ACS Distance Education UK
Qualification - Certificate in Irrigation Management VAG041
Learn how to Design & Manage Horticultural Irrigation Systems Water is a valuable resource and one which must be managed well on farms or other horticultural enterprises. There are many different approaches to setting up irrigation systems and the design and selection is governed by the crops being grown as well as the local conditions. This certificate level course enables you to complete six modules of study with a focus on irrigation. Upon completion you will have a solid foundation in establishing and maintaining irrigation systems - for food crops, flower crops, greenhouses or other settings. It is a must for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of water management.
Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Irrigation VHT201
Understand the Effective Delivery of Water to Plants Whether you work on a farm as an employee or manager, or if you work in a market garden, orchard, vineyard or other cropping enterprise, there is a great need to know about the water requirements of plants and how to design and maintain irrigation systems. This course is extremely comprehensive covering ten 100-hour modules. Four of these are electives which allow you to tailor your studies to suit your needs. Learn about the different types of irrigation systems and how to effectively deliver water to crops or plants. Understand soil types and drainage, and gain a complete understanding of horticulture principles and practices.
Qualification - Proficiency Award in Turf and Irrigation VHT246
Study turf and irrigation in this exciting new course. The course requires 500 hours of study and can be studied by distance learning. Study turf care, turf repair and renovation and irrigation.
Irrigation Management (Horticulture) BHT305
Develop Expertise in Irrigation Systems and their Management This advanced course assumes some knowledge of irrigation equipment and installation. It is suitable for foremen, supervisors, managers and installers of irrigation systems. The following topic areas are covered: Ways to optimise water efficiency, scheduling irrigation for crops & pasture, drainage system design, operating irrigation controllers, managing system maintenance, managing fertigation, evaluating irrigation designs, and design of different systems. This course builds on skills achieved in Irrigation (BHT 304, BHT 210 or BAG213) modules to develop the student's skills to manage the design and operation of large scale irrigation systems for horticultural applications.
Irrigation (Agricultural) BAG213
Learn to design, install, maintain and operate irrigation systems This ten lesson short course covers the design, installation, maintenance, operation and evaluation of simple irrigation systems. This course is similar to our horticulture irrigation courses (BHT210 and BHT304), but focuses on irrigation for agricultural purposes. Irrigation may enable plants to be grown in a dry climate where it would not otherwise be possible, or it may supplement the existing rainfall and improve growth rates by extending the growth period of the plant, or by ensuring there is adequate moisture during critical periods when the plant is growing most rapidly. The value of irrigation can vary greatly from year to year depending on the distribution of rainfall during the growth season.
Irrigation (Crops) BHT304
Develop Skills in the Design and Maintenance of Crop Irrigation Systems Water is a precious and often scarce resource. Using it effectively can make all the difference to whether a crop is profitable or not. As climate change continues to create challenges for farmers it is important to make wise decisions in terms of water usage. This ten lesson course helps you to develop an understanding of how plants use water and how to deliver it more effectively to the plant. Learn about the design, installation, maintenance, operation and evaluation of simple through to more complex irrigation systems. The course is similar to our Irrigation (Gardens) BHT210 and Irrigation (Agriculture) BAG213 courses, but it focuses on irrigation systems for row crops like vegetables and cut flowers, as well as orchards.
Irrigation (Gardens) BHT210
Learn how to Select, Install & Operate Home Garden Irrigation Systems Irrigation systems are much more affordable for the home garden they they ever have been. They have also become more durable and reliable leading to increased demand for people who are able to install and maintain them. This course is aimed at gardeners and horticulturists with an interest in setting up irrigation systems but who would also like to enhance their knowledge of plant water requirements. The course covers different types of irrigation systems and their applications in home gardens. It also helps you to design and plan irrigation depending on the situation e.g. garden beds, turf, pots. Learn how to improve the quality of turf and health of plants through appropriate water scheduling.
Irrigation Management (Agricultural) BAG303
ONLINE COURSE IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT Design and operate large scale agricultural irrigation systems This course builds on existing skills in irrigation and is therefore designed for students who have completed Irrigation BAG213 or similar courses. This course will develop students' ability to manage the design and operation of large scale irrigation systems for agricultural applications.
Qualification - Proficiency Award in Irrigation Management with Specialism in Horticulture VHT248
Learn About Irrigation Systems for Plants & Crops in any Location Good irrigation and water management is essential for healthy plants and crops. It is also increasingly important for the environment as well as profitability of farms and plant nurseries. Some plants use water faster than others, and water usage can be affected by a range of things such as roots systems, wind, temperatures, soil structure and plant health. In this course you will learn about irrigation management within horticulture through consideration of both plant physiology and irrigation system design. Study five 100-hour modules that look at the theory and practice of irrigation and horticulture.
