If you’re a landscaper, here’s an opportunity to boost your skills and knowledge to offer a more informed and professional service. This course is ideal for landscapers or gardeners who want to enhance their professional development portfolio.
Professional Development for Landscapers is an online landscaping course that will help ambitious landscapers to take the next step in their career or business service offering.
Throughout this landscaping course, you will learn various methods to expand on elementary landscape design knowledge with an emphasis on plants. You’ll also discover a range of hard landscape materials and how they impact design.
You will also learn how to select a range of plants, from bulbs to trees, to suit different conditions and for impact on microclimates on design. Plus, learn about the critical planning and management aspects of professional landscaping projects.
On completion of this course, you will have a strong foundation in landscape design to develop a landscaping plan that exceeds client expectations.
Unit - Landscaping II
Unit 1 – The garden environment
Why do you want in a garden?
Components of a garden
Landscaping with water
Establishing a water garden
Choosing the construction method
Making a pool with a liner
Other types of water gardens
Water garden effects
Creating a waterfall
Formal and informal waterfalls
Plants for water gardens
Unit 2 – Landscape materials
What tool should be used for what job?
Concrete and cement types
How to mix concrete and mortar
Reinforcing, rodding, expansion joints
Gravel and mulched paths
Timber: types, stains, paints, preservatives
Plastics, metal, upholstery
Unit 3 – Using Bulbs, annuals and other low growing plants
Flower bed layout
Types of plants
Selecting annuals according to height
Annuals in containers
Types of herb gardens
Unit 4 – Landscaping with trees
Knowledge of trees in landscaping situations
Fast growing trees
Trees in the landscape
Why plant trees?
Problems with trees
Plant applications for trees, shrubs, ground covers
Trees with damaging roots
Trees with narrow canopies
Aesthetic criteria for planting design
Procedure and steps for planting design
Unit 5 – Ground cover plants
Ground covers: conifers, climbers, creepers
Low grasses to grow
Australian native groundcovers
How to build raised beds
Commonly used herbs
Landscaping with ferns
Unit 6 – Walls and fences
Getting the style right
Timber and picket
Brick or stone fences
Plants to grow on trellis
What will an arch do for your garden?
Choosing the rich arch
Timber and metal arches
Unit 7 – Paths and paving
Where to use surfacing
Paving: different types of materials
Maintaining an edge
Unit 8 – Treating slopes and Other problem areas
Helping plants get establish
Types of tree guards
Techniques for planting sloped areas
Pocket planting, slope serration, wattling and spray seeding
Plants suited to shade
Ferns and shade
Windbreaks, hedges and screens
Long narrow areas
Gardening in coastal areas
Design and planting a firebreak
Fire resistant plants
Plants more likely to burn
plants with some degree of fire resistance
Unit 9 – Garden features
Colours creating atmosphere
Outdoor living areas: Patios, seating
Garden structures and pool areas
Drystone walls and wet walls
Garden buildings and structures
Siting garden buildings
Deciding on building to buy
What to do with the floor
Planting around a garden building
Types of greenhouses
Choosing and siting a planter
Lighting trees, paths and ponds
Unit 10 – Designing for low maintenance
The cost of garden maintenance
Cost, tools and equipment and manpower
Expensive areas to maintain
Less expensive to maintain areas
Gardening in dry areas
Overcoming dry soils hints for dry sandy soils
Drought tolerant plants
Plants for dry places
Perennials suited to drier soils
Deciduous trees suited to hot dry
Hardy plants for inner city gardens
Resistant plants for urban areas
Indoor plants for air conditioned buildings
Unit 11 – Developing a landscape plan
The site planning process
Keeping it to scale
Techniques for keeping in scale
The importance of space
Features for small gardens
Unit 12 – Management of landscape projects
Mistakes to avoid
Moving existing soil
What tools are needed
Shaping sloping ground
What type of earth is useful
How clean is the soil?
Why does soil cost so much?
Safety around water
Safety for general work tasks
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. 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;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
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!
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 and a Statement of Results 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.