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Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Hydroponics

Course CodeVHT073
Fee CodeFD
Duration (approx)1000 hours
QualificationFoundation Diploma

Become a Hydroponic Industry Professional

  • A Grower
  • Supplier/Retailer/Manufacturer
  • Consultant
  • Writer, Teacher, Innovator

Study this course and you will learn the art of growing plants without soil:

  • Explore practical ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle and save money on groceries, with the knowledge of knowing where your food comes from.
  • Learn about hydroponics systems, designs, applications, operations, management, pest and weed control, harvest and post-harvest. 
    Have the flexibility to select from a range of elective topics allowing you to specialise in your area of interest.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Hydroponics.
 Research Project I BGN102
 Hydroponics I BHT224
 Hydroponics II - Hydroponic Management BHT213
 Irrigation (Crops) BHT204
 Aquaponic Farming BHT319
 Hydroponics III BHT321
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 11 modules.
 Growing Carnations VHT110
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Starting A Small Business VBS101
 Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
 Cut Flower Production BHT221
 Greenhouse Management BHT257
 Microbiology BSC209
 Roses BHT231
 Berry Production BHT309
 Soil and Water Chemistry BSC307
 Tissue Culture BHT306

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

Benefits of this course

The Foundation Diploma in Hydroponics is an introductory course that will teach you about the fundamental methods and practical applications of hydroponics. It is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge and skill set in hydroponics, which may then be developed through additional experience or study. 

You will understand how to grow plants in any context, in the ground, in pots, in hydroponics, outdoors or indoors.
You will also have a more specialised knowledge and understanding of hydroponics and horticultural technology and the management systems.

Graduates will have the solid foundation they need to begin (or expand) a career or business in hydroponics.


Where can this course lead?

Aside from growing your own produce for personal use, a background in hydroponics may lead to careers including:

  • Hydroponic grower
  • Specialty farmer
  • Greenhouse worker
  • Hydroponics equipment salesperson
  • Hydroponics teacher

Why ACS?

Under our system however you have the ultimate in flexibility. Study where and when it suits you. Start whenever you like. Hit the course hard and fast, or take your time and study the modules you need when you need them and when you're ready. Our assignments are also designed to be relevant and flexible, to work in with your own workplace circumstances or career plans.Our academic staff take pride in their student support skills - we support our students by encouraging questions, by answering them promptly and by treationg each of our students as an individual with unique learning needs.