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Plant Health

Course CodeSGH5
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

20 hour Short Courses from ACS Distance Education

Learn to identify problems and determine the correct treatments with this Short Course in Plant Health from ACS Distance Education.  The Plant Health Short Course is a useful source of information for the keen home gardener and professional landscaper.  The Course looks at different types of pests and diseases as well as environmental causes of problems in plants.

This course covers 6 lessons:

Lesson 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
Shortcuts to problem identification
What insect is it?
Diagnosis of plant disorders
Difficult to diagnose problems

Lesson 2 Treating problems
Different ways to control pests and diseases
1) Cultural control
2) Biological control
3) Physical controls
4) Chemical
5) Legal control

Lesson 3 Problems and the plants they affect
Flowers & bulbs
Fruit & vegetables
Indoor, shade & greenhouse plants
Shrubs & climbers
Australian natives

Lesson 4 Pests
The major types of pests
Common garden pests

Lesson 5 Diseases
Disease considerations
Types of pathogens
Understanding diseases
Stages in the development of a disease
Common diseases

Lesson 6 Environmental problems
Common environmental problems
Foliage burn
Lack of water
Drainage problems
Plant tolerance levels
Ways to protect plants
Protective structures
Tree guards
Wind breaks
Environmental problems in lawns
Spray programmes
Stages of growth
Simple conversions
Further information
Diagnosis services



This is a self paced, 20 hour study program; with everything from your enrolment through to awarding of your certificate of completion, controlled by computer software developed by our programmers.

Utilizing cutting edge technology all the way; you can

  1. Enrol, pay course fees into pay pal; your payment approval then triggers an email explaining how to proceed, and access to the course.
  2. You are then given instructions (options to read or listen to an audio).
  3. Next you proceed to work through lessons as fast or slow as you wish; undertaking automated self assessment tests at the end of each lesson, choosing practical/additional learning tasks to undertake as you go.
  4. On concluding the final lesson; you undertake a major online exam; and on achieving a 60% pass rate, you are given a "Certificate of Completion" carrying your name and date, to download as a pdf, to save or print as you wish


Unlike our other 100 hour courses, there is no additional exam fee charged for the exam in this or any of the 20 hour short courses.