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Qualification - Certificate in Crop Management

Course CodeVHT034
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours
QualificationCertificate

Increase Profits from Horticultural Crops

Learn to manage the production and marketing of a farm that produces horticultural crops. This is an essential course for:

  • Anyone wanting to manage a market garden, orchard, cut flower farm, herb farm or any other type of horticultural production farm.
  • Workers who want to improve their prospects for advancement.
  • Farm owners who want to increase productivity or profitability.
  • Allied trades and service suppliers wanting to develop a deeper and more sound understanding of the industry they serve.

This courses is based on three core modules focusing on crops, management and marketing. Students may then choose three subjects from a wide range of electives including topics such as nut production, cut flower production, hydroponics, mushroom production, irrigation, fruit production, and more. This strong combination of relevant practical topics makes the course extremely beneficial to anyone serious about crop farming.

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Crop Management.
 Crops I (Outdoor Plant Production) BHT112
 Horticultural Management BHT203
 Horticultural Marketing BHT304
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 15 modules.
 Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
 Cut Flower Production BHT221
 Fruit Production (Temperate Climate) BHT218
 Fruit Production (Warm Climate) BHT217
 Greenhouse Cut Flowers VHT239
 Hydroponics I BHT224
 Hydroponics II - Hydroponic Management BHT213
 Irrigation (Crops) BHT204
 Nut Production BHT219
 Permaculture Systems BHT201
 Viticulture BHT220
 Berry Production BHT309
 Mushroom Production BHT310
 Organic Plant Culture BHT302
 Warm Climate Nuts BHT308
 

Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Crop Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.



Meet some of our academics

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.
Gavin ColeB.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own landscaping firm. He spent three years working in our Gold Coast office, as a tutor and writer for Your Backyard (gardening magazine) which we produced monthly for a Sydney punlisher between 1999 and 2003. Since then, Gavin has contributed regularly to many magazines, co authored several gardening books and is currently one of the "garden experts" writing regularly for the "green living" magazine "Home Grown".


Check out our eBooks

Farm ManagementThis ebook covers tips to manage your own farm, or work for someone else. It also covers the farm site, production systems, managing livestock, pasture, crops, water, equipment, farm structures, finance, marketing, staff management, farm planning and more. 15 chapters, 129 pages
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
Getting Work in HorticultureFind out what it is like to work in horticulture; how diverse the industry is, how to get a start, and how to build a sustainable, long term and diverse career that keeps your options broad, so you can move from sector to sector as demand and fashion changes across your working life.
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.