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Qualification - Advanced Certificate in Applied Management (Herbs)

Course CodeVBS001
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

Distance Education -Certificate in Herbs Course

  • Develop  skills needed to manage a herb herb businesses, either farms, nurseries or businesses handling herb products (eg. dried or fresh produce, oils and essences, crafts, medicines).
  • Learn about identification, growing, processing and marketing herbs and herb products
  • 600 hour, self paced course

Course Content and Structure

There are three parts to this course as follows:

This involves four core units which are common to all streams of this Advanced Certificate C12CN001. These are  Management, Office Practices, Marketing and Business Operations.

Develops basic office skills covering use of equipment, communication systems (telephone, fax, etc) and office procedures such as filing, security, workplace organisations, etc.

Develops knowledge of basic business operations and procedures (eg. types of businesses, financial management, business analysis, staffing, productivity, etc) and the skills to develop a 12 month business plan.

Develops knowledge of management structures, terminology, supervision, recruitment and workplace health and safety.

Develops a broad understanding of marketing and specific skills in writing advertisements, undertaking market research, developing an appropriate marketing plan and selling.

" I wanted to study herbs .... ACS offered the best option - study at home, at my own pace and still tutor contact when I needed it. I was undecided in the facet of herbs that I wanted to specialise in - that was until I completed an assignment to produce three herbal products. My tutor tested my products and encouraged me to set up a small business making and distributing a range of natural herbal cosmetic and household products. His guidance has helped me establish an interesting and profitable business from my studies"
- Catherine, studying Certificate in Applied Management

This involves three units as follows:

Herbs Stage 1

1. Introduction

2. Herb Culture

3. Lamiaceae Herbs

4. Using Herbs: Herb Crafts

5. Using Herbs: Herbs For Cooking

6. Using Herbs: Medicinal Herbs

7. Harvest & Post-harvest

8. Producing Herb Products

Herbs Stage 2

1. Introduction To Herb Farming

2. Organic Growing Practices

3. Liliaceae Herbs: Garlic, chives, etc.

4. The Mints

5. Lavenders

6. Other Significant Herbs

7. Herb Farming Practices

8. Herb Farm Layout & Design

Herbs Stage 3

1. Compositae (Asteraceae) Herbs

2. Umbelliferae (Apiaceae) Herbs

3. Topiary & Hedges

4. Companion Planting

5. Herbs In Landscaping

6. Commercial Herb Preparation

7. Herb Nursery Management

8. Marketing Herb Products

9. Research Project

A 200 hour research project on a selected aspect of the herb industry. Alternatively, verification of approved work experience may provide exemption from this requirement.

There are two options available to you to satisfy this requirement:


Alternative 1.

If you work in the industry that you have been studying; you may submit a reference from your employer, in an effort to satisfy this industry (ie. workplace project) requirement; on the basis of RPL (ie. recognition for prior learning), achieved through your current and past work experience.

The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility.

Alternative 2.

If you do not work in the relevant industry, you need to undertake a project as follows.



Procedure for a Workplace Project

This project is a major part of the course involving the number of hours relevant to the course (see above). Although the course does not contain mandatory work requirements, work experience is seen as highly desirable.


This project is based on applications in the work place and specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study.


Students will design this project in consultation with a tutor to involve industry based activities in the area of specialized study which they select to follow in the course. The project outcomes may take the form of a written report, folio, visuals or a mixture of forms. Participants with relevant, current or past work experience will be given exemption from this project if they can provide suitable references from employers that show they have already fulfilled the requirements of this project.


For courses that involve more than 100 hours, more than one workplace project topic may be selected. For example, 200 hours may be split into two projects each of 100 hours. This will offer the student better scope to fulfill the needs of their course and to meet the number of hours required. Alternatively, the student may wish to do one large project with a duration of 200 hours.


Students will be assessed on how well they achieve the goals and outcomes they originally set as part of their negotiations with their tutor. During each 100 hours of the project, the students will present three short progress reports. These progress reports will be taken into account when evaluating the final submission. The tutor must be satisfied that the work submitted is original.


If the student wishes to do one large 200 hour report, then only three progressive reports will be needed (however the length of each report will be longer).


