Join the dynamic cut flower industry or improve your career prospects in the ever-expanding horticultural sector. Whether you’d like to learn to grow flowers commercially or work in flower farming, this course is ideal for you.
The Certificate of Cut Flower Production is a professional development course that will provide you with the fundamentals of growing cut flowers as a commercial enterprise.
In this flower farming course, you will learn which flowers are the best varieties to grow in your region, determine soil and nutritional requirements, cultural requirements, and harvest and post-harvest management practices.
You’ll also discover how to develop a production plan for a cut flower crop, determine export market opportunities, and prepare a management plan, including equipment lists, tasks, production costs, marketing strategies and contingency plans.
On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the cut flower process for commercial production.
Environmental control; Temperature, moisture, irrigation, shading -both natural and with blinds/curtains, light-including supplemented light if needed, ventilation, levels of CO2, mist/fogging
Plants that respond to Carbon dioxide
Day length manipulation
Lighting and heating equipment
Horticultural management within the greenhouse
Unit 8 – Harvest and Post Harvest
Major factors that affect shelf life
Post harvest treatments
Conditioning flowers for market
Harvesting and grading carnations
Harvest and post harvest of selected orchids; Bud opening, transport, storing flowers
Cost Efficiency Standards
Unit 9 – Developing a Production Plan
Managing a cut flower farm
Deciding what to grow
Decisions that need to be made
Design of a store
Unit 10 – Export Marketing
International flower marketing system
Aspects of export
Flower Exporting case study
Understanding marketing your produce
Consider your markets
What to research
How to sell successfully
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.