Whether you’re a professional landscaper or a gardening enthusiast, this course will show you how to create an ecologically sustainable water garden, beyond the backyard pond or water feature. This course is ideal for landscapers, gardeners, water feature specialists and backyard enthusiasts.
The Certificate of Water Gardens is a professional development course that will develop your skills and knowledge to create stunning water gardens.
In this water garden design course, you will learn about the nature and scope of water gardens, including construction materials and techniques, equipment, construction and maintenance of pools and spas and the design of water features.
You’ll also discover the water plants typically used in water gardens, and a variety of aquatic animals that are suitable for water gardens.
On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of how to create stunning water gardens and features for yourself or your clients.
Unit - Water Gardening
Unit 1 – Introduction
Scope and nature of water gardens
What size water garden
Water supply: rain, tanks,etc
Siting the water garden
Evapouration rate, water depth, safety
Water in garden design: formal, informal
Edging, Water sculptures, shade
Water effects: sound, reflection, movement, light, cooling,
Water life: algae, fish, mosquitos, wildlife, plants
Unit 2 – Water Garden Construction
Planning the water garden
What effect do you want
Matching the effect with the type of garden
Shape, size and location
Type of construction
Using a liner
Pre formed water gardens (Kits)
Unit 3 – Equipment: Pumps, lights, filters
Lighting: power source, DC power
Lighting design with water
Pond filtration systems: sterile or living water
Mechanical or biological filtration
Swimming pool filtration
Diatomaceous earth filters
Unit 4 – Ponds and Watercourses
Designing a natural watercourse
Siting a stream
Unit 5 – Spas and Swimming Pools: Design and aftercare
Choosing a swimming pool
What sort of pool do you need
Types of pools: concrete, fibreglass, vinyl
Above or below ground
Pump and filtration system
Special features in a pool
Heating a pool
Pool care over winter
Unit 6 – Indoor and Outdoor Water Features
Wall plaques and wall fountains
Cobble fountain construction
Using water features in a landscape
Unit 7 – Water Plants
Waterside trees and shrubs
Emergent water plants
Floating leaf plants
Plants to avoid in water gardens
Unit 8 – Aquatic Animals
Conditions needed by fish and aquatic animals
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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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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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!
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BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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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.