There are thousands of different types of garden plants, and each has different growth requirements. There is also a system for identifying plants, and once you understand it, naming them will become second nature to you! This course is ideal for gardeners, landscapers, horticulturalists or those who work in garden centres or retail nurseries.
The Certificate of Horticulture (Advanced) is an online program that follows on from the Certificate of Horticulture and will teach you how to identify a wide range of plants systematically and scientifically to maximise their care and prolong their growth cycle.
In this professional development course, you will study groups of plants, herbs, vegetables, fruit, berries, nuts; and indigenous, ornamental, tropical, indoor and bedding plants.
On completion of this course, you will understand the naming conventions of plants, which will help you not only grow them but minimise their susceptibility to a range of plant ‘unfriendly’ problems!
Unit 1 – The groups of plants
How to use a botanical key
An easy key to plant groups
History of organised nomenclature
International code of botanical nomenclature
Ranks of taxa
Principle of priority
Plant and animal nomenclature
Choice, construction and spelling of names
Changes in names
Plant breeders rights
The lower plants
Classification according to the way plants dispose of excess leaves
Classification of plants according to the type of leaf
Unit 2 – Use of plants
Plants in the landscape
Choosing your plants
Vandalism and planting
Soil restrictions on plant selection
Soil is the environment of the plant’s roots
Unit 3: Indigenous plants
What conditions does a particular plant species
Native Australian plants
Native plants for
British Isles (to include great Britain & Ireland)
North America (including Canada & USA)
China, Japan, Korea
City of Essendon Street tree report 1977
Quick reference plant directory
List of Australian plants
Unit 4: Ornamental plants – non-Australian
Rhododendrons and azaleas
Roses and conifers
Popular ornamental trees
Guide to shrubs in the landscape
Environmental influences on plant selection
Shrubs which withstand wet soils
Shrubs which withstand very wet soils
Shrubs which grow in shaded areas
Shrubs suited to coastal areas
Suited to cold areas (resisting frost and cold winters)
Shrubs suited to warm climates (does well in sub tropics to tropics)
List of ornamental plants
Unit 5: Indoor and tropical plants
Tropical indoor plants and ferns
Landscaping with ferns
Unit 6: Bedding plants
Unit 7: Vegetables
What can be grown?
How do you decide what to grow?
Where to get helpful information
Varieties and seed
Soils / plant foods
Unit 8: Fruit, berries and nuts
Unit 9: Herbs
Insect controls and companion plants
Plants which improve the soil
Quick guide to companion planting
Quick guide to controlling pests with herbs
Understanding fertile soil
Herbs for use in pot pourris
Quick reference herb chart
The mints (genus: mentha)
Landscape design with herbs
Unit 10: Alternative growing techniques
What’s in a pot?
When you go away
Preventing moss and algae in pots
Potting up plants
Classification of hydroponic systems
Variables of a system
Why practice hydroponics
Other growing techniques
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.
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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?
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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.
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
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