If you want to create a stunning garden, this course is perfect for you – and we’re sure you will give it the green thumbs up!
The Certificate of Home Gardening is an online course that will provide you with the knowledge required to gain practical gardening skills so that you can beautify and maintain your garden like a professional.
In this professional development course, you will learn about the different type of plants, soil and nutritional requirements of gardens and lawns, and how to control pests and weeds. You will also discover landscape design techniques, and how to create indoor and outdoor gardens, including vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to create and maintain a beautiful and economical home garden.
Unit 1 – Plant identification
Plant names (common and scientific)
Angiosperms, conifers and ferns
Hybrid and variety
What genus belongs to what family?
How to plant
Cold weather and the garden
Plant selection criteria
Aesthetic planting effects
When to plant?
Potting and mulching
Pruning trees and shrubs
Unit 2 – Soil structure
Soil texture and structure
Different soils for different purposes
Major and minor elements
Nutrient deficiencies and toxicities
How good is your soil
Total salts and soil pH
Unit 3 – Plant Health
Plant health problems
Preventative medicine in the garden
Identifying plant problems
Plant pests and diseases
What is the problem?
Controlling pests and diseases
Common chemical terms
Pest problems on plants
Plant viruses – detection and diagnosis
Using chemical sprays
How weeds spread
Herbicides (resistance and tolerance)
Weed control and methods
Unit 4 – Garden styles
Characteristics of garden styles
History of gardening
Designing with plants and garden features
Designing a garden
Creating user friendly gardens
Using colour in the garden
Where to put plants
Hedges and mazes
Moving existing soil
Using timber and rocks in the garden
Unit 5 – Introduction to propagation
Growing plants from seed
Characteristics of media (solid materials)
The UC system of soil mixes
Types of media
Mixes for striking cuttings
Propagation by seed and cuttings
Hormone and chemical treatments
Transplanting between pots
Unit 6 – Introduction to lawns
Lawn shaping and design
Establishing a new lawn
Turf grass varieties
Lawn maintenance and renovation
Pests and diseases
Fertilisation, watering and mowing turf
Unit 7 – Growing indoor plants
Why do indoor plants die easily?
Caring for indoor plants
Growing plants in containers
Growing plants in hydroponics
Greenhouses and shades
Other growing techniques
Where to grow and maintain plants
Problems with containers
Groups of indoor plants
Unit 8 – Vegetable growing
Climate and sunlight
Minimising water use
Fertilisers and soil nutrients
Transplanting crowns, offsets and tubers
Fruit and berries
Establishing an orchard
Deciduous fruit trees
Herbs and flowers
Cultivating and protecting and herbs
Pruning and harvesting herbs
Colourful year round foliage
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 100 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.