Hydroponics is essentially the process of growing plants without soil. However, to successfully do this, you need a good understanding of how plants grow so you can control what Mother Nature does – light, humidity, water, oxygen, temperature and nutrients! This course is not intended for commercial growers. It is, however, ideal for those who want first-hand practical experience in setting up a basic hydroponic system.
The Certificate of Hydroponicsis an online program that will introduce you to the theory behind a space-efficient method of growing everything from berries and vegetables to herbs and cut flowers.
In this professional development course, you will study the types of hydroponic systems, how to manage a plant’s nutrition, control diseases and pests, and how to cool, dry, freeze and store plants.
You will also learn about hydroponic vegetable and cut flower production, how to operate and manage a greenhouse, and plan your own hydroponic enterprise.
On completion of this course, you will be able to use your passion for applying technology to grow herbs, vegetables and other plants using hydroponics … all from the comfort of your own home!
Unit 1 - Introduction
Comparison to growing in soil
Resources and contacts
Unit 2 - How a plant grows
Biochemical cell processes
Mechanisms of nutrient uptake
Photosynthesis; minerals and nutrients
The role of pH in plant growth
Hydroponic nutrient solutions
Preparing nutrient solutions
Unit 3 - Hydroponic systems
Development of propagating blocks
Recommended practices for propagation
Nutrient film techniques
Alternative layouts for NFT
Methods of solution dispention, closed and open systems; techniques
Unit 4 - Nutrition and nutrition management
Understanding nutrient formulae
Atoms, elements & compounds
What does a plant need
Symptoms of nutrient deficiency
Adjusting the pH
Using electrical conductivity measures
Conductivity and hydroponics
Unit 5 - Plant culture
Flow charting the crop
Post harvest storage
Controlled atmosphere storage
Pest and diseases in controlled environments
Fungi, common fungal problems
Biological and integrated pest management
Methods of introduction
Major pests, diseases and disorders of crops identified
Problem solving and identification of illness
Difficult to diagnose problems
Leaf hoppers; thrip; virus; bacteria; caterpillars; harlequin bugs and more
Transplanting a pot grown plant into a hydroponic ‘culture pot’
Unit 9 - Greenhouse operation and management
Growing crops in greenhouses
Nature of active solar heating systems
Examples of solar greenhouse facilities
What you can grow
Greenhouse and other growing structures
Environmental factors that influence plant growth
Horticultural management in a greenhouse
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?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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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.
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.
Professional development for those wishing to study hydroponics for both commercial and amateur plant hydroponics.