Annuals -for Landscape Display Bedding or Cut Flowers BHT115
Learn how to Grow and Use Annual Flowering Plants: for the enthusiast or commercial grower. Annuals are a valuable horticultural crop grown commercially as cut flowers, as seedlings or as advanced pots of colour. With careful choice, versatile annuals can deliver year round colour in the home garden. They work to fill gaps between perennials, they can be used to disguise the messy foliage of bulbs as they seasonally die-off, and they can help to keep gardens or parks in the peak of perfection. This eight lesson course reveals the secrets of how to identify annual species, what to grow and when to grow each variety. It covers soil improvement, pest control, irrigation, propagation, greenhouse growing, hydroponics and much more. It is equally as useful to the home gardener and to the professional gardener as to those intending to grow annuals commercially.
Fruit Production (Temperate Climate) BHT218
Carve Out a Career or Develop a Business in Fruit Production This is comprehensive course covers all aspects of temperate fruit growing from soil management through to plant selection and marketing. It provides all you need to know to set up a fruit growing farm. Whether for large-scale or small-scale production, the basics of fruit growing are the same. This course covers all those basics over the course of eight lessons. Learn about the fruit growing industry and the skills needed to become a successful fruit grower. Topics covered include: soil management, sowing and planting, irrigation, pruning, cultural practices (including pest control), and propagation. This online course introduces you to pome and stone fruits, various vine fruits, fruit trees and nuts.
Home Vegetable Growing AHT102
Home Vegetable Growing - Study online. Start Studying Again - Special Offer - Reduced Course Price Plus 3 Free eBooks When You Enrol Learn how to grow delicious, fresh, healthy vegetables simply at home. You will learn such things as: ·How to build a vegie garden. ·Cultivation and planting. ·The main types of vegetables. ·How to make great compost. ·Pest, disease and weed control. ·Hydroponic and greenhouse growing. ·Herbs and uncommon vegetable varieties. ·Watering and irrigation systems. ·Harvesting, storing and using vegetables. ACS student comment: Great course, tutor was really good with explaining and marking. [She] gave me new ideas for my garden and hints for it too. Learning so many new things about growing different vegetables, how to grow them and what to do. All about soils and garden plots. Kathryn Crossfield, Home Vegetable Growing
Horticultural Resource Management BHT203
Learn Horticulture Resource Management for any Sector of the Horticulture Industry This broad-ranging course provides a sound introduction to management in horticulture. Generic in nature, it is intended to be applicable to different sectors of the industry including: landscaping, gardening, nursery work, retail, parks and public gardens, arboriculture, turf care (green keeping), irrigation, propagation, crops, and botanic gardens. The course covers managing financial, human and physical resources and is suited to people running their own businesses or in management and supervisory roles in private or public businesses or organisations. Learn to plan for efficient and economical management in horticulture. Find out about such things as work procedures and programming, budgeting and staff supervision.
Hydroponics Supply and Consultancy VHT119
A Foundation course in Hydroponic Supply and Consultancy. Develop a foundation of skills and knowledge, enabling you to confidently advise customers buying hydroponic supplies. Provide knowledgeable and informed support by developing guidelines for the successful culture of plants. A Course For Hydroponic Shop Managers and Staff. Hydroponic Equipment and Materials Manufacturers and Suppliers. Others working with hydroponic growers who need a better knowledge of hydroponics; such as irrigation suppliers, greenhouse suppliers, environmental equipment suppliers. This course does overlap significantly with Hydroponics I and with Home Hydroponics, and you should avoid doing more than one of those three. Home hydroponics is geared towards the hobbyist and is therefore less intensive academically, whilst Hydroponics I is a more broadly based course. Hydroponic Supply And Consultancy is written specifically for people who are in a position of supplying services or products to hydroponic growers, both amateur and trade.
Landscaping II BHT214
Improve your Landscaping Skills and Knowledge For a garden to be good it needs well nourished soil and healthy plants. However a great garden comprises many other components that include furnishings, buildings, water features, fences, drainage and irrigation systems, paths, driveways, entertainment and other outdoor living areas. This course is a natural progression from Landscaping I, but can be taken as a stand-alone study unit in its own right. This course concentrates on the detail of creating individual components in a landscape that are the difference between a good and a great garden. In this course you learn to design and build such things as walls, rockeries, steps, ponds, and paving; and you develop skills to create specific effects in a garden. It is equally suited to those already working or looking to work in the industry, or enthusiastic gardeners with good basic landscaping knowledge.
Learn how to Grow and Use Proteas -Study at Home Learn where and how to grow one of the most stunning groups of plants in the world. With the right cultural techniques (e.g. proper drainage, soil treatments, irrigation methods, feeding, pruning, weed control), you can achieve top quality, large blooms in what might otherwise be considered poor horticultural conditions.
