Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Irrigation

Course CodeVHT201
Fee CodeFD
Duration (approx)1000 hours
QualificationFoundation Diploma

Study the different types of irrigation and appropriate drainage for crops and plants

  • Learn about irrigation and irrigation management with an online course from ACS Distance EducationGain valuable skills in the areas of designing and maintaining irrigation systems for different applications.
  • Learn about the types of systems and the appropriate equipment to use.
  • Understand soil characteristics affecting irrigation needs.
  • Estimate plant/crop needs and schedule irrigation in accordance with soil and system types.

The Foundation Diploma in Irrigation comprises 8 Core (compulsory) Modules plus 2 Electives to be selected by the student from a list of options.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Irrigation.
 Crops I (Outdoor Plant Production) BHT112
 Horticulture I BHT101
 Horticultural Resource Management BHT203
 Irrigation (Crops) BHT204
 Irrigation Management (Agricultural) BAG303
 Water Conservation And Management BEN302
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 10 modules.
 Climate Science BSC208
 Hydroponics I BHT224
 Hydroponics II - Hydroponic Management BHT213
 Project Management BBS201
 Agronomy BAG306
 Aquaponic Farming BHT319
 Hydroponics III BHT321
 Operational Business Management for Horticulture I BHT326
 Professional Practice For Consultants BBS301
 Soil and Water Chemistry BSC307

Note that each module in the Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Irrigation is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Students will:

  • Learn about irrigation systems for growing plants
  • They will estimate water needs of different plants.
  • They will learn about different soil types - characteristics and suitability, soil improvement.
  • As well as water handling and drainage, students will know about water wastage and re-cycling, and issues such as evaporation, run off, and over spray.
  • Study and plan, design, cost, small and large irrigation systems and learn about the operation and management of these.

The elective modules allow students to specialise in areas of interest to them.

Hydroponics courses serve as a solid introduction to hydroponics and the hydroponic industry, whilst the other elective modules are concerned with management and consulting.

Operations Management is concerned with the overall management of the  running of a business (strategic planning, process management, information control, marketing, and so on), while Project Management concentrates on the contractual environment, often itself being concerned with projects of change (identification, planning, implementation of projects, and so on).  Professional Practice For Consultants looks at the practicalities of setting up a consultancy practice and all of the requirements and considerations that this entails.




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