural practices, plant identification and selection, management and marketing).

On completion of this course the student should be able to draw landscape plans, compile specifications, and prepare cost estimates as well as choose plants appropriate to the design and environmental conditions of the site.

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 ONLY 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) 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.

After that, Jamie 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."

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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Certificate in Landscape Construction Duration icon 600 hours Qualification icon Certificate Modules icon 6 modules

 

Develop a Career or Business in Landscape Construction

 

Build a foundation; understand how gardens are constructed, then develop your skills of the trade to become increasingly capable of building solid, functional and durable landscape gardens.

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COTTAGE GARDEN DESIGN Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

Learn How to Design & Develop Cottage Gardens

There is something exquisitely beautiful about a well designed cottage garden.  Learn the art and craft of good design so you can include cottage gardens amongst your offerings.  Find out what a proper 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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GARDEN HISTORY 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
 
It is a valuable asset for anyone who is running a landscaping business and wants to improve their business marketing. Graphic design gives your landscape plans that professional look and also conveys an up-to-date approach - all important in any business.
 
Graphic Design skills allow you to better conceive :
  • How the components of a garden should be composed and brought together
  • How to 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 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 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 19 lessons

Learn About the Construction of Gardens and other Landscapes 

This course develops your knowledge of how to construct or build a garden landscape, as distinct from designing a landscape. Learn what goes into building paths and paving, walls and other garden structures. Find out how to prepare foundations and how to choose the right tools for the job at hand. 
 
In this course you will learn to construct or build a garden the "right" way. The course provides a good grounding for someone entering the landscape industry or for people who wish to add some basic building skills to their landscaping or gardening repertoire.
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LANDSCAPING I Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Learn How To Design Gardens

At the end of this 100 course you should be able to design a garden through careful choice of hard landscape materials and plants. You will also have a foundation for further studies in specific areas of landscape design, development or management.

Take this course to learn the principles that underpin all garden and landscape design.

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

 

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

Take Your Landscape Design Knowledge to the Next Level

People who work in garden and landscape design all need a basic grasp of what is involved in making a landscape and good design skills. However, to create detailed individual components of the landscape that are the difference between a good or a great garden you need to expand your knowledge and understand more about plants in the landscape.

For a garden to be good it needs well nourished soil and healthy plants. To be great the plants must work with 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 have already acquired or it can be taken as a stand-alone study unit. It is suited to those already working or looking to work in the industry, or to enthusiastic gardeners with good basic landscaping knowledge.

 
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LANDSCAPING III (Gardening Styles) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Find Out How to Create Different Garden Styles

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.
 
Take this course to learn about historic, formal, oriental, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, coastal, modern, eclectic and other garden styles. Draw inspiration from the most beautiful garden styles in the world.

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NATURAL GARDEN DESIGN Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

Learn Natural Garden Design 

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

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

Get your plant choices right, first time 

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, and the garden maintenance regime.

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.

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PLAYGROUND DESIGN Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 7 lessons

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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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2500 Hour Learning Bundle Horticulture (Landscaping) Duration icon 2500 hours Modules icon 25 modules

HOME STUDY - LANDSCAPE COURSE

Become a Skilled Professional Horticulturist and specialise in landscaping and landscape design. 

This combination of courses provides comprehensive training to a professional level for employment as a garden designer, landscape technician, contractor or manager.

The emphasis in these studies 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.

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RESTORING ESTABLISHED ORNAMENTAL GARDENS Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

Learn to Restore Established Gardens

Restoring established gardens is not always a simple task. The original planting design of any garden will commonly change over time. When you are faced with the task of restoring an old garden, it may be a significant challenge to discover and recreate plantings as close to the original design as possible.

Learn to survey, analyse and plan sensitive and appropriate renovation of established gardens, generally of 2 hectares or less in size.

  • This course 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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STONE, BRICK AND CONCRETE MASONRY Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

Learn to Work with Stone, Concrete, Cement and Brick

Landscape professionals need to know about these various hard landscaping materials.

If your training or experience is limited in the area of masonry, this course can help.

Although the course covers houses and other buildings as well as interiors, there are many parts which are relevant to landscaping such as foundations, driveways, steps and walls, as well as planning and setting out. The course offers a more generic understanding of all aspects of using masonry.    

 

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WATER GARDENING 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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