Enrolment fees do not include exam fees


Why study here? ....ACS is different in many ways

  • Established since 1979, Internationally recognised (IARC)
  • Support from an international team of highly qualified herb experts
  • Courses are continually reviewed and revisions are happening every month of the year
  • Courses are "experiential" based learning (This is different to many other schools)


Working with Herbs

The opportunities to work in the herb industry are greater than what most people imaging. Apart from obvious things such as working in a  herb nursery or in massage therapy; herbs are farmed, processed and sold across a wide range of industries. They provide ingredients for foods, medicines, toothpaste, cleaning products, pest control products, crafts and much more.
Consider Lavender
Lavender is one of the most important herbs cultivated around the world. Demand for high quality lavender oil is always strong; and the most pure oils can often sell at per kg prices comparable with, or higher than the price of gold. The best oils are used in some of the most expensive perfumes; and this “top end” business provides excellent opportunities for lavender farmers who can perfect their farming. Perfecting your skills at this level is easier said than done though; and will take years of hard work combined with appropriate investment capital and exceptional scientific knowledge combine with a sharp business sense.
Most people who work with lavender however; will work at a level below this top end.
The lavender industry is diverse, and large. Some work in businesses that focus only, or mostly, on lavender products. Others produce or market lavender products, alongside other types of products (eg. A candle shop that sells lavender candles along with other types of candles; or a herb nursery that supplies lavender plants along with other types of herb plants).
Types of Lavender Products 
  • Plants – propagation nurseries sell rooted cuttings, plants for large scale lavender plantations, potted plants (various sized pots), trained plants (eg. Topiary standard)
  • Cut Flowers – dried or fresh
  • Oils – retail, wholesale; supplied to factories, crafts industries, aromatherapy, etc
  • Pharmaceuticals/ Health Industries – Massage oils, aromatherapy, components in liniments, etc
  • Cleaning –washing powders and liquids, spray on cleaners,
  • Perfumery – perfumes, deodorants, air fresheners
  • Pest Control – garden, veterinary, human
  • Culinary – alcoholic liqueurs, non alcoholic drinks, baked goods
  • Crafts –scented sachets, potpourri, dried posies, sleep pillows, etc


Meet some of our academics

John Mason Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), Dip. Horticulture, BTEC Dip. Garden Design, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector), P.D.C. In addition to the qualifications listed above, Diana holds City & Guild construction qualifications and an NPTC pesticide spraying licence (PA1/PA6). Diana runs her own landscape gardening business (Arbella Gardens). Active in many organisations including the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Yvonne SharpeRHS Cert.Hort, Dip.Hort, M.Hort, Cert.Ed., Dip.Mgt. Over 30 years experience in business, education, management and horticulture. Former department head at a UK government vocational college. Yvonne has traveled widely within and beyond Europe, and has worked in many areas of horticulture from garden centres to horticultural therapy. She has served on industry committees and been actively involved with amateur garden clubs for decades.

Check out our eBooks

Professional Practice for ConsultantsExplore becoming a consultant. This ebook contains chapters on how to be a consultant, packaging your services, delivering the services, building your resources, finding the work and getting the job, planning and ethics.
Starting a Nursery or Herb FarmThis is both a guide to “how to propagate plants” as well as an exploration of the possibility of starting a small nursery or herb business that could eventually grow into a blossoming business! It's often amazing how much can be produced, and the profit that can be made from a few hundred square meters of land. Since it was first published by “Grass Roots” in 1981, we have lost count of the hundreds of people who have told us how this book kicked off a successful business or career for them. 63 pages
HerbsHerbs are fascinating plants, mystical and romantic. They have a rich history dating back centuries. Used by monks, apothecaries and ‘witches’ in the past, herbs are undergoing a revival in interest. They are easy to grow, scented, culinary and medicinal plants. In a formal herb garden or peppered throughout the garden, herbs rarely fail! Find out how they are used as medicines, for cooking, perfumes and more. This book has nine chapters covering the following topics: an introduction to herbs, cultivation, propagation, pest and diseases, herb gardens, an A-Z plant directory, using herbs, features for herb gardens, herbs in pots - 113 colour photos 61 pages
Fruit, Vegetables and HerbsHome grown produce somehow has a special quality. Some say it tastes better, others believe it is just healthier. And there is no doubt it is cheaper! Watching plants grow from seed to harvest and knowing that the armful of vegies and herbs you have just gathered for the evening meal will be on the table within an hour or two of harvest, can be an exciting and satisfying experience.