Protected Plant Production BHT223
Learn to Grow Plants in a Greenhouse This course focuses on greenhouse crop production and growing plants under structures to provide better environmental control. Successful protective plant cropping requires the practical skills and knowledge you will gain when undertaking this course. The use of protective structures is a specialised field of growing, and here we cover all types of crops and ornamental plants to provide you with broad practical plant husbandry skills. Develop your broad understanding of practices and processes involved in successful plant cropping. Learn to master environmental control and plant growth within a protective environment, as well as knowledge of different types of greenhouses, greenhouse materials, heating and cooling, carbon dioxide manipulation, irrigation options and other aspects of greenhouse management.
Qualification - Advanced Diploma In Agriculture - Animal Husbandry VAG005
LEARN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY Work in animal production at a technician or management level Train to work in animal production at a technician or management level, for example, as a farm manager, technical representative, trainer, consultant or marketing manager. Modules include: Animal Husbandry, Pasture Management, Soil Science, Animal Breeding, Animal Behaviour, Animal Feed and Nutrition, Animal Husbandry, Horse Care, Cattle Production, Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Aquaculture, Dairy Cattle Management, Calf Rearing, Irrigation, Engineering, Business Studies, Permaculture, Sustainable Agriculture, and Workplace Health and Safety.
Qualification - Associate Diploma Turf VHT011
Become a Qualified Turf Expert Don't have the time to go to college? We offer a unique home study qualification that may be right for you: ·14 relevant modules, 11 core and 3 electives ·study from home , save you time, stress and money ·Increase your confidence , skills & knowledge in turf management ·gain new skills in turf management, turf repair, horticulture, irrigation, weed management, plant protection and much more. ·OH & S included in relevant modules. This course provides a very sound foundation for a career in the turf industry. “This is a specialist course that will really give you the opportunity for advancement in this field. If you are passionate about turf then this is the course for you. Very well rounded covering all aspects of turf and turf management.” Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert IV Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort, ACS Tutor. This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C
Qualification - Certificate in Crop Management VHT034
Discover how to 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.
Qualification - Certificate in Garden Maintenance VHT120
Discover How To Excel in Garden Maintenance This is a great course for those wanting to start their own business, or wanting to work in the landscape maintenance industry. Develop a very good understanding of the fundamental skills and knowledge required to become a professional horticulturist. Learn about pests and diseases, soil nutrition, different types of irrigation, weed control, and turf management. This intensive certificate level qualification is suitable for anyone looking to work in home gardens, commercial landscapes, parks, or historic gardens - whether for employment, self-employment or to develop a garden maintenance business.
Qualification - Certificate In Horticulture (Crops) VHT002
Learn the Principles and Practices of Horticulture as Applied to Growing Crops This course is aimed at people working in, or intending to work in, orchards or market gardens. It is a comprehensive 700 hour course similar to other VHT002 horticulture certificates we offer in that it shares the same introductory (core) units. However, this course devotes a further 50% of the course to topics specifically related to crop production. The core units comprise fifteen lessons divided into the following sections: 1. Introduction to Plants - taxonomy, plant families, pressing plants, basic botany. 2. Plant Culture - planting, potting, plant selection, pruning, irrigation, tools and machinery. 3. Soils and Nutrition - soil structure, chemistry, nutrition, potting media. 4. Plant Identification and Use - seed harvesting and storage, germination treatments, cuttings, etc. 5. Pests, Diseases and Weeds - identification and treatment (chemical and non-chemical)
Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Herb Production VHT057
Study Herb Production, Care, and Culture. Training in herb production. This distance learning course provides you with an indepth insight into herb production, care and culture. The course consists of ten 100 hour modules that look at herb culture, herb production, medicinal herbs, scented plants, irrigation, horticultural marketing and much more.
Qualification - Proficiency Award in Water Conservation and Waste Management BEN216
STUDY WATER CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL WASTE MANAGEMENT An opportunity to Learn more about: ·Water Conservation ·Waste Management ·Environmental Assessment ·Irrigation
Turf Care BHT104
Learn to be an Expert in Turf Care This is the ideal course seeking mployment in a turf care environment or looking to further their knowledge in this field to open up work opportunities. With this knowledge you could work as a contractor, in a lawn care business, or as a landscape gardener. You will learn the basics in terms of turf grass varieties, soil management, cultivation techniques, irrigation and feeding of turfs used for different purposes. ·Gain confidence with turf ·Learn to plant, establish, mow and repair lawns ·Save money, increase profitability - make the right decisions ·Increase your employability or start your own turf business ·Seek work on a golf course, sports ground, bowls club, or in a turf supply company ·Learn to grow turf you can be proud of 11 Lessons with Set Task, 11 assignments. Home study course. Taking approximately 100 hours to complete it is suitable as a basic course for people working with turf, such as on a golf course or bowling green, or for keen amateurs who wish to make the most of their home lawns.