Plant Health

Learn to identify and control health problems, pests and diseases, in plants: fungal, bacterial, virus, insect, nematode and other problems.

Course Code: SGH5
Fee Code: SG
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 20 hours
Qualification Certificate of Completion
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Learn to Identify and control plant pest and disease problems.


Lesson Structure

There are 6 lessons in this course:

  1. Identifying problems
    • Understanding what can go wrong with your plants
    • More than one problem
    • Finding out what the problem is
    • Conducting an inspection
    • Alternative approach
    • Still unsure?
    • Telltale symptoms
    • The main types of problems
    • Pests
    • Diseases
    • Shortcuts to problem identification
    • What insect is it?
    • Diagnosis of plant disorders
    • Difficult to diagnose problems
  2. Treating problems
    • Different ways to control pests and diseases
    • Cultural control
    • Biological control
    • Physical controls
    • Chemical
    • Legal control
  3. Problems and the plants they affect
    • Flowers & bulbs
    • Fruit & vegetables
    • Indoor, shade & greenhouse plants
    • Shrubs & climbers
    • Trees
    • Lawns
    • Australian natives
  4. Pests
    • The major types of pests
    • Common garden pests
    • Millipedes
    • Wasps
  5. Diseases
    • Disease considerations
    • Types of pathogens
    • Symptoms
    • Understanding diseases
    • Stages in the development of a disease
    • Common diseases
  6. Environmental problems
    • Common environmental problems
    • Foliage burn
    • Pollution
    • Lack of water
    • Drainage problems
    • Frost
    • Hail
    • Shade
    • Temperature
    • Wind
    • Plant tolerance levels
    • Ways to protect plants
    • Protective structures
    • Staking
    • Tree guards
    • Wind breaks
    • Mulching
    • Environmental problems in lawns
    • Appendices
    • Spray programs
    • Stages of growth
    • Simple conversions


How Your Course Works

  1. Enrol any time. Your enrolment will be processed usually within a day or two; and during business hours, often within an hour.
  2. You will then receive an email explaining the course and how to access to a study guide, and our help desk. The guide contains both an audio and written explanation of how the course can be undertaken in a way where you can choose to emphasise or de-emphasise aspects of your learning, according to where your greatest interest or needs may lay.
  3. You then follow the study guide, reading and undertaking varied learning tasks, designed by professional educators to broaden and deepen your understanding of the subject. These tasks can vary from practicals to research and more.
  4. If and when you need to; you can contact our academic staff via a help desk. Emails are answered every working day.
  5. On concluding each lesson, you are presented with a series of automated self assessment questions, to review and reinforce your learning experience.
  6. On conclusion of all lessons; you are presented with a major online exam; comprising lots of questions, reflecting the scope of all lessons.
  7. A final exam is able to be tackled in completion of all lessons; and when you feel comfortable and confident of having understood and retained most of what has been studied.
  8. The exam is assessed in our online training system immediately it is submitted; and if you achieve a result of 60% or more, you are given access to download a “Certificate of Completion” This certificate carries your name (extracted from the original enrolment order); together with a current date, and carrying endorsements from this school and the ACS Global Partners Network.

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