Qualification - Certificate in Plantsmanship

Course CodeVHT033
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours

Develop Your Plant Knowledge 

Knowing how to identify and differentiate between the growing needs of plants is the cornerstone of any good horticultural practice.
Most of the worlds leading horticulturists recognise and continually promote this idea; and horticultural employers are often heard complaining that they cannot find staff with good plant knowledge.
If you want to progress in the horticultural profession, you need to learn and know a lot about plants, and not just a few -but hundreds if not thousands of cultivars.
This course is unique and is squarely focused in building plant knowledge.
It is ideal for someone starting out in their career. It is equally valuable for someone attempting to develop and improve their existing career.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Plantsmanship.
 Botany I - Plant Physiology And Taxonomy BSC104
 Plant Identification and Knowledge (Horticulture II) BHT102
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 30 modules.
 Acacias VHT114
 African Violets VHT105
 Australian Native Trees VHT115
 Australian Natives I BHT113
 Azaleas And Rhododendrons VHT106
 Cacti And Succulent Culture VHT108
 Carnivorous Plants VHT107
 Eucalypts VHT117
 Fuchsias VHT112
 Geraniums & Pelargoniums VHT113
 Growing Annuals BHT115
 Growing Camellias VHT109
 Growing Carnations VHT110
 Growing Grevilleas VHT118
 Growing Iris VHT111
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Australian Natives II BHT225
 Conifers BHT230
 Fruit Production (Temperate Climate) BHT218
 Fruit Production (Warm Climate) BHT217
 Growing Lavender BHT228
 Medicinal Herbs BHT227
 Nut Production BHT219
 Orchid Culture BHT232
 Pasture Management BAG212
 Roses BHT231
 Scented Plants BHT229
 Cut Flower Bulbs BHT317
 Perennials BHT316
 Proteas BHT318

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

Recommended Reading


Working in Horticulture

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Career Opportunities

Study alone can never guarantee career success; but a good education is an important starting point.

Success in a career depends upon many things. A course like this is an excellent starting point because it provides a foundation for continued learning, and the means of understanding and dealing with issues you encounter in the workplace.

When you have completed an ACS course, you will have not only learnt about the subject, but you will have been prompted to start networking with experts in the discipline and shown how to approach problems that confront you in this field.

This and every other industry in today’s world is developing in unforeseen ways; and while that is unsettling for anyone who wants to be guaranteed a particular job at the end of a particular course; for others, this rapidly changing career environment is offering new and exciting opportunities almost every month.

If you want to do the best that you can in this industry, you need to recognise that the opportunities that confront you at the end of a course, are probably different to anything that has even been thought of when you commence a course.

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