If you love gardening, this course will show you how to be a professional gardener or take better care of your own garden. This course is ideal for people hoping to work in garden maintenance, landscaping, horticulture, parks and gardens or garden tourism.
The Certificate of Garden Maintenance is an online program that will provide the knowledge and skills required to maintain a healthy, beautiful garden and to operate a gardening business.
In this professional development course, you will explore the needs of plants, including how to prune correctly, identify signs of stress and remedy and prevent disease.
You will also learn how to plan, manage and maintain a garden, including maintenance costs, to organise staff, equipment requirements, weed control, turf management and irrigation systems planning.
On completion of this course, you will have gained a wide range of knowledge to start your own garden maintenance business or to take care of your own garden professionally.
Unit 1 - Introduction planning and managing a garden
Cost of maintenance
Expensive and less expensive areas of a garden
Analysing maintenance of parks and gardens
Organising garden maintenance staff
Unit 2 - Garden furnishings and machinery
What tool for what job
Overview of machinery
Mowers and how to mow
Aerators, chippers, mechanised sprayers, chain saws, brush cutters, etc.
Soil characteristics and identification of soil issues
Review of plant nutrition
Choosing the right fertiliser
Diagnosing nutritional problems
Unit 4 - Weed control
Nature and scope of weed problems
Natural ways to control weeds -suffocation, burning, cultivation, etc
Common groups of weeds and options for treating and recognising different weed varieties
Unit 5 - Weedicides
How weeds spread
Types of chemicals found in weedicides and suitable weedicide
Which chemical would control the weed
Chemicals and the law
Unit 6 - Natural pest control
Scope and nature of natural controls
Mechanical control methods
Physical control methods
Methods for controlling selected insects
Common environmental problems
Tolerance levels in different plants
Unit 7 - Chemical pest control
Integrated pest management (IPM)
Ways of applying chemicals
Safety with chemicals
Understanding pesticides -toxicity, ld50, persistence, etc.
Specific chemical treatments and a summary of pesticides
Unit 8 - Turf management
Common turf problems
Establishment and maintenance of lawns
Mowing, fertilizing, aeration, etc
Turf varieties, appropriate turf for specific areas, low and high maintenance turf
Unit 9 - Irrigation
Importance of water
Water loss from different soils & improving water retention
Understanding water dynamics in soil
Irrigation -types of systems
Planning an irrigation system
Using an irrigation system
Controlling slippery surfaces
Unit 10 - Maintenance of plants
Time of pruning: does it matter?
What to consider when pruning
Removing dead wood
Controlling shape and size
How to prune different types of plants
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;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